This was supposed to show everything we didn't see with Kirk- the foundation of the Federation, the development of Starfleet & humanity, yadda yadda yadda. But it didn't because Berman and Braga were terrible writters. The show had tons of missed opportun
Berman & Braga (B&B) should be fired. Their inability to write for Star Trek has been evident since episode 2 of Voyager. (Deep Space 9 was the best of all the Star Trek series, as it (1) did not live and die by the reset button which was pioneered by Picard, overused by Janeway and beaten to death with by Archer and (2) did not have B&B on the writing staff). First of all, the ship. It looks exactly like the Akira-Class ship which first appeared in the battle scene of First Contact. Second, they used recycled poop (fecal matter, s***, doo-doo etc) FOR THEIR FOOD!!! 1) GROSS! 2). And, they had better communication technology than Kirk had. He couldn't talk to Starfleet live, but Archer could a 100 years before Kirk was in command? WTF!? Not at all practical & 3) GROSS!! Second of all, T'Paul (or however you spell her name). Not sexy. (Unless you count the mirror universe episode where she put her hair down). Not at all along the lines of 7 of 9, or Jadzia Dax, or Troi, or Kira or, the best of all of them, Uhura. (Come on, she wore that mini skirt, which was tighter & higher up than anything any regular female character ever wore on any of the trek's). Not at all Vulcan like either. That's the third problem with this show: the Vulcans. Okay, I buy the idea about them not trusting humanity and trying to hold them back. But there was an episode were it was revealed that the Vulcans were spying on Archer, I think about halfway thru season 1, but there had never been any indication at all of them being followed. Fourth, the episode with the Borg just pissed me off. How low the Borg have come since their excellent introduction in Q-Who and the spectacular Best of Both Worlds. Just f*** with decades of Trek continuaty in one fell swoop. Good riddence, this is not Star Trek, this is UPN trash. The fact that it aired for 4 years is disgraceful, and no true Star Trek fan would watch it. The end.
A – Archer capt. of the NX-01 is the most irritating character in the SF world today
B - Berman i Braga, terrible writters
C – Canon, let`s just rewrite the history of Trek
D – Design for the NX-01 comes from yet non-existing Akira class starship from the future
E – Efects in some episodes (example Storm Front) look like they where made on a Amiga 500
F - First ship to bear the name Enterprise is NX-01? No s%$t.
G – Gene, if alive, would probably choke B&B
H – Hull, electromagneticly polarizated. The best defensive alloy in the universe. HA!
I – Intraship beaming, extremely hazardous in ST:TOS, no problem for Archer&CO
J – Joke is the word, if you want to use just one to describe the show
K – Klingons and first contact, excuse me when?
L – Ludicrous speed! NX-01 makes Earth-Q'ronos a 4 days “picknick” trip!
M - Malcolm`s 'those sons of a bitches' irritates
N – Non needed answers to all questins regarding the whole ST Universum
O - Orginality = 0
P – Porn(soft) subplots on a non-needed basis
R – Reused, Copy/Paste strories from other ST series
S – Story line, the worst of all in a SF show ever.
T - Travis. Script?! Where is the script?!
U – Uniforms? Where are the mini skirts?
V – Vulkans, how you never imaginated them (emotinal).
W - War, Temporal Cold War.
X - Xindi? Who the f$#k are Xindi?
Y – Yes, it` s garbage a therefore they get from me:
Z - Zero. The lowest score on a scale from 0 to 10.
Enterprise will be remembered as the show that killed Star Trek. The show was doomed from the moment it began filming. People who fought to bring Star Trek back in the 1970s fought to have Enterprise pulled off the air 35 years later.
It was poorly written show that was criticized by its own writers (David A. Goodman said that "Precious Cargo" was a piece of crap)and by the Trek Fans. Its characters were poorly created and Montgomery and Park were wasted after the second season. This show was not Star Trek and was the worst show on television.
