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.
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