Thursday, May 20, 2004

Enterprise

James Robertson just complained about Enterprise and mentioned that "the original Star Trek did better in those situations". Very very true, and actually the reason i stopped watching Enterprise mid-Season 3 after the umpteenth dialog that went "i hate the Xindi as much as the next guy...".

Original Star Trek (as in, pre-Enterprise) tried to raise issues and bring balanced views on current political issues - Enterprise in comparison felt like a cheap and unquestioning advertisement for the american "War on Terror", including but not limited to the token race we're being taught to hate unconditionally (whether Xindi on Enterprise or Arabs/"Islamists" in the real world).

It used to be that Star Trek stood for enlightened views and a world without racism, not for propagating it. But it seems that just as the show is placed closer to the present time than previous Star Trek series, so have the creators and writers become stuck in the 20th century, far far behind Gene Roddenberry. Sad, but true. (Interestingly, the same tendencies tend to shimmer thru in selected episodes of the otherwise excellent The Dead Zone, which is also in the hands of Michael Pillar. Coincidence?)

Here's to hoping that the franchise will recover from the mistake that was Enterprise, and the future will treat us to more gems like TNG or DS9.

That said, i fully agree with you on being sad to see the Buffyverse leave the screen (though i have yet to see the final Angel episode; later tonight ;-). It will be dearly missed, and few (if any) worthy replacements seem to be on the horizon...

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