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Moral Rating: usually OK
Primary Audience: Teen to Adult
Genre: Sci-Fi
Length: 1 hr.
viewer comments…
Usually Okay—This is a very nice family show. Yes, the Vulcan science office could use looser more modest clothing. And yes, once we saw Trip and Reed in their underwear. But it was tastefully done and it shows what happens when you chase those alien women where you shouldn't. If they had been doing what they should they wouldn't have gotten mugged and their clothing stolen. Overall a great show we watch as a family.
Melinda, age 42
Usually Okay—As a committed Christian myself I am somewhat concerned that Christians have stated that in the event that "Malcolm Reed" declares his homosexual orientation (that's assuming, a] that he has a homosexual orientation, and b] that he does declare it?!) by "coming out" they would stop watching “Enterprise” forthwith. In view of the fact that God does not condemn anyone for having a homosexual orientation but only for engaging in homosexual activities then to predjudicially condemn Enterprise for broaching the subject of homosexuality before anything good or bad is said about it, seems somewhat bigoted to me? For the record, I like all of the Star Trek series but I am not unaware of their underlying New-Age, humanistic, philosophies which I know to be anti-Christian.
Simon Berry, age 40
Avoid—I grew up watching and emulating Star Trek's Captain Kirk. God has been dealing with my heart for years on this issue. While Star Trek is a good show of adventure and action like a US Navy in space, it has a subtle way of infiltrating people's beliefs. Trekker's are fans that are obsessed with the philosophy of Star Trek. It is a religion to them. Believing in something/someone means to put your whole being into motion on those beliefs. According to Star Trek 2 the Wrath of Khan, Dr. McCoy says "According to myth, the Earth was created in six days…". Spock is ressurected in Star Trek 3 without any mention of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, or God doing it. It is all human technology that does it. Man has become god. In Star Trek 5, they look for God in the center of the galaxy only to find a nasty alien. Kirk says "God is every one of us" (total New Age lies!) Sex outside of marriage is implied in all the Star Trek series/movies. Research of Gene Roddenbery's philosophy on life shows he believed in New Age, that humans can do anything as gods themselves. Enterprise, is setting a background for all the philosophies seen in later Star Trek shows. Tolerance and acceptance of everyone's beliefs is a subtle form of deceit used by the enemy of our souls. Only Jesus Christ can bring life, happiness, adventure, fulfillment, and peace to Earth. Jesus Christ is our Ultimate Frontier. To seek the lost, to declare the new life in Christ to those lost, to boldly go where the Holy Spirit leads! Hebrews 3:12,13; Romans 12; Psalm 14; Psalm 101:3; Philippians 4:8;
Brian Haffner, age 38
Usually Okay—Fun new characters to join the Star Trek world. As with all the new Star Trek worlds it has new age junk but it should grow up very well.
James Gentry, age 42
Usually Okay—I'm surprised nobody's mentioned/noticed Star Trek's subtle pro-life messages beginning in Voyager that have continued into Enterprise. In an early episode Trip inadvertently becomes pregnant with an alien child. This child is accorded the same respect and moral deference granted to every alien life Starfleet encounters, even in embryonic form. It is taken for granted that the interests of this new life supercede the comfort and convenience of the “mother” (in this case Trip). Trip specifically states that the removal of the embryo must be done "…without hurtin' it."
Marcy Hagge, age 32
Usually Okay—Enterprise is a great show with little language and sexuality. Just to clear up some things other reviewers have said let me say this, Malcom Reed (the British dude for non regulars) is not gay. Kligon's in TOS (The Original Series) did not have ridges due to budget restraints, also if you watch an ep of TNG you will see a clone of an ancient Klingon named Kahless he was 'ridged'. The 'reptilian' descendants of an Earth colony were not reptillian they were full fledged humans. A word to those who would think of 'tuning' out of Enterprise because of previous speculation that Reed was gay is very very silly. Because the people that said this, watch the show where there is unrepentant sin, homosexuality should be from no different perspective.
Usually Okay—The latest from the Star Trek franchise stars Former Quantum Leap star Scott Backula as Captain Johnathan Archer of the “first” starship called enterprise. Jolean Balock plays vulcan sub-commander T'pal and is presented as an intelligent/sexual role for the show. Even while this is presented, it is kept to a very small percentage of the episodes (out of the episode that have been aired so far only 2 out of 10 has some light sexual content). They have used God's name twice. But over all a good show.
