Monday, October 16, 2023

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise


Season 2

Episode 36 Vanishing Point


Horrible, boring, redundant.  Ensign Sato has to use the transporter despite her fear but an accident happens, she disappears from existence.  But wait it was all a dream.   She just took an extra moment to transport because of some weird storm.  Thanks for wasting an hour of our lives. You take one of the most least liked characters, and give her an episode where she is let lose to whine and complain.  


The redundant "transporter malfunction causes problems" in Star Trek aside, it’s near identical to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Realm Of Fear where Lieutenant Barclay has a fear of transporting.  He has to overcome his fear for a mission.  While doing so there is of course a malfunction.  He becomes obsessed he got sick or didn’t comeback complete.  As he investigates, he somehow saves a bunch of people trapped in the transport buffer. A better character who actually learns and grows from his experience.  Also, his neurosis is entertaining, not boring.  And it wasn’t a lame dream sequence episode. 


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