I didn't think it was possible for there to be a Star Trek worse that Voyager, but never say never. The whole point of watching Star Trek is to look into the future and see things that don't exist yet. The problem with a prequel is that the original series was created decades ago and supposedly takes place after this series. So, either you have to try and make the technology look shittier than it did on TOS or you have to suspend disbelief and create stuff that looks way better than things that supposedly were created much later. It wouldn't be a problem if the creators hadn't taken everything that people knew about the past and threw it completely out the window. People only care about what happens to these people because it builds on stuff that was spoken about in previous series. They didn't use species that were used on TOS and did use species that were either never seen before or since or ones that have clearly established first contacts centuries in the future. If the creators wanted to use the Ferengi and other species they never should have done a prequel. It didn't help anything that the human characters were ignorant biggots. Also, the whole temporal time war thing was definately a negative. Rather than establish how the Federation was created and how these ignorant rednecks became the overlords of the galaxy, they spent inordinant amounts of time on double-talking crap. If the Xindi were so important and continued to exist and be important, why weren't they mentioned in any other series? Why would these people focus so much on the future in a goddamned prequel? The writing sucked, it was not internally consistant, and it put the final nail in the Star Trek coffin. If this is what Star Trek is going to be from now on, may it rest in peace.
Boy I thought this might get back on track with the OS but boy was I wrong. Never found it interesting. The Federation was pretenous and lilly white. So many rules and regs on this Enterprise it was like a uptight subdivision. The crew had no guts. I found the aliens better to ship out with. It would nice if we could have a captain that likes girls for a change. Picard now this Jackass. I don't get it. We don't eat meat, we dont hunt, we don't drink, or do the nasty. Man I am sick of the Federation. Who wants that future we are above it all. I thought the next gen was bad then the boring DS9. When your bad guys are more interesting than the heros with valor your off the track. Kirk took on 3 Romulan battle crusiers. These cats are running all the time from everyone. First the Cardasians, the Borg, the Jemini, the Swarm, and on and on. The Fed blows the Marqui was right. Of course the Fed tries to crush them.
A show that was before Kirk, Picard, Janeway, Sisko. Doing a show like that was stupid. The graphics made it look like it was after Janeway, when it was suppost to be before Kirk. No wonder the show got cancelled!
The graphics made it look like it was after Janeway, when it was suppost to be before Kirk. When it came on the air on UPN on September 26, 2001, I was happy. My favorite Star Trek of all time, Voyager, ended and a new Star Trek came on! Yey! My Yey want to a nay in an instant. The show was disgusting. Paramount trying to do a show that was before Kirk, WRONG IDEA! Most people don\\\'t agree with me, but TV does, UPN and Paramount, for when the show GOT CANCELLED!! If I had a choice between watching this or watching the original series, I would watch the original series!
What exactly makes this episode so bad? Is it the fact that it's not exactly an "Enterprise" episode, but in fact more of a TNG ep? Is it the fact that the writers chose to completely ignore certain events and character development that happened during the final season? Maybe it's the fact that everyone in it behaves completely out of character. Let me just say that the idea of having Riker and Troi in "The Finale" was not all that bad, but the execution was down right embarrassing. For one, they both look way too old for the timeframe in which they were put in. How the hell was anyone supposed to buy this? And what exactly was Riker hoping to learn from Commander Tucker's suicide? Oh yes, and they (Riker & Troi) usurp way too much screen time! And why would a man like Tucker ever do something stupid like killing himself like that? Hi didn't look suicidal to me! And what about his relationship with the Vulcan chick? Did the writers really expect us to believe that they just 'broke up?' After all the sh*t they've been through together? Come on! I can go on with these questions forever, but instead I'll just forget I ever saw this horror.
This series was a waste of time and a piece of garbage. Although some of the actors could have been salvaged and some of the new writers actually made season 4 somewhat worthwhile, There are fundimental flaws. Real trek fans don't want to see:
More of the same: a series set within old federation borders, they're not really going "where no man has gone before"
An anachronism: it meddled with the history of the founding of the federation, and basically ignored the romulan wars. Technology was too advanced or not enough advanced for the time. Everything was out of place.
(melo)drama and social commentary: these have always been the low points of any trek series. This is an action-adventure show, we want action, phasers, quantum torpedoes. The writers can't just toy with that fancy new armor in the finale of Voyager and then snatch it away from us with a show that had the worst battle sequences in trek history.
Bad relationships: in the next-gen premier a relationship of some sort was shown between every charecter in the show. Enterprise had no such relationships and many charecters just hung loose without direction or attachment. The cast dynamics were awful. Atrocious. Ick.
