Star Trek: Enterprise
"Storm Front, Part II"
Air date: 10/15/2004
Written by Manny Coto
Directed by David Straiton
Review by Jamahl Epsicokhan
"The building's about to blow up."
— Archer and Trip
In brief: Watchable, nonsensical, predictable. At least it purports to be the end of the timeline wars.
The bad news is that "Storm Front, Part II" inherits so much nonsensical time-travel baggage from previous episodes (including last week's "Storm Front, Part I") that the premise is all but indefensible.
The good news is that this episode appears to end — once and for all — the Temporal Cold War and all its related, incoherent BS. Personally, I'm in favor of the end of the TCW in "Storm Front, Part II."
If the first two paragraphs of this review seem familiar, it's not because I copied and pasted them (naw); it's because this week's installment of the Jammer Review has become the latest front in the Temporal Cold War, and temporal agents have subjected you to a time loop. As you can see, history has been altered, because this review is now different. (Actually, it might as well be the same, since I'm going to say many of the same things.)
But, you see, now I'm confused, because if the Temporal Cold War never happened, what about all those episodes where the Enterprise was involved in Daniels' temporal shenanigans? Did they also not happen? Or did they kind of happen in a reality that everyone remembers but no one cares about?
And, for that matter, what about the Xindi? Were they ever really a part of the TCW? After Earth was attacked, Silik gave Archer information about the Xindi, implying that they were somehow manipulated by people who were involved. And yet the sphere-builders didn't seem to be a part of the TCW, and rather seemed to represent only their own independent interests.
In essence, "Storm Front" represents about the only thing the writers could really do with the TCW — namely, throw their arms up in defeat and admit that it made no sense and never would or could. That they have slyly packaged that sentiment inside a story that rewrites World War II and pretends to make sense is admirable, I guess. Obviously, we know better, but at least you can still fill an hour of television time with something that is halfway entertaining.
"Storm Front, Part II" — a very average outing — works and fails along all the same lines as "Part I." Since everything was more or less explained last week in the setup, this week's installment pretty much just goes through all the motions we knew would have to happen in order to arrive at a payoff — although "payoff" is too strong a word for the overall experience of "Storm Front."
About the only remaining question is what Silik is up to and why. It turns out that Silik's faction of the TCW also intends to stop Vosk, since Vosk is a madman who sees time-travel as just another technology to employ in improving the universe, to his own ends, no doubt. (In a war as convoluted as the Temporal Cold War, it stands to reason that Silik would eventually end up on our side for at least one episode.)
My thinking is that if the timeline is something that can be changed at will at any point, then reality is meaningless. That's a dangerous storytelling through line, because it leaves us in the middle of nowhere. Besides, how could Vosk maintain any control over such a mess? I would think that at some point he would end up accidentally erasing himself with his own meddling. Of course, reckless sci-fi like this means that there are no answers. In this case, there probably aren't any questions, either.
Well, there are questions of scripting logic, which are pointless to scrutinize but I'll try anyway. Why, for example, wouldn't Silik try to team up with the crew of the Enterprise from the outset? He always has so much information, so why wouldn't he know that the Enterprise was sent to stop Vosk? For that matter, wasn't it awfully convenient the way he was able to stow away on the Enterprise?
In this episode, Silik has complete shapeshifting abilities, allowing him to look like anybody. There's a point where he assumes Trip's identity and then gets aboard the Enterprise when Archer negotiates the release of "Trip" and Mayweather from Vosk. The whole business involving the data disc Silik retrieves is a somewhat flimsy device that takes Silik down to Earth, only for him to return to the Enterprise under a subterfuge that obviously wouldn't last five minutes. Just how did he intend to carry out his mission? He's able to do the highly unlikely, and yet still inept.
In a story that is all plot and virtually no characterization, the one interesting character moment comes when Archer throws Silik against the wall in the brig, and Silik tells him, "You've changed, captain." Indeed. It's a notion worth its own episode.
Silik and Archer subsequently team up to infiltrate Vosk's facility so they can disable the shield generator and the Enterprise can swoop down and destroy the building. Of course, no infiltration would be complete without bringing in the American resistance fighters established in part one to keep the Germans busy. Ensuing are a lot of lackluster shootouts between the Americans and the Germans, which is often laughable in its depiction of German ineptitude (they can't hit the broad side of a barn even with machine guns). I'm pretty sure the only non-German casualty in all the shooting is Silik. The Germans can't even hit Carmine when he's standing in the middle of an alley with no cover. (If people are going to get hit with bullets, can't we at least get some body squibs?)
