When Enterprise started airing in 2001, no one thought the show would be canceled four years later. In fact, the original plan, before things went bust, was that Enterprise would be the next Star Trek movie franchise, following in the footsteps of the original Star Trek crew and The Next Generation.
That's what Scott Bakula—who played Capt. Jonathan Archer, the very first captain of the very first starship Enterprise (the NX-01) on the series—revealed during his appearance at Germany's FedCon, as was reported by Trek Movie:
"We [Enterprise] were going to be the next movie franchise. Going in that's what we were told."
Bakula (who we've loved ever since his days as Dr. Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap) added that, due to the changes that occurred in Hollywood and with the show (and no doubt with the immense critical and popular success of J.J. Abrams' revitalization of the fatigued sci-fi franchise with 2009's Star Trek), he wasn't expecting to see any Enterprise movies in the future.
But as for a possible future appearance in the next Star Trek film, Bakula said:
"I'm not anticipating a role in the next Star Trek movie. I was shocked that Archer was even mentioned in the last one!"
We admit we got a bit—okay, make that a lot—excited at the mention of Adm. Archer's name in Abrams' film. We thought it was a nice nod to continuity and to what had happened before Capt. Kirk and his crew also started boldly going where no one had gone before.
And we don't know about you, but we'd seriously love to see Scott Bakula back as Archer in a future Star Trek film; at the very least in a tangible cameo appearance. Bakula's charisma as Archer could probably outshine the lens flares of the Enterprise deck.
What do you guys think of this news? Are you surprised to hear there were plans to segue the Enterprise series into movies? Would you have loved to have seen it happen? And would you also like Scott Bakula to reprise his role of Jonathan Archer for a future Star Trek movie?