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More On Save Enterprise Donations

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the so-many-mixed-feelings dept.

Sci-Fi 636

Malfourmed writes "TrekUnited.com today announced that three anonymous contributors from the commercial spaceflight industry have stepped forward with a $3 million pledge toward the campaign to ensure a fifth season for the recently cancelled Star Trek: Enterprise. The benefactors explained why they believe this campaign deserves such a substantial contribution: 'We think Star Trek and especially its latest incarnation, Enterprise is the kind of TV that should be aired more often. The people responsible at Paramount think this is just a show and we want to tell them, it is not. We are in the commercial space flight industry and would like to testify that at least one out of two of all the actual entrepreneurs involved in this industry has been inspired by Star Trek; and we are not only good at watching TV sci-fi , we are also good at writing checks, big checks. The people airing this kind of TV have a responsibility; inspiration.' " We reported on this a few days ago, but this is more info about the largest donors.

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Nice "fix" for the dupe Taco (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823125)

Last minute addition to make it appear like a follow-up? How much will it take to save Slashdot from bad editing and dupes?

Re:Nice "fix" for the dupe Taco (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823225)

'Bigger Checks' preferably made out to 'Taco'

Spell check spell check spell check (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823259)

"doner" reminds me of "boner" ...speaking of which, I have one, but not for this website.

donor, you assclowns. Use fucking spell-check.

The $3 million doner (0)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823279)

Yeah, but Taco also had to point out about the biggest doners. [btinternet.com] That's newsworthy in itself.. a $3 million doner.. tasty!

testicle (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823131)

first post

5 Seasons does not a trek series make (3, Interesting)

carninja (792514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823133)

Even on the long shot that they DO manage to squeeze another season out of paramount, I doubt that they'll be able to juice it for a full 7-season run like every other trek series (save the original series)

Re: grow up ! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823314)

If Star Trek matters to you, it's a sure sign that you need to grow up.

So... (-1, Troll)

jacen_sunstrider (797955) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823135)

Now the editors are just flat out telling us when it's a dupe?

News to You (4, Insightful)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823253)

The difference between "news" and "entertainment" stories is that news stories are ongoing, while entertainment ends with the punchline. Because news is just messages about the real world, where events have consequences and interrelationships. I know it's hard to recognize news, now that all the TV, radio, newspaper and other media that call themselves "news" are really just killing time, giving the weatherman a straightline, or spinning something politically damaging. But real news requires updates and context, and often has wild tangents that tell compelling details about something important, without any celebrity gossip. We now return you to your regularly scheduled infotainvert.

Re:So... (2, Funny)

coder.keitaro (861991) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823423)

Can't they do anything right?

First the editors are "bad people(TM)" for not finding dupes, and now they are "bad people(TM)" for clearly identifying them.

Give them a break, they are making it easier on all of us.
We no longer have to read half the comments before finding it out.
It is right there, front and center.
I for one welcome a future with no more "Editors are L4M3455 D00DZ" posts!

CmdrTaco needs a spell checker (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823136)

"Donors", not "doners".

Someone made a bonor (-1, Troll)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823141)

See title.

Re:CmdrTaco needs a spell checker (0, Offtopic)

Fnagaton (580019) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823187)

I always spell the piece of paper that detail payment instructions to the bank as "cheque" not "check". For example: "American Express Travelers Cheques"

Re:CmdrTaco needs a spell checker (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823236)

Cheque is the international English spelling while Check is the American English spelling.

Re:CmdrTaco needs a spell checker (-1, Offtopic)

katsiris (779774) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823262)

So he should spell check cheque? Agreed.

Re:CmdrTaco needs a spell checker (1)

katsiris (779774) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823288)

Of course, I should mention that this obviously turns up no errors. He could even have put a 'z' in there and nothing would happen. The Czech is in the mail!

Re:CmdrTaco needs a spell checker (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823307)

Both spellings (cheque and check) are considered correct in the US.

You can also use "catsup" or "ketchup."

There are not a lot of words in American English with more than one valid spelling, but a few do exist.

Re:CmdrTaco needs a spell checker (0, Offtopic)

nick-less (307628) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823281)

"Donors", not "doners".

Hm... doughnuts ...