Finally, Emotional vulcans. This should speak for itself.
Star trek isn't an art, it's now a universe. It has become very real in a sense. When trek fans talk about it, they think of "now" as "four years after voyager ended" Time seems to flow at equal rates both here and in this fiction. A prequel has thrown this all off and cannot be accepted by "trekkies." It's ostracised it's fan base--no wonder it got cancelled.
The series got better towards the end, but it has to be the worst Trek series created. It had action and drama but it lacked substance and is a great example why on going series like Star Trek should not try to go back and setup the past. I found it left many things unanswered at the end of episodes and failed to portray an accurate time like in the Star Trek universe. I can not say it was all bad. There were some very nice scenes of Jolene Blalock, but the writers tried to stress to much sex appeal.
I give this show a 0.0 for the show itself and a 10.0 for the Vulcan hottie. On average I guess its about a 2.0. Seems kinda like a waste of a Star Trek show but I guess their expectations were low. The acting is fairly lame, but the bare stomachs of the female officers are yummy, so its not a total waste. There isn\\\'t much of a story here, but the worst part is that they have tried to recycle old Star Trek characters. So not only do we get a crappy show, but we get the old burned out actors for their last appearance. Sad. Could have been so much more.
I classified this show "Who thought of this?", not because I don't know (it was the Berman and Bragga) but because I look at TV executives and must ask myself, "What network executive let this show get past the drawing board?"
Star Trek is a storied franchise. It was conceived by a revolutionary thinker, that obveously took the secret to making a good TV show (his lone movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, was horrible) with him to his grave.
Those 2 knuckleheads, Berman and Bragga, who were only interested in the money that came along with the franchise, decided to take a good thing, and run it into the ground, and beat it like a dead horse, milking it for every penny they could along the way. Perhaps had they been less greedy, Star Trek wouldn't be frowened upon by so many, and like back in the glory days of The Next Generation, viewers and actors would still be flocking to the show!
Enterprise's premise was flawed. B&B failed to recognize what was sucessful with the other series. These things included things as grand as the scope of the show, to things as seemingly unimportant as the bright and cheery lighting prevalent on the Enterprise-D, and even Voyager.
So fine, you want to make a prequal. Fine. Then why don't you focus on Star Trek history. I mean, that is the ONLY reason I can think of that anyone would ever want to make one. But no, they decide to actualy do some exploring.
Keeping, even loosely, to the Star Trek timeline, I would think, would be at least somewhat a piority to a prequel. Boy was I ever wrong! Ok, actualy I am being scarcastic. I am not wrong, I am right. Until the 4th and final season, no significant Star Trek history is brought up. Instead, new things are made up that are totaly inconsistant with a timeline that was pretty much set in stone. Do these guys even bother to WATCH the shows that they produce?
The actors were bad. Just the wrong cast. I, like many people, LOVED Bakula from Quantum Leap. But the traits that made him a compelling character on QL, are the same things that make him a sorry excuese for a captan. He is uncomforatable acting in that role. A captan, first and foremost, needs to be a mature adult. That, Bakula does not portray. Next, he must be decisive. Bakula is not decisive (part of what made QL so darn funny!)
The rest of the cast all seem like a bunch of children. Malcom Ried and T'Pau had potential, but ultimately they made Ried into a sniveling, immature weapons officer, and T'Pau into a, well, copy of Jeri Ryan.
Yeah, that was probably my biggest complaint. While in the 4th season, the new writer/producer did more than and admirable job (he did the best that anyone could have under the crappy circumstances) covering up and fixing the 1st 3 season's flaws, the fact reamains, they messed up the Vulcans. There wasn't a single Vulcan without an attitude and an ego. This wasn't the playful stuff we saw with Spock. This wasn't the practical annoyance with Tuvok. No, every ambassidor, officer, and civilian vulcan was an emotional trainwreck. Is it that hard to act WITHOUT emotion? I mean come on! I would think that that would be every 2-bit actor's dream job, to not have to act, just keep their emotions in check!
The whole temporal cold war thing; mad mad props to that season 4 writer/producer! He got rid of that haphazard Babylon 5 arc in a hurry, and with class. I loved that fresh take on the Nazi's. Not only that but the opening to the episode, with that alternate universe newsreel was just amazing! I showed it to everyone I knew, and they all freeked out with it.
