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: As I'm sure you've seen, Kevin's DSL has become extremely unreliable. Since my website is becoming pretty important for me professionally, I've started the process of moving everything over to a real hosting service.

Stuff I've seen. First, from the fanboy attic, Brannon Braga admits the last episode of Enterprise was lame. When there's a franchise novel devoted entirely to walking back an episode of the TV show, there was probably something unsatisfying about that episode.

Trip was always my favorite character on the show and I wanted to... I just wanted to kill him. I can't give you a coherent response. We wanted to do something that had emotional impact and had consequences which is something we were never allowed to do.

Okay, that's actually an understandable impulse, but don't just do it randomly; work it into the drama. Oh wait, THERE WASN'T ANY.

But even more tiresome than bad episodes of Enterprise are fanboys who know a lot about what happens in various episodes of Star Trek but not a lot about how to put it into a larger fictional-historical context, and pester Braga with misplaced nitpicking.

One of the biggest beefs is that we violated the Vulcan culture, that we did things with Vulcans like the mind melds that clearly were not kosher with regards to the Original Series. But remember, cultures change... American culture is not the same as it was 200 years ago.

The only time a Trek culture was presented as other than homogenous and unchanging, and people complained!

PS: the eternal question about why things look so nice in Enterprise and so cheesy in TOS is pretty easy to answer. The answer is that these are different TV shows made 35 years apart. I don't mean that flippantly. When you watch a TV show you're not peeking directly into a fictional universe where everything looks just like it appears on your TV. Your experience of the fiction is mediated by a bunch of people who built sets, read lines, chose specific takes to edit together, etc. There are infinitely many ways of dramatizing a fictional event. A script can be written well or badly, and a TV show can have clean 2000s-looking sets or dorky 1960s-looking sets. It's not an inconsistency on the level of the fiction. PPS: Spock's science station Viewmaster is awesome.

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