Linda Park - Underutilized?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Enterprise' started by marlboro, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. FederationHistorian

    FederationHistorian Commander Red Shirt

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    I think its more that there was an unwillingness to make the distinction between United Earth Starfleet and Federation Starfleet.

    That goes back to establishing and fleshing out the concept of United Earth within Trek. As it went from being a part of the declaration in the New United Nations of the 2030s, to being adopted for use for the space probe agency a few years after First Contact, to being abolished as a concept altogether a decade later due to the post-atomic horror, to coming back into favour as a concept by the time Starfleet was founded in the 2130s, to being an actual political entity by the time the NX-01 launched.

    United Earth just was not at the forefront as it should have been for the series. Everything was too centralized with Starfleet. Various United Earth branches working together should have been the main idea. Even using UES – United Earth Ship – as a registry prefix could have helped differentiate the time period altogether from the rest of Trek and clearly establish what the show was about.
     
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  2. Saul

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    The whole cast except for Archer, T'pol and Trip were under utilized. Same thing happened in later seasons of Voyager when it became the Janeway, Seven and Doctor show. I thought the cast of Enterprise had the potential for a lot more and the show was poorer for not giving them more.
     
  3. Reanok

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    I thought it was too bad Dominic Keating an Linda Park and Anthony Montgomery weren't given more to do on the show and Doctor Phlox too.
     
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    Linda Park was one of the absolute best actors on the show -- secondly only to John Billingsley, IMO -- and she was criminally under-utilized.

    Worse than that: He was little more than Stepin Fetchit in space. Always servile, always smiling; the character was basically written as a walking anti-black stereotype.

    100% agreed.

    I really like all these ideas -- something to make it clear that the idea of how to effectively run a starship did not just emerge fully-formed after the admiralty watched an old episode of Galaxy Quest or whatever. Something that makes it clear that the different departments and functions of the later Starfleet had to be developed through trial and error.

    Personally, I really don't like the idea that the folks on Earth had even imagined a need for something like "Starfleet Security" or "Starfleet Intelligence." If the 2150s United Earth Starfleet is just this space organization that's putting a starship out there into the galaxy for the first time, the idea of having a "Starfleet Intelligence" should be as alien to them as the idea of "NASA Intelligence" or "Canadian Space Agency Intelligence" is in real life.

    I would have preferred that. I don't really think Starfleet predates the Federation per se -- like, does the United States Navy pre-date the United States just because some of the states had their own navies before they united? "Starfleet" seems as generic a name to me as "Navy." I view the United Earth Starfleet as being a separate legal institution from the Federation Starfleet, and I consider it to be no more ancestral an organization than the Andorian Imperial Guard.

    But having said that, yeah, if I had been in charge, the United Earth Starfleet would have had a different name. Maybe, "United Earth Space Agency" or "United Earth Exploration Corps" or some such.

    100%.

    This. This this this this this. ENT constantly undercut its own premise by depicting institutions that were too fully-formed already.

    This. This this this.
     
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    I loved Dominic Keating. He seemed to be a bit of a rogue and devilish in the pilot and the shuttlepod episode (t'pol has a nice bum) but in season 2 he was more uptight and a more uninteresting, by the book guy. Shame.
     
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  6. Reanok

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    Dominic Keating has a new video up on Star Trek .com talking about what first episodes of Star trek he saw.
     
  7. TimeIsAPredator

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    I've been rewatching early episodes and he is such a bore. It's all just "never be to careful" assume everything is hostile cliche crap
     
  8. DarKush

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    I've been looking at some of the older episodes myself and I thought there were some attempts to give him personality. Even in the pilot he had a nice scene with Mayweather where Reed even imitated Trip. And I liked how awkward it got when Reed mistook Hoshi's questions about what he liked to eat when she was really trying to find out a meal for his birthday. The idea of Reed being super straitlaced and unknownable wasn't a bad way to go, especially if we saw him loosen up more over the series. For me though, I would've then just stabbed the audience in the heart by having him be Section 31 or Terra Prime all along, then swing back around to have him redeem himself.

    It seems to me that the writing/character development fell by the wayside or became haphazard as the series went on, except for T'Pol and Trip, and Phlox just had the force or personality to wring out life from what little, or whatever, he was given. I also felt that Archer got some meaty stuff to work with in Seasons 3 & 4, but Reed, Sato, and Mayweather got lost in the shuffle.
     
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    Love Hoshi. Great characte r maybe underutilized, but Trek has never been an ensemble show with egality. I know TNG had poker games but there sure seemed to be a Big 2.5 (Pic, Data, Riker) and then the rest. Sepin Fechit can apply to Geordi pretty well. Nice affable guy, never finds love.

    I thought they were utilized in eNT well enough for Trek. Mayweather too ignored, as many ha e pointed out. When daughter and I made ourselves watch ENT through we would yell LINE! like Jon Lovitz' master thespian anytime Mayweather spoke. I liked Reed not being the typical, nice affable crew member.
     
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    The look she has when Phlox comes to check on her 'broken leg' in The Crossing shows how much of a talent she is! She can take a small part of an episode and just shine!