Scott Bakula helmed the Enterprise as Captain Jonathan Archer for four seasons.
And along with all the fans, Bakula believes Star Trek: Enterprise could have run for seven seasons had it gone into syndication instead of network television. The actor spoke at a panel held during the weekend TREKtalks2 fundraiser livestream event which [via Trekmovie] supports the Hollywood Food Coalition. Though he thinks the series could have run longer, he says he grateful they got four years as, at one point, that was in doubt.
"And I’m so glad that we got the four years because there was a moment when we were only going to have three and that would have been a real shame."
And Scott Bakula is open to reprising the role, a response which may surprise some.
Quantum Leap fans were disappointed when Bakula passed on the opportunity to appear in the reboot. With that series having run longer than Star Trek: Enterprise it’s understandable that Enterprise fans might not have thought the actor would consider becoming Captain Archer again. But Bakula says he’s been doing this too long to ever say never. So when asked if he would follow in Patrick Stewart and other returning Star Trek actors’ footsteps, he said “sure.”
"I’ve been doing this too long to ever say never or no to anybody. I talk to everybody about stuff. So, sure."
And if a live-action return to the franchise doesn’t work, Bakula says he enjoys doing voice-over work, which means he could possibly lend his voice to an animated Captain Archer. He specified, though, that the opportunity hasn’t come across his desk.
"I’ve done a bunch of animated voice-over work and animation, so I enjoy it. It just hasn’t come across my desk. But I do appreciate being referred to as “legacy” as opposed to “old Trek.” That’s very nice."
So now Kurtzman needs to pick up the phone so we can see Captain (or Admiral) Archer again!