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- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 5:26am (USA Central)
These Are the Voyages...
Calling this a "valentine to the fans" brings to mind Alan Partridge trying to sing "Why do birds suddenly appear". Killing Trip in a fight against kidnappers? Ending a holodeck program right before Archer fulfils the supposed destiny of this show? Presenting a 10-year "missing time" gap in which none of the characters have done anything with their lives? Cheers Bermaga, you romantic sods, you can come to my house and shag my sister!
If this had been the episode BEFORE the finale, the "end program" would be the most infamous teaser/cliffhanger in Trek legend. Frakes and Sirtis would have been welcome guests with TNG fans and long-term Trekkies buzzing with excitement. In fact, as a crossover episode, many scenes are executed superbly, when Trek crossovers are usually of poor quality.
Instead, the poorly-judged finale of not just Enterprise, but possibly televised Trek, created howls of outrage that will echo through eternity due to a couple of unbelievable - truly, utterly unbelievable - decisions. This episode epitomises how far Rick Berman has fallen but to my mind, this fall really started when Brannon Braga was hired to bring all the sex, time travel and repetitive crud into Trek. He provided the fatty deposits that blogged Star Trek's arteries, gradually stagnating and eventually killing the franchise.
It took a mega-budget reboot from a "fashionable" creator like JJ Abrams, who incidentally made a total mess of the "plot" of Lost (it was actually advertised as "Find the Plot" in the UK), to restore some of the damage Bermaga did to the franchise. Long gone are the days when Trek was regarded as "important" and when the show tried to do something daring.
If the man behind Lost can reboot Trek so successfully, to me that speak volumes about Bermaga.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 4:51am (USA Central)
Do people not realise that Mayweather got relegated to an extra because HE CAN'T ACT?? Look at the cheesy pudding of a scene where he appealed to the freighter commander in that Season 1 ep. He delivered it with the dramatic flair of a Chockablock narrator. In fact, every time he speaks you can hear the Chockablock theme playing. His best performance was in Dead Stop when he was dead. Why do people talk about his character like he was some kind of cosmic key who would have fixed the show?
Anyway: Linda Park is a much better actor, her character has shown minor signs of development and there just seems to be more that the writers can do with her. I agree that Tarquin is presented in a creepy way and there is no way Archer would have let Hoshi stay with him, nor would Hoshi have any reason to do so, especially not if she had to do it with her legs out.
That said, yet again this is an episode which builds a good atmosphere, it's just a shame Tarquin came across so badly as it made the events of the episode seem forced.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 4:37am (USA Central)
I must step in to defend this episode from some of the bashing it's received. What is this elusive "substance" that the episode is lacking? What prior episodes provided a baseline to look for this "substance"? Enterprise is basically a Bermaga love-child, it was hardly going to be competitive against contemporary drama. The only Trek which consistently provided us with politics, consequences and character growth (I assume these qualify as substance) was DS9.
I purely love this episode. It creates a terrific atmosphere, intense, claustrophobic, with a genuinely dire situation. The action is intense with the shortened exposure actually making a Trek fight seem like it was made for a contemporary audience instead of people shooting down corridors while someone walks up behind them and blasts them.
I also love the fact that T'Pol berates the MACO for setting his gun to kill. The Vulcans might be homicidal zombies, but they're living beings and Star Trek's heroes does not condone the killing of living beings.
The long shot of Enterprise dwarfed by bizarrely clashing rocks is excellent. The B-plot seemed an unnecessary way to involve other characters but just added more peril.
As for Archer refusing to coat the NX-01 in trellium D for T'Pol's sake, I am actually shocked that Jammer disagrees with this decision. What is T'Pol going to do, take a shuttlepod and float around the expanse? Settle on some unknown world? Die of insanity? It seems like yet another excuse to bash Archer's decisions, something which has likely become a habit by this point in his reviews.
There are many points in the review I DO agree on but I think the criticism is way too nit-picky. Can't people just sit down and enjoy an action-oriented episode, especially when it's as well-presented as this? Can ENT ever win?
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 3:53am (USA Central)
The Andorian Incident
Posting in a thread where someone actually wrote a paragraph criticising what T'Pol had for dinner.
In other news, I like this episode; I'd agree Shran comes off as brutal and cruel in the episode. It's no excuse, but the Andorians are deeply suspicious people and it seems pretty obvious they will think Archer et al are in league with the Vulcans. Good to see Coombs, one of Trek's greatest actors, making a wlecome return.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 3:41am (USA Central)
Breaking the Ice
I hated this episode when I first saw it. I found so many episodes of Enterprise S1 to be so underwhelming that I literally couldn't believe this was coming from the people who made Voyager, a show which I loved and which has attracted way more than its share of silly criticism (of course, some of the critique was indeed valid).
