A failing Enterprise: is there hope for Star Trek, or is the franchise dead?

[Originally published on N:Zone in 2004]Once upon a time in the early 1970s, Star Trek was an underground hit. Original 1966-1969 series reruns were being stripped every weeknight at six. New fans were watching the episodes over the dinner table, and catching on in droves. Star Trek conventions sprang up spontaneously all over the place, and fan fiction was born. Star Wars swept the country,