Nothing can go wrong... (-1, Flamebait)

johndiii (229824) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823138)

We reported on this a few days ago, but this is more info about the largest doners.

Translation: "I know this is a dupe, but I'm going to give you a lame excuse and post it anyway. Hey, at least I changed the headline!"

And "doners". Do you suppose that's a typo for "donors" or for "boners"?

Re:Nothing can go wrong... (1)

carninja (792514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823160)

There's an abundance of boner jokes going around this morning. Is this Slashdot's version of "morning wood?"

Re:Nothing can go wrong... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823358)

No typo. A doner is a kind of kebab.

We reported on this a few days ago.... (-1, Redundant)

Gannoc (210256) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823140)

...and will probably report on it again in 4 hours with a slightly different title.

For God's sake people GET SOME PRIORITIES!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823361)

I mean, with the situation in Iraq, people dying every day, the Tsunami in the far east, Bush's plans to eliminate social security, and all you people can talk about is Star Trek?


Couldn't this $3bn be better spent on something a little more worthwhile than a lame TV show? Even Bill Gates (the most hated man on this site) has donated some of his money to worthy causes. Is it too much to ask yuu basement-dwelling social retards to consider the bigger picture?


You disgust me.

Re:For God's sake people GET SOME PRIORITIES!!! (2, Informative)

carninja (792514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823420)

This isn't CNN, pal. Maybe you missed the "News for Nerds" caption under the slashdot logo. If I want to know about Iraq, Bush or the tsunami, I'd be reading CNN.com or something else.

Lost faith (-1, Offtopic)

FictionPimp (712802) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823142)

I have offically lost faith in humanity.

Re:Lost faith (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823189)

What a coincidence! Humanity completely lost faith in you just the other day!

Well (3, Interesting)

elid (672471) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823143)

Does anyone know how much a season of production costs? Even 3 million may not be enough....

Re:Well (1)

HexRei (515117) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823203)

I believe previous stories I read pegged it at around 60M...

Re:Well (1)

carninja (792514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823207)

Paramount has been spending about 80 million a season so far, and that's the estimated amount that they need... they've pretty much admitted that they won't get 80 million, but they're giving it all they've got nonetheless.

Re:Well (2, Interesting)

LocoMan (744414) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823382)

One question I do have, though... if Paramount says that no matter how much money is raised they just don't want to do another season... what happens to that money? (just curious here).

How far 3 million would go (2)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823212)

Figure between one and two million per episode, so a ballpark number for a season would be thirty million.

I wonder if three million is enough to buy out Berman's contract and get him to retire, which would really save Star Trek.

Re:Well (5, Informative)

PhotoBoy (684898) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823222)

It's reckoned to be $1.6M per episode, so technically they need $36M to make a 22 episode season. But it all depends on how much Paramount want, they could accept $18M as enough to offset production costs or they could play hardball and raise the target to $50M.

Brings up a good question (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823334)

If fans raise the money to get the show made, who gets the ad money, future royalties, etc? If they made a DVD set, would any money be paid back to the people donating?

Wha? (2, Insightful)

null etc. (524767) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823145)

We reported on this a few days ago, but this is more info about the largest doners.

What's a doner?

Re:Wha? (4, Informative)

Kuro-Bishounen (859899) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823168)

It's a conically shaped mass of lamb meat, fat and spices, cooked unevenly then served up to drunken British students in heart attack temptingly mayonaisy sauce (with garlic)

Re:Wha? (-1, Troll)

philbowman (707419) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823196)

There's meat in there? Also known as an 'elephant's leg'

Re:Wha? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823219)

Something that is done more than something else.

ex: I think it's 'bout time to flip this here steak. That side's doner 'an this un.

or in this case, I think CT's talking about the size of the story and how much /. is done reading about it.

Thus, the story is a "large doner".

Re:Wha? (2, Informative)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823251)

a type of turkish kebab , Rather tasty and a dammed fined snack at 2AM.
http://www.netcooks.com/recipes/Sandwiches/Doner.K ebab.html [netcooks.com]
Also i would far rather spend my money on one than on a new season of Enterprise.
I personaly thought it was the least enjoyable star trek ever , however there are far worse TV shows that havnt got canceld yet (anything involving reality TV).
Come to think about it though , the worst star trek , is still rather good Sci-fi considering some of the other crap of the last few years .
However i would far rather see a new season of Futurama , now there was some classic Sci-fi/comedy

Error in article title. (-1, Troll)

l8f57 (652468) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823148)

You spelled it wrong - it is Moron, not more on.