The best episode was the Mirror universe 2 parter. The new opening credits, OMG, that was worth watching by itself! Had those boneheads Brannon and Bragga made a show exclusively about the Mirror universe, I think the show would still be going strong. That was just awesome.
If you are not a fan of Star Trek, there is absolutly no reason to see this show. If you are a fan of Star Trek, skip to Season 4, and seriously, don't look back. Otherwise you will turn to salt.
Seriously, with the exception of maybe two or three scenes, this show was just a turgid mess from beginning to end. I mean literally from the beginning. Who came up with that theme song? And the montage of the opening credits, what's going on with that? They jump from the distant past to the recent past to the far future, back to the present day, then off again to the recent past, then back to the future. Just a sloppily done, half-hearted effort all the way around.
And the needless soft-core-porn subplots. Why not just have Blalock show up stark nekkid and have done with it? No, no, they've got to make it look science fictiony. So let's have Trip and T'Pau start smearing what looks like lubricant all over each other while they're wearing something from an underwear catalog.
And the plots. Or should I say non-plots. A frequent problem with Star Trek. For instance: The Xindi construct a weapon that performs a terrorist-like attack on Earth. But wait, it's even worse. Apparently, the Xindi are working on a bigger, badder, more destructive version, with which they intend to destroy the whole freaking planet.
Then why tip your hand in the first place with some prototype? Were there NO other planets to test the device on? You know, back in your own territory? Do you think the Earthers aren't going to say "Gee, we'd better find out where that came from!"
And the actors. I couldn't get that much wooden acting if I casted trees.
Oh, just awful. The absolute antithesis of enjoyment.
This was there worst of all the Trek series, it was even worse than the animated series.
There were way to many inconsistencieses and plot holes that could neverer be explained or talked out of. Plain and simple you cant do a PREQuel of classic shows or movies unless you rewind the tech, mindset, and look of the new show to before the original story.
I had high hopes for this show. That all ended ten seconds into the opening song. From there on out it blew chunks from here to high heaven. Ok, the puking did stop once, when that Vulcan Chick was in the decontamination chamber with that guy and she was looking very good indeed in the rubdown sequence! Other than that, oh boy. I could only stomach a few episodes. The big problem was with the freakin' darkness! Was this show filmed without stage lights! Common! It was terrible! It was a strain on your eyes. I'm a huge Trekkie, but this show dropped the ball faster than Deep Space Nine. Truly dissapointing. I did see one episode that wasn't half bad, maybe it was the end. It was the one were the captain was captured by some alien dude and rapped with him on the ship while trying to escape. Maybe I'll give this show some more time when I'm older, but not now. It was just wayyyy too boring.
Enterprise was designed to take the franchise into a new direction, unfortunately that direction meant the end of a franchise. The first problem with Enterprise was the characters, they were not particularly inspiring. First you have Captain Archer who often reminds me of a child who has found his dad's gun. Scott Bakula who plays the character seems to be unable to give Archer any sense of gravitas, charisma or respect other Star Trek Captains have. All he seems to be able to do is shout in a vain attempt to establish himself, and since the captain is the heart of any Star Trek show this is a major disappointment. Archer's crew consists of some of the dullest characters ever to appear in Star Trek, Mayweather the helmsman is a perfect example of everything dull. The only character who seems remotely interesting is Doctor Flox who actually seems to have a personality. When you compare characters in Enterprise to those in the next generation or Deep Space nine you realise how poorly conceived they are. The characters in DS9 are vibrant and interesting and are developed so well they make Enterprise characters look like permanent cardboard cutouts. This meant you never really cared about the characters regardless of the situation they were in.
Unfortunately the problems with the characters are only just the start. First of all we need to think about the writing, the concept itself could and should of worked in the right hands. Indeed for the first time a Star Trek show was running a continuously main story arc with minimal stand alone episodes, a step in the right direction.