On my second and subsequent viewings, I found that this episode is a lot better than I first thought. I began to appreciate that this is a relaxed episode where we get to see the crew engaging in unprofessional behaviour - in other words, existing outside their job - and the snowman scene is very funny, especially Reed's immature chuckle when he sees it and his addition of large Vulcan ears.
The dinner scene is one of the best scenes in Trek IMO for its comedy value, even though I was as horrified as anyone else at this show's portrayal of arrogant, excessively formal (always a Vulcan problem), cold, aloof Vulcans. In retrospect, Manny Coto explained this by having the Vulcan command being effectively run by a Romulan or Romulan sympathiser - brilliant! Pity we didn't get this conclusion sooner, but at least the Vulcans were fixed.
Anyway, the dinner scene was funny, awkward and highly embarrassing, and Archer's mounting frustration was probably Bakula's best acting this season. (Not that his acting in S1 and S2 was anywhere approaching good - he seemed stilted, amateurish, with the charisma of a block of wood.) I love it when he snaps and says, "I'll trouble you with one last question. How long do you plan on spying on us?" which causes Tucker's amusing reaction.
The idea of putting crew members in peril was simply tacked on, and Archer's plea to the arrogant Vulcan captain for help seems to have had no lasting impact on anyone, but I really like this episode.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 3:08am (USA Central)
It's typical of Trek not to explain the basics: how many human worlds are there, how big is Starfleet, where is the rest of Starfleet and why do we only ever seem to see the titular starship, etc. Everything is left so vague that it becomes meaningless.
It is still pretty shocking that we don't see another ENT-era Starfleet ship until the end of season 2 though. Where the hell have Starfleet been and what are they doing? We don't even get the names of the ship classes, or any ideas about their capability, other than it taking three ships to chase one Klingon Bird of Prey away after it had already been in combat with the NX-01.
Why are Starfleet so tardy about building the NX class? Why does it take another three years to launch the Columbia? Do they feel that taking their time is a good idea when surrounded by Klingons, Romulans, Xindi and Suliban? Etc, etc, etc.
With regard to this episode I found it boring, slow and utterly predictable. I was reminded of the Voyager ep where Chakotay and Seven crash near a primitive jungle tribe. There are so many faults with the plot (eg why did nobody from Starfleet even look the colony up?) that I wonder what happened during the planning meetings. Then again it's a Bermaga brainchild so they probably overrode every other suggestion.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 2:23am (USA Central)
They should have kept Dourif around for longer, in a recurring role. He was awesome as Suder. Shame they killed him off in 'Basics Part 2'
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 2:16am (USA Central)
Worst Case Scenario
I really like this one. Good performances, good action, good humour. It would have been even better if the holodeck program was for real, and we actually did see a Maquis mutiny take place on the ship. But aside from a bit of silliness (why would Seska reprogram Tuvok's program, and when did she find the time to do it before 'State Of Flux' when she left the ship?) this is a really good installment.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 2:14am (USA Central)
Day of the Dove
I haven't seen this episode yet, but I wonder why nobody complains about repetitive storylines in TOS when people were ravaging Voyager every week. TOS had two tricks: stick an away team in a recreation of Earth's past, and have supreme beings making everyone fight each other. It's a bit like Time Team crossed with a bunch of schoolboys who put a wasp in a jar with a load of ants.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 2:10am (USA Central)
Spectre of the Gun
Star Trek, the legendary original series, so "progressive" and "important" that each week our crew of scientists and explorers on their fabulous starship journey into recreations of Earth's past where they must engage in fisticuffs to save the day - because that's progress!
Honestly, I love Trek, but the original series writing staff seemed hell bent on doing some kind of historical drama. The message of peace and progress seems to be lost amid all the fighting; it's like Karate Kid, which I once heard described as a series of films which teach you that you don't have to fight, then put their characters in situations where fighting is the only answer.
Quite honestly TOS is my least favourite of the Treks and in my opinion barely qualifies as sci-fi. It's all well and good having phasers and warp drives if you're constantly in Nazi Germany or ancient Greece.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 1:55am (USA Central)
I'd forgotten how good early Voyager was. Just rewatched this episode for the first time in ages. The first couple of seasons showed real promise, imo. Episodes like this one could only have been done on Voyager. It uses the show's premise, and this show uses its premise all too rarely. I especially liked the latter half , with the stealing of the technology, and Janeway's scene at the end with Tuvok. These are the kind of character driven episodes that Voy should have done more often.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 1:43am (USA Central)
For the Uniform
I was not overly impressed by this episode for two reasons.