Trying to herd cats (5, Insightful)

Rocketboy (32971) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823154)

I think it's nice sentiment but ultimately ineffective. You're trying to tell arrogant people with enormous egos that they're wrong. They don't want to hear that. Unless their board is energized by powerful stockholders, they don't have to hear that. Good try, though.

Rb

Re:Trying to herd cats (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823342)

You're trying to tell arrogant people with enormous egos that they're wrong. They don't want to hear that.

Especially when they are right.

Enterprise sucks. Sorry.

Re:Trying to herd cats (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823410)

TV shows have been saved by write-ins. The original Trek was one such show. Syndicated shows are especially amenable to this sort of pressure.

Not that Enterprise doesn't deserve to die, but it's still possible.

Fans (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823155)

Talk about some "Enterprising" fans! Buh-dum-dahhh

They really got it together last season... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823158)

...but I can't bring myself to pay to keep hearing that horrible opening theme. If they would promise to get a new theme, I would cough up some duckets.

WHY give money to B&B? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823161)

Why not give the money on the condition that they're gone? That'd be better for the future of Trek than anything else.

Um... no. (5, Insightful)

datastalker (775227) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823162)

"We think Star Trek and especially its latest incarnation, Enterprise is the kind of TV that should be aired more often."

Have they watched it? If so, have they ever seen things like ST:TNG, Babylon 5, Firefly, or even Battlestar Galactica?

If they had, they'd realise there's better things to do with their money, no matter how much "better" this last season was.

Re:Um... no. (-1, Flamebait)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823215)

"If they had, they'd realise there's better things to do with their money, no matter how much "better" this last season was"

I like "Star Trek" and all, but when I see a huge effort to create a charity to keep it going, I do wonder if this money would be better spent alleviating the human misery in Sudanese refugee camps instead of making sure we get one more TV season of actors with forehead bumps.

Re:Um... no. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823239)

It'd be better spent on hookers and blackjack than on Enterprise.

Oh shut up (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823274)

This is the same stupid "argument" people use everytime someone is raising money for a cause they feel is less important than some other cause. If we followed your thought, we'd raise money only for the single largest problem on Earth (Cancer, AIDS, whatever) and ignore everything else.

If your cause has merit, people will choose to donate, but they should still feel free, and not-guilty, to donate to other things they care about.

Your point might be valid (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823379)

Your point might be valid in this situation if I felt strongly about it (which I do not), and really wanted them to shut down the "Star Trek" charity. Instead, even though I think there are better charities, I hope their strange effort works. As for guilt, it is their money. They can do what they want with it.

Re:Um... no. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823347)

Did you really need three meals a day? I mean come on, two and a half would do.
Did you really need that beer? what about that candy bar?

How far do you want to take this? These succesful and hard working people want to spend their disposable income on something they like.

Re:Um... no. (5, Interesting)

Kombat (93720) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823416)

I do wonder if this money would be better spent alleviating the human misery in Sudanese refugee camps instead of making sure we get one more TV season of actors with forehead bumps.

I am so sick of this red herring fallacy. There is always something more worthwhile to spend our money on. How can the government give money to the military when our schools and hospitals are so desperately in need of cash? How can they fund public television? Why don't they just raise taxes, and give every last cent to foreign aid, completely eliminating all funding for all other programs? I mean, how can anyone cash their unemployment/social security check with a clear conscience, knowing that there are people starving somewhere?

We should balance our funding. Yes, of course we should provide money to other causes, but your argument is the top of a slippery slope that ends with the conclusion that we should devote ALL our money to the most worthy cause, with NO money for any other cause. This is clearly silly. Other programs are important too. Just because they're not as important as other programs doesn't mean they should forfeit their funding, it merely means it should be balanced and justified.