The Problem was it had moved too far away from what Star Trek actually is. It was never about exploration, it was about conflict. It rarely presented you with morality stories that made you sit back and think, no, simply, it was not Star Trek anymore. The Temporal cold war story which spanned the first 3 seasons was gathering pace and was developed quite well. The Studio decided to axe this story because of the low ratings causing the show to take a nose dive into oblivion. The Studio probably did not realise that it was not the story which was turning people off it was the fact that the world of television had changed and left Enterprise behind the times, Enterprise was never innovative like Lost or 24, or cheap to make like American Idol. It was expensive and was not delivering. The final season was a hash of badly written and unconvincing story arcs achieving a whole new dimension of boredom. Never before have i been so bored watching Trek and finally i was glad it ended.
Attempting to create a show set chronologically earlier (in the eyes of the characters in the show) than the original series leads the end results to be detrimental to what the original attempted to do. With the example of Star Trek: Enterprise, I was left confused and inevitably annoyed at everything it attempted to do since it is set in the mid 22nd century and Star Trek: The Original Series is set in the 23rd century. The difficulty in keeping track of the mythological information that the original series and this series explains is mind-numbingly impossible. It feels as though the creators of this shows did not even bother watching any of the other series to try to ensure some kind of continuity with the time line already set in its place.
Going beyond that point, it feels as though science and tackling philosophical issues in the dialogue of the star trek world has apparently been left behind and in its stead has been replaced by pathetic attempts at titillating the viewer with alien sex and nudity. This of course wouldn't be shown, but sex is only weapon they've got and they are selling it in the place of what usually makes a star trek series worth watching.
When I heard that the next Star Trek franchise was going to be set before Kirk, I was a little troubled. Star Trek is popular because it is futuristic. Trekies (and I would count myself as one of these) want high-tech space ships and impressive space battles. Mostly, we don't really want sentimental nonsense in space.
So, where did Enterprise go wrong. Well, their first mistakes happened in the opening credits. For a start, they dropped the name Star Trek from the title in an attempt not to scare people off. This wasn't a huge deal, but why attempt to be something you aren’t? It was this attempting to capture a new audience that, I believe, led the show to its death. Their second mistake was that theme tune. I think it said a lot about the show, and none of it good. The credits themselves were excellent, so using that happy clappy theme was a terrible mistake.
The most critical mistake though was the use of Brannon Braga and Rick Berman. These two have been quite widely criticised for basically messing the whole series up. And to be fair, I think this criticism is fairly justified. For example, Braga is responsible for the 'temporal cold war' nonsense that blighted Enterprise from the start. Time travel and Star Trek don't mix, there are some franchises that can get away with time travel, but the field is so complicated that its really easy to slip up and make yourself look really stupid. I would suggest that Enterprise has made Braga look really, really, stupid.
So, in short the idea behind Enterprise wasn't that bad at all. It was ruined by boring stories, too much unbelievable time travel and some of the most annoying plot lines I've ever seen.
Give it a miss and watch Battlestar Galactica instead.
I watch Enterprise, heck I just love Star Trek, but in my opinion its the worst of the lot. All the other Trek series are brilliant, and then there is Enterprise.
The opening theme music from the very first episode thats what got me. I was just sitting there, after waiting so long for the next Trek series and hearing that song, I knew something was out of whack. And sure enough it was.
The whole series kept the same vibe with me. Things were just out of place. From casting to storylines it was off. I believe this put off trek fans as well as any newcomers.
If your looking for great sci fi may I point you to Star Trek Deep Space Nine.
Season 3 did pick up the pace and I enjoyed 4 equally as well, if not more. Seasons 1 and 2 were tough to get through with Dr. Phlox being the only character that was worth anything.
Its watchable and I watch the show but a different cast, better storylines, and cutting out that song would have put this series up to par.
This show confused the series to me because the enterprise in the original star trek was supposed to be the first enterprise ship. This show had nothing special acting considering Quantum Leap was such a great show. I found the hole fact of a ship being able to only travel 6 X speed of light then 1000.
Let me start out by saying that I love all things Trek. I have every episode of every series, plus all of the movies, on either DVD or VHS. But this series was the worst of the bunch.