Allen Wilcox, age 38
Usually Okay—My wife and I are ST fans. All series. Enterprise has been (in our opinion) pretty good so far. As another person said, unlike STNG, this is still a far from "Star Trek perfect age". Humanity is still making mistakes and some of it sets the stage from what we know to be events in the generations to come. I've heard only one cursory "lip service" remark about the church. That was when Dr. Flox (the character who wants to experience everything from different forms of worship to pancakes with maple syrup) mentioned that he had attended services in a St. Somebodys (forget which “saint” this was) cathedral on Earth. At least we're lead to believe that the Church is still allowed to exist in the mid 22nd century. In what form? Who knows. Captain Archer isn't the "space cowboy" that Kirk was, but Archer is a pretty good “person”. I'd serve under him on a starship. Except for the Vulcan coldness of T'Paul, he has a good crew too. I especially like Trip. He Southern drawl and laid back attitude are a refreshing change from the humanistic, semi-tolerant-of-religion-tho-he'd-rather-not-have-it-around-him mindset of Jean Luc Picard. Picard was a good captain, but too humanistic for me. With Kirk being my favorite Star Trek captain, I'd put Picard on the bottom of the list with Janeway right above him. Archer is Sisko are a tie right now. I like Enterprise. I hope it goes for a while. Like others, I've heard about how the British character might be gay, but I wonder after one episode where he made it seem like he slept with every woman in one town back on Earth. According to another recent episode, he's also rather fond of T'Paul's “bum”. If he "comes out", we might quit watching. Nitpicking time on my part. The writers and creators do some re-writing of Star Trek history in a few places. I'm not one who is in favor of some writes own interpretation of how things went. If the Klingons in Kirks day didn't have ridges on their foreheads, the Klingons that Archer runs across shouldn't either. At least they kept the basic designs of Klingon ships the same as the classic ST episodes (the “D” class for those in the know). In the world of ST, we get better and better as a race. In the real world, the words of God are coming truer and truer with each passing day. We are NOT getting better, we're getting worse. I like to think that if the writers/creators of Star Trek can create such a wondrous universe with their finite minds and thinking, imagine what an infinite, omnipotent and eternal Creator has done in reality.
James, age 37
Usually Okay—I have always been a Star Trek fan and I am enjoying watching the starts of Enterprise learn what we already know based on TNG, DS9 and Voyager. But lately the shows are starting to irk me because of the its sometimes spoken and always implied plot basis--that humans will become “enlightened” and work out their own problems, putting war, poverty and racism aside, sometime in the future. It saddens me that people don't see that if we could fix these problems on our own, we would have done it by now. Jesus is the most enlightened choice that anyone could make! Nonetheless, I'm enjoying the show thus far (outside of my earlier comments). However, I read in TV Guide that the British character may "come out of the closet" later in the season. Should that happen, I won't be watching anymore.
Tracie Frank, age 29
Usually Okay—I could repeat what the others have posted, but what's the point? One thing worth mentioning that hasn't been said yet is that in a recent episode the captain and the doctor had a dispute over whether they were obligated to help a dying alien race. The doctor said that it was merely evolution in action, the captain countered by saying something like he wasn't going to stand by on the basis of a bunch of theory. When was the last time you heard an authority figure in a TV show call evolution theory? Of course, the doctor won out in the end, but Captain Archer said he only gave in because he didn't have any higher directive to follow. Trekker will recognize that this foreshadows the Prime Directive of later generations… but there's a deeper message there, too. In the absence of higher moral principles, we're left to the “ethics” of cold, hard science.
Alexandra, age 21, non-Christian
Usually Okay—Enterprise is a great alternative to the sex and homosexual content found on most TV shows now days. It is a prequel to the Star Trek series and it shows the first deep space mission of the Enterprise. While the show is very humanist in its views, it is never totally offensive to Christians and it even respects religion on certain episodes. While this series has seemed to go for a few cheap sexual scenes and plots, most of the content is mild and quite entertaining.
Brian Wolters, age 31
Usually Okay—Another installment to the Star Trek line. It's actually better than the "Next Generation" spinoffs because it shows such a less that perfect world. Because of Adam, we all have to live in an imperfect world. It's the choices we make in the world that determine who we are and what kind of people we become. This show shows people who are aware that their acts will have long term consequences facing unfamiliar situations. Note: Majel Roddenbury, the widow of the creator of the "Star Trek" series, is an active atheist. Since she has taken more control of his “legacy”, the shows have take a more cynical view of religion and faith. "Star Trek: TNG" actively preached that religion was bad. This influence does not seem nearly as strong in Enterprise (Majel R. is not an executive producer), but I would watch out for it.
Lois F. Smith, age 45
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—Enterprise is the latest installment of Gene Roddenbarys Star Trek. This show pretty clean except for some sci-fi violence and swearing. However I have noticed in an interview with linda park that the show will become more “sexy” this second season. Parents be warned. As far as entertaining value goes the show doesn't quite capture you as much as Voyager did. However the show is quite good. Star Trek has a habit of bring up good discussion topics but that hasn't happened a whole lot I think in this series. In all parents should watch it with younger kids.
Micah, age 15
Usually Okay—This latest installment of the Star Trek Series has been okay so far (in the context of plot) The only fault that I could see in it was in the latest episode (1/1/2002) where one of the Vulcan officers pointed out how the reptilian (I have no idea what planet) evolved from the Lost Colonists. But then again,these views are Vulcan character trait and may or may not express the beliefs of Paramount Studios. The worse language I have heard so far on the show was 'nipple' and that is about it. Nothing to worry about because it was growing on an officer's arm who had been remotely impregnated by an alien.
Sherwood Vaillancourt, age 17