One thing I liked in the episode was Vosk. As demented (and ridiculous) as his notion of unlimited timeline manipulation is, he brings a sort of calm rationality to explaining it. In the negotiation with Archer, Vosk is so convinced of his own righteousness that he thinks Archer might actually buy into his proposal. Jack Gwaltney is interesting as Vosk, who is a calm and confident villain who speaks precisely but with no uncertain menace beneath the surface (in one scene, he threatens to erase a Nazi general from history).
Archer and Silik are successful in shutting down the shield generator, but of course you knew that. Silik is shot and killed in the process. There are some nifty FX shots of the Enterprise flying over Manhattan (right between the Empire State and Chrysler buildings) and being shot by German fighter planes equipped with plasma cannons. Not quite as nifty is the destruction of Vosk's facility (at the Last Possible Moment, naturally), which showcases the latest in CGI artistry that also looks like an exploding Styrofoam cooler. I'm not sure that's what they had in mind.
"The timeline's resetting itself," Daniels helpfully informs Archer, in a line of dialog that actually uses the word "resetting" to invoke a Reset Plot. "It's almost ready," Daniels says. Just how "long" does it take for a timeline to reset itself and become "ready"? Do such terms apply? Never mind, because I'm with Archer: "I'll take your word for it."
Being the Timeline Inquisitor that I am, I must ask if Silik is really dead. Couldn't he be alive in some other time period? After all, Daniels, who died last week, is alive in the 29th century because of the reset timelines. Shouldn't this go for Silik? Is there some Timeline Law that says Silik must stay dead in a timeline that never existed simply because he wasn't from that timeline? Not that it matters, because the Timeline Laws are probably just Timeline Suggestions.
In a story free from all notions of cause and effect, the only net effect is that my brain hurts. I'm probably focusing too heavily on goofy logic. Let it be said that "Storm Front," while positively absurd, is workable as an exercise in predictable absurdity. More importantly, it marks the end of all this temporal nonsense, which is as crucial a quality as any. (Shadow Man or Future Guy or whatever he's called does not make an appearance here, so I guess we'll never find out who he was/is. I can live with that.) May the timeline no longer be this series' playground.
The final shot of the Enterprise's homecoming is nice. I just hope that next week we get a breather and a coda to these two big storylines being wrapped up in the course of three episodes. Now that we've seen the end of the Xindi and Temporal Cold War arcs, let's at least find out what it means to the characters who carried out the missions.
Next week: You are cordially invited to a Vulcan wedding.
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55 comments on this post
Wed, Nov 21, 2007, 5:15am (UTC -5)
Long story short, it takes place in a 'sea' of time where the ocean floor is our 3D earth and any wave causes untold changes to the futureward end of the sea.
Basically, there was a ton of mass changes and you go far enough into the future and try to anchor down on Earth and you basically go mad because there are millions of changes every second and you can't process it.
And you can't ever mold a society to your fitting, because anyone can go back half a second before and just undo everything...all the way back to man's beginning (which in the book is guarded by a group of people, so that man can't erase itself).
All in all it was a bit of a mindtrip, but fairly awesome.
Mon, Dec 10, 2007, 3:31am (UTC -5)
This is a bit like an Arthur C Clarke short-story called Superiority. Essentially 2 warring planets in the future. 1 planet is far more advanced, and there is no doubt they will win the war in the long run. But the war is taking its time, so they divert resources to build bigger better weapons to bring the war to an early close.
Meanwhile the enemy just continues pounding away and eventually wins. The story has lot more to it than that, and is quite amusing.
Fri, Jul 18, 2008, 4:46pm (UTC -5)
The rabbit and the hare?
Wed, Apr 29, 2009, 7:57am (UTC -5)
Secondly, just as an attempt to also make logic out of the illogical TCW arc, I have this question. If the timeline has fully reset, as Daniels says, and the TCW never happens, doesn't that mean Enterprise did explode with all hands aboard in "Cold Front?" If I remember correctly that power surge or whatever it was that was affecting the engines was not an act of sabotage. Which means if the TCW never happened, the crew never met Silik which means he would not have been aboard the Enterprise to prevent the ship from exploding which means 3 1/2 seasons worth of this series never would have happened. Earth's first Warp 5 vessel would have blown up just a few months into the mission. Which means no ship would have been able to prevent the Xindi superweapon 'cause Silik wouldn't have warned us and no ship would've been in the Delphic Expanse 'cause Columbia wasn't ready to launch until "Affliction" which would have been way too late.
