Case in point: Here's Brannon Braga, co-creator of Star Trek: Enterprise, valiantly trying to bring back a show that no one liked in the first place and has been canceled for eight years.
"The best possible thing the fans could do is, if they want to see another season of Enterprise, is watch it on Netflix…. My neighbor produces Arrested Development, and they’re making a new season of Arrested Development. I recall him telling me that it’s because for that show, they know they’re gonna get… they have data! They know a certain number of people are going to watch that show. I’ve heard rumors in town that the CBS show Jericho might get another season, because the numbers on Netflix are big! Watch Enterprise!" (Via.)
I'll be the first to admit that Enterprise's fourth and final season actually showed some promise—and I'll also be the first to admit that absolutely no one on ever needs to watch another episode of Enterprise again. Because... because. WHY CAN'T NERDS EVER LET ANYTHING DIE?
There's a silver lining to this, though: Netflix is actually going to make a sci-fi show that sounds interesting and original and is not boring and awful—and even if it doesn't work out, it'll still be a far more worthwhile investment and experiment than bringing back Stargate: Farscape or whatever. It's a TV show from the Wachowskis, whose work has only gotten more daring and interesting since those Matrix sequels no one likes to talk about.
The streaming giant has announced a 10-episode pickup for Sense8, a sci-fi drama produced by Georgeville Television in association with Studio JMS. It's a first for the Wachowskis, whose film efforts include the Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta and Cloud Atlas, and partners them with veteran showrunner J. Michael Straczynski.... Though there isn't a glut of details on the project, Sense8 is described as a global story of "minds linked and souls hunted." (Via.)
"A global story of 'minds linked and souls hunted.'" What the fuck does that mean? Nothing! It means nothing! It's gibberish! And I will put $100 on the table right now and bet that Sense8 will be much, much better and much, much more daring than anything that would've happened in season five of Star Trek: Enterprise.
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