On Monday Scott Bakula, Star Trek Enterprise’s Captain Jonathan Archer, begins a three-episode arc on the NBC show Chuck. We have video and image previews plus some interview excerpts from Bakula talking about Chuck and about Star Trek, including how maybe the new Star Trek movie could prove that Enterprise should never have been cancelled.
Scott and Chuck
The NBC show Chuck is about a nerdy guy (Chuck Bartowski) who is a member of the ‘Nerd Herd’ for ‘Buy More’ (like Geek Squad for Best Buy), who ends up with a secret computer program in his head, turning him into a key asset for the CIA. The show has had some connections to Star Trek in the past, none the least of which is Star Trek Voyager’s Robert Duncan McNeill who is a supervising producer for the show and has directed six episodes. The show recently had Robert Picardo (VOY: The Doctor) and on Monday Bakula begins a three-episode arc playing Chuck’s long-lost Dad.
Here is a preview showing Bakula (as well as guest star Chevy Chase).
Bakula on Chuck and Star Trek
Excerpts from interview with Bakula from SciFiWire
Bakula on preparing for Chuck:
Well, I had some inside information. I talked with the executive producers, and we had a long, almost an hour conversation with Josh [Schwartz] and Chris [Fedak] and I. And I’d seen a bunch of episodes, but there was a lot of fill-in-the-blank stuff that I needed help with. I can’t say that I knew everything about it, but I knew a lot. … It’s a great show, and they’re doing really wonderful work. It’s a great cast, very talented, and they’re extremely dedicated and hopeful about the series, and I am too. I hope they get picked up. … Bonnie’s [Bonita Freidericy, who plays Gen. Beckman] a good friend of mine. Her husband, John Billingsley, was on Enterprise with me, and I’m rooting for her. … It was fun.
Bakula on the new Star Trek movie:
I’m dying to see it. It looks like they’ve found a way to modernize it, and hopefully in a way that will [work] … I was talking to my 18-year-old son, and we were looking at the billboard, and I asked him, "What do you think of that?" He said, "When I first saw it, I was like, ‘Oh, another Star Trek movie. Those movies are so … ‘" And he didn’t have the word. I said, you know, "Dated?" And he said, "Yeah." It feels dated to an 18-year-old.
The trick is, they’ve got to bring it up to date and make it hip and sexy and fast and all the things they can do with effects now, and keep the die-hard fans in the theater. I’ll be curious to see if they’ll be successful with that. I hope they are.
We were trying to make that bridge with our series, and we had resistance. There was no question that some of the Star Trek fan base was not ready to go there [laughs]. They just didn’t want to do it. A guy stopped me, and he said, "Oh, I loved that show, I loved it, loved it, … except for the theme song" [laughs]. I was like, "Man, people should just …" But they’re not willing to give it any slack. If they don’t like it, they’re vocal about it. But if they like it, then you’re made. … The trailer looks fantastic. And, obviously, [director J.J.] Abrams knows how to make a movie. And, hopefully, he will have succeeded, and the studio will say, "We shouldn’t have canceled Enterprise" [laughs].
Much more from Scott, including talking about Quantum Leap, at SciFiWire.
And here are some images from the episode:
"Chuck Versus The Dream Job" airs tomorrow April 6th on NBC at 8:00 PM.
All Photos: Warner Bros Television Entertainment/Paul Drinkwater