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Gail NYC
Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 6:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: E2

I actually kind of enjoyed this episode.

1) The scene where Malcolm finds out that he will end up by himself. So sad.

2) Loved T'Pol and Old T'Pol. I thought Jolene Blalock was great. I think she's doing a fantastic job with the character, in spite of some of the ridiculous outfits and situations the writers put her in.

I've actually grown tired of Scott Bakula as Angry!Archer. I came into the show a fan of Bakula, and loved him in seasons 1-2. But he does not seem to know how to approach this less optimistic captain. So far the only season 3 episode that I thought he was really great in was "Similitude."

Phlox is my favorite character, but T'Pol is now a close second.
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Gail NYC
Wed, Oct 14, 2020, 7:01pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Doctor's Orders

Very enjoyable! Luckily I didn't see the twist ending coming, which added to my enjoyment.

Carbeterian from 2010, I live in the Bronx too and I remember that snowstorm! It happened just days before I was moving and I had to lug boxes over piled-up snow. Luckily I was only moving two blocks away!

Always love a Phlox-centered episode, and really loved the Easter eggs in there.
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Gail NYC
Tue, Oct 13, 2020, 6:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Harbinger

SnookyTLC if you're still out there, I totally agree! Loved the "day in the life" stuff! I wish we could have more episodes like this.
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Gail NYC
Mon, Oct 12, 2020, 6:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Stratagem

Austin: I'm pretty sure the knife that Degra got near the end was the knife that Archer used to cut out the blood worm. Not sure why Archer just left it lying around, though. Or maybe it was back in the first aid kit?

Snooky, afaik the Xindi hate humans because they believe that humans will destroy them if they don't destroy the humans first. They've been told this by a time traveler.

I enjoyed this episode, and it made me want to go back and revisit Mission: Impossible. It also reminded me a lot of the stings they did on Leverage.

Teacher Will: I've never seen 36 Hours. Will have to look for it!!
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Gail Jaitin
Sat, Oct 10, 2020, 6:37pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Proving Ground

Agree! Very fun episode! I was confused by the ending, though--who sent the secret subspace scans? Was it Shran, or the female weapons officer?
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Gail Jaitin
Thu, Oct 8, 2020, 7:17pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Carpenter Street

Cody B, I agree. Loved this episode, and loved Carbon Creek. I also loved Similitude. To me, "North Star" and "Raijin" were two low points. To each their own.

Thank you, Cory, for that bit of trivia. Love Jeffrey Dean Morgan! Glad he stayed with it!

Also, I agree with whoever said T'pol did a good job of not quite fitting in, but Archer looked right at home. It reminded me of Quantum Leap, where he had to quickly adapt to a new time period and place every week. He also looked right at home in the western setting of "North Star." I'm not sure how I feel about this.
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Gail Jaitin
Mon, Oct 5, 2020, 6:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: North Star

This episode was pointless from beginning to end. Why were they even on the planet? How did they discover it? Why did they decide to interfere? And the shootout. Ugh. Except for a few small moments, like Malcolm shooting T'Pol to get at her abducter. there was nothing interesting about this episode. It was clearly a "lets use some costumes and sets that are lying around" filler type episode. Next!
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Gail NYC
Sat, Oct 3, 2020, 6:04pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Twilight

I read recently that Anthony Montgomery felt that his portrayal of Mayweather was substandard because he hadn't been given any backstory.

My first thought was, dude, that's your job! I am reading all the time about actors creating backstories for their characters. It never has to be directly communicated to anyone, but it helps inform the performance, to give it more depth and richness.

Did Montgomery ever take an acting class in his life?
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Gail Jaitin
Mon, Sep 28, 2020, 7:06pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Extinction

p.s. Bayliss and Pembleton! Sigh. Homicide.
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Gail Jaitin
Mon, Sep 28, 2020, 7:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Extinction

Wow, I have definitely seen way worse episodes than this, mainly on ST:VOY . But I agree that the writing could have been much, much better. I also agree that T'Pol's pajamas are another embarrassing attempt to exploit Jolene Blalock's hot bod. Could they ride down any lower? How does one sleep in those?

Glad to see they have diversified her wardrobe, though. Now, in addition to a gray skintight unitard, she also has a red one and a white one.

In terms of acting, Phlox is clearly the best acted and most interesting character. Mayweather is the worst. I read an interview with the actor who played Mayweather in which he complained that he hadn't been given any backstory for Mayweather. I thought, are you kidding?? That's YOUR JOB! I mean, I'm not an actor but I know this from years of reading and listening to interviews with actors!!
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Gail Jaitin
Sat, Sep 26, 2020, 6:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S3: Anomaly

The special effects and action sequences of this episode were surprisingly well done, but I wish Bakula's portrayal of Archer were a little more nuanced. He's either all GeeWhizIsn'tSpaceGreat?! or ANGRY!Archer. There seems to be nothing in between, and I wish the change had been more gradual and not so sudden. That would have made it more believable.

