Enterprise was struggling since season 1. Not a-lot of people liked Enterprise. It was a fan hated disater.
Which was a shame really, seeing as they managed to undo some of the zeerust of (a word that essentially means stuff that's supposed to look futuristic but looks dated because of the old concepts of futuristic) the original series by having the Constitution class sleek and simple on the inside while you can see lots of screens and fixings and things in the Enterprise.
Kitface 10:50, June 14, 2011 (UTC)
The quick and short answer is money. In that it didn't receive enough viewers to warrant the money they spending on it and therefore was cancelled to make room for another show that could bring in money. Ironic for that to be the fate of a Star Trek show. Though we don't live in a Star Trek world.
Another reason was that the production of the show was poorly managed by paramount. They were spending far too much money per episode. This combined with bad choices early in the series which angered fans sealed its fate. It is a shame because they really started to get it right in the 4th season and had they continued with the Earth-Romulan war in seasons 5,6,7 it could have been really great.
The first three seasons were too damaging to canon. The first season had the Feringi in it for crying out loud. Borg in the second, and the third was just horrid. The fouth season was by far the best, stories that sould have introduced the show were finally told, but by then it was too late. I lay the failure of the show squarely at the feet of Rick Berman and Brannon Baga. Neither, even with the all the producing and writing experience from TNG to VOY really knew NOTHING about Star Trek. They were teling stories that would have worked BRILLIANTLY in a post VOY timeline after 2379. But the fans were expecting in the first season what partially showed up in the fourth season. ENT began in 2151 5 years before the Earth-Romulan war began. Had the show gone 7 seasons, the last two would have encompassed the first two of the war and it would not have made any sence to the shows core, as the Romulans had played almost NO part in the show until season four. All of this along with lackluster support from Paramount AND the low quality of lead in shows and impending failure of UPN, ultimatly lead to the cancellation of the show. The ratings for the fourth season effectivly dubled, however Paramount was in the middle of the Viacom/CBS purchase-merger hoopla. So this was not enough to save the show, or send it into first-run syndicatiion. Each episode was costing upwards of $750,000 to over $1 million dollars to produce, depending on the episodes amount of VFX. But is all comes back to Brannon and Braga not understanding what Enterprise was supposed to be. Introducing two new major races in a pre-quel and not concentrating on the TOS races and the stories about them led to the early death of the series. Bjbeardse 22:29, July 19, 2011 (UTC)
The first season was saddle with issues to numerous to mention, including but not limited to, meetings with races that were never mentioned until STTNG. In addition to this, there was clearly a misunderstanding of the history of the original Enterprise and the history of the Federation.
Like many other Paramount shows, including the TOS, which was filmed at Desilu Studios (owned by Desi Arnez and Lucille Ball), there was a clear lack of support from the studio heads. TOS worked because Gene Roddenberry was there to guide it and help his vision be realized. TNG had these same issues until season three and only survived because there was a change of leadership in the production staff. Enterprise didn't have that benefit and they also lacked guidance. I do believe the producers knew anything about the history of the Trek universe. This crippled the series for two seasons. It's important to keep in mind that the actors were to blame for this. They did well with the material they were given.
A good place to start would be explaining the early origins of federation and perhaps even introducing Sarek of Vulcan. He would have been roughly 50 years old at the time of this series.
The other issue was the massive production costs. The studio was spending more than they were making.
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