Enterprise Season 3 Was ‘Uncomfortable’ For John Billingsley
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Enterprise Season 3 Was ‘Uncomfortable’ For John Billingsley

As Billingsley explained: 

“I will say, and this has been pointed out to me, that at the end of the third season, it was revealed that the Xindi, too, were being manipulated. And you could argue that there was a … I won’t say anti-capitalist viewpoint, but certainly, an anti-colonialist viewpoint being expressed, which is always the thing that I’ve appreciated about Manny. He’s an extremely smart guy, he had an episode that was clearly taking on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.’

The Israeli-Palestinian interpretation is interesting, but Billingsley, an atheist, seems to have taken the correct lesson, saying: “From an atheist point of view, say, a pox on both of your houses to the extent that religion interferes with your capacity to actually get along.”

Billingsley also feels that “Enterprise” finally found a good balance of the dark and the light in its fourth and final season. The first, second, and fourth seasons captured the overall pitch for “Enterprise,” which was that it was Starfleet’s first time at everything, and there was a lot of exciting uncertainty. 

“I tend to kind of have complicated feelings about the third season. I think the fourth kind of found that sweet spot. My feeling about the show is … that it’s both joyful and confusing. The first ship, the first crew. I liked the fact that the weapons malfunction, I liked the fact that we were afraid to transport, I liked the fact that there was a sense of, ‘Should we go, should we stay? What do we do?’ I kind of felt they got away from that too quickly.

Sadly, “Enterprise” did not get a fifth season to continue to explore, and never quite found its footing in a post-9/11 world. However, it was fascinating to watch it try.

Community’s Alison Brie Is Skeptical Of The Movie’s Alleged Shooting Schedule

The other cause for concern is the lack of concrete details. Questions like “what’s in the script?” and “who’s going to be in it?” are still unanswered, even among the major cast members. “We are allegedly shooting it this summer, is the most that I know,” Brie explained. “I saw Joel [McHale] and Danny [Pudi] last week and I was like, ‘Joooooel, where’s the script? What’s the plan?’ And he was kind of just bouncing around.”

But just as “Community” did eventually get a nice, conclusive finale in season 6, it still looks like the “Community” movie will eventually start filming. Despite her reservations, Brie herself has confirmed there’s no big reason for alarm yet. “Most of us have all signed on to do it, everyone who’s in is in, and now everyone is kind of assessing their schedules and hoping that we can make it work to shoot it this summer.”

In the meantime, we’ll just content ourselves with what little we do know. We know it definitely won’t be a paintball-themed movie, nor will the plot center around any sort of homage to a specific movie. We also know that the script will be co-written by fellow “Community” screenwriter Andrew Guest, a man responsible for classic episodes like “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” and “Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples.” Although there are a million things up in the air right now, things still seem promising that we’ll get to see Alison Brie take up her Annie role sometime soon. We were promised “six seasons and a movie,” after all, and the cast and crew seem like they’re fully planning to deliver.