LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Star Trek" fans from around the world gathered at the gates of Paramount Studios in Hollywood on Friday to protest the impending cancellation of the television series "Star Trek: Enterprise."
Carrying signs reading "It's Not Just a Show, It's a Responsibility" and "18 Years of Loyalty and This Is the Thanks I Get?," more than 100 people massed at the gates of Paramount, where "Enterprise" is produced, to show support for a franchise that has perhaps the most loyal fan base in the world.
None wore costumes, however, in a departure from many gatherings of "Trekkies."
The UPN network, which like Paramount is a unit of Viacom Inc., said earlier this month it would end "Enterprise" in May after four seasons on air. But the fans are not letting it go quietly.
Paramount and UPN officials declined to comment.
"'Star Trek: Enterprise' ... is quality television, unlike a lot of the reality you see on TV today," said Candice McCallie, the Texas-based publicity director for Web site TrekUnited.com and an organizer of Friday's protest.
And organized it was -- attendees had professional laminated badges, posters and even permits from the L.A. Police Department to block the sidewalks around the studio.
Although the original series created by Gene Roddenberry ran only from 1966 to 1969, at least one version of "Star Trek" has constantly been on air since 1987 -- "The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," "Voyager" and now "Enterprise."
The current series is something of a prequel, set in the earlier days of human space exploration and the "Star Trek" universe, well before those other series took place.
"Enterprise" is tied for 150th place in ratings this season, according to Nielsen Media Research, but McCallie argued "Enterprise" peaked creatively this year.
"It's some of the best 'Star Trek' we've seen in the 18 years it's been on," she said.
Fans are so dedicated that TrekUnited has raised more than $48,000 to give to Paramount to potentially produce a fifth season of the show.
I didnt like enterpirse that much, whats the point of goin back in time for a star trek series I wonder if they are thinking of making another star trek, i dunno what they could do, they covered pretty much everything in the first 4 series.
Not sure that another Star Trek should be made. If it is they should make it more like Babylon 5 with a tougher and grittier edge to it (like DS9 style but tougher).
Need another female captain I think, Lucy Lawless would be good