The opening credits for Enterprise may be one of the biggest reasons the series was unpopular while it aired. Not joking. First, the positives: It’s kind of a cool idea, given the setting of the show, to depict advances in space flight up to that point. I’d prefer to see the ship zooming around (call me old fashioned) but the “montage” quality of this sequence did help differentiate the show from the other series’. Of course, the big problem with the intro to Enterprise is the music. It’s a confounding song choice. Who was this bland R&B shlock supposed to appeal to? The actual orchestral theme in the show proper is a pretty good one too, it’s a shame that couldn’t have been used.
5. The Animated Series
Sure, the music seems like a strange off-brand version of the original series score, and the animation is as good as most 70’s cartoon shows (by which we mean not very good) but it’s still charming in it’s own way.
4. Deep Space Nine
With DS9 they could no longer do the voice over intro because it wouldn’t be appropriate. The series wasn’t about exploring strange new worlds, etc. I really like this intro, but it isn’t quite up to par with VOY, TOS, and TNG. It does, however, have some pretty great qualities that the other sequences don’t. I love the low, sustained notes, and the overall contemplative, reverential tone. I sort of wish they would’ve filmed the station in a way that better matched the quality of the musical arrangement. The visuals seem a little flat compared to the music.
Voyager’s intro is very good. Both music and picture work perfectly. Once again, it wouldn’t be entirely appropriate to have the classic Star Trek voice over in the beginning, because they are only secondarily explorers. While not as rousing as TNG or even TOS, it has a great sweeping quality, and a memorable melody.
2. The Original Series
While DS9 and Voyager’s opening credits are somber and fitting, I can’t help but like the intros that get me excited to watch. The music may be a bit over the top, and the vocal melody might put some people off, but I can’t help but love the ship flying at you. Of course, there’s also the fantastic narration, which is a great summation of what the show is about.
1. The Next Generation
Everything I liked about the original intro, plus the greatest musical arrangement in all of Trek. It doesn’t get much better than the enterprise coming around for one last, slow pass, then warping away with the swell of the music. When I re-watch episodes of all of the other shows I usually skip the intro, but not with TNG. It’s awesome every time.