UPN finally got around to cancelling Enterprise. I can't say I'm upset. I didn't see many episodes of it, nor did I look for scripts, which says something straight away. There's no other Trek series that I'll actually ignore, even though early Next Generation makes me embarrassed. And for Deep Space Nine, I've actually gone to the trouble of tracking down scripts and transcripts and reading them, something otherwise reserved for the works of Joss Whedon.
Enterprise annoyed me on several levels. The first and great offense was the fact that it didn't fit into the established continuity. I have no doubt that there was some explanation in mind for this, probably concerning the time-travel stuff, but... enh. It felt more like a device to allow the writers to do what they wanted, with the deus-ex-machina of the mutable time continuum to allow them to ignore continuity with the other series. Continuity's important.
The second thing that annoyed me was the Page 3 effect. There were two characters in there whose main purpose was to look good in tight outfits. The Super-Sexy Vulcan Chick was downright irritating, not to mention the continuity issues there. Yes, I know it wasn't Starfleet, thereby meaning that Spock was still the First Vulcan in Starfleet, but that kind of dodging is for lawyers, not writers.
But what really, really annoyed me was that this excuse for a scifi show was getting money, when Firefly was cancelled. And Farscape only made it to a few seasons. There's something wrong with the way television shows are promoted and shown when useless matter runs for several seasons, and good shows get cancelled before one is complete. Considered from just about any point of view, Firefly was a work of art, and Enterprise a bottom-line chasing third-rate effort.
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Posted by Drew Shiel at February 7, 2005 12:36 PM | TrackBack