First I have to say after completely loving the series, I mean really loving it, the final episode was a huge letdown. I was going to post a question here about why they would do it on a "Next Generation" holodeck and have such a huge distraction with Troi and Riker. It really cheapened the end and kind of made it seem like the show didn't stand on its own.
At first I thought it was just because they wanted to time warp five years into the future, so a holodeck was the logical choice. I did some research and found out that they actually were trying to tie all the different shows in together as a "valentine.". All of the writers were apologetic and said the show sucked. Braga even called the episode a "narcissistic move" and apologized to the actors for it. The actors said the same thing, Blalock called it "appalling." I felt completely cheated.
http://en.memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/These_Are_the_Voyages..._(episode) Look under reception heading.
With that being said, one of the things I felt most cheated by was the very ending. Instead of a dramatic speech by Archer, whose speech was referenced multiple times through the show, at the formation of the foundation of the Federation, I got a "Computer close arch..." Really?
Do we have Captain Archer's speech from "These are the Voyages" in written form that I can read? Was there an audio recording or even better a video of it that might be a deleted scene?