The premise of this show had so much promise. I mean, there's the opportunity to show the early years of Star Fleet and explain some things that were mentioned in passing in other Trek series. But the show seemed to be doomed right from the beginning. First, it was shown on the now-defunct UPN (Unwatched Programs Network.) Just as an aside, after Enterprise was cancelled, I never watched another program on UPN. Not because I was boycotting it or some other silly notion, but simply because there wasn't anything on that network that I wanted to watch. Second, there was the series title. Any Trekker can tell you that NCC-1701, captained first by Christopher Pike, then later by James T. Kirk, was the first starship named Enterprise. But wait. Now we're given NX-01, the real first Enterprise. What? There's some 'splaining to do right out of the gates. Oh, I see, NX-01 is the first Star Fleet vessel named Enterprise, while NCC-1701 is the first FEDERATION starship named Enterprise. Uh, ok. Thirdly, in the opening episode, Broken Bow, we're introduced to the Suliban. What the hey???? Who are the Suliban? If they were a nemesis to the first warp 5 vessel on its maiden voyage, why have we never heard of them before? This was a continuing theme throughout the series, introducing alien races that had never been heard of in any of the other Trek series or movies. It seemed the Killer B's chose to ignore established Trek canon whenever it was convenient.
When it was announced that Scott Bakula would portray Archer, I was excited. I'd enjoyed Bakula in Quantum Leap, but his talent was utterly wasted in this series. And while Jolene Blalock was easy on the eyes, her Vulcan character often seemed very un-Vulcan-like. And what was with her "uniform" and I use that term loosely. Even after she formally joined Star Fleet, she remained in an outfit that, more often than not, looked like body paint rather than actual clothing. Trip was the third character, from which B & B tried to recreate the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triumvirate. To me, Trip was just annoying. The rest of the main characters were too often just background material, like the sets and special effects.
Speaking of special effects, I realize that the implementation of special effects had been much-improved by the time this series hit the air, as opposed to when TOS aired. However, Enterprise is supposed to take place some 100 years before TOS. Would it have been too much to ask to make an effort show NX-01 at least somewhat technologically inferior to NCC-1701?
In the final season, they actually did some good episodes, but by then, it was too late. The three story arc that guest starred Brent Spiner and featured remnants of the Eugenics Wars was pretty good. Also, the two-parter that explained the Klingon forehead ridges was really good. That story was one of my two favorites. Probably my favorite story had to do with the Mirror Universe. I enjoy all of the Mirror Universe stories throughout Trek.
In the end, the Killer B's left their indelible mark on this series with the awful finale, These Are The Voyages..., which I have stated whenever given the opportunity, was the absolute worst series finale ever, hands down, no contest. Why end a series with a back story for an insignificant TNG episode? Didn't Enterprise deserve better?
RIP, Captain Archer and crew. Hopefully, if there's a new Trek series, B & B won't be involved in it even remotely.
I keep asking myself what is the difference between "Enterprise" and "Star Trek Enterprise"?
The difference is more apparent than one might think...two simple words..."Star Trek".
What a tragic mistake it was to make a Trek series and try to "distance" oneself from the franchise. I don't get the point? Other than a different generation of film makers so intent on making their own mark they waste 2 years of story telling. Where as the original Trek was at its best in season one in story telling and by season two it found its roots as itself "Star Trek" then by season three losing what was built previous, it seems the opposite has happened with Enterprise. Years 1 & 2 a waste most of the time and an annoying rip off that paid no attention to continuity of TOS. Year 3 still annoying but starting to look promising and the last year they get it right? Season 4 was "Star Trek", I don't care how many rebuttal interviews Rick Berman does. He's killing the Star Trek franchise as surely as we will never see another Incredible Hulk film. Manny Coto I see as the Sam Raimi of Star Trek, Raimi loves Spider Man...the 2 Spidey flicks are awsome and make a bundle of money. When are the studios gonna figure this out? The best Star Trek is a thing of love and story telling. Not human angst driven Buffy rip-offs. In the last season of STE we see the Andorian homeworld, we revisit Vulcan...we are back to "seeking out life new civilizations", not boldly angsting into a dark gloomy corner of depressing human emotions. Maybe it is time to put Trek back on the shelf if all we are going to get is drival.
I can understand why Enterprise only lasted for 4 seasons. I won't say it's because it was a bad show, I thought it was okay. The reason I think Enterprise was so medicore was because of its lack of flair and buzz. Most of the stories were so dull and were like other stories from the other genres of Star Trek. The acting was decent, but the storylines were just too predictable. It made me want to change the channel at times. I will say that it did a good job of playing to a simple, realistic plot. Overall, Enterprise was just average. Thank you.
