A well-written series needs to have a variety of characters and some unlikeable people. Star Trek: Enterprise had both beloved and hated characters.
There is the sentiment that prequels to famous TV shows or movies are always wanted by fans but rarely live up to the expectations of the original series or movie. Star Wars is a prime example of what could have been but never was, for many fans of the franchise.
While Star Trek: Enterprise might not be on the top of Trekkies’ list of favorite Star Trek TV series, it definitely wasn’t the worse. Sadly, there were some forgettable moments and characters on the show, but it has to be said there were some gems, too.
Spock will always be at the top of the list of favorite Vulcans in the Star Trek universe, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few that held fans’ interest, at least for a time.
Enterprise’s T’Pol mirrored the best of Spock and the Vulcan species but also went so far as to improve upon certain aspects. She was logical, yet kind, strong yet vulnerable. When it comes to Vulcans, anything that goes against logic is a demeaning quality, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t respect a fan-favorite like T’Pol.
Can’t Stand: Phlox
The characters that get the most grief are usually the ones that are there for comic relief. Comedy can so easily fall into the realm of silliness and fans will tune out on a character if the comedy isn’t carefully constructed.
In later seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise, Phlox was given more depth to his character, but that never changed the way fans saw him. Sadly, his strange demeanor and inability to be understood by his fellow crew members made him stand out on the show like a sore thumb.
Likable: Jonathan Archer
While Archer will never be considered in the same ranks as a Picard or Kirk, that doesn’t mean he didn’t leave his own mark on the Enterprise while sitting in the captain’s chair. Archer’s main problem was that he oftentimes found himself in self-made dilemmas that ultimately put his crew at risk.
With that said, he was a very charismatic figure who his crew respected and admired, even if he was prone to a few gaffs here and there, resulting in the deaths of a few crewmembers.
Can’t Stand: Hoshi Sato
Before the invention of the universal translator, there were translators aboard each starship like Hoshi Sato. These interpreters had numerous languages at the tip of their tongue.
Hoshi, in her own right, was a remarkable character, knowing every language the crew encountered. However, her lack of desire to even want to be on a spaceship exploring alien colonies lightyears away made her a source of irritation for many fans. Not to mention, her bad habit of being prone to scream at the first sign of trouble was enough to put her on the “can’t stand” list.
Likable: Travis Mayweather
Most crewmembers aboard the Enterprise dreamed of reaching unknown galaxies and coming into contact with aliens, hundreds of systems away. However, Travis Mayweather was born and raised on a ship. Traveling through space was as normal to him as a Sunday drive.
He was a very knowledgeable crewmember, who proved valuable to Captain Archer on numerous occasions, thanks to his skills as a pilot and as a high-ranking officer. His vast array of knowledge was nearly endless and there wasn’t a problem that he hadn’t faced at some point in his lifetime.
Can’t Stand: J. Hayes
Discipline is usually something found in an authority figure on any TV show or movie. After all, it is a sure sign of someone who can get the job done and doesn’t let personal animosity or any such feelings get in their way. Sadly, these characters can oftentimes feel rigid and lack the necessary emotion to get fans to truly care about them. J. Hayes fits in this category like a glove.
He is qualified to take command, but his lack of personality made him one of the more forgettable characters on Star Trek: Enterprise.
Likable: Charles Tucker III
When it comes to likable characters, usually, these characters have layers of intrigue or charisma about them – something that can get fans to relate to their humanity and interests. Charles Tucker III was just such a person. He was excitable and chivalrous and ultimately willing to give up his life in order to save his captain.
His love of examining and tinkering with alien engines was a hobby that fans could get behind. It was this boyish charm that caused those around him to cherish his memory long after he was gone.
Can’t Stand: Malcolm Reed
Every show has its forgettable characters that fans would love to erase from their memory. Unfortunately, Malcolm Reed happens to be just one of those characters that lacked enough depth to make anyone care about what he did in his free time.
Even his parents said he was bland. In fact, the most memorable thing about him was that he was allergic to basically everything in the universe – constantly having to take shots just to function properly on missions.
There will always be a special place in the hearts of Star Trek fans for Vulcans. They were the first alien species that were fleshed out and, since then, have grown to have a cult following. Soval, the Vulcan ambassador to Earth, was the typical Vulcan with a lack of understanding of human emotions.
Yet, one of the more memorable things about Soval was his zingy one-liners that brought a smile to his peers’ faces. His accomplished record and ability to stand up for what he believed in was admired by all.
Can’t Stand: Elizabeth Cutler
Sometimes characters are fleshed out in hopes of making them relatable to fans and valuable on the show or movie they are appearing in, but this line of thinking doesn’t always present successful results. Elizabeth Cutler did interesting things in her time on Star Trek: Enterprise, she tried Vulcan cuisine and even tried to have a romance with her mentor and known polygamist Dr. Phlox.
Yet, while making fans curious about her nature, it wasn’t enough to make them feel anything for her character, though it did make them question her sanity at times.
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