History YMMV / StarTrekEnterprise

15th Oct '17 8:02:40 AM OlfinBedwere
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** The launch of ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' has caused yet ''another'' fracturing of the base, with some claiming that ''Discovery'' has helped them gain a new appreciation of ''Enterprise'', for at least trying to stay true to the spirit of ''Star Trek'' even if the execution wasn't always that great, and just as many claiming that ''Discovery'' shows up how outdated ''Enterprise'' seemed even when it first aired (and that's before you get to those fans who love both shows, or don't like either of them).
12th Oct '17 9:29:37 AM wyattte
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** Tucker.
** Tucker's clone Sim from "Similitude" even more so, being created solely for [[HumanResources organ harvesting]] for the injured Trip and living just under a week.

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** Tucker.
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Tucker often falls into this. Tucker's clone Sim from "Similitude" even more ''more'' so, being created solely for [[HumanResources organ harvesting]] for the injured Trip and living just under a week.week.
** Hoshi Sato. No doubt, there's [[{{Omniglot}} a damn good reason]] Archer needs her out there, but between her claustrophobia and general awkwardness - not to mention the abuse she takes through the series, especially "Countdown" - she's clearly bitten off more than she can chew with this position, and gives off a bit of a ShrinkingViolet vibe. Starts to overcome this at the end of the series (unfortunately by then, she'd gone considerably OutOfFocus).
21st Sep '17 11:17:23 AM StarTropes
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* HolyShitQuotient: "Azati Prime". They've finally found the Xindi [[EarthShatteringKaboom superweapon]]! And Archer goes on a SuicideMission to destroy it! But he gets captured! And 'Enterprise'' is attacked! And nearly destroyed!

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* HolyShitQuotient: "Azati Prime". They've finally found the Xindi [[EarthShatteringKaboom superweapon]]! And Archer goes on a SuicideMission to destroy it! But he gets captured! And 'Enterprise'' ''Enterprise'' is attacked! And nearly destroyed!
21st Sep '17 11:17:00 AM StarTropes
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* HolyShitQuotient: "Azati Prime". They've finally found the Xindi [[EarthShatteringKaboom superweapon]]! And Archer goes on a SuicideMission to destroy it! But he gets captured! And 'Enterprise'' is attacked! And nearly destroyed!
21st Sep '17 9:41:30 AM StarTropes
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** [[Creator/SethMacFarlane Seth MacFarlane]] played an engineer on the NX-02. Now, he's slated to play a captain in a new Star Trek-parody series called "Orville."

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** [[Creator/SethMacFarlane Seth MacFarlane]] played an engineer on the NX-02. Now, he's slated to play a captain he plays TheCaptain in a new Star Trek-parody series called "Orville."''Series/TheOrville''.
14th Sep '17 10:46:39 AM Pren
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** The numerous actions by Phlox that go against all medical ethics caused a theory that when the Federation was formed, the Denobulans weren't included due to their abhorrent ethical standards, hence why this prequel series is the first we've ever heard of them.
4th Sep '17 9:21:15 PM ShorinBJ
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** Also, the greatest one of all, "Judgment", which turns the entire Klingon race from a [[{{Flanderization}} gigantic flanderization]] to a retroactive TearJerker that shows that the warrior caste took over the Klingon's entire culture slowly over several hundred years. By the time of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the warriors are all that's left.

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** Also, the greatest one of all, "Judgment", which turns the entire Klingon race from a [[{{Flanderization}} gigantic flanderization]] to a retroactive TearJerker that shows that the warrior caste took over the Klingon's Klingons' entire culture slowly over several hundred years. By the time of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the warriors are all that's left.



** The episode "The Andorian Incident" and the follow-up "Shadows of P'Jem" show United Earth Starfleet sharing Archer's dim view of the Vulcans having a hidden listening post positioned to eavesdrop on the rival Andorians, and act as if it were a dishonest and morally-repugnant thing for them to be doing. To the extent that Archer exposing it to Andorians (who, unlike the Vulcans, were not Earth's allies at the time) was not treated as any kind of legitimate offense. Which is [[MoralDissonance kind of funny]] if you think back to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', set about a century later, where it is shown that the Federation's Epsilon IX "communications" array was "innocently" monitoring transmissions in the nearby Klingon Empire...
*** There's a big difference between the Vulcans and Andorians signing a treaty that details certain terms, and then the Vulcans violating that treaty by hiding a huge surveillance station to watch the Andorians, and Starfleet setting up a Communications Array in plain view and with the Klingon's knowledge and monitoring them when it doesn't explicitly go against any agreement or treaty. However, then again you can also view this as FridgeBrilliance because in the beginning Enterprise-era, Starfleet is naive and inexperienced, thinking in terms of more black-and-white morality and ethics, while over a century later they are experienced in interspecies diplomacy, a lot more experienced in making harsh decisions for the good of their people, and seeing things in a more grey-and-black morality. Also, the Klingons wouldn't think badly of Starfleet for putting surveillance in plain sight and just shying from outright spying - in fact they would probably respect it as not being weak, considering the viewpoint of the Warrior Caste - while to the Andorians, doing what the Vulcans did is ''clearly'' against their wishes, against their treaty and something they think of as morally reprehensible.
*** Except that United Earth was in no way, shape or form a recognized authority with the right to enforce treaty terms between Vulcan and Andoria (or anybody else really). The Federation did not exist yet, and T'Pol's service aboard ''Enterprise'' notwithstanding, Earth and Vulcan did not have a combined Starfleet at this point. It was also shown in "The Andorian Incident" that Earth's ''only'' knowledge of the Andorians was from information given to them by the Vulcans. After getting beaten up, and having an Andorian not-so-subtly indicate a desire to ''rape'' T'Pol, Archer's decision was ultimately motivated by his not-so-secret contempt for the Vulcans and he showed no concern about whether what he just did might trigger an open war. This was high-handed to a degree that made ''Kirk'' look as diplomatic as Picard in comparison! Especially as we later see that Archer had no problem with stooping to illegal acts (such as piracy) when he felt it was necessary for the safety of Earth!



