Monday, April 8, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 3

Episode 61 North Star


The crew of the Enterprise discover a bunch of humans on a planet living life like the old-west.  Turns out aliens called Skags kidnapped them to enslave them but they rebelled.  The Skags are now treated like second-class citizens because of it.  A ton of western clichés happen.  Archer reveals they are from Earth and promise to come back for them after his Xindi mission is complete.


As silly as the concept is, it’s actually not a terrible episode and Star Trek loves delving into the old-west.  The original series was pitched to the network as a western in outer space.   The western theme episode is almost a requirement and has been done on countless Star Trek series.  The plots tend to be different; you might you have Captain Kirk and friends fighting Wyatt Earp or Lieutenant Worf taking on multiple western themed Datas...  

Star Trek also loves having its characters investigate the mystery undercover first, then comeback to reveal their true nature.  The only problem with the episode is how it mix and matches a ton of different Star Trek plots.  It’s like the writers threw a few old scripts into a blender and this is what they got.  


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