To boldly go where no Star Trek has gone before? Maybe. Readers had mixed feelings about our Enterprise cover story (#621, Oct. 19), questioning whether the prequel lives up to the hype. ”Why do the creators claim the new [show] deviates dramatically from the others?” asks Rick Shackelford of Eagle, Idaho. ”I like Enterprise, but…where is the new ground?” The show’s theme song wasn’t much of a hit either. ”[I have] to mute the music,” admits Trisha Donoghue of Meridan, Idaho. ”It’s awful.” On a brighter note, readers loved our Loudon Wainwright III article. ”Who else could [give] us the musical exhortation ‘c’mon, stink!’?” writes Eric Rawlins of New York City. ”Fortunately…neither his music nor his acting does.”

Trek Record

Thanks for your coverage of UPN’s Enterprise! After the pompously moralizing, technobabble-driven nonstories churned out for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, Enterprise is a refreshing show that makes science fiction fun again. BILL SMITH York, Pa.

As a longtime fan of Star Trek, I can only say: Beam me up, Scotty…there’s no intelligent life down here! From the lackluster characters and dumbed-down story lines, Enterprise keeps on tankin’. The plot has potential, but the crew members are weak shadows of their predecessors. As long as the dog is the highlight of the show, this is one future from which I want to be spared. AMY MAYRHOFER Holland, Pa.

A cute dog, some gratuitous sex, and a couple of self-referential jokes don’t constitute enough of a change. Okay, Scott Bakula’s pretty cool, but the characters are mostly bland and one-dimensional, and the sets are so claustrophobic, so maddeningly nonfunctional, that it makes it impossible to want to spend any time aboard the ship. And the outside of the Enterprise is worse. Hasn’t anyone noticed that it’s almost completely flat? Didn’t anyone look at this stuff before they started filming? EVAN FELDMAN Rochester, N.Y.

The prequel premise of Enterprise, making the technology more primitive, is great, but did they have to make the people more primitive? The crew seems to spend their time acting like excited children and/or reckless cowboys, all the while being shepherded by the stoic mother-figure Vulcan. Please! Rating: unwatchable. GARY GREENE Greenfield, Mass.

Enterprise, despite the supposed efforts to fix what has been wrong with the post- Gene Roddenberry, corporate Treks of late, is little more than SeaQuest-in-space (right down to the sets and costumes). After only three episodes, Enterprise feels more tired than 35-year-old episodes of the original Trek. As the crabby Vulcan T’Pol seems to repeat 10 times per episode, these humans are not ready for space travel — or even 21st-century television. RUSSELL FRAZIER Montrose, Calif.

Drawing the Line

I am so pleased you featured a story on one of my favorite comics, Boondocks (News & Notes). I think Aaron McGruder should be applauded not only for his courageous stance on the current situation, but also for never being afraid to push the envelope. These are times when dissent over ideas is necessary. United we are, but of one opinion we are not. ROSS HELFORD Los Angeles