Monday, February 19, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

 

Season 3

Episode 54 Anomaly

 


This episode is also a season arc establishing episode.  We learn more about the Delphic Expanse which has weird anomalies.  The crew gets robbed by some pirates and traces them back to a sphere which is generating some type of sci-fi mumbo jumbo energy.  The get most of their supplies back.

 

Archer gets a little rough while interrogating one of the pirates.  Showing he’s willing to go to extremes to get what he needs.  But Archer doesn’t go over the line.  That’s still pending and the season is still very new.

 

Ultimately Enterprise gets another little snapshot into their Xindi enemy of the season.  This episode is a little reminiscent of the Star Trek Voyager episode The Void where that team gets trapped in a weird anomaly but works with other aliens to eventually break free.  

 

This Enterprise episode is different enough that it can’t be called even a partial copy but it has the bones.  A recurring issue with Enterprise was how the writers rehashed similar situations from the prior shows.  Dusting off old scripts and giving them alternate outcomes is not the worst thing if it’s a compelling story but does lack originality.  

 

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise


Season 3

Episode 53 The Xindi

 


The season three premiere!  The biggest misstep to ever happen on the show is the change in their theme song.  It’s the same song but with an upbeat karaoke treatment.  It’s sped up and has this annoying keyboard and drumbeat to it.  It was one of the worst changes the show ever made

 

We meet the Xindi council of aliens who are aware the Earth ship Enterprise has entered their system and are debating if they need to be stopped.  Basically, we meet the villains of the season.  

 

Meanwhile, Enterprise is trying to track down those very Xindi who attacked earth killing millions and plan to destroy the entire planet.  They cut a deal with a prison colony to speak with one of the Xindi prisoners then of course get double-crossed.  We get to see the Military Assault Command Operations (MACOs) in action for the first time.  

 

MACOs are basically the space equivalent of marines.  No other Star Trek show has ever shown a pure military based unit.  Starfleet which is a type of space navy is still a mission of peaceful exploration.  But since the United Federation of Planets doesn’t exists in this show, the idea of Earth having a military unit makes sense and makes some great action in later episodes.

 

The episode attempts to set the tone for the entire season.  The Enterprise is alone in an uncharted and hostile area of space.  Their goal is to stop the Xindi at any cost and also the early stages of Archer’s obsession with completing his mission.  He doesn’t break any ethical rules in this episode but as the season goes on we’ll see him go to a dark place. 

 

The episode itself is a little by-the-numbers but when crafting a season long story arc you have to position the pieces carefully and slowly to have a satisfying payoff by the end. 

 

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
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Monday, February 5, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise


Season 2

Episode 52 The Expanse

 


This is the start of one of the most ambitious Star Trek seasons ever created.  Enterprise is recalled to Earth after an alien race known as the Xindi attack it killing millions.  The Xindi decided to attack earth because another faction in the show's main story arc, the Temporal Cold War, tells the Xindi, Earth will destroy their race.  So Enterprise embarks on a mission to stop the Xindi from destroying Earth.  The Enterprise enters the unexplored Delphic Expanse alone, in efforts to stop the Xindi from destroying Earth, no matter the cost.  

 

It’s the start of something big and different.  This season 2 cliffhanger is taking the standalone episodes of season one and two and tossing them aside for an entire season story arc.  At this point in time Enterprise was struggling in ratings and the creators had to do something different to shake things up and pull in viewers.  So they decided to lean in full throttle on the Temporal Cold War.  

 

Whether this new story telling approach worked will be addressed in later reviews.   Season two ends with the promise Star Trek: Enterprise was going to bring something different than the standard episode of the week format.  

 

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
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Monday, January 29, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise


Season 2

Episode 51 Bounty

 


Captain Archer is now wanted by the Klingons and bounty hunters are after him.  Archer gets tricked and captured by a Tellarite and turned over to the Klingons.  The Klingons shortchange the Tellarite so the dude lets Enterprise know where Archer is so he can be freed.  This adds some nice layering to Klingons being enemies but the later season payoff was a bit weak.

 

Written by
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Monday, January 22, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise


Season 2

Episode 50 First Flight

 


Boring flashback episode about how the Warp 5 program got to happen.  

 

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Monday, January 15, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise


Season 2

Episode 49 Regeneration

 


Bring on The Borg!!! It doesn’t really fit with the continuity of Star Trek but has some great action and shows Archer’s resolve as a military tactician.  Flying around in space with phasers and torpedoes without using them aggressively on occasion limits the action.  But a full on assault while trying to stop one of Star Trek’s most interesting bad guys was a breath of fresh air for the struggling show.  

 

The Borg appearance ties in with the film Star Trek: First Contact and the time travel aspect helps alleviate some of the Star Trek story inconsistencies that may have been created. 

 

The episode was seen as a gimmick to pull in fans who wandered away from the series.  It is a shame because it was a great episode in it of itself. Also, season two was proving to be far superior to season one.  But the show was struggling to find its footing with audiences and The Borg episode was their attempt to recapture the die-hard fans.  

 

Written by
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Monday, January 8, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

 

Season 2

Episode 48 Cogenitor

 


This would have worked if it was a Star Trek: Voyager episode or Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode.  It’s just hard to believe Commander Tucker could be this naïve about alien interactions this late into season two. 

 

Enterprise befriends the alien race Vissians.  Archer becomes buddy buddy with their leader while Tucker becomes obsessed with this person called a Cogenitor who helps the aliens procreate.  The aliens treat cogenitors as pets but Tucker is convinced they should have the same rights as the rest of the Vissans.  Ultimately he tries to change the complete culture of an alien species, it doesn’t go over well for anyone, the cogenitor kills herself.  Tucker gets ripped a new one by Archer for his error and pissing off an entire alien species.  

 

Looking at it from an outside perspective the Vissans culture is total messed up and the cogenitors are sex slaves.  Yes, they are needed to increase the population but they are treated as sub-par.  When in fact they are the most important part of their species survival.  It would have been nice to see Star Trek follow-up with this species generations later and see how Trip’s influence caused a revolt and saved these people.  

 

Archer’s attitude ultimately was the right approach.  It’s not their place to get involved with other people’s cultures.  They’re just there to make friends.  Sometimes that means not judging things that is very easy to make a judgment on.  Those issues could theoretically work themselves out over the natural course of time. 

 

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
Owner/President
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®
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