Who was your NoTP on Enterprise? I watched it when it aired but haven’t re-watched since then, so I don’t remember the characters very well.
T’Pol and Trip are my NOtp. I really can’t stand the two of them together. Admittedly I did kinda ship Archer and T’Pol together but …
When I was writing up my ranting post yesterday. I went on about how the core of the show had been ruined, how the character destruction/propping was legendary etc. and then I laughed because yeah I was talking about Star Trek: Enterprise, but I could equally be talking about several other shows.
It’s not just that they made my NOtp canon. It’s what they did to the show (or what they did from my perspective at least) to make that happen. Obviously I am very biased, but well we all have something that draws us to a show – that hooks us and makes us care. Well, for me that was the friendship between Archer and T’Pol. I said I shipped them but it didn’t have to go romantic, it could have stayed platonic and I would have been more than happy.
In order to force the T’Pol/Trip pairing, they wrecked Archer and T’Pol’s characters and I still don’t think that pairing made sense. I’m sorry, like I said I’m probably biased, but I don’t think the “argue and insult one another until we makeout” trope is very romantic. I have never liked it. I much prefer mutual support, actual communication, them being friends/liking one another when they aren’t kissing.
Also, again hopelessly biased, but I believe that if a show has to put the characters in a lot of half-naked scenes, to convince us they are together, then they are doing it wrong. Having to continually force it down the viewers throats every few episodes lest we forget, and the amount of screen time it got, adds to my bitterness. It upset the balance of the show, plus it came out of nowhere in the third season to be front and center.
Sorry, I’m going on a bit. I know this show was cancelled over a decade ago but it’s new to me, and I did quite like it. Well I liked the first two seasons and then did they get new showrunners, or writers, or something? The change was sudden and huge and from my perspective completely unwelcome.