I have been a Trekkie since I could watch the TV, But Enterprise never really did it for me. The problem for me is basically although it is an interesting back story and we all know that Kirk wasn't the first Enterprise Captain, its that the Star Trek Encyclopedia that is sitting in my bookshelf right now states that that first Captain of the Enterprise was called Robert April and then it was captained by Jonathon Pike before James T. Kirk took the helm. If this is something that has been out there for years, I would think that a show with as loyal fans as the Star Trek universe has, would make sure to keep the 'historical' facts right. The fact that the world of 'Enterprise' has no Prime Directive is also a major turn off for me. I found myself yelling at the TV Screen for the members of Enterprise NOT to butt in and interfere with every culture they come across.
I think that it was obvious that the Plot lines were unoriginal, and not as entertaining as the writers had to invent a new enemy for the crew to fight.
No wonder this Show got cancelled and never made it to 7 seasons... Unlike TOS which didnt make it but championed more... GREAT shows, I dont think that Enterprise can ever be brought back from the dead...
Move on and come up with a new show set past or along side TNG, Voyager and DS9.
this was the final star trek series to be produced so far. unfortunatlly it never really caught on. the biggest problem for me is the fact that it takes place before the original series and no matter what they did the technology still seemed more advanced than in the original. the other problem was the absolutly lame theme song. it was entirely too gay.
Round Ship, can run out of 90 degrees corners fast. I don't want the room with the weird angled corners... not very ergonomical, unless you are an alien. I know you can fit squares into a circle but you will run out of space or you will superimpose...
These series brought back memories of the old days watching Kirk, when I was a kid on my family first colour TV. Their Technology wasn't perfect, things went wrong like on Kirk, there was no prime directive, and hey even the captain seems a bit like a ladies man here more like kirk, although to a certain extent Archers crew seems ahead on time compared to Kirk, like the In a Mirror Darkly episode showed.
I mean look at the PCs on board Archer's Enterprise and then what are those in that other ship from the future (well, 60s). Also the mini-skirts, obviously in those days women could never use the same clothing as men herein lies the difference of the future (60s) and the past(2001)where everyone in Archers ship uses the same style of uniform signifying that women can have the same roles as men. You'd never see a lady captain like Janeway in those days... (yeah, captain of the laundry section of the ship) It shows how history and our society make even our dreams biased.
It had all the good elements of a good science fiction show, but todays society doesn't appreciate science as they did back then in those days. Let alone science fiction...
We used to play with telescopes, we wished we were astronauts, saw the first man land on the moon, nowadays all of that seems a waste of money a budget that could be better used in the third world countries. This is true, but I also say that if earth is the only place humans call home then the rest of the universe is a waste of opportunity. Might as well have earth in the void suspended on a pencil...
You see, TV Shows like these gives us hope, dream, inspiration... to students, scientists, explorers like us, take it away and you are threading on our dreams, shattered like glass beneath your feet. You take away our source of inspiration, even Einstein (Time's man of the Century) agreed that IMAGINATION is most important, don't crush it...
ENT was a very good premise for a show. And as for the characters and the ship, it fulfilled my expectations. It was more military, more stripped down than comfortable. Unfortunately, it was too big of a shift from past Trek shows. TNG, VOY, and DS9 were all fantastic, but for the same reason. It was a utopian world of exploration. Every episode of TNG, there would be some kind of alien or problem to deal with, usually ending in a peaceful solution. Voyager's hull damage was repaired after every episode. and DS9 was all about the new frontier, the Gamma Quadrant. But Enterprise found itself more often than not in a scuffle with a hostile alien species, and it seems to me like this drove away many classic trek fans.
My friend is currently going through all of the star trek (prime universe) TV shows and Movies. So far, having gone through ENT, TOS, and TAS, He liked Enterprise best. This is understandable. It is a fantastic show. It just requires you to not judge it against the Trek you already know.
But as I said, It wasn't good enough. While i thoroughly enjoyed Enterprise, it had it's flaws.
Flaw #1: The Writing - It wasn't good enough. That's the bottom line. There were good concept, great concepts even in Enterprise, but unfortunately the greatness stopped there. the stories and characters weren't written consistently enough, the only characters that didn't seem to have Multiple Personality Disorder were T'Pol and Phlox, arguably the gems of the series.
