Star Trek: Enterprise didn’t have a well-liked theme song.
In fact, Russell Watson’s “Where My Heart Will Take Me” polarized Star Trek fans when it debuted as the theme song for the Star Trek prequel, Enterprise. Many fans hated it simply because it was a pop song that didn’t fit with Star Trek while others thought the series should have an orchestral theme. Some Trekkies even blamed Watson’s crooning for the show’s lackluster ratings, but those same Trekkies might be surprised to know that at least three Star Trek: Enterprise actors actually liked the song.
On a Star Trek: Mission Chicago Enterprise panel, the subject of “Where My Heart Will Take Me” inevitably came up as it has many, many times in the past. [via Trekmovie] Connor Trinneer, who played Trip Tucker, Dominic Keating, who played Malcolm Reed, and Anthony Montgomery, who played Travis Mayweather, weighed in on the pop song with all three expressing appreciation for it.
And Trinneer pointed out that the producers were very psyched about the song and were really excited.
"Dominic Keating: The original song? I didn’t mind at all. I thought it was rather beautiful.I thought it was rather fitting with the graphics and absolutely the human endeavor and flight and I thought it was pretty cool.Anthony Montgomery: I thought it was fantastic. And it fits our series. It does. For what our show is and what it represents in the franchise, I thought it was a perfect song.Connor Trinneer: I think I heard it for the first time and went, “That’s a song, that right there is a song."
The theme song for Star Trek: Enterprise changed in season three.
And that change made all the difference for Keating. When the upbeat version of the song was introduced at the beginning of season three, Keating called it goofy and naff, which, for those of us unfamiliar with British slang, means lacking in style or good taste. He told the audience he was watching the series right now, presumably for the podcast he’s working on with Trinneer, and he couldn’t even listen to the song.
The change didn’t make much of a difference for fans. They hated it from the beginning and hated it until the end. Well, most of them anyway. Some weren’t as concerned with the song as they were with the direction the series took from the start. It’s hard to imagine that anyone believes that, had the theme song been different, the show would have had blockbuster ratings.