I'm not a big Enterprise fan, but I'm also not
a hater. Actually re-watching it right now via my DVDs.
It's my only good condition DVD set since it's not well worn, but I still own them! So brownie points for that.
The other day though, I did develop a theory as to one perhaps subtle or subconscious reason so many fans turned away from the show?
What if it's all the subtle alterations to Trek lore?
What do I mean? Well, think about it. Shuttle pod instead of shuttle craft. No red alert / tactical alert instead. No photon torpedoes / eventually photonic
torpedoes. Enterprise instead of the
Enterprise. Phase pistols instead of phasers.
All those subtle little things designed to show the evolution of them, the predecessor to what we knew, intended to show the earlier stage of things... could those minor trivial details have been a key to putting some people off?
To some it could have been a sort of OCD thing. To others, an annoying nit-picky issue. others still totally unaware it was effecting them negatively. Some may even have felt as if B&B where trying to re-create Trek in their own image or something.
I dunno. It's a bit of a trivial/silly theory, and it's certainly well moot at this juncture, but I thought it an interesting proposition.
To be honest, I dont think any of that mattered or contributed in any major way to the cancellation of Enterprise.
It is simply: Seasons 1 & 2 were very poor. They were cliche, they recycled plots from VOY & TNG, everything had to involve either violence or sex to 'spice up' Star Trek....and it just didn't work.
Season 3 & 4 experienced a radical shift but it was already too late. A now great show was consigned to death because a large swathe of the fanbase had abandoned ENT due to those 2 dismal seasons.
Naturally, some will cry foul and say TNG/DS9/VOY had weak opening seasons but: I dont think they were AS weak and they were from a different time period.