Some might recall some time ago when Brannon Braga, who co-created “Star Trek: Voyager” and the current UPN series “Enterprise,” told fans he had never watched the original series, “Star Trek.” In the upcoming issue of Star Trek Communicator, Braga explains why.
“Yeah, I’ve taken a lashing from the fans, but just for the record, here’s how that started,” Braga told the official magazine. “I think there was a period about eight years ago when I made some stupid comments, in one or two interviews, about never having seen an episode of the original series, which was true. And in fact, when I first started here, when Gene Roddenberry was still alive, he said to me, ‘Don’t watch the original series. If you haven’t seen it, don’t watch.’
“And I (asked) why? And he said, ‘Because you will bring something fresh to the table’ — because he was very adamant that (‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’) not be the original series, and not redo anything. So I was like, ‘Fine.’ “
Braga said he thought not seeing the original series was more of a novelty, but later learned how many fans had taken great offense to those statements. And because of that, situations definitely have changed, he said.
“Well, of course, now — eight years later — I have seen most of them, and I’ve always had a great affection for it, and I know it very, very well. And I know what people like about it. So when it came to certain details of this show (‘Enterprise’), there were lots of original series details that came from me.”
Braga spoke more at length about the new series saying that despite the hint of the story arcs from the series pilot, “Broken Bow,” not much of the future of the series has been mapped out.
“Yeah, you don’t want to figure out everything, every detail — you want to figure out 25 percent of it and leave 75 percent of it to inspiration as you go,” he said. “But we know where a lot of things stand … We’re hoping that the fans enjoy watching the genesis of Star Trek, and enjoy the characters, and maybe non-Trek fans might enjoy the show ’cause you don’t have to know much.”