I thought it was cool to see some of the original cast. I thought the season cliffhanger wasn't that good. That underground military installation had a bit of the "we don't know where to take the series" feel to me.
It is my understanding that the Federation doesn't have countries, that all of the countries on earth became one.
I always got the impression that the countries on Earth were more like states within the United States of today.
If this is correct, shouldn't the Enterprise be called the Federation Enterprise instead of the U.S.S.Enterprise?
I think that Rodenbury actually started off (in "The Cage" with Cpt. Pike) calling the Enterprise as you suggest. He then changed it to "U.S.S." so it would be more acceptable to the public. When asked what it stands for, he said "United Star Ship Enterprise."
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