The terrible overacting by Avery Brookes whether his lines are beleivable or just silly, they come out silly anyway.
The lack of believability for the abscence of consequences from Star Fleet for launching the chemical/biological weapon on a civilian population by Sisko really started to stretch credibility just too far for me. It would have been more credible if someone on the bridge disobeyed orders, or Sisko had at least faced some sort of disclipinary panel or court martial from Starfleet. I totally get that he had to be the "bad guy" to outsmart Eddington and exploit Eddingtons matyr complex but it could have been written better...
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 1:06am (USA Central)
State of Flux
I really enjoyed this episode. It used the premise of the show, and showed consequences of Janeway's actions in 'Caretaker'. Seska had a good point in her speech near the end. I think the first two seasons, for everyone's complaints, did have a story arc of sorts. There was the Kazon/Seska arc, and the Vidiian arc. I wish more had been done with the show's premise, ultimately.
But episodes like this one were a step in the right direction, as was 'Equinox' in seasons 5 and 6. Interestingly enough, Janeway doesn't know about the USS Equinox's disappearance in this episode, but then again, I guess she isn't omniscient.
- Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 12:22am (USA Central)
One Little Ship
Oh yes, not that the episode didn't have, in fact, its share of awkwardness, its dose of silliness and absurdity. The tiny ship crew realizing so fast the meaning of each movement of the "big" crew, the tiny ship hitting the panel to open a door, the small oxygen bubble, and some other, were in fact embarrassing.
But as Jammer and other people have said, most were just the comedy part (it has to be, it is not possible that anyone in the DS9 production team though of those ideas as serious ones)
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 11:45pm (USA Central)
One Little Ship
I don't know why some people find this episode's premise either absurd or silly, while they love time-trevel or parallel-universe plots.
And I don't mean it only because those other plots are just precisely as fictional for nowadays science as "One little ship"'s plot. I mean it because if time-space distortion, time-space stretch, time-space manipulation, are the basis of many of the fictional stuff we see (and frequently love) in Trek universe, messing with the "space"dimension seems to me as an only natural extension of playing around so often with the "time" dimension.
And the funnier is that this was never on my mind before this episode started. Once I realized what it was going to be about, I was just blown up.
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 9:23pm (USA Central)
It's Only a Paper Moon
I think of this as my favorite DS9 episode ever. And it surprises me because 1) I've never liked Nog, 2) it doesn't progress the plot and 3) it occurs in the midst of the worst DS9 season of the series (I'm sorry, but any time a work of fiction makes God(s) real, I just turn off). Imo, the fact that I'm sucked into to this episode is evidence of how good it is.
Jammer only gave it 3.5 stars, and I feel it should've gotten 5 stars out of a possible 4. This episode was a breakthrough for mainstream television. It's that good.
Somehow, the DS9 writers managed to perfectly capture depression and anxiety in a single hour without making Nog appear to be worthless or excessively narcissistic. I've never seen depression and anxiety handled so perfectly on television before or, surprisingly, since.
Jammer, if you still read the comments to your reviews, I implore you to re-examine this episode. It deserves a higher evaluation.
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 8:08pm (USA Central)
I think it's wishful thinking that it's a transgender allegory and that what resulted owed to the fact that the writers didn't have the balls to openly cover homosexuality.
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 9:41am (USA Central)
Sacrifice of Angels
This is where DS9 jumps the shark and gets poorly written.
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 9:12am (USA Central)
"The action sequences and outdoor locations are expertly done under Winrich Kolbe's stellar direction." Rewatched this episode on netflix and found the action sequences and outdoor locations just do not withstand the test of time (20 years). Also, graffiti is a lame form of civil disobedience particularly for a society that has just lived through an 80 year brutal occupation.
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 5:11am (USA Central)
Children of Time
I really liked this episode, really did. However, I can't help it but wonder if the writers could've ended it a bit differently. This does show the immensity of Odo's feelings for Kira, but at the same time I never would've thought Odo capable of condeming 8000 people to death (or nonexistence, even worse). Yes, it was obvious that the Defiant's crew had to get back to DS9 and I was really interested in seeing how they would actually do it, but I really didn't expect this. Someone already mentioned, and I thought this to myself the minute the show ended, Odo has been with those people for the entire 200 years, seen them live, get born and die. And he sacrificed it all for a woman he knew for 15 years? Some love, right?