* IronWoobie / StoicWoobie: Reed. Really, the guy should be given a medal for the number of times he's been shot, concussed, crushed under rocks, pinned to the hull of the ship by a Romulan mine, almost hanged, etc.

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* IronWoobie / StoicWoobie: IronWoobie[=/=]StoicWoobie: Reed. Really, the guy should be given a medal for the number of times he's been shot, concussed, crushed under rocks, pinned to the hull of the ship by a Romulan mine, almost hanged, etc.



** To the point where even though the technology won't be invented in the Federation for another two centuries, the ''fifth'' episode featured an alien holodeck, while the ''eighth'' episode has the Replic- sorry, [[SerialNumbersFiledOff Protein Resequencer]], capable of turning human faeces into a pair of boots. "Protein synthesisers" look more than little like food replicators. (Kirk had to get his sandwiches from a vending machine.)

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** To the point where even though the technology won't be invented in the Federation for another two centuries, the ''fifth'' episode featured an alien holodeck, while the ''eighth'' episode has the Replic- replic- sorry, [[SerialNumbersFiledOff Protein Resequencer]], capable of turning human faeces into a pair of boots. "Protein synthesisers" look more than little like food replicators. (Kirk had to get his sandwiches from a vending machine.)



** It gets better. Just '''two''' episodes after this episode is "Silent Enemy". A bunch of alien repeatedly attack ''Enterprise'' without provocation, injure their crew members and make it very clear they aren't going to stop. Archer's response to someone doing this to ''his'' ship? Righteous anger and threatening to fight back with everything they've got! [[SarcasmMode Why does that sound familiar?]]

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** %%** It gets better. Just '''two''' episodes after this episode is "Silent Enemy". A bunch of alien aliens repeatedly attack ''Enterprise'' without provocation, injure their crew members and make it very clear they aren't going to stop. Archer's response to someone doing this to ''his'' ship? Righteous anger and threatening to fight back with everything they've got! [[SarcasmMode Why does that sound familiar?]]familiar?]] NOTE: There is a huge fucking difference between striking someone who's coming at you with guns blazing and going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.



** Could go for many characters, but Travis Mayweather in particular stands out. Born and raised on a space freighter, he had the most practical space experience of the entire crew, despite his relative youth and low rank in Starfleet. The writers never seemed to grasp the inherent hooks of this however, and the poor ensign had more or less nothing significant to do during the show's entire run (''That is patently false! In the series finale he got a name tag''). Indeed, this even led to an unintentional subplot in the second series, where it seems that every other episode Travis was injured and sent to sickbay, simply to give him a reason to appear in the episode. It's also become a popular speculation that after "Fortunate Son" was intended to be Travis' first big focus episode, the crew was so disappointed by Anthony Montgomery's performance that they decided not to ever give him such a large role again.
** Malcolm Reed, who served in freaking ''Section 31'' before joining the Enterprise crew. For the unaware, this is the branch of Starfleet that is roughly on par with MI6 in terms of undercover operations. In other words, Film/JamesBond was the weapons officer of this ship, and he wasn't even a part of the PowerTrio!
*** However, Malcolm's Section 31 past was {{retcon}} added to the character in the middle of Enterprise's final season, so it's not like they had much time to develop this element before the show was cancelled.

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** Could go for many characters, but Travis Mayweather in particular stands out. Born and raised on a space freighter, he had the most practical space experience of the entire crew, despite his relative youth and low rank in Starfleet. The writers never seemed to grasp the inherent hooks of this this, however, and the poor ensign had more or less nothing significant to do during the show's entire run (''That is patently false! In the series finale he got a name tag''). Indeed, this even led to an unintentional subplot in the second series, where it seems that every other episode Travis was injured and sent to sickbay, simply to give him a reason to appear in the episode. It's also become a popular speculation that after "Fortunate Son" was intended to be Travis' first big focus episode, the crew was so disappointed by Anthony Montgomery's performance that they decided not to ever give him such a large role again.
** Malcolm Reed, who served in freaking ''Section 31'' before joining the Enterprise crew. For the unaware, this is the branch of Starfleet that is roughly on par with MI6 in terms of undercover operations. In other words, Film/JamesBond was the weapons officer of this ship, and he wasn't even a part of the PowerTrio!
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PowerTrio! Malcolm's Section 31 past was {{retcon}} added to the character in the middle of Enterprise's final season, so it's not like they had much time to develop this element before the show was cancelled.



