The mistake was to posit the series as a prequel in the first place. Everything that occurred in this latest episode fits much more squarely in place with the Trek of TNG's era. Come on. Get real. This is a TNG episode. The mood, the ambiance, the characters, the lack of sense of wonder--look at how casually the NX-01 crew just melds into a nightclub situation that could just as easily be taking place here, right now, on planet Earth (sans the faux aliens, of course). It would have been better to position the series as the adventures of a loan, slightly roguish Starfleet captain and his crew on a mission of exploration and diplomacy in a smaller Federation vessel. That would also take some of the sting away from the fact that the NX-01 looks a helluva lot sleeker than the original NCC-1701. The ship could sail alongside a Galaxy-, Sovereign-, or Intrepid-class ship and fit right in. The story was by-the-book, play-it-safe formula Trek. Patrick Sun said it best last week when he compared Enterprise with Smallville: On one show, the writers demonstrate an affection for the material and its legacy, whereas in the other it's just a business. And last night's episode was business as usual.