wait, was the next generation called "enterprise - the next generation"? because that is what I meant... the "new" enterprise show was shit.
No...."Star Trek: The Next Generation"; "Enterprise" was a completely different show. I'll watch it, but they screwed with the timeline of things, and that bothers me.
For one glaring example, they had phasers; they called them "phase pistols", and the ship-mounted versions were "phase cannons". Okay, and this is nitpicky and goony, I know, but if you watch "The Cage"; the original, unused 1964 pilot, with Jeffery Hunter as Christopher Pike, they had >lasers<. It was changed in the show, because Gene Coon realized that lasers were already a known commodity, even in the 60s, and they wanted the show to be fresh and new. So, they changed it.
Now; Pike commanded the ship for 2 five-year missions, which means "The Cage" takes place approximately 10-12 years before Kirk takes command of the Enterprise, give or take; but Kirk's ship (and Starfleet) had phasers. "Enterprise", on the other hand, takes place about 150 years before Kirk. They had phasers. How about a little continuity? Michael and Denise Okuda wrote an extensive and detailed timeline for all that stuff, so potential writers would have a referent. USE IT!
Another thing; there was an episode where they encountered Romulans; they didn't recognize the ships. Now, if you read the timeline, Earth should just have been coming out of the last of the Romulan Wars at about that time. They should have been all-too-familiar with Romulan ships. Now, I can't remember if they saw or talked to any Romulans in that episode, but that would have been a no-no, too; if you remember, in TOS episode "Blanance of Terror" they encountered a Romulan Bird-of-Prey, and Spock finagled a look inside the ship. They noted that before that time, no one of either race had ever seen the other. The Treaty of Algeron, the document that ended the conflict, was negotiated by subspace radio.
I know, It's just a show; but they KNOW perfectly well that there are obsessive nerds like me out here, who know and keep track of this stuff. "Enterprise" could have been better conceived.