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Old October 23 2013, 11:45 AM   #46
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Re: So what's with all the Archer hate?

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Agreed. Don't get me wrong, while not my favorite incarnation of Trek, I still liked Enterprise, and Archer as a captain. However, it is true in the first couple seasons, Archer comes off as stiff, unsure of himself,
The stiffness.. bothers me. Why the stiffness. Bakula isn't like this normally is he? I would have preferred Trip as captain, just as dumb and unsure and naive but filling that up with ego and personality rather than a stick up the butt demeanor.

(And yes he did improve)
Personally, I think had Archer been written more like he was in Seasons 3-4 from the get go, he would have been a lot better. I had always thought it was a mistake to write him as a test pilot being directly promoted to captain the Enterprise. The Enterprise wasn't the first warp capable star ship. It was the first warp 5 capable ship. There were clear examples of older starfleet ships in service. It would have been a lot more logical to promote a captain from a warp 3 or 4 ship to captain the Enterprise.

Had Archer had at least one captaincy under his belt before the Enterprise (and they still could have written him as a former test pilot), he would have been a better and more polished captain from the get go, IMHO.

Instead, Archer seemed more like a guy getting the job because of his father's legacy, than his own merits, and being revealed to be a former test pilot later on, seemed almost a retcon.

Captain Archer frankly reminded me of President Bush, and the fact that I actually LIKE Archer is either a testament to Bakula's acting ability, natural charisma, or both.
Actually, while I agree there are a couple episodes Archer acts almost Bush-like, I thought if anyone reminded me of Bush on Enterprise, it was Trip.
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Old October 23 2013, 06:22 PM   #47
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Re: So what's with all the Archer hate?

Now we're comparing Enterprise characters to politicians? Oh this should be good.
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Old October 23 2013, 06:25 PM   #48
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^Who should we compare to Thatcher?
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Old October 23 2013, 11:13 PM   #49
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Now we're comparing Enterprise characters to politicians? Oh this should be good.
In my case, and in my defense, it is not for political reasons. I believe Conner Trinnier has a passing resemblance to a young GW Bush (with make up, he could look a lot like him, IMHO), and his speech patterns as Trip remind me of Bush. In fact, if there were to be a movie about Bush, he would be a good actor to play him. And that's it!

As for Archer, I think Enterprise was trying to make an analogy to the 911 attacks, Patriot act, and Iraq War with the Xindi arc. When I say Archer acted Bush-like a few times, it was because he was faced with moral dilemmas that were intended to parallel the debates about the Patriot Act, Iraq War, etc, in much the same way Battlestar Galactica did.
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Old October 23 2013, 11:18 PM   #50
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Re: So what's with all the Archer hate?

Has anyone from ENT actually said this was a deliberate analogy of 9/11?

As I've said before not watching ENT from the US this never entered my head.
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Old October 23 2013, 11:21 PM   #51
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I am not sure if it was ever explicitly said. But it is not uncommon for TV shows to do that, and Star Trek has always been an allegory for current events.

If you don't see it that way, then fine. Your POV is perfectly valid. Maybe since you are Australian, you see things a bit differently, or lose a bit in the context of Enterprise being an American TV show. But the timing of 9/11 and the following Xindi attack and story arc wasn't an accident, IMHO.
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Old October 23 2013, 11:39 PM   #52
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Re: So what's with all the Archer hate?

But shit is always blowing up in science fiction.

What specifically about the Xindi attack was about 9/11 other than the "attack" part?
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Old October 23 2013, 11:46 PM   #53
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Re: So what's with all the Archer hate?

If you don't get the references, here is a book that may help:

http://www.amazon.com/Battlestar-Gal.../dp/1461146461

But what I am speaking up is the overall tone of TV, and of Enterprise, in the US, post 9/11 and while the Iraq War was going on.
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Old October 23 2013, 11:54 PM   #54
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I think this is just silly. Are we supposed to take every post 9/11 movie or tv show where someone is ATTACKED as being about 9/11?

That's why I asked if anyone from ENT has actually stated this. Otherwise it just seems to be people trying to make everything about 9/11.
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Old October 24 2013, 01:27 AM   #55
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I think this is just silly. Are we supposed to take every post 9/11 movie or tv show where someone is ATTACKED as being about 9/11?

That's why I asked if anyone from ENT has actually stated this. Otherwise it just seems to be people trying to make everything about 9/11.
TV often reflects the moods of people and the events that affect them. What resonates here in the US doesn't necessarily resonate with people in other countries. I don't expect you to make the connection, seeing as Enterprise was an American TV show. It simply is something that is not in your cultural frame of reference.

