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Bakula thrilled with role as ‘Enterprise’ captain

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Scott Bakula says he's thrilled to be "the first captain on the first starship to go out" on UPN's new "Enterprise," the fifth TV series in the "Star Trek" franchise.

Set in the 22nd century, "Enterprise" reaches back some 100 years before Capt. James T. Kirk and his crew first traveled the galaxies.

Bakula, who plays Capt. Jonathan Archer, says he's also attracted to the challenge of balancing the series' peaceful message with action-adventure fun.

"That's where the effort to make it as truthful and honest as we can is so important," he told The Associated Press. "You want to give the audience as much as they are giving you."

William Shatner starred as Capt. Kirk in the original "Star Trek," which ran from 1966-69. Each of the three "Star Trek" series that followed — "The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager" — kept moving further into the future.

Bakula, 46, starred in the 1989-93 series "Quantum Leap."