“Character is Destiny.”
William Shatner says that in disc one of the 5 disk STAR TREK CAPTAIN’S LOG Box Set, and that philosophy, edict, belief sums up what separates the best trek, Star Trek, DS9, Next Generation from the shows I had no affinity for, Voyager and Enterprise.
These later shows suffer from an unfocused premise, lackluster, and oft uninteresting or irritating characters, and poor writing, which translates into poor direction and performances.
ENTERPRISE starring Scott Bakula is a particular disappointment. A more uninteresting bunch of actors you would have a hard time finding, They all appear to be constipated all the time and having no joy or fun. The Marcus guy, every-time you put the camera on him, looks like he wants to cry and the other actors are just boring.
Bakula who was great in Quantum Leap, and I was happy when I initially heard of his casting, thinking he would bring that range to his role, is very one-note and constipated in this series. And all the actors are as much fun or interest as a root canal.
The supposed fan selected ‘best’ episodes just highlights the weakness of the later trek series. But luckily the first three disks… rock, and are worth the price of admission.