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John Billingsley spent four years aboard the NX-01 as Dr. Phlox in Star Trek: Enterprise. And in a new fan Q&A, the actor says he is ready to play Phlox again, as well as weighs in on the controversial finale for the series. Excerpts below
Billingsley on returning to Trek & Enterprise Finale
The actor is open to it, but doesn’t expect he will ever play the Enterprise doctor again, saying:
I’d be delighted. But is there any chance that one could make a wager on the odds of it happening? I’d bet my house it won’t happen, but if it did, sure, I’d want to be involved. I enjoyed playing Phlox.
John Billingsley doesn’t expect to return to the role of Dr. Phlox
Billingsley also weighed in on the controversial final episode for Star Trek Enterprise "These are the Voyages" noting that he understood why Rick Berman and Brannon Braga wanted to write something that wrapped up the era from Next Gen to Enterprise, but he felt it didn’t work with the work being done by Manny Coto (showrunner for the 4th season), noting:
It was as if suddenly somebody from another cosmos dropped in and wrote the script, above and beyond the fact that the Enterprise’s story was swallowed up by the framing device. I think people had just gotten used to Manny’s voice. I missed it in the final episode. Frankly, it should have been a two-parter. Our storyline needed to wind up…
I’m all over the map on this one because I have a lot of different feelings about it. My problem with the final episode, ultimately, was that by jumping ahead however many years we jumped ahead, it was as if anything we did in the third and fourth seasons had no real weight. It seemed like the third and fourth seasons were being dismissed, which I’m sure was not the intention, but that was one of the things that bothered me.
Billingsley with Jolene Blalock and Scott Bakula in one of last scenes of "These are the Voyages" – actor critical of how series ended