Flaw #2: The Xindi - They were Enterprise's Jem'Hadar. The idea of a series being one overarching plot was a good one, and the Xindi themselves are a very interesting species, as is the Superweapon arc. Unfortunately, the Writing has to be mentioned again. The Xindi arc had no payoff. The superweapon is destroyed, Earth is saved, the Spheres are gone... and? The only real closure for the Xindi was in an alternate future they will be members of the Federation.
Flaw #3: Season 4 - After the detached episodes of seasons 1 and 2, and the overarching story in season 3, the fourth season really didn't know what it was doing. And of course, there was that abomination of a finale. This mediocre-at-best ending was probably what meant that the season 5, aka the Romulan arc, never happened.
So that brings me to the final verdict. Enterprise holds up well as a prequel series, setting up the universe we know and love.
Start off with the shows problems:
The problem with ENT was it got tied up in the time paradox to much. Unlike the other Star Treks it didn't improve the characters much. It focused too much on Trip, when this happens it destroys any series. (Voyager season 5 and 6 was all about Seven of Nine and Stargate Atlantis became all about Col. Sheppard and the Wrath). Other characters were just boring Reed and Mayweather.
Another problem was the Star Trek Universe at this time was just not well defined Technologically, Socially and Politically.
Fan problems with this show:
The one thing I did like about this Star Trek ENT is the it wasn't this unrealistic utopia that the TNG was, until season 6 when they had the Maquis. Every races had and age old enemy and weren't these lovely dovey races that most were in TNG and humans were still up to their old tricks. Much like the humans today lessoning to rock music, into sports (Archor with his basketball), like to be in good physical shape (Mayweather, Trip and Archor) and money was still around.
I think this, more than anything is why ENT didn't last. It showed too much of the true. On ENT the crew only knew what their particular field was. Archor was the captain and was put their form his leadership skills not his technical skills and didn't have much of, for that he relied on Trip and T'Pol. Mayweather was the pilot and only knew how to fly the ship or shuttle pod and not much else. Trip was the Engineer and was there for his tech skills, but was also brave and knew how to fight.
This crew was not made up of these super science nerds that new everything! When we and if at all do encounter an Alien race we'll find out that they're going to act very much like us and this is what tuned a lot of Trek fan out, the fact that ENT showed it wasn't a perfect universe and Humans like every other race aren't perfect ether and never going to be.
Star Trek: Enterprise began as a decent, interesting show, propelling Trek fans into a not so distant future, full of strange new worlds and alien creatures.
Season One began on a high. The two-part pilot episode kick started the new series with a great story, fantastic effects and a diversity of character's. However, this soon started to change as the writer's began adding familiar enemies and species from other series', breaking Trek continuity.
At first, there were subtle references to alien species that had been met in TNG, VOY and DS9 but these soon changed into full-blown inconsistencies. The likes of ENT 1x19: Acquisition, the Temporal Cold War arc, 2x02: Minefield, 2x23: Regeneraton, and the Xindi arc, sent Enterprise into a downward spiral from which it could not recover.
The series finally came crashing down with Season Four, which contained a plethora of contradictions and inconsistencies. The several story arcs - the Augment's, Vulcan Awakening, the Romulans, the Xenophobes - were poor last ditch attempts at reigniting the series and rekindling fan's interest.
Overall, Enterprise wasn't a bad show at all. The first season was pretty much excellent (bar one or two episodes), and the second season was very similar. In my view, the real problems started from season 3 with the Xindi arc, and from thereon Enterprise viewer ratings slowly declined, until, half way through the fourth season, the show was cancelled. As I said before, it had the potential to be a great show, had it lived up to established Star Trek canon and events.
This show sheds light on early starfleet history before the federation charter was signed.For the most part this show is rather entertaining showing the endearing qualities of humanity.Even though alot of the advance tech we have gotten used to in the other star trek series like shields or phasers that doesnt make the battles any less excitment ,well in fact it actually made it much more exciting.You are left wondering will they survive but to be honest since its a prequel that thouit would quickly leave your mind since you already know how it turns out. The only time doubt was in my head was in those instances that time travel was introduced.On the whole this show is not a bad addition to the startrek franchise and i have promptly added it to my connection.
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