Thursday, November 18, 2004

Jolene Blalock is trash talking Berman

Enterprise star Jolene Blalock has spoken exclusively to SFX about her unhappiness with the development of her character last year. In an outspoken interview, Jolene declared she’s been “bored” and “frustrated”, and had a veiled pop at the long-running producers of the Trek franchise, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga...

In season three, Jolene’s Vulcan character T’Pol became a drug addict, hopped into bed with crewmate Trip, and seemed to spend half her time half-naked, administering sexy back-rubs. Unsurprisingly, Jolene was not impressed...
“You can’t substitute tits and ass for good storytelling. You can have both, but you can't substitute one for the other, because the audience is not stupid. You can’t just throw in frivolous, uncharacteristic... well, bull and think it's gonna help the ratings!"

Jolene is extremely enthusiastic about the scripts for the new series, and about writer Manny Coto – now promoted to executive producer - taking charge of the shop. But she’s also convinced that it’s too late, and that season four will be Enterprise’s last. When we asked why changes weren’t made before, she replied:
“Because it’s the same in any industry... You have this head guy who's some kind of ancient old croaker with no concept of the real world outside, with his fine wine and his, er, crumpets. And what are ya gonna tell them? ‘Give it up’? ‘Go home, be with your wife, go play golf’? No - then ya got no job! A powerful job is your identity. Give that up, and who are you? What the hell are you gonna do with all that time? You can’t tell people what to do anymore!”

Seems like this bitching is coming a little late. Manny is doing a stand up job. T'Pol is just a boring character. All of the characters are kinda stale. (Except for Phlox and maybe Trip) I'm willing to give it a chance if someone will confirm whether or not Enterprise is an alternate timeline or if they are trying to pass the show off as actual history. I have a Star Trek Encyclopedia dammit and there are no Xindi in it.

Check out the article here.

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