Lord Revan wrote:ENT wasn't killed by having a Hero ship that looked similar to the Akira class.
Oh, not at all. But it looking so similar is one of the symptoms. Certainly not the cause. The cause is Berman and his... detachment to a media empire he was running. Even Bragga was pretty good during TNG, but once he got up there with Berman and had to conform, he became like him.
Moore at least had the sense to say fuck this shit and left in disgust.
NX looking like Akira? Not really an issue other than about 10 seconds of "heh" when I saw the pilot. I could even understand the reasoning that it looked like the Akira because Akira is popular. But Berman literally wanted an Akira as the hero ship. That's demented. I cannot imagine any other scifi show (or TV show) that would try and do that. You don't let the big guys on Broadwalk Empire have a Porche 911 just because they look good and people like them - because it doesn't fit and anyone with any knowledge of the era would immediately say "err.. no?" Berman genuinely thought the audience would like an Akira class in Enterprise because they liked it in STFC.
How that man came to be a producer at that level, I have no idea. Maybe he's a little like Lucas - when he has people watching over him or someone capable of saying "no, that's a bad idea, have you thought of this instead", a good vision, good producers, good story tellers. But take Berman off the leach and it's like a 5 year old with some crayons and some bad acid tabs.
He's clearly not retarded or stupid - you can't be to get to that level. But he really had no idea about his own franchise (a multi billion dollar franchise) or the fan base.
I can honestly see the conversation going something like this:
B: And the ship, I want it like that one from the Borg film.
X: The Enterprise?
B: No, no that small one that's upside down. You know *waves hand* the one the fans love.
X: *looks around at the others*
Y: Y... you mean the Akira?
B: The what?
Y: The ship that has the engines below it?
B: yeah! That one! The fans love that design!
X: You want a design that looks similar to that?
B: Can't you just use that ship? The IT guys will have the blueprints for it, just replicate that. Change the name or something, I don't know. IT's already been designed... will probably save a bit too!
Y: Mr Berman, do you mean using the actual model from First con.. The Borg film?
B: Yeah! *sniffs nose a bit*
X: But Mr Berman, that ship is from 200 years in the future.
B: I thought Enterprise was 200 years in the future?
X: No.. well yes, sorry, I mean it's 200 years in the future for them.
B: Yeah - 200 years sounds about right. Mike, 150 years, 250? You can do something in the encyclopedia for that right?
B: What's the deal? The fans love it, we already have the model for it, ... 200 years, 400... it's *waves hands* The Future! They won't know the difference. But don't call it Kira they'll think it's named after that woman on the station.
B: Look, I gotta go to this casting session, sort it out and let me know by Wednesday, yeah? *sniffs a bit more*
X: Yes Sir, Mr Berman.
X, Y and MO exchange glances as he leaves.
Y: Is he serious?
X: I've never known him to joke.