And actually, yeah, when it comes to TV of that era, there WAS a lot of allegories and references to 9/11, Iraq War, how characters deal with xenophobia, Abu Graib, and the like. Enterprise had them, but because it was a sci fi show, it was less overt than say 24, or any crime drama show based in New York.

What I find interesting is your seemingly hostile attitude that TV produced in the US might actually have themes especially aimed at US audiences, and reflect themes that resonate mostly with them.
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Old October 24 2013, 02:23 AM   #56
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It's the assumption about this particular arc in this particular show that I question. I would like to hear from a reputable source that it is in some way a reference to 9/11, rather than just a reference to war and death. It's not like the Xindi arc is brave new territory or challenging in any way for television, science fiction or Star Trek. Yes there was a war going on, that is not something new for the US. Some people bitch about ENT using 9/11 in this way. I just don't know if it was a deliberate choice to tell a story about the Xindi and really be telling a story about 9/11.

What was the bombing of San Francisco by the Dominion in DS9 about?
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Old October 24 2013, 03:45 AM   #57
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Pearl Harbor. Those dirty Breen sinking our battleships.
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Old October 24 2013, 02:08 PM   #58
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From an interview with Bakula:
SC: The Xindi stuff with the 9/11 parallels was some of the most amazing Star Trek stuff that you did, and I think maybe thematically some of the most amazing Star Trek stuff in general. We always hear about how, “Oh, well, the old show paralleled the Vietnam War” or things like this. But for a lot of us fans, we weren’t really around back then to experience that. Whereas 9/11 was something that we felt happened to us and then we were seeing this sort of metaphor for it, which was just amazing. When the writers came to you with that storyline, was there concern about it being too soon or too close to the reality of what had happened?

SB: Well, I think we were all so consumed by that event, and it wasn’t something that happened to somebody else on our planet, it happened here. You know, Vietnam happened on another continent. So it became something in the writers room that they felt they couldn’t ignore, and it kept coming through in how they were feeling, and that’s natural. That’s how writers write. They’re affected by their lives and their world and what they’re feeling. And that’s the great thing about sci-fi, it’s so removed, because all of the sudden you’re fighting talking whales and insects and things that are so completely disassociated with our reality -- you get that release -- and then it kind of gives you the freedom to tee it up and go for it. I was thrilled with it.
Even without direct confirmation, how the war was such a hot button topic that any depiction of the war necessarily folded into the debate about 9/11 and Iraq.
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Old October 24 2013, 09:30 PM   #59
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That's why I asked if anyone from ENT has actually stated this.
No, well at least not that I recall reading, although I'm sure someone has asked the Beebs about this and I don't feel like tracking down the info.

Archer's reaction to the attack (maybe more than the actual attack) was, I think, what led to a lot of the 9/11 speculation. He became hardened and was threatening to airlock everyone. Silik, illustrating the subtleness of the Beeb's writing (), told Archer, "you've changed". After 9/11 the U.S. started torturing folks and blahdy blah.

But I think the direct 9/11 analogy is probably more fanon than anything else.
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Old October 24 2013, 10:01 PM   #60
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I dont really like the Archer hate....I just think it is misplaced.

Bakula is a good actor and he had many moments throughout the show to prove it. The problem did not lie with him. The writing is the problem.

Archer, and his human crew for that matter, are actually a breath of fresh air in Trek. These aren't the 24th century, Uber-enlightened humans that we are used to. They have only had warp drive for 90 years [which has barely allowed them some basic exploration as other technologies have caught up].

Archer is not an unexperienced captain...he is THE captain. He is also, thus, completely new to the interstellar club and having to find his way the best he can. I LOVED the animosity with the Vulcans [ENT finally fleshed out a two dimensional race] and felt it was realistic. The Vulcans were humanities 'big brother' who knew better [im tempted to quote Q here, in regards to how dangerous 'out there' is....and the Vulcans new it] yet humanity, naturally, disliked this attitude.

He simply isn't Picard. While he cant be a cliche 60's character like Kirk either. Archer is something different and some just dont seem to appreciate the situation the character is in. He is not a bigot or racist. He resents Vulcan interference [and later ADMITS that the Vulcans were right to hold humanity back].

The one true problem with Archer, is the writing. Far too often he is written in an overly simplistic way. He doesn't seem 'new' to space as was intended....he seems new to command, strategy and basic diplomacy. Take, for example, my personal #1 worst episode in the franchise, A Night in Sickbay. This trainwreck of an episode is 45mins of character assassination. Archer is depicted as an unstable, unreliable, irrational idiot. It severely damages the character in my eyes.

However, in general, I think the performance and character is great. The writers let Archer down...and the series.
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