The time when Enterprise debuted in 2001, there was no way that it could have failed. After Voyager, nobody expected that the mistakes would be repeated; in fact a remedy for mistakes was what was being looked at. Going back to the basics of bringing back the spirit of adventure and exploration, that is ‘genetically’ associated with Star Trek, and work was being done towards achieving this. The makers were so confident that up till the third season, the show did not even have the prefix of Star Trek to it and was simply called Enterprise. What then happened that the show did not reach the heights of popularity that it was expected to? Why did the series have to be canceled?. The fans of the franchise say that JJ Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie was all that Enterprise should have been. So what exactly was the expectation and what was the reality? Here are five facts that throw some light on this issue and the reason Enterprise was a ‘restricted’ success:
5) The Essence of Original Star Trek Was Lacking!
Enterprise ideally should have taken us back to the origin of the Federation, even before the time of Captain Kirk, and begin from there. It should have been a prequel to the original series, and should have touched upon aspects of human determination, overcoming the challenges and building a future. Rather, it hit us with its ‘technology’. The first episode titled ‘Broken Bow’ thrived on the time travel and established that as the major plot of the show. This concept at that time was already ‘done to death’ and audiences were looking out for something new. The stories that followed on the show were also ordinary and could have been narrated outside of the ‘time travel’ premise too. All this just for the sake of being a ‘technologically heavy’ show. It seemed that the show was in conflict with itself, whether to go on the Voyager way or The Original Series way!This dilemma also came to the forefront with the opening credits. The traditional ship-flyby effect was done away with, and the credits were kept visually heavy with the history of human exploration being depicted. Visually, it was stunning, but Rod Stewart’s song on faith was completely out of place here. The creators sensed this and speeded up the tempo of the songs, which was a bigger disaster! In spite of all this, you can’t keep the ‘awesomeness’ of Star Trek away. And we saw stray stories in the clutter that were exciting, like the crew’s fear of using the transporter. Unfortunately, they never really built up the way they should have been.