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Feature: Enterprise

It's been a long road, getting from there to hereÖ

There's romance in the air, or he's just unconscious

The second season of Enterprise brings new adventures for Captain Jonathan Archer and sub-commander TíPol. To find out more, David Waldon met up with Scott Bakula, while Rupert Laight heard from Jolene BlalockÖ

Scott Bakula doesnít come across as a guy on top of the world, even though he seems to have a reason to have his head in the stars. Actually, thatís his day job Ė as Captain Jonathan Archer on Enterprise, the former Quantum Leap star has quickly carved his name into the ever-evolving lore that is Star Trek. Set 100 years before Kirk and Spock confronted the final frontier, Enterprise, which begins its second season this autumn, has Bakula and company blazing the trail for Starfleet crews of the future (or the past, at least for longtime Trek audiences, who are used to this wacky time-travel business anyway). And with a first campaign that was more robust than previous Trek inaugural missions the foundation has been laid for a long and steady run for yet another Gene Roddenberry-inspired project.

But Bakula, who turns 48 on October 9, knows better. Though heís very cheerful on the bright September afternoon of this interview as he strides into a room in the Paramount Studios commissary, heís well aware that in Space, or in Hollywood, nothing is ever totally certain. Thatís why, during a break from a busy shooting day, Bakula is eager to discuss what he sees as goals for the coming seasons and ways to maintain the momentum built by Enterprise.

Barring acts of God, youíve got a steady job for the next seven years as a part of the Star Trek family. How does that security weigh on you?

Well, I have to say that Ė I said this before we started and, in light of 9/11, Iíll say it again Ė I canít let go of that reality. I guess that Iíve just been in this business too long. I canít say in my head that this is a six- or seven-year character today. It just doesnít feel right to me. Iím too superstitious, I think. Iím happy, and it feels good. But you just donít know in the current political climate whatís going to happen anymore.

by David Waldon

Hear more from Scott Bakula, as well as the full interview with Jolene Blalock in:
Starburst #291

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