The Enterprise Docks at FanboyPlanet.com
By Kevin Miller
Redefining the word "Spin-off."
The first two scenes rolled by in such
a blur, I had to re-wind my tape twice just to make sure to catch everything.
The touching scene with Daddy wasn't nearly as interesting as our first
glimpse of the Suliban, and the first Klingon to meet Earthlings.
And quickly came the thing I wasn't expecting:
the title sequence. I didn't think it would be in the series premiere,
nor that it would be a near-rock video, skimming the history, and future,
of exploration. This was all very cool, and very different, and very
hard to watch on a hushed big screen TV - at midnight, as to not wake
up any roommates.
I was partially waiting for the familiar
monologue to return. You know, "These are the voyages of the star ship
Enterprise… Its brand new mission, to pretend we've never seen any of
these alien races. To boldly make more money that anyone has ever made
before. Dun dun dun dun dun…
Of course that wasn't there, but what
was, mixed in with the credits, was the familiar -
Based on "Star Trek"
Created by Gene Roddenberry.
We've seen this in the opening sequence
for every single project since the original series. All the movies and
series have paid their respect to, as some call him, "The Great Bird
of the Galaxy" (why they call him that, I don't know).
I didn't think much of this, fast forwarded
through the commercials and began to celebrate the holiday we Trekkers
and Trekkies enjoy every seven years - the birth of a new series.
I was very impressed. Enterprise reaffirmed
what I had imagined while reading all the hype. This is a high concept
show. They wanted to show the fear of entering space. They did that.
They wanted to show the transition from today's humans to the 23rd century
morally evolved humans. They did that, too.
On every other Star Trek show you watch
as the crew beam feet-first onto planets. Not worrying about alien viruses,
or bizarre anomalies, or fuzzy grain eating pillows. It always seems
so dumb. They could solve so many problems if they just did a quick
sensor sweep of the planets inhabited by evil-life-sucking-oil slicks
and the like. Well, as we learned from the ignorant humans on Enterprise,
the casual attitude toward danger is the result of many years of being
terrified and confused by the final frontier.
Part of the early Federation's unexposed
view of the universe comes from the Human-Vulcan relations of the 22nd
century, which were (raise Nimoy's eyebrow here) "fascinating." The
Vulcans virtually ruled Earth for fifty years. Yes, it's very dramatic,
but not very… well, not very Vulcan.
sure were different back then.
And speaking of Vulcan, how about that
rub down scene? There was virtually no point to that sequence. It was
straight out of the "The Gratuitous Sex Scene Handbook," complete with
erect Vulcan nipples. It's not just their ears that are pointed.
The special effects were fantastic. [No,
not the sex scene - yes, it's hard to forget - but we need to move on].
The flight sequences with the Suliban gave a hands on feel we've been
losing for so many years. Enterprise was fighting inside a class-seven
gas planet, using grappling hooks and polarized hulls.
It was very difficult to imagine Picard's
Enterprise NCC 1701-D, engaging in a dogfight, since his ship was so
incredibly powerful. The thing could fight for itself. Enterprise NX-01
needs a talented crew to survive. And survive it had better, since it's
the sexiest looking ship since the Defiant [no -- still not talking
about the sex scene, sorry].
When it was over, I let the tape roll
into the credits to catch next week's trailer. While frantically trying
to remember all the executives, technicians and creative consultants,
I reflected on the opening sequence.
Based on "Star Trek"
By Gene Roddenberry
That hasn't been a true statement for
a long time. The Next Generation was inspired by Star Trek. Roddenberry
himself created the concept of taking the Star Trek mythos and moving
it forward 75 years. The first six movies were definitely based on Star
Trek - they starred the original cast.
But the following four movies (including
Star Trek X: Nemesis just greenlighted this week) have been based
on TNG. Deep Space Nine and Voyager were also set in the universe of
The Next Generation. In fact both series began with a quick 30 seconds
worth of text, quickly explaining what had been happening in the Star
Trek universe. They weren't spun off of Star Trek, but of The Next Generation.
Enterprise has done what The Next Generation
did 14 years ago. Instead of copying the world created by TNG, they
have taken a new approach to the galaxy, to technology, to aliens. Captain
Archer and crew exist 150 years before Kirk and Spock, just as Picard
lived 75 years after. And the fact that they dropped the title Star
Trek makes it even more of a spin off, rather than copying the familiar
formula: STAR TREK: NAME OF SHOW.
Enterprise is the first title of the franchise
since The Next Generation to be truly based on Star Trek, by Gene Roddenberry.
And for the first time in what seems like
150 years, The Great Bird would be proud.
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