Common Sense Media - Pull Your Socks Up, Please!
I've been watching Enterprise, or as it was entitle from Season 3 onward Star Trek Enterprise, recently, as I missed most of it when it was on TV. First off let's get one thing straight. This show is NOT for kids - this would depend what age you define a "kid", of course, but certainly not every episode is "kid" friendly. I've never agreed with the PG-13 or 12A ratings of the U.S.A. or U.K. respectively. Because people vary so much with what they can handle, in terms of visual content. I believe, in 2016, as we are now, that both the MPAA and BBFC need to be completely disbanded, and new ratings boards ought to take their place. And I believe next up from a PG rating should come a 14 rating. The ratings boards have simply lost the plot these days. On a positive note, it warms my heart when I realize that some people still have some common sense with regard to all this stuff. One thing I've noticed at this site, is it's often the reviews from kids which are the more balanced and sensible ones. Not always, but probably more often than the adult reviews. I've noticed on this site that some of the VERY adult shows/movies will often have some reviews from "kids" which are giving a VERY low age rating. Some of these are probably genuinely from kids hoping to somehow get justification to see more "naughty" material. Most, I believe, are written by adults, who are just being idiots/drunk when they post. I think this site has now reached a point where it needs a little more of a watchful eye, because of this.
Onto the show Enterprise, then. As I say, not for kids. Saying this show is suitable for ages 8 and up is MORONIC, "Common Sense Media". Some episodes would no doubt be ok. But most won't - certainly not for YOUNG kids. One of the things I guess some kids are (to a degree) used to, when it comes to visual depictions of violence these days, is seeing a little more blood on injuries than perhaps people a generation ago would have witnessed under the same circumstances. In addition to this, perhaps this newer generation is more used to the camera being at a twisted angle, or shaking when a fist physically impacts against a character's face and such. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that within media in the 21st Century violent acts have their violence enhanced by such things. Camera shake, weird camera angles, quick cut editing, harsh sound effects, and harsh soundtrack sounds all add to the physicological impact of the on-screen violence, and worsen it. Be it in a videogame, a TV show, a movie, or a music video. And 21st century media contains much of this - it's prolific. And riddles entertainment media pf the 21st century like a parasite. My personal tastes aside (I don't see the need for these kind of harsher effects in lower rated/"family" productions/anything aimed even remotely toward kids), there is no denying this.
Enterprise uses a lot of the aforementioned things. Injuries and beatings are also fairly often a "15 rated" affair (I was born in the UK). Not all, mind you. As I say, some episodes are more child friendly. One other thing - on aspect of 21st century TV show/movie franchises I LOATHE, is not sticking to ONE age range for the series of movies/TV show. If a show is aimed to be suitable for ages 12 and up, for example - WHY put a couple of episodes in there which aren't suitable unless the viewer is 15/16? It's all about Marketing - and the almighty dollar. And whizzes in the face of familes and society. The respective industries - be they TV, Movie, Music, or Videogame again need tighter control. It's time for parents and kids alike to turn the Sensible Dial up a notch or three, and make these money-grabbers more liable and accountable for the "entertainment" they churn out. Language is also an issue with this show. It's pre-Prime Directive within the Star Trek Universe, no doubt, but the language usage is also very Un-Trek, and overly harsh. Though, as a male, I find T'Pol in her somewhat skimpy decontainment pants attractive, or clingy nightwear visually likewise - you have to ask yourself...is this really very "Trek"? And the (honest) answer, is "not really, no." lol. There are also many mentions of sexuality. And visual depictions of things connected to sexuality. Some of which are very light hearted and dealt with in an nice way. Other times, it's too adult for kids.
Basically, they've tried to "adult it up" for this "Star Trek". And have done so in a very callous and calculated way. This show is not aimed at kids. They are not the target audience. Though, I'm sure the Producers of the show loved the extra revenue kids might give them. But my overriding concern with this show would be the depiction of violence, and grotesque imagery - of which there is a considerable amount. It definitely ensures it to be unsuitable for under 14's.
But is the show any good? In my opinion, it's FAR too obsessed with time travel elements. And this is another reason why it fails. If you like Star Trek and what it's really about...you will probably not really like this show. Is it abysmally awful? No! But would you care to rewatch most of it? NO! Is it worth a rewatch? Some of it..maybe. Docter Phlox coming out of hibernation was acted brilliant - and is absolutely hilarious. There isn't ENOUGH of this sort of thing. The show is waaay too heavy and serious most of the time!
It's ironic, but (likeable though I've always found Bakula - who plays this show's Captain, Archer) you'll probably find the Chief Engineer, Trip, a far more likable character. Archer often doesn't come across as the best Captain, really. One particular episode has him berate Trip - for doing the exact same kind of thing he's previously done several times himself already. Some might say this is WHY he got annoyed. I say "Poppicock!"...it's bad writing, plain and simple. This is why I have to give it two out of five stars. It's the worst of all the Trek series. And I don't believe, strictly speaking, that it really *should* be refered to as Star Trek - I think the Producers were actually correct to just call it Enterprise for this reason. Again, ironically, it's in Season 3 when they decided to attach Star Trek to the title - because this is the least "Star Trek" Season ever produced lol. Oh, well! So, bottom line - not the best show. And don't believe Common Sense Media's "8+ Rating" because it's nonsense! All the best.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking