2) Star Trek: Enterprise
You're all settled in for a grand space adventure, stepping into the iconic Star Trek universe and expecting to see things you've never seen before, only to find your starship taking a detour through uncharted territories that actually look oddly... familiar. Star Trek: Enterprise boldly went (or, in this case, cautiously tiptoed) where no show had gone before - back in time!
Launched in 2001, it promised to tell the story of humanity's early steps into space exploration, serving as a prequel to the beloved original series. But instead of a warm welcome, it was met with furrowed brows and skeptical looks. Why? Well, for starters, it decided to play hopscotch with the established timeline and lore, making hardcore fans clutch their collectible phasers in dismay. And then there was that... that... that theme song - a pop-rock ballad in a franchise famed for its orchestral scores, leaving many to wonder if they'd accidentally switched to an episode of Firefly (aka, the best show ever canceled).
But, before my friends who enjoyed the series eat me alive when they read this, as much as Enterprise initially had fans scratching their heads with its insistence on messing with canon and an intro that felt more suited for a motivational workout video than a Star Trek show, it started to find its footing in later seasons. The show began to embrace its roots, offering deeper explorations of the complexities of space diplomacy and the moral dilemmas that come with venturing into the unknown. The crew of the NX-01, led by Captain Archer, started to grow on viewers, showing that even in the vastness of space, it's the journey and the people you're with that truly matter.
Despite its rocky start, Enterprise carved out its niche, proving that even the most criticized Star Trek shows have their silver linings, boldly reminding us that, sometimes, to appreciate where you're going, you need to understand where you've been.