Let's be real. The TNG formula was stale by the end of TNG. I haven't heard about Ira Steven Behr giving feedback on ENT before. When was this revealed? The TOS theme was NOT intended to have lyrics. Roddenberry exercised a clause in his contract that allowed him to write lyrics for the theme just so he could get 50% of the royalties, thus screwing composer Alexander Courage out of half of his money. IIRC, he did this years after the fact when TOS was off the air. Honestly, Trek has been falling down on LGBTQ representation since the late 80s. There should've been a gay character in the TNG crew, on a recurring basis at the very least. By the time they got to ENT and it was no longer a novelty for a show to have an LGBTQ character, it was just sad. But that was mostly about Rick Berman's prejudices, from what I understand. I've never heard this before, either. What's the source on this? Hey, there's Aisha Tyler! And it only took nine seasons! ...Wait, is that it? Am I done already? Wow, that was fast. According to Bob Justman and Herb Solow's Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, this was more due to NBC than Roddenberry. The cast of "The Cage" is lily white. A big part of the reason people like Lloyd Haynes, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei were added to the cast after Star Trek went to series was because NBC wanted more minority representation in its shows. Exactly. There is nothing more binding in a fan's mind than their own headcanon. And when they've had three decades to build it up in their minds, it's a huge uphill battle. The same thing happened with Star Wars. That's why Better Call Saul is the best prequel ever. It was done right after Breaking Bad, by most of the same creative team. And they really took pains to not contradict Breaking Bad. I just watched a video the other day that said one BCS staffer rewatched BB every year just to have it all fresh in her mind before they started a new season of BCS. I doubt there was anyone on the ENT staff who was doing that with TOS. I don't think it was a case of Brannon and Braga refusing to do their homework. They knew the Borg and the Ferengi didn't belong in the 22nd Century, which is why they took pains to explain it away in those episodes. (I'm not saying that they were successful in doing that, but at least they tried.) The thinking was to incorporate elements from TNG, the most successful version of Trek up until that point.