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A re-evaluation of the series,
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This review is from: Star Trek: Enterprise: The Complete Series (DVD)
When I heard that this series was being added to the Star Trek universe, I was thrilled -- "Oh, boy!" I thought, "It's going to be exciting to have a back story to TOS!"
I sat down and watched it. Got the idea that the producers were trying to take first achievements away from Kirk, but, okay. I could live with some of that, although when they introduced the time war I found it a little hard to swallow. Then came the third season -- the Zindi season. Over half of it was devoted to preventing Earth from being destroyed. BORRRRRINNNNGGG! Where were the stories of exploration? The new species to meet? The friendly, gentle captain that I had grown to like? Suddenly, Archer's personality changed, people that I liked died (unnecessarily if it wasn't for the Zindi). I got tired of the of the long-winded Zindi story line -- and that, plus, what I thought were Berman, et al.'s desire to change the rules precedences that had begun in the original series (and, to a certain degree it was since it was based on Michael Okuda's rewrite of Star Trek history, which seems to ignore TOS), and I stopped watching it. I never saw the last season. Too bad for me and the rest of the viewers who gave up.
Well, it was on SyFy now for about two plus go-rounds, and still shows up occasionally. I've watched the entire series twice and a little more, and since I can't work and have lots of time to fill -- I became a junkie and watched 3 episodes a day (and no one come to the conclusion that I'm a bit balmy -- that's a given).
And, I have found out that there weren't any changes that took away from the start of the TOS, etc. cycle, but set some things up -- explained why Klingons looked different on TOS and in the movies and later; other things that I can't remember right now to list.
In short, I've come to love it. I'm still not too happy about the Zindi thing and the temporal time war, but I have found that it does serve as a wonderful prelude to the rest of the Star Trek universe. Now, of course, Scott Bakula is a big part of my love for it, but the other regulars came into the series fully-fleshed out and grew as the series continued. The stories, for the most part, are well-told and leave me with a feeling that I've not wasted my time watching it.
If you can, watch a few episodes. Then, turn around, save your money, and buy the series. My copy lives right next door to my collections of the first 2-episode at a time release ($1,400 worth) as well as the Blu-ray version that is coming out) of TOS.
I will always, first and foremost, love TOS the best -- I was 15 when it came out, and it gave me a great many aspirations. But Enterprise has become my second favorite.