** The ''Enterprise XCV-330'', the early Starfleet vessel with a ringed warp drive is never shown, despite being alluded to in the design of the Vulcan starships, which evidently inspired the Human engineers to build their own version. "These Are The Voyages" similarly wasted a good opportunity to show the Daedalus-class as being the new Warp 7 vessel replacing the NX-series, since TNG revealed the class was in operation during the 2160's.

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** The ''Enterprise XCV-330'', the early Starfleet vessel with a ringed warp drive is never shown, despite being alluded to in the design of the Vulcan starships, which evidently inspired the Human human engineers to build their own version. "These Are The Voyages" similarly wasted a good opportunity to show the Daedalus-class as being the new Warp 7 vessel replacing the NX-series, since TNG revealed the class was in operation during the 2160's.



** Duras waits until ''Enterprise'' reaches the solar system until he attacks, allowing Starfleet to quickly deploy reinforcements and drive him off.

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** Duras waits until ''Enterprise'' reaches the solar system Solar System until he attacks, allowing Starfleet to quickly deploy reinforcements and drive him off.



** Alternate!Archer from "E2" had over a century to meet with the Xindi, offer them aid and rebuild their civilisation (Xindus had only just been destroyed), and gain their eternal gratitude. Instead, he pisses the opportunity of a lifetime away, ordering them to fly around the Delphic Expanse. It's not like he cared about trying not to change the timeline either! Several crew members are from races he went on to make contact with whilst in the past, including the woman who would become his ''wife''! But hey, it's not like anyone died as a result of your sitting on your hands, ''right?'' How are Tucker's sister and those 7 million people, again?

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** Alternate!Archer from "E2" had over a century to meet with the Xindi, offer them aid aid, and rebuild their civilisation (Xindus civilization (Xindis had only just been destroyed), and gain their eternal gratitude. Instead, he pisses the opportunity of a lifetime away, ordering them to fly around the Delphic Expanse. It's not like he cared about trying not to change the timeline either! Several crew members are from races he went on to make contact with whilst in the past, including the woman who would become his ''wife''! But hey, it's not like anyone died as a result of your sitting on your hands, ''right?'' How are Tucker's sister and those 7 million people, again?
4th Sep '17 9:05:38 PM ShorinBJ
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** Shran--so much so that he would have joined the ship's crew in the planned season 5 as a regular character. His ambiguous status as ally/rival was played with flair by series veteran Jeffery Combs.

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** Shran--so much so that he would have joined the ship's crew in the planned season 5 as a regular character. His ambiguous status as ally/rival was played with flair by series veteran Jeffery Jeffrey Combs.



** A nice addendum to the theory would be that with the Xindi incident and the Earth-Romulan War, most of the missions relating to the NX-01 were heavily classified by Starfleet, which remained in effect even into the 24th century, out of fear that some of the ''Enterprise's'' more dubious activities might have damaged the Federation if word ever got out. As such, ''Enterprise'' is merely the revisionist history known to the public.

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** A nice addendum to the theory would be that with the Xindi incident and the Earth-Romulan War, most of the missions relating to the NX-01 were heavily classified by Starfleet, which remained in effect even into the 24th century, out of fear that some of the ''Enterprise's'' more dubious activities might have damaged the Federation if word ever got out. As such, ''Enterprise'' is merely the revisionist history known to the public.



** Not to mention the whole issue of "What timeline is it a part of?" - is it part of the same old TV timeline? Abrams' ''Film/StarTrek'' timeline too/instead? Or a slightly-altered timeline created by ''First Contact''? The answer varies depending on who you ask.
24th Aug '17 5:07:56 AM Pren
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** The whole "Vulcans don't believe in time travel" thing, which was derided by many fans as a hackneyed attempt to make them look bad so the humans would look better in comparison, and making less and less sense as the show went on with T'Pol putting Agent Scully to shame with her refusal to believe the increasing mountain of evidence.
5th Aug '17 4:36:49 PM Pren
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* IdiotPlot: "Terra Nova" could have easily been resolved long before the episode, had Earth simply asked the Vulcans to investigate, or if they had simply ignored the mere 200 or so colonists' objection to any more people landing on the same [[{{Planetville}} planet]] ([[WebSite/SFDebris planets are big, after all]]).

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* IdiotPlot: "Terra IdiotPlot:
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Nova" could have easily been resolved long before the episode, had Earth simply asked the Vulcans to investigate, or if they had simply ignored the mere 200 or so colonists' objection to any more people landing on the same [[{{Planetville}} planet]] ([[WebSite/SFDebris planets are big, after all]]).all]]).
** The Kreetassans' Hat is that they have extremely strict decency guidelines and have zero tolerance for anyone who breaks them. Except, they've clearly been out in the stars and interacting with other races for quite a while, so you'd have to imagine they've realized by now their own cultural practices are very much in the minority and they should warn any new contacts about them.
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