Plus, it's THEIR MONEY. They can spend it however they want. Would you want someone coming to your house and criticising you like that? "Do you really need a TV, an internet connection, and name-brand groceries? Why don't you take the bus instead of owning a car, and give the difference to charity? Do you really need a house? Couldn't you get by just fine in a small apartment, and instead donate that money to charity? Why are you buying new clothes instead of just borrowing from others? Why are you drinking beer, when that $5 would innoculate an African child against several life-threatening diseases? How can you not hate yourself for not feeling the guilt you should over your outrageously self indulgent lifestyle, with your 'groceries' and '50 channels of TV'?"

Re:Um... no. (2, Interesting)

carninja (792514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823296)

It's not so much the fact that it's not a great series, it's the fact that they'll be without star trek. It's like an addiction for many. (I'm addicted to the new Battlestar Galactica myself.)
To be fair, however, EVERY one of the trek series aside from TOS have had a pretty lame first three seasons, so many people are simply afraid that they are giving up on enterprise just a little too early.
Besides, maybe scifi fans have just gotten cocky since SaveFarscape squeezed a miniseries out of the whole shebang.

Re:Um... no. (5, Interesting)

FireBug (83228) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823378)

Have they watched it? If so, have they ever seen things like ST:TNG, Babylon 5, Firefly, or even Battlestar Galactica?
If they had, they'd realise there's better things to do with their money, no matter how much "better" this last season was.


I don't know about anyone else, but I personally have always felt the Star Trek franchise is more oriented towards "exploration" and general scientific curiosity. Don't get me wrong here, Enterprise and TNG had (have?) plenty of soap-opera-ish drama , but there's just something about them that appeals more to the curiosity than the rest.

Battlestar Galactica is a great show, but the premise is "run like hell and save our asses". I loved Firefly and Babylon 5 just as much, but only Babylon 5 ever really explored the interactions between cultures/species. Star Trek generally always explores "strange new worlds" and "new life and new civilizations" in some way or another. That's what appeals to me, and I believe those who donated money think along the same lines. Star Trek stimulates the mind and brings out the curiosity in us --- that's why it's "needed".

Re:Um... no. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823424)

fuck off, im tired of elitests like yourself telling people what they should do with thier money. WTF do you care if someone donates money to save Enterprise? So *YOU* don't like the show, dont give any money to save it then. Obviously these donators HAVE seen the show and enjoy it so much they're willing to give a large sum of money to keep it going. I'm sorry if that gets your panties in a bunch.

Why? (0, Redundant)

Eternauta3k (680157) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823166)

Aren't there better destinations for donations?

Re:Why? (1)

TEMM (731243) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823182)

NO, because obviously a half assed attempt at the star trek liscence is better than aids research, cancer research, drug rehab, homeless shelters...

Re:Why? (1)

Eternauta3k (680157) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823237)

I think Star Trek isn't in the list of possible donations in Affero for a reason

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823249)

The day you give $3M to any chairty is the day you can bitch about what charity someone else gives $3M to.

Re:Why? (1)

Eternauta3k (680157) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823292)

1. I don't think Star Trek counts as charity
2. If one had to be in the same situation as the one being criticized, progress'd be a bitch.

Re:Why? (0, Flamebait)

TEMM (731243) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823369)

A) Enterprise doesnt count as a charity, since it was on the air to make money, and was removed because it wasnt. Period. B) I dont have $3M to donate to anything, i do however donate used clothes to the salvation army, donate money to various community orgs (even when i dont really have the money) and ive participated in a ton of other forms of community fund raising. People with that much money have a responsibility to the public to not donate it to a stupid cause like saving a tv show that will no doubt be replaced by another series in the not so distant future. 3 million dollars could have put 30 homeless families into decent houses, or probably helped habitat for humanity build many more than that. Or bought food for a few hundred families for a year. If you cant see that you dont deserve to call yourself a human being.

Re:Why? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823264)

Why the fuck is it that idiots like you think that money should only go to your "good causes" (tm)? It's their money, they can spend it however they like! You don't know that they haven't already given to those other causes either.

Tell you what, next time you think about upgrading or buying a new computer/TV/ Microwave or anything, just give that money to charity instead. After all, you don't need a new one, you can get by fine with what you have. Also, you don't need that new game or book, so give the money to charity.

These guys are paying for something they think is worthwhile. Quit complaining that the money would be "better spent elsewhere"(tm).

You are so right (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823306)

I think this guy should give up his internet access. He obviously doesn't need to read Slashdot.

