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Things that don't suck - Jason Lindquist
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Things that don't suck
By and large, Star Trek: Enterprise sucked. I liked the cast, they did a decent job on sets and effects, but Jesus H. Gob-Dancing Christ, did the writing ever choke on a bucket of cocks. Of course, many people didn't get to experience that disappointment, because the opening credits drove them to suicide first. The imagery was actually all right. If you're doing a show that's set in the history of what's aired before, it fits well to show even earlier history to open with. But God almight, that song...

The epitaph for Enterprise is, "Too Little, Too Late". I saw three of the last four episodes, and was actually quite impressed. If the show had been that good from the start, I would have watched. I never caught their mirror-universe episodes they did, but I had heard some good reviews of them as well. Even better--they changed the opening credits for just those episodes. And the music rules. Someone did the right thing and edited the normal credits video together with the mirror-credits music. The end result is just right.

Apparently, Paramount also assembled them using the music from one of the later movies (Generations?) and it works really well too.

By the way, I'm not looking forward to the new film that's in the works. Leave it on the shelf for another five or ten years. Let that well refill. We neither need to see Matt Damon trying to out-Shatner Shatner, nor not-Shatner Shatner.
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jlecrone From: jlecrone Date: August 9th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
"The imagery was actually all right. If you're doing a show that's set in the history of what's aired before, it fits well to show even earlier history to open with. But God almight, that song..."

I think I was one of the very FEW (only?!) people who actually LIKED the opening sequence *AND* the song. Yes, I will even admit to having the song as mp3.

Beyond that, I have to say, yes, I too was disappointed with the actual CONTENT of the show. I was a 'day-one' watcher. When, after the first episode I said "Ummm... yeah..." I remembered very clearly my mother's wisdom (I was also watching it with her and dad, etc as a matter of fact) when it came to ST:TNG. Being a classic ST junkie and having a standing date to watch it in reruns with my dad, I watched the first ST:TNG with dismay and at the end promptly reported I hated it and would not watch any more. My mother simply said "you dont have an emotional investment in the characters like you do on ST - give it time." I was convinced to give it a few more episodes, did so, and, well, I became a junkie there too. )

For each of the following ST spin-offs, I did try to heed my mother's advice - and each time it flopped. Sadly, the show I thought had the MOST potential (Enterprise) turned out to be the same, but this time it was because they couldnt give me the 'emotional investment' in the characters. The storyline was dry but the character development was equally dry (or even moreso!)

Enterprise was a show that was under-developed and over scrutinized. Do I think they could 'make a go of it' with some different writers and more plots like the last few episodes, MAYBE - but the mold has already been cast and they'd be hard pressed to get people to give it a second chance.


"We neither need to see Matt Damon trying to out-Shatner Shatner, nor not-Shatner Shatner."

UGH. I hadnt seen THAT announcement - CRAP. Lets just leave that one on the shelf PERMANENTLY. No one needs to see Matt Damon in a Star Trek movie period. Let him go back to the "Oceans 11, 12, 13, .... 20005" and the "Bourne" movies. I'm sure he'll help run those into the ground quick enough. Keep the 'kiddie eye candy flash' out of Star Trek movies, thank you very much.
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: August 9th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I was one of the very FEW (only?!) people who actually LIKED the opening sequence *AND* the song. Yes, I will even admit to having the song as mp3.

Clearly, there is something wrong with you.

Do I think they could 'make a go of it' with some different writers and more plots like the last few episodes, MAYBE - but the mold has already been cast and they'd be hard pressed to get people to give it a second chance.

That's exactly what happened. Supposedly, the whole last season was very good. But that ship had sailed.

UGH. I hadnt seen THAT announcement - CRAP. Lets just leave that one on the shelf PERMANENTLY. No one needs to see Matt Damon in a Star Trek movie period.

I like Matt Damon, just not as the Captain. William Shatner agrees.
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