This is a very different show from seasons 1 and 2.
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Gail Jaitin
Tue, Sep 22, 2020, 7:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Bounty

So awful. The camera practically laps up T'Pol's body from the ankle to the crown. So disappointing that a woman directed this, but then I guess she's just giving the (male) PTB what they wanted.
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Gail
Mon, Sep 21, 2020, 7:10pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: First Flight

Great episode. I agree with what Yanks said above. Loved it. Three great ones in a row, after a whole bunch of duds. Nice to see.
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Gail
Fri, Sep 18, 2020, 9:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Terra Prime

So no one else thought that Hoshi rocked as substitute captain? I thought she was looking exactly like a captaincy was in her future. She shut down that political guy with no trouble at all.
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Gail
Sun, Aug 30, 2020, 3:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

Did no one else but me think that the way Katsulas said, "Consider what I've said" had a slightly menacing undertone? Even though it was not backed up by the script?
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Gail
Sun, Aug 30, 2020, 3:20pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Cogenitor

Over 10 years of comments! That's what I call a successful episode. Not perfect, but successful.

I'm not going to weigh in on what Archer or Tucker or the Vissians should have done, or even on possible failings in the script. I want to talk about a larger issue which doesn't seem to have been mentioned (though I've only read maybe half of the hundreds of comments).

Remember how this show literally did not have "Star Trek" in its name for the first couple of seasons? And how many people said they hated it because "it wasn't really Star Trek"? I think those things are a result of a very ambitious, perhaps foolish choice the producers of this series made. They decided to make a show about how the Star Trek universe we learned to love came into being. Many of the commenters are forgetting the established parameters of the Enterprise time period: There is NO prime directive at this time. There is NO Federation at this time, only a rather weak Starfleet. The humans have ONE reliable ally, Vulcan, which basically considers them unpredictable children.

Clearly the producers' intention was to show humanity's progress toward the Federation with its prime directive and dominant position in the quadrant. But that progress must begin with a human society that is essentially ours today, with all the vices and confusion that entails. Considering this, I don't think it's entirely fair to judge an individual episode by itself. In order for the progress to occur, there have to be situations where good intentions (but lack of experience and naivete) bring terribly bad consequences. The one thing we should clearly see is that each time this happens, the humans understand what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again.

Of course, yes, the episode should be as good as possible on its own, but it's intended to fit into a larger arc. My question, as I watch this series for the first time, is whether that larger arc is successful. We know that at the end the Federation will be formed and a prime directive will be articulated, but will I be satisfied with the way the series gets me there? I have two more seasons to go, so I can't answer that yet, but so far I would say yes.

There are major problems with the series in the writing and the acting (not to mention all the excessively human-looking aliens), but I think the biggest problem is the job it sets itself. Watching the first human explorers make mistake after mistake isn't inspiring. Choosing to tell a story like this required, IMHO, the highest quality writing, and that's far from what we get. Still, they clearly are trying, at least in general. Personally, I dislike almost all the characters except Phlox and Hoshi, but I can see slow character growth in Archer and T'pol. So far, all the others without exception have been presented one-dimensionally.

All I'm trying to say is that I've enjoyed the series more than I expected so far, and understanding the difficulty of their vision has helped with that.
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Gail
Sun, Aug 30, 2020, 6:11am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Horizon

Jeff probably won't see this 10 years later, but this is the first time for me watching Enterprise, so it's fresh for me. Somewhere I saw an interview with Montgomery in which he said he had no vision for the character of Travis, no conception of where he wanted him to go. To me that goes a long way toward explaining why his performance was so poor. HE didn't know who the guy was either. If he had, the poor scripts wouldn't have been quite so noticeable.
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Gail
Sat, Aug 29, 2020, 12:25am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Future Tense

For those who mused about the "bigger inside" capsule - the script for this episode literally says in a comment, "Let's start calling it a Tardis, shall we?" and refers to it that way from then on.
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Gail
Fri, Aug 28, 2020, 4:36am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: Stigma

I wonder how many of the commenters are women. There seems to be a great lack of understanding about why T'pol didn't want to discuss her mind-meld situation. I read it as being exactly like what a human woman often feels: shame at being violated. And for those who say, "Well she consented at first," what she actually did was submit to rather strong persuasion, and then said No after a couple of minutes, whereupon the guy forced her. That is certainly rape.

Some people also keep forgetting that Vulcans DO have emotions, and developed the adherence to Logic Over All because their emotions were so violent that they actually got in the way of having a decent society. It's to be expected that many of them would have less than perfect control over their emotions even now, even with logic training that started in early childhood and lasted the rest of their lives. I do think Enterprise goes too far with the negative side of Vulcan personalities, but it's useful to acknowledge that they're not all Spock-level saints.

I found the B plot juvenile and overacted, as almost all Trek sex/seduction scenes are. This one reminded me of the Riker sex slave episode.
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Gail
Thu, Aug 27, 2020, 11:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S2: The Catwalk

Teo - about the alien captain reading the log: It seems quite likely to me that Archer hadn't yet recorded a log for the incident. Remember the first 3 aliens only gave them 4 hours warning of the storm. Archer and the crew were pretty busy after that.
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Gail
Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 1:28am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Fallen Hero

Jason R - "So the criminal gangsters thought V'Lar was dead after shooting up the medical pod (allegedly containing her body) and in an act of Ferengi like stupidity neglect to check the pod. Then ambassador dumbass waltzes in to show them she's alive and nya nya nya to them in their faces. Except the joke's on her because in two months she has to return to their world to testify in open court. Hey um ambassador don't you think the bad guys thinking you were dead would have been kind of sort of massively useful?"

I thought this for a moment too. Then I considered, maybe in thinking ahead to the trial (which she mentions) she decided they should have eyewitness proof that she didn't get killed.

Or it could be, once again, lazy writing.
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