Euthanasia (1, Funny)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823169)

Please, just let the show die with a little dignity.

Did this happen... (5, Interesting)

kunwon1 (795332) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823171)

...when TOS, TNG, DS9 and Voyager were cancelled? I mean, I know that the fans have almost always been unanimous in their objections when one of the Treks have been cancelled, but are these huge monetary donations precedented?

My point is this:

Are people concerned about the series being cancelled, or are they concerned about the series being cancelled without another Trek incarnation on the horizon?

Re:Did this happen... (4, Informative)

carninja (792514) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823240)

TNG, DS9 and VOY weren't cancelled, their series was ended. That's like saying "Seinfield" was cancelled. It was simply time to move on. Only TOS got cancelled.

Re:Did this happen... (2, Interesting)

HexRei (515117) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823247)

It's worth keeping in mind that this is the first Trek since TOS that is being cancelled without another Trek series launching.

Re:Did this happen... (1)

Stephen Williams (23750) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823316)

When TOS was cancelled, there was a letter-writing campaign by fans. In fact, there was a campaign at the end of every season of TOS, because it was constantly in danger of cancellation due to the network not quite knowing what to do with it.

There were no campaigns for TNG, DS9 and VOY because they weren't cancelled; they ran seven seasons apiece, then came to natural conclusions.

-Stephen

Re:Did this happen... (1)

lukedukekiwi (834705) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823340)

Well i would prefer some trek to always be on, but im not all that concerned about enterprise. I had been quite an enterprise supporter and was really happy when it was not cancelled last season. But having subsequently watched the new battlestar galactica, and catching up on the last couple of seasons of the some-what average voyager this year, enterprise just does not cut it. Enterprise just looks cheap, stories and characters are uninspired, i dont think ill miss this series when it finishes. But saying that i hope a new trek series set further in the future appears on the horizon soon. Personally, prequels suck, would rather they keep things going forward

Re:Did this happen... (1)

brouski (827510) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823346)

There was even a larger public outcry each year when they threatened to cancel TOS, but the only thing they asked people to sign were letters, not checks. This plea for financial aid strikes me as a little distasteful.

Blame Farscape (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823362)

Pretty soon networks will just be cancelling shows to get the loyal audience to cough up some more cash. I believe they call that extortion.

Re:Did this happen... (1)

Meowing (241289) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823376)

Not necessarily the money part, but large and visible protests are kind of traditional. It's been happening since 1968 [google.com] .

Re:Did this happen... (5, Interesting)

snooo53 (663796) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823412)

I think people are more concerned that the series is being cancelled just as it is starting to get good. All the other series, except for TOS, had a good run and were then gracefully let go rather than cancelled. For a perfect example of what happens when you let a series go too long just look at X-Files. After the 7th season, the two main actors hardly wanted to be in it anymore, and the producers start adding gimmicks like throwing a baby into the mix; the one thing guaranteed to kill a show.

I think that people aren't so concerned about the lack of another Trek series on the horizon, but the fact that this one is being cancelled just as we are getting good plots and good characterization. Yes, B&B made some tremendous mistakes the first 3 seasons, but the show should be judged on the merits of *this* season, not the mistakes of the past.

That was close. (2, Funny)

radiumhahn (631215) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823183)

Ahhhh....It's a dupe! I thought I stuck in a spatial distortion cause by a port lacelle malfunction that caused a rift in the space time continuum.

Re:That was close. (0)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823374)

Don't forget the Tachyons!

I hope the get enough money... (5, Funny)

Raleel (30913) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823190)

to keep the show, and not enough to keep the title song

So.... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823199)

What TV shows did Neil Armstrong and Gene Kranz get inspired by to ACTUALLY GET TO THE MOON!?

Re:So.... (1)

TheHornedOne (50252) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823398)

Probably oldies like 'Flash Gordon' and all the great radio dramas that played when they were younger. Maybe they even read Jules Verne or H.G. Wells! I didn't actually look this up, but if your thrust here is that the men who went to the moon didn't have any sci-fi inspiration, I am pointing out here that you could be quite wrong.

Enterprise Doesn't Deserve to be Saved (SPOILERS) (2, Funny)

carlhirsch (87880) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823206)

If this is true, Star Trek should sit on the bench for a good 15 years or so.