And for me, the most important thing. If they really had crashed again and founded the settlement once again, the first problem is (as someone has already stated) that knowing what had already happened, the new settlement and people in it definitely wouldn't have been the same as the first. So basically, everyone from the original settlement was doomed the second the new Defiant crashed. Or better said, the second the first Defiant crashed. (Still with me?)
And the second major problem (even a plot hole) is the fact that even if the Defiant had crashed again and they made a second settlement, a new third Defiant would come after another 200 years and everything would happen all over again. And then the fourth would come after another 200 years, and the fifth, sixth and so on. So what I'm trying to say is that the settlement was doomed to exist in a 200 year loop constantly repeating itself. Taking that into consideration, leaving the planet and going to DS9 doesn't sound that bad now, does it?
All in all, I really liked the episode and enjoyed every minute of it. But I have an issue with the ending and Odo's actions. Somehow, they don't suit him, and Star Trek in general.
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 2:56am (USA Central)
This episode is boring and stupid, more of an idiot's view of Star Trek, with the use of Q seeming gratuitous because the episode was a load of crap. It's like a later episode where Tuvok appears but does nothing whatsoever: a total waste of a potentially good crossover.
Q acts like an idiot and I winced with embarrassment during the boxing scene. This is a supreme being prancing around making a fool of himself, although we get the admittedly excellent "Picard never hit me!" "I'm not Picard" exchange.
I love crossovers in Trek and regret that there aren't more of them, or at least the existing ones could have been of better quality. Stargate SG-1, SG-A and SG-U managed it (to the point where SG-A season 3 is more like SG-1 season 11), Buffy and Angel managed it, why not Trek? Maybe episodes like this are to blame.
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 2:47am (USA Central)
I noticed that one of your major complaints about this episode is the lack of comprehensible motive for Winn's actions. I thought her motives were pretty clear, but no one here's really pinned them down, so here's my theory:
Earlier in the episode Winn reveals that when the golden age begins there will be no need for Vedics, Kais or even Emissaries. Whether the Profit won the conflict or lost, the outcome was lose/lose for Winn. Best case scenario: the prophet wins the Reckoning and Winn is stripped of everything she's accomplished in her life. All that power, all that influence, it would all be gone. And unlike every other character on the show, she had no back-up career to fall back on.
Her best option was a stalemate, so when Dax gets distracted by some orphans, she makes a mad dash to Ops in order to force that stalemate. Her motivations for doing so make sense to me, especially considering how ambitious she's always been.
Now, what I don't understand is why she'd brag about it afterwards. DS9's writers have always had an odd habit of writing their villains so that they're proud of their reprehensible actions, so I guess it's par for the course... But it does seem kinda dumb for a religious leader to advertise her lack of faith.
TL;DR: Kai Winn stopped the Reckoning because she feared a future where she was no longer Kai.
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 2:36am (USA Central)
When people say TNG was the best Trek, I always wonder: did it ever have characters like Kira and Ducat? These under-appreciated legends of Trek could only exist in DS9, a show which very cleverly remains focused on a single location (for the most part) which actually allows for recurring villains and character development. I never understood the "boldly going nowhere" crap, DS9 is the only Trek to involve character development and it's ironically the only one to really, truly explore the galaxy - by showing us its politics and bringing its characters to life. I love all the Treks, but DS9 feels alive, like it's set in a living, breathing universe. It's not about a sequence of hostile "aliens of the week".
- Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 1:06am (USA Central)
I totally disagree with all the comments above and with your review and most of the other reviews. Maybe I'm too new in the Star Trek universe, but I thought this episode was amazing. It shows another culture with strong sexism, in a fun and intelligent way, using this opportunity to criticize our own society. It gives room to some important character development, like Data being the robot with huge precision in following orders, as any other human couldn't do (and for doing so, saving the day), it shows La Forge as the captain and his fears in the duty (Worf gives him good advice on that), and so on. It has some cool moments with Riker being as diplomatic as smart (as a man) getting laid with Beata. If he didn't like this, maybe Beata wouldn't spare the revolutionaries lives.
I also liked how all those troubles (disease, romulans, execution, etc) comes all together, giving the right ammount of tension without getting out the focus on the plot. Yes, maybe it has some flaws, like when they get a oold even if in the last episode they said cold wasn't more a disease in the future. But I think those flaws aren't enough to make this episode bad.
And yes, Beata is gorgeous.
- Wed, Dec 11, 2013, 9:42pm (USA Central)
Better, Adam, if they had said the Maquis were obliterated by *Starfleet*. Now that would've re-injected some tension! (...for about ten minutes, until it was forgotten.)
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