Star Trek: Enterprise

Years: 2001-2005

Synopsis: In the 2250s, before the founding of the Federation, the crew of the first Warp 5 capable spaceship, Enterprise NX-01, explore the galaxy, and find trouble they must make themselves ready to handle.

Pros:
• An ultimately engaging window into the seeds of what would become that idealistic reality of Star Trek.
• Had genuinely charismatic characters, particularly Cmdr Charles “Trip” Tucker III (Connor Trinneer). Indeed, all the main characters were truly engaging by the fourth season.
• Fun and gleefully cavalier, whenever they were at their most bold.
• The set design and costumes just felt right.
• The fourth and final season was easily the most memorable in the bold embrace of its prequel-ness. “Demons” and “Terra Prime” were brilliant, and should be considered the true finale.
• When the audio is muted, the visuals in the intro sequence were genuinely well put together.
• At its best, had amazing stories that colored the history of Trek in at times intriguing ways.

Cons:
• The tone of the series never felt quite right until the last season. From overly cavalier exploration to serialized grouchy vengeance to lets finally enjoy ourselves.
• The instrumental version notwithstanding, the non-tailored, annoying catchy, pop rock theme song was perhaps the second biggest blunder of the whole franchise. Yes, I muted the song, and later just skipped the whole intro.
• The poorly written and conceived series finale, “These Are the Voyages …”, technically set in the TNG era via holodeck might just have been the biggest blunder of the franchise. It was such a blunder that spin off books state that Trip’s death — and surrounding events — were retconned in the context of the show to have Trip alive and looking like a Romulan. A bit better …
• We may never get to see much more of the transformative 2250s …

Discussion:
In many ways, Enterprise mirrored the classic series. There were episodes that showed utter genius in storytelling, while there were episodes that explain why it did not last as long as planned. At times, it felt as if the writers-producers had conflicting ideas of what the whole series was about, when it was always advertised as a prequel. Indeed, the prequel stories were some of the best the series had to offer. It was that fourth and final season where the series finally awoke. Alas, its long defunct network, UPN, opted to put their money toward cheaper reality programming than admit Enterprise was perhaps ironically their most watched show, even not counting time-shifting. We probably have seen the last of the 2250s, but these were by far not that last Trek tales to boldly be told …

Related:
Star Trek Franchise


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Rotten Tomatoes
S1 — 55%
S2 — 40%
S3 — 57%
S4 — 50%

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