The theme song does bug the hell out of me. It's the least "Trek" theme song in a Trek series. But I can get past that and still thoroughly enjoy the show, since the theme song really has no bearing on the show itself.
If you listen to the words to the song, they are uplifting and inspiring in a TOTALLY Star Trek way. It's all about man's belief in growing and learning - and fits perfectly as the song for the prequel.
Yes, but at the same time people want to watch something that looks cool, shiny, and futuristic ... not out-dated.
Part of what draws people to Trek is the technology and the ships etc.
It probably would have been more trouble than it was worth had they tried too hard to make the NX01 really dated.
Boy I post a lot on this thread
The reason the Enterprise looks futuristic is, duh, the show is set in the future. When they made the show in the '60's they couldn't afford anything that looked as high-tech as we can make it and PLEASE, you tell me in 150 years - which do you think is more realistic: That our ships are going to look like something out of '60's Original Trek or something out of Enterprise Trek? I'd bet good money on Enterprise.
Enterprise had a great deal of potential, but squandered it on the Temporal Cold War plot and poor characterization. I actually like Scott Bakula, but Archer came across as so wishy-washy and sanctimonious that it was a turn off.
I wanted a show where we got to see Earth first going out into the galactic community and saying, "Let me help." Instead, we got horrible canon violations, cat-suit wearing Science officers and a ship (and Captain) that got its rear end handed to it every week.
Sorry to you Enterprise haters but I really enjoyed the show. I don't care if the ship looks slightly more advanced then TOS it just reflects how the making of TV shows has improved...technically speaking.