Just finished watching Enterprise, again. I still think this was under rated. Favourite character? Doctor Phlox.
I started watching Enterprise, but they kept moving it about to inconvenient times and I totally lost the plot. All that time war stuff seemed to get silly from what I saw and I think they made a big mistake in filling the technology gap too fast. They started with nothing and seemed to have most of the equipment from Kirk's time after a very short time, even though it's supposed to be something like 200 years' technological advances.
Well the only thing I can think of that really skipped quite a few steps was the universal translator. In the first few episodes they made a point of how difficult it was to communicate with aliens and poor Hoshi nearly had a nervous breakdown. Then quite suddenly everybody was speaking to everybody else without difficulty. I suspect that they moved on to facilitate the plot as it would have become pretty boring after a bit. They had the transporter from the beginning but were a bit nervous about using it. They did not develop a tractor beam but used the grappler right through. The replicator remained pretty basic.
I am not sure which war storyline you are referring to but I thought the Xindi storyline was brilliant and I also liked the episode about WW2 being in America.
Just started TNG again. The first episode Encounter at Farpoint is quite a good story but the series has obviously not really felt its feet in this first episode. John de Lancie as the ubiquitous Q is of course a brilliant villain. In another setting he would be twirling his moustachios and sticking his boot in maidens' doorways. Some of the dialogue is stilted from some of the characters and counsellor Troi looks ridiculous in that frizzy hairstyle and short frock. Some of the guys look even more silly in their frocks. What were the producers thinking about? On the whole though a good first effort.
Just watched the 'new' Star Trek movie again. It's quite a ride. I still find the plot a little confusing, the alternative timeline bit, but it does not really matter very much. The characterisation of the old original ST characters is good especially Spock and Bones.
I saw the 'New' 'OS' film and was very disappointed by that too. I don't like it when they take existing characters and try to crowbar history out of them from any references made in the original series. That was one of the things Enterprise did right; to step right away from the things already there.
I think it you wiped Star Trek and did it again, Enterprise would have been much better being made first and not trying to fit into the gap.
Having a theme song was a fan-splitter for Enterprise. I've just realised that I very almost know it, even without prompting. (Honey came to investigate my rendition of it. When out of earshot I can burst into all sorts of things. Anyone who overhears me any time will probably think I am mad!)
I always felt it out of place, but I still like it in itself.
I often get the TNG theme in my head when out walking through the heavy blossom fall in some areas round here... it makes sense in my head...honest!
I almost went to a production some time ago where an orchestra in London was doing full versions of all the themes from the other programmes (amongst other things), but it was too far out of my way to bother in the end. I think it would have been interesting, but not that interesting!
The first alien spaceship was ridiculously advanced. What happened to unmanned probes, animal tests, fly-by missions to take photographs, ships that didn't have the capability to dock, etc.?
How did the alien ship manage to enter Voyager?
The ascending spaceship had already entered 'slow time' and so lost contact with its ground station, but this was then forgotten until the astronauts were later on Voyager's bridge.
From the point of view of the ground-based control station, their first spaceship had vanished without trace, but they then allowed decades to pass without ever sending a back-up mission, another ship nor even a probe?
Having launched one bomb per second for a while, to the point where Voyager's shields were down, for some unknown reason the aliens then kindly stopped for a few of their years while the Voyager crew escorted their guest to the docking bay, made his ship ready for launch, paused while the EMH recounted the touching story of his family to the guest*, and so on. Voyager could have recorded and transmitted a speeded up message to the aliens in much less time.
* A story which showed the EMH violated the Prime Directive, and probably the laws of genetics, but which he never mentioned to anyone else.
It just annoys me that having the facilities and budget to create the programs, make the special effects, pay the actors and so on, they don't put just a little more effort into removing the obvious inconsistencies from the plots.
This one had the makings of a great episode - if only someone with a scientific brain had been allowed to make a few edits to the screenplay.
If you did it to scale, the speeds and forces would be enormous. I think the crew would have been pretty smashed up. Would put a bit of a damper on the ending with the ship smashing up and killing everyone though!