Monday, May 20, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 3

Episode 67 Harbinger


A MACO centric episode!!! The MACOs had a lot of potential at the end of season two but were seldom used as the season progressed.  Instead writers decided to waste their focus on random episodes devoted to kidnapped Earthlings reestablishing the old west on random planets, telepathic aliens kidnapping communication officers, and undercover alien sex slave spies.


So the episode focused on MACO and Starfleet tension, while not forced, could have been so much more.  The moments we did get with the MACOs were fun.  Perhaps that’s why they worked in season three.  They were seldom used and left the audience wanting more.  


The battle royale between Lieutenant Reed and Major Hayes was exciting.  They finally bond and walk away with a mutual respect for one another. 


In contrast and also an added bonus which hasn’t been discussed in our other reviews is the culmination of the relationship between Commander Tucker and T’Pol.  The show had been building to a romantic relationship for most of the season.  In this episode they finally consummate.  It’s a solid TV romance, since the characters are opposites who disagree.  Those types of relationships always make for great chemistry in media but are terrible in real-life.  


The biggest reveal in this episode is the mysterious Alien that’s dying and rescued by Enterprise.  It turns out his species is the big bad of the season and are manipulating the Xindi to try and destroy Earth.  


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