(Found this on a random messageboard)
Oh Fuck it...Trip dies at the end and the episode is a holographic program on the holodeck of the Enterprise-D (yes...D as in how DUMB can you get!)which Riker and Troi are observing. The series itself is not a hologram program, but the likelihood of bringing it back after this bullshit is practically zero. You may now commense your saber rattling. Q

-carl

and what if .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823209)

Paramount does a Lokitorrent [theregister.co.uk] ? Or even better, what if they just pocket the money and other companies get a bright idea to have consumers subsidize their production costs ?

Sorry. Feeling overly cynical today. Maybe.

I am a Trek Fan (4, Interesting)

drewzhrodague (606182) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823241)

Yes, I have been inspired by Star Trek, but I do not work on space vehicles, or even pieces of them -- I wish I did.

Star Trek, and other Sci-Fi shows have influenced me since I was a small kid, with images of Captain Kirk and the Gorn duking it out. My Pop and I would watch, and have discussions of the future all throughout my childhood, adolescense, and (whatever excuse for) adulthood.

Trek is Trek, and I appreciate even Captain janeway and her personal issues to shows depicting people less interesting than I with their goofy friends.

Because of Star Trek (in any format), my goal is to help build the future.

Some more info... (4, Informative)

Malfourmed (633699) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823244)

At this post at the TrekBBS forum [trekbbs.com] one of the campaign organisers reveals that the donor is not Richard Branson (as was speculated by some) "but funny you should mention him", that two more Fortune 500 companies were interested and that the 'set' at paramount already knew the news before it was made public.

Later in the thread that the above post appears in it's explained that although the funds were not actually transferred to the campaign (can you imagine the Paypal fee on three million bucks?!), a contract was signed formalising the pledge, hence the reason for the delay in announcing the donation.

Tubular Bells (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823267)

"At this post at the TrekBBS forum one of the campaign organisers reveals that the donor is not Richard Branson (as was speculated by some) "

We will have to see about that, when Season 4 starts and there is a big red "V" on the hull of the ship. The despised theme song at last is replaced with "Tubular Bells" (pronounced Chewbular Bells by Branson).

Re:Tubular Bells (0)

Malfourmed (633699) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823325)

A big red "V"? You saying Branson is a rat-eating alien?


That makes an uncanny kind of sense actually...

Just goes to show... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823252)

.. a fool and his money are soon parted.

The NoAd probe (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823268)

If the fans manage to cough up enough to pay for another season of Enterprise, does that mean it will air with no commercials?

True. Very True (5, Interesting)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823272)

Star Trek the Original series is where I first learned the word "computer" when I was a three year old (c. 1973). The next week I tried to build one using all my wind up toys, string and the legs of the kitchen table. My mom asked what I was doing and I said, "building a computer". It was an obsession that continues to this day. At that age, Star Trek posed the concept to me of a machine that could figure anything out and answer all my questions. What child wouldnt' be inspired by that?

from a philosophical standpoint (1)

stormi (837687) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823277)

from a philosophical standpoint i think that the donation is a good idea. why?

the trekkies really wanted another show, and the trekkies all got together and protested and raised money, and made some noise. it might not be an important cause, it might even be a stupid cause, but it was a cause, and they fought for it!

today's society (at least from my perspective) seems extremely apathetic about everything. even issues we have problems with, we tend to just ignore and shrug and figure either a) it's not worth it, or b) it'll fix itself eventually. people simply can't be bothered to make a statement. (or at least large numbers of people).

these trekkies made some noise and were noticed by some people who actually could make a difference. if nothing else, this might give people the motivation to speak up on a few other subjects, and perhaps get some recognition. (i know, my optimism is really pushing the barriers here...).

for those of you that want star trek to die: then don't watch it. no one is asking you to watch it or like it. it's out there for the people that want it.

If it's inspiration you're after ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823294)

Air it on PBS, the network that listens to all those crazy Dr. Who fans!

Theme Song? (0)

bpfinn (557273) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823297)

Star Trek has inspired us, and particularly Enterprise, with its superb theme song...

WTF?

(I agree with the sentiment of the song, but I really dislike the song itself.)

Jesus Christ (-1, Flamebait)

revscat (35618) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823299)

What is wrong with some people?

