Interview Starbust Magazine

Starburst Magazine:

There's been - and still is - a lot of speculation regarding the future of the show. What does Connor think about this?

Connor Trinneer:

"There's really been a lot of conversations about that, I don't know much about this stuff, but my feeling is it wouldn't make any financial sense to not get your 100 shows and then go into syndication, because that's where you get your money back."

Starburst Magazine:

Thoughts on Season 3?

Connor Trinneer:

"I think it's the best year. There's an energy that we've gathered through the season. In terms of the arc of the story, we're building up the right way to the climax. We've really begun to accelerate to get to that point, and I've never done an arc like that - it's an extraordinary opportunity."
"There was an initial sense of innocence in our first couple of years that didn't really reflect how we all feel in terms of what's happening globally. I think this year has been a more truthful reflection of how we as people get through and the choices we have to make. What's great about Star Trek in the first place, what makes it work, is the fact that it is a reflection of us - in an 'alien' environment. We're back on that track, whereas before we were taking that notion of going out there just to see what it was like. Now we've been affected."

Starburst Magazine:

Over the course of the season, Connor has been asked to portray a man affected by grief, thanks to his sister being killed in the Xindi's initial attack.

Connor Trinneer:

"It would have been harder when I was younger. I have a sister who I love dearly, so in doing those scenes last year when he finds out, I was surprised how easy it was to go there. You just tap into that place, which on one hand is a really neat thing to do. But on the other it is really exhausting. I said to [executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga], 'Throw anything at me, I'd like to have a real go at this. I know I can do it.'"

Starburst Magazine:

The death of Trip's sister has resulted in the Enginner not getting much sleep - resulting in regular trips to the quarters of the First Officer.

Connor Trinneer:

"I do think there is a certain purity to the relationship she has with the Captain, and I know that a lot of people really hate the fact that Trip and T'Pol are f***ing around."
"Our relationship will see change, and it's so much fun not to know what your deal is going to be. Both [Jolene Blalock] and I have had lots of questions about it when we talk to Rick and Brannon, and they'll give us enough to latch onto and try to make it real. I do think that it's going to come cool."

Starburst Magazine:

Trip & Reed : Friends on and off camera.

Connor Trinneer:

"I and Dominic Keating hang out all the time. When we do scenes together that have something to them, we understand the humour as our own characters in that odd couple balance, and that's the one thing I'd like to see more of. I have talked to Brannon about the fact that Malcolm and Trip are a really good odd couple, but that's not this year - this year isn't about 'getting to know me' episodes."

Starburst Magazine:

This interview took place with five episodes of Season 3 to complete. Any ideas on how the rest of the season will play out?

Connor Trinneer:

"I got our latest scripts the day we shot it! That stuff is always complete speculation on our show: there's no way we can ever know what they're going to give us. But I like that because it keeps you present."

Starburst Magazine:

If Enterprise's long road ends with cancellation, Connor will miss Trip,

Connor Trinneer:

"I have a rocking job. I love going to work and playing this guy. It's been a combination of them giving me the reins a little bit to see how I do, and me showing up to the plate. Sometimes it's working and sometimes it hasn't, but overall they have faith in me and they hear my voice in that character, which I think makes it easy to write."
"If nothing else, they wrote me a kick ass part."

Starbust Magazine, 8th May 2004