The more I read about it, the more it's clear that the studio really did fuck up this series. They rushed it into production to keep it's cash cow going and interfered at various times, like changing the ending of Dear Doctor. I've read that supposedly B and B wanted to set the first half of the season on Earth...that would have been a welcome change. But it turned out to be the same old shit.
I'm not letting Berman and Braga off the hook. One person wrote it best a couple of years ago. In 2001, you had shows like 24 and Alias debut. Those shows did innovative things while Enterprise was still stuck in a 1980s way of doing television.