Monday, February 27, 2023

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 1

Episode 3 Fight or Flight

Not a good choice for the second episode.  Going back to Star Trek: The Next Generation.  The show found its footing in season three when each episode became character driven.  Therefore each character got their own episode centered around them where they learn a lesson and become a better person.  It's ultimately what Saved The Next Generation because those first two seasons were rough.  Extremely rough.  Once the episodes became character based and shifted away from sci-fi plot centric episodes, the stories got better, became more relatable.  


Star Trek took this character driven story writing method and applied it to its spin-offs Deep Space Nine and Voyager.  But episode 2 is centered around one of its whinier characters.  Hoshi Sato will spend the entire series putting people to sleep with her lack of confidence.  Characters that lack confidence work as secondary characters but when you devote entire episodes to their neurosis it’s less compelling story telling and more of a chore.  


Ultimately Sato has to use her great linguistic skills to solve a misunderstanding with an alien species.  Then everyone flies off all–the-better for the experience.  It’s a bit “by the numbers” for Star Trek by this point and one can wonder which abandoned script was dusted off from an old series to craft this story. 


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