Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Star Trek: Enterprise

Over the last few years my daughter and I have been watching Star Trek: The Next Generation.  We finally have attacked it aggressively and are into season 6.  I thought at that point it might be a good point to introduce her to Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

After a few episodes of Deep Space 9 we got to talking about other Star Trek Series.  I mentioned that Star Trek: Enterprise starred Scott Bakula.  I watched all the seasons of Quantum Leap with my kids, so she was interested.

How could this show go wrong?  It is about the early days of the United Federation of Planets.  It stars Scott Bakula.  The filming quality is higher than most of the other Star Trek series.  This should've been a smashing success and yet it was a fizzle.

Right out of the gate they introduce a species we have never seen in any of the later series or movies called the Sulibon.  That leaves a bit of a continuity hole.  They also start in the first episode with time travel.  Time travel is either done really well and entertaining or terribly poorly.  It is much too risky in a series like this and indeed it was done poorly.

Bringing in time travel into a series that is supposed to be the basis for all of the existing Star Trek series seems like a bad idea and it appears that it was.  Perhaps if they had established the series first maybe they could've incorporated a story line with some time travel.

No comments: