Star Trek: Strange New Worlds paid tribute to one of the franchise’s best captains.
Star Trek has a history of galvanizing its captains. It’s not even about how great they are to the fandom, how good their series is, or any other measurement you want to judge them by. It’s almost like the act of being picked to be the captain of a series is all you need to truly be seen as great by those who run Star Trek.
That may be all you need. Yet, some really do step up their game, despite being underappreciated in their time. So when you get a new show, it’s not uncommon to find out a past character or crew member was honored. We saw it recently on Star Trek: Discovery with the USS Nog. Nog was a character on Deep Space Nine played by Aaron Eisenberg, who has since passed away.
So when Star Trek: Strange New World permitted, eagle-eared fans would notice that another great character of Star Trek’s yesteryear, Captain Jonathan Archer, was honored with his own ship; the USS Archer.
Jonathan Archer and Star Trek: Enterprise deserve far more love
While shows like Discovery, Picard, and Lower Decks are maligned by the fandom these days, few shows were treated as poorly by the fans as Star Trek: Enterprise, which ran for four seasons on UPN from 2001 to 2005. It featured the biggest actor to ever take the mantle of a first-season Star Trek captain in Scott Bakula; a huge get for the new series.
It was a great show that featured great characters and told amazing stories. The biggest problem it faced was that it was a prequel in a franchise that was constantly continuing stories. It turned off a huge portion of fans and set the show up for failure.
Yet, fans have given it a second chance since the new shows debuted, and they’re all finding out how good the show was.
It was rumored to have a fifth season ready to go before its cancellation that would introduce the Romulans to the timeline, and it was also the next film franchise in Trek but both the fifth season and subsequent film franchise were halted and then canceled due to declining ratings and interest.
Once the black sheep of Trek, Enterprise is now seen as a hidden gem among the fans. It deserves more recognition and respect and it’s great to see Strange New Worlds giving them just that.