Monday, July 1, 2024

Episode by Episode - Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 3

Episode 73 E²


The Enterprise on their way to stop the attack on Earth came across their own ship from the future/past which ended up 117 years in the past.  Then each generation was raised with the purpose of helping the Enterprise stop the Xindi.  Is your head hurting?  Read it a few times.  Why the Enterprise Squared didn’t show up and help them at the beginning of their journey was poorly explained.  Including why they didn’t stop the initial attack on Earth… Instead they just wandered around aimlessly in the Delphic Expanse for 117 years trying to bump into the Enterprise.  


They team up and work together.  Drama ensues, eventually Enterprise Squared helps Enterprise, disappears, and thus never existed because they completed their mission.   So time paradox.  Like John Connor was born to stop the machines but the machines wouldn’t have been stopped if they never went back in time to try to stop John Connor from being born.  


It’s actually not a terrible episode but it is a concept that Star Trek has traversed before.  In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode Children of Time the defiant crashes on a planet inhabited by the decedents of the ship.  They found out when trying to take off they somehow end up back in time and have to build a colony on the planet over several generations.  Antics ensue and the crew of the Defiant leave the planet causing the colony to disappear.  That episode is a great DS9 episode.  Seeing it rehashed on Enterprise is just that, a rehash of a story they already told with a twist of lime.  


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