The show ran for four seasons, this was mostly because it didn't get enough views throughout the planet. Now whether this was because those who are interested in Trek aren't as many as were, or whether it was because the storyline was based in the past I don't know, but I continue to get frustrated by the amount of people that say Enterprise was a crap show.
We got a lovely perspective of not just the Vulcan's, but the Andorians too. Something that we would not have had without Enterprise, thus, we'd know even less about them. Yes we knew a fair bit about the Vulcan's, as there have been one on two of the four shows (prior to Enterprise), but Andorians we knew very little about. The way Andorians were portrayed in Enterprise gives them a much better background that we had for them before. Same goes for the Vulcan's.
I'd also like to point out inconsistencies.. No show is without them, and Enterprise is no exception to that. However, people complain quite a bit about the amount of races that we saw in Enterprise, that we've never actually seen again. I have complained myself before, but now I look on it differently. Is this fact all that different from other shows?
We saw the Tholians in TOS. We did not see them again until ENT. We have only ever seen Andorians in TOS / TMP, and again, have never seen them again. People complain a fair bit about us not having ever seen or heard of the Xindi, Suliban or Denobulan. However, how many other species have been seen throughout the Trek series, that we've never seen again.
Countless species in all the shows, we have come across once, and never again. Multiple alien species from various prison colonies (such as the Klingon one in the Undiscovered Country) have never seen the light of day since their single appearance, yet Enterprise gets criticised for this, where others do not.
I have also heard the argument that a pre-TOS ship shouldn't have Photon Torpedoes.. Why not? Where was it mentioned that Torpedoes were new on TOS? To my knowledge, they were already being used on the Constitution Class, they just appeared different due to the FX used at that time.
Is it simply because Enterprise was a step backwards opposed to a step forward that people decided not to like it? If so, then whilst I can understand that reason (everyone wants to see what happened after Nemesis), seeing a little of 'The Before' was enlightening and well written if I may say so personally.
I'll admit that I wasn't too keen on a past storyline, but we got to see everything in a new light, and we got to see Starfleet and Humanity before the Federation. Enterprise, whilst different, worked for me.
Please share your thoughts...