Originally Posted by chator
There's more than that Horatio, but fan reactions to ENT on continutity issues have tended to focus on first contact with alien species like the Klingons, Borg and Ferengi. I don't recognize any of these as canon violations per say. As for the prehistory of TOS this was already being worked on by novelists like Diane Carey, and Michael Jan Friedman. ENT didn't consult any of their preestablished work. The NCC-1701 was not only supposed to be the first starship named Enterprise, it was supposed to be the first starship! And the first starship capable of warp drive! ENT departs from this, but in a good way. It makes more sense to me that the NCC-17701 would have had to have had several predecessors. ENT split the difference down the middle and gave their Enterprise a warp 5 engine.
Actually the Bonaventura (which looks pretty ugly by the way) was supposed to be the first warp-capable starship (and it was not clear whether, I think Scotty, meant first Federation or first Earth Starfleet warpship, but if it meant the later that already overwritten by FC), according to TAS which can be considered half-canon and what novelists write is even less official than TAS.
It was never mentioned when mankind first met Klingons, the name of the Borg and Ferengi were not revealed to Archer's crew. So again, no continuity violation.
I have no problem when people say that they don't like ENT or that they imagined the timeframe to be different. But accusations of continuity violations are simply wrong and a pretty bad from of bashing.
If one does not like something, one does not have to come up with obscure arguments and attempts to objectify one's opinion.