Re: Season 4: Just how much of it can be called Fanwank?
Season 4 was too much too late, and it became the TOS-tie-in show rather than the show's original premise. It felt like a gimmick, and that's why so many people consider it "fanwank" rather than "continuity." Other episodes, like Daedalus
, even blatantly ignored ENT continuity and illustrate that the show basically became TNG-lite, just like VOY did.
"STAR TREK is... Action - Adventure - Science Fiction."
-- Gene Roddenberry, 1964, top of the first page of his original pitch and outline for Star Trek