It's somehow very appropriate that a show like Star Trek: Enterprise, a show plagued by bad luck and bad decisions from the beginning, ended tonight on Friday the 13th.
In an attempt to end things, the writers plunged the characters six full years into the future. The story was told as a history by some characters from the much more popular Next Generation series. Without getting into geeky explanations, it was an attempt at closing this prequel of a series by leading it into issues of the other shows. A nice attempt, but didn't quite work for me. It's a big thing, though. Because in way they just weren't trying to close out Enterprise, but the entire canon of the Star Trek.
While I didn't enjoy every episode of Enterprise, some of their over-arching plot lines were unique and pretty well developed. But I knew it the show was in trouble in season 2 when nearly every promo featured surfer-turned model-turned actress Jolene Blalock in near-naked status. Scott Bakula, who was the only big name actor in the series, didn't help matters by seeming to phone in his performance each week.
But so it goes. As a cultural thing, Star Trek's had a pretty good run. And who knows, it may be back in another form another twenty years down the road.
In the meantime, there are some actors and film makers up in Maryland at New Voyages creating whole new episodes on the internet. Brings the idea of fan worship to a whole new level, and will keep all the closet Trekkers out there satisfied until the next one comes around.