Enterprise: Flashed is an animated parody of Star Trek: Enterprise and was released March 2005 shortly after news broke the show would not return for a fifth season. It is the fifth Flash series I animated.
While I could lie and yammer on about how Enterprise is the best Trek ever and that’s why I chose to animate a parody for it. I choose instead to be honest:
I animated this series for name recognition. I saw an opportunity with a group of Trekkies and took it. And for a time, they loved it.
Now, that’s not to say I don’t like Enterprise. And while it wasn’t maybe under the best intentions, animating the series was a lot of fun and I met a ton of cool people in the process.
The series started as a one episode idea. I animated the thing thinking no one would care. I posted about it on the Save Enterprise forum (now long dead) and it took off. I was totally surprised. The next thing I knew I developed a little following and rode the wave as long as I could.
And I had to actually come up with more ideas and stories. This was tough.
The stories I wrote were not very grounded. Yet people seemed to like what I produced. And while I only made seven episodes (counting the special Moonves episodes), I am proud of what I did. I feel in many ways I was successful in creating a parody that stayed true to source material but was zany enough to have fun with itself. Ahoyager was always too zany and never found its core. Enterprise: Flashed almost got it right.
But there’s also a lot of things I got wrong. The animation is awkward like all my older works (seriously, why didn’t I do actual lip syncing?). Dialogue is iffy sometimes. Pacing can be weird. I am sure I fucked up some Trek lore somewhere.
Yet, there’s something still charming about this series. If you’re a Trekkie, check it out. It may surprise you.