As Captain Jonathan Archer Scott Bakula lead the crew of the NX-01 for four years on Star Trek: Enterprise. And in a new interview, the actor talks about how the show bowed out, where he wanted to see Archer go. He also talks about the possibility of returning to Trek. Excerpts below, plus more pictures of Scott at the Emmys last night.
Bakula on Enterprise’s "odd" end and Archer’s road not travelled
In talking to the official Star Trek site, Bakula was mostly diplomatic talking about the controversial finale for Enterprise "These are the Voyages", saying that he was "off-put by it" and he wasn’t sure he ever "got" what Rick Berman and Brannon Braga were trying to do with it, but noted that it was "their call". As for where he would like to have taken Captain Archer, Bakula noted:
Things were dictated by the times, by it being post-9/11, but I wanted us to hopefully get back to having a little bit more fun on the show and to get out of that whole Xindi thing. That would have been fun. I think we were pointing in that direction. I think the group was ready to go. The cast was ready to get there, and I think we could have had a blast. But we just didn’t get to go there. And I wanted Archer to kind of grow up and lighten up a little bit.
Scott Bakula as Capt Archer with Jonathan Frakes as Cmdr. Riker in Enterprise finale "These Are The Voyages"
Go to the official Trek site for the rest, including Bakula talking about about Chuck and a "cameo" in the Quantum Leap movie.
Archer in Star Trek sequel? – Bakula is ready
As we all know, Scott Bakula’s character of Archer did get a shout out in the 2009 Star Trek movie, when Scotty was talking to Spock Prime and Kirk on Delta Vega, admitting that he lost Admiral Archer’s beagle. Since then Star Trek co-writer Bob Orci has confirmed that the "Admiral Archer" is the same Jonathan Archer as seen in Enterprise. And of course, since the events of Enterprise happened before Nero attacked the USS Kelvin and split the Trek timelines, all of Enterprise is in the same timeline as the new movie timeline. Bakula was asked if JJ Abrams called with a "great way" to get him into the next movie what would he say, and Bakula’s simple reply was "Yes."
Scotty (Simon Pegg) was exiled to Delta Vega by Admiral Archer – could Scott Bakula appear in the Star Trek sequel?
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Bonus Pics – Scott at Emmys
Here are some more pics of Scott at the Emmy’s from Sunday night in Lost Angeles
Scott Bakula on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards
Scott Bakula with Joel McHale at Emmy Awards
Scott Bakula and wife Chelsea Field dancing at Governor’s Ball