Trek needed a change in the 21st century. Deep Space Nine ended with a satisfying wrap up and Voyager after 7 mostly tepid years finished off with a finale that while nice was littered with a plot hole that would question a lot of logic but now was the time to take an interesting premise that if in the right hands would make for some interesting television. Alas the hands were Rick Berman's and with apathy for Trek in these years an interesting premise really went to waste.
Rick Berman if you didn't know is the Executive Producer of Trek who had the modus operendi of having one of two things in Trek as much as he could, time travel and getting crews of other Star Trek shows to interact with each other. Time Travel is tricky to do and just frustrates when you really think of all the plot holes that the story opens up and different crews interacting is a cheap way out for fan titilation. Enterprise lasted only 4 seasons cause of some really sour episodes and split fandom on it's later 2 seasons and a finale that was the biggest cop out I ever saw.
Enterprise takes the idea of having Earth becoming a spacefaring organization and constructing starships with the newly invented warp drive and finally exploring the galaxy. These are the years before Captain Kirk and Pike with the galaxy being a fresh and new place to visit. On hand are the Vulcans and, man they are jerks with a haughty attitude for they're new friends. A liazon is T'Pol, the shows Seven of Nine who is crammed into tight fitting clothes and is meant to be the show's sex appeal while also acting in a very un-Vulcan attitude. Speaking of Voyager, Doctor Phlox is kinda like Neelix from Voyager, a kinda like him kinda hate him alien who joins the crew. Jonathan Archer is leading the crew and again much like Voyager, aside from Trip the engineer, no one really had a personality that stood out as strongly as the first three shows.
The show tried a premise of "do more with less" There are no transporters in this series so shuttles are needed to get people around. Lasers and not phasers are the weapons and with no transporters, means the filter and quarantine measures are gone and decontamination chambers are used to clean people after missions. These include sitting in your underwear in cold air and rubbing goop on each other and yes T'Pol not only does this but in the pilot also. There are a couple of other changes, among them is that a pop song opens the show.
It was here where some ideas could be seen like making the Klingons enemies again and showing that disasterous first meeting that led the two to be enemies and showing us old original series aliens like the Talerites and Andorians as well as the Tholians and a nice fourth season mirror universe story. SADLY the series had the nerve to have episodes with Ferengi and the Borg when they were both introduced in TNG. The status quo is achieved by having characters holding idiot balls and not even bothering to find out who the aliens are so that they don't interfere too much with other Treks series continuity, but other times it didn't seem like a big deal. Course they could have just not had the aliens in the show at all especially since the Ferengi are love hate characters and that after Voyager, the Borg weren't cool at all anymore. The genetically engineered humans from Khan's era even get a three parter.
Enterprise had some great ideas but sadly pissed them away on poor characters and poorly thought out ideas which was one of Voyager's failings. After this, Trek never returned to TV and 4 years later we got the reboot out of Star Trek the new movie. Much like Voyager it had it's moments but they were pretty slim. Slim enough to squeeze into an airtight Vulcan costume.
I should start this review by disclaiming a remarkable fact: I purchased the complete series of Star Trek Enterprise a few years back without ever having watched a single episode of the show during its broadcast run. I say this not because I seek your respect, admiration or pity (though were you to insist on either of the first two, I suppose I wouldn't complain) but rather to illustrate a simple point: When it comes to sci-fi entertainment, the Trek legacy has some pretty big shoes to fill … more
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The fifth weekly TV series in the indefatigable Star Trek franchise, Enterprise took the viewer "back to where it all began" (or so read the promotional copy). Set 100 years in the future -- yet still 150 years before the "original" Star Trek series -- the new show charted the origins of the starship Enterprise, beginning with the first close encounter between humans and Klingons. Brought to Starfleet Medical after crash-landing in a rural area, the injured Klingon Klaang is treated with hostility by the attending Vulcan physicians, something that the earthling staffer cannot understand. Pioneering Starfleet pilot Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), skipper of the recently constructed Enterprise starship, volunteers to take Klaang back to his home planet of Kronos. The continuity proper begins when Klaang is kidnapped en route by the genetically enhanced Sulibans, prompting Archer and his crew to embark upon the first of many bold forays into "where no man has gone before." Much of the series' entertainment value was engendered by displays of "primitive" pre-Federation equipment and paraphernalia, with new technology being introduced with each passing week -- new, that is, to those three or four people who have never seen any of the various Star Trek incarnations. Featured in the cast were Jolene Blalock as Archer's somewhat condescending Vulcanian first officer, T'Pol; John Billingsley as brilliant Vulcan medical doctor Phlox; ...