UPN (ended 2005)
As others here have said, the song grew on me (the original mix moreso than the remix), and I could even see how it fit into the opening images showing early real-life space explorers, but it still was not Trek. Another thread here discusses the weird theory that too much sex (I guess Jolene Blalock's wardrobe) killed Enterprise, which is nuts -- if it was Rosie O'Donnell in those outfits they'd have a point -- but perhaps all of this "making it contemporary", if this song was part of that, may have hurt it more than helped. Think about it -- all the technology of the earlier Enterprise looks newer than TOS. I know that TV technology has improved greatly since the '60s, but there didn't seem to be much effort to make the show's technology fit the timeline; it just didn't feel prequel-y enough. Also, as much as the producers probably thought they were being wonderful people by doing so, the political correctness that infused this series was not appealing, either -- for example, the anti-hunting episode (Rogue Planet) -- although when I saw that Scott Bakula was going to be the captain I pretty much saw it coming. Still, I'll even watch bad sci-fi and this was at least mediocre if not adequate sci-fi (better than new BSG but worse than both SGs), and I miss not having any new ST.
|It was a VERY welcome change of pace when they had an orchestrated intro for "In A Mirror, Darkly".|
Yes! When I saw it at first I thought they had finally changed that awful theme song and it was such a relief from the cheese
|I liked it myself. I think it fits the series. Especially the early seasons. |
The lyrics and images really tell the tale of humanity's road of exploration. We see a primitive sailing ship, then a cutter from the golden age of sailing with ancient nautical maps. Then we move into images of a hot air balloon, Spirit of St. Louis, Wright Brothers, and footage of early space travel like Apollo mission, walking on the moon, Mars pathfinder, Int. Space Station and beyond. Cochran's warp ship, first early low warp ship and finally Enterprise NX-01.
We hear "It's been a long road getting from there to here. It's been a long time, but my time is finally here.." It means the tens of thousands of years man has spent up to that point. All the struggles we went through. Now we are ready to travel the universe and explore. "And they're not gonna hold me down no more. NO they're not going to change my mind." Referring to the Vulcan's keeping info from us.
and so on..
Yes they could have gone with the traditional theme songs. But I think the song they used really fits. They have to have faith in this new ship. It is untested and they are the first. Now if this was a series set shortly before Kirk's time (like 20 years) then I can see it. But it is set about 100+ (?) before. It is a entirely different time for space travel.