Hello, my name is Jimmy Bob. Welcome to my thread. "Hi... I guess. I just wanted to know, like... what this thread is all about and everything... sumthing like that, yeah." - Bill from Chicago Well, Bill. Think of this thread as a progress report in the formation of an opinion about the show. Okay the essentials: I'm going to watch the show for the first time, I'll be posting impressions, and in those impressions I often might have the wrong idea about what comes next or who the characters are, because these are just first-timers impressions, but I'll try to understand the series and characters nonetheless. It goes something like this. Enterprise pilot - Broken Bow My first impression - god this show is so white. I know, I know - I did see that two characters were colored, but after Voyager it just feels so ridiculously white. And also very american. This is probably the most american of Trek shows. "Hi, it's Bill again. I just wanted to know that what do you mean when you say "this show is very american?" Aren't like all Treks american?" No. I mean it feels more entrenched in american national mythos than any other Trek shows. A sort of fulfillment of Manifest Destiny. I can't pin-point it exactly... and true, TNG-era had things like characters loving some 1930's pulp fiction, but despite that, the TNG-era didn't feel american. TOS does feel american (but in a different way), so perhaps it is this going back to the roots thing. I wonder how, with the theory that after some 50-100 years, when the WASP culture becomes a minority, due to more hispanics, how that would affect the american national identity? Can't be this WASP anymore, and how this new less WASP america would adopt the forefathers and manifest destiny into it's identity? I know that hispanic is a ridiculous term to mean a race, since Argentina and Uruguay are whiter than Hitler, but in this case I used the term like the american media uses it - it mostly means mexicans of amerindian/mestizo stock. And I managed to start ranting about something else than the show. It was very refreshing to see more "less perfect" humans and the whole appearance of the clothes and interiors feels just so nice after 14 years of TNG-era. The humans in this are far too nice to be like us, and yet they are far too child-like to be like Picard. Too child-like to be even us. That scene with Archer and that mysterious alien woman, and Archer and that bad suliban... Archer really feels so amusingly child-like and oblivious to the universe in those scenes. "We're just taking him home!" The future of humanity - kind-hearted taxi drivers with knee-jerk ethical beliefs. Am I right to think of the vulcan century as a vulcan occupation of sorts. An enlightened occupation to help the occupied to have democracy... I mean... to have enlightenment. I wonder if vulcan propaganda of those days was anything similar to white propaganda against various "people of color" (happy now?): let's kill the human, to save the race (let's kill the injun, to save the man). Anyway, I do find this sort of vulcan-human relationship to be interesting. Now some more specific impressions. The pilot wasn't very interesting actually. It didn't really impress. Unlike Caretaker for example, which captured me from the first scene. And what do I think of the characters so far. Archer - seems like a nice guy. Trip - can't really tell this guy apart. Mayweather - hello Harry Kim. Soto - she is scared of flying. Doctor - he is peculiar. English guy - he is english. T'Pol - she secretly wants to have wild sex with these lowly humans. I don't speak klingon, and I don't assume that you guys do, but I was wondering if anyone knows what that klingon leader said to Archer? The klingons felt very medieval mongolian in this episode - especially their fortress. I don't really like klingons. Other than Suzie Plakson, B'Elanna, Duras sisters and a few politicians, they inhale more than they exhale while speaking.