Season 4 is awesome so far. Why didn't they write the show this way in season 1?
In season 1 and 2, they pull the prime directive out of thin air during the most fringe case of the PD, they turn vulcan mindmelds into gay sex, they have Hoshi figure out an entire language including vocabulary in a few hours, T'Pol teaches colonists how to fight klingons by ducking back then rolling, Porthos pees on a tree, and Phlox cures assimilation in five minutes.
In season 4, they do what the series was actually meant for, they lay the groundwork for the Federation, and touch on major themes established in other series. Why did they wait four seasons to do this?! Is Manny Coto that much better than Rick Berman?!