I mean, ok, you can spend your money however you feel is best. Fine. Whatever.

BUT: That doesn't mean you above being criticized for that choice.

Three million bucks? For a TV show? And it's not even like it's all that good, or important! Hell, if you want to encourage manned space flight why not give it to Space Camp or do a DVD release of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" or something?

The idea that giving millions of dollars away so that a bad sci-fi TV show can continue on is just asinine to me. Maybe I'm missing something here. If so PLEASE tell me where, because from where I sit this looks, well, stupid.

Aaah! (0, Troll)

clawDATA (758072) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823302)

Jesus H. Christ. Would you just let it DIE!!!!

Better yet, spend the money on assassins for Braga and Berman.

Complete stupidity (-1, Troll)

woah (781250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823308)

Lame show. Utter waste of money. In the mean time, people are dying in the third world.

They are also responsible for QUALITY. (5, Insightful)

visionsofmcskill (556169) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823309)

While i applaud the intentions of these donors, indeed the entire "save enterprise" foundation is an amazing initiative of fans attempting to keep a show they love alive.

However, Enterprise is horrible... Voyager was bad... but Enterprise is REALLY bad. I know im really drawing straws between determining which one is worse... but that really is non releveant to the point.

The show was and is very terribly made and is even contradictory to what the intentions of gene rodenberys universe were. It's lost it's multi-culturalism, the founding principle and indeed the trademark difference star trek brought from it's very first iteration throughout the rest of it's tenure. "Enterprise" is nearly an all-white western crew with the exception of a black driver and a vulcan.

This is NOT the vision of our future Gene painted, and it is NOT star trek.

I understand the fans love this show for some strange reason, or maybe they simply love the Star Trek universe and will bear the burden of this worst incarnation just to keep it going... but i believe their efforts... and money.... would much better spent on getting paramount to create a new quality star trek true to its roots.

Abandon the scot bacula, the country western intro, the nearly all-white and all-western crap of a show theyve created, and return to what star trek was supposed to be.

If you havent forgotten, Trek was supposed to be about a HOPE for humanities united front against "the final frontier". At last mankinds differences werent as great as the difficulties in facing a diverse and strange universe beyond our little backwater pond of a planet.

This money should be spent creating a show with better writers, a better cast and crew, and something far more canon than they have been. I would much rather see the rise of anything at least on the level of deep space nine, than any continuance of this voyager "enterprise" drivel.

3 million could at least hire better writers, and change the cast.

Lastly, these guys hit it on the head when they said that star trek's important role in our society is inspiration, there is no doubt it's had a cultural impact of untold magnitude by instilling the grandest dreams in our children of decades ago to even now with the belief that we could at least try to make this great society of our future. An earth united, and the stars at our footsteps... let us not let it be so easily trampled upon by cheap writers and bad marketers.

--Vision
Just my 2c.

They like the Theme Song! (1, Funny)

EduardoFonseca (703176) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823311)

From TFA:

...The people airing this kind of TV have a responsibility; inspiration. Star Trek has inspired us, and particularly Enterprise, with its superb theme song that tells so much about our struggle to move space travel forward and closer to the public...

Well. Now I get that theme song thing!

Big cheques mean big influence (1)

ip_freely_2000 (577249) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823384)

Am I the only one to wonder if these cheques will lead to sponsor driven stories and placement ads? If the creators care less about viewers and more about pleasing the sponsors, you wonder how the stories will go.

I think Star Trek deserves better than to become a big soapbox to advertise and push a particular agenda.

Star Trek deserves respect, let it die with dignity.

Horny losers! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11823385)

Look, the show sucked and deserved to get canned. If you just drop the pretense of 'trying to save a cool sci-fi show,' I bet that $3M could finance one hell of a porno starring Jolene Blalock in full Vulcan makeup-- she's the only reason all you dweebs want to save the show anyway.

How much extra do they need (1)

SirGarlon (845873) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823395)

to get good scripts? I've got my checkbook right here.

Where does the money go if they fail? (1, Insightful)

gelfling (6534) | more than 9 years ago | (#11823419)

Wow. These trekkies are more gullible than born again Christians who send money to televangelists. Let's say this 'open source' effort fails. Where does the money go? Somehow I picture two guys in the Bahamas under a pile of drunk women.
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