Which means if Earth was to survive the TCW needed to happen and now I'm cross-eyed to quote Austin Powers. Maybe ENT takes place in an alternate ST universe and all the discrepancies no longer matter. I am curious to see of there will be any reference to ENT in the new ST film.
Anyways, just thought I'd share. Sorry this was so long.
Mon, Jan 24, 2011, 7:30pm (UTC -5)
I never saw anything like that teaser coming, it was quite unique for a Star Trek episode, enormously enjoyable and very well made.
Thu, May 12, 2011, 7:05pm (UTC -5)
Very much like Jammer (even though our points of view differ), most of the things I said in my comment of the previous episode can be applied here: we have a well-written script, meaningful dialogue, good acting, high-quality production values (minus the final blast... "exploding styrofoam cooler" indeed)... all adding to make a good Trek outing. One which resolves the Temporal Cold War BS in the most graceful way as humanly possible: the push of the Reset Button[TM] and the stop of this nonsense once and for all. More importantly, the episode doesn't try to explain it away with *more* nonsense-on-top-of-nonsense.
Some comments on certain things you said in you review Jammer: Silik's "You've changed, captain" line for example. Not only is the notion interesting but even more important is Archer's reply. "Not all for the better" he says, a witty, self-referential one-liner that would feel very out of touch if uttered in any of the three previous years (the pinnacle of writing ineptitude). With this line Archer acknowledges how much the events of season 3 transformed him, but more importantly I think he's also referring to the mistakes he's made, how he the dark no-nonsense Archer came to be formed. What the writers tried to impose on us over the course of 24 episodes the previous year (and which instead always made us look upon Archer as a moronic a**hole) is somewhat reconciled with a single line of dialogue.
Maybe I'm seeing into this too much, but it's funny how that line can give you the difference between a negative reaction/impression and a positive one.
I do agree on the largely ridiculous Germans-can't-aim-for-sh** action-sequences, but to be honest it's not the first time we've seen those (and not just during the general ST Enterprise era of mediocrity). Ridiculous? Yes. Surprising in a Trek context? Not really, it serves the plot albeit in a very convenient & contrived way (could have been improved by better staging though, no doubt).
As for Vosk's lines (the dialogues with Archer & the Nazi commander, the speech to his people), I thought they were all spot-on. Vosk oozes in solemnity and self-righteousness, he gets all the tones right and says things that stop a room talking (they put the Nazi commander right in his place!). Soon enough you realize just how evil/demented Vosk is, but it's a profile that fits perfectly with some of the other villains encountered in Trek lore. And while you do, you're not drawing palm to face cringing at what would be shi**y lines of dialogue had this been written by B&B. Tosk's dialogue isn't a masterpiece, but by comparison of seasons 1-2-3 it might as well be.
I think the reason you could not like the "Storm Front" two-parter more than a certain level Jammer, is that you were expecting a *rational* resolution to all this. You set the bar of your expectations too high. What I did instead, and this from the very beginning of part 1, is take the decision to separate Enterprise in two periods: on one side, the period where all this TCW bullsh** originated (Berman & Braga); on the other the moment where we finally had some good writing (Manny Coto). To me the situation can be equate to B&B dying and Coto having to inherit and take care of their inbred mutant offspring. What to do with the freak? Push a button and pretend it was never born.
Thu, Feb 2, 2012, 5:39pm (UTC -5)
Tue, Sep 18, 2012, 8:38am (UTC -5)
Sun, Oct 28, 2012, 9:31am (UTC -5)
Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 3:04pm (UTC -5)
Would've been a nice way to end, but too much of a copy of Endgame anyway.
I feel Archer was speaking for all of us (especially if the writers heard the same feedback?) when he said along the lines of "please just leave us alone now, I'm tired of your time travel stuff". Amen. It's been a fun ride especially towards the end of S3, but yes... time for something new! Can we trek across stars nao? Seek out new life and new civilisations and all that jazz? Soon find out!
Wed, Jan 9, 2013, 2:59pm (UTC -5)
I don't understand why everyone is celebrating the Xindi mission though in the next episode. If the timelines are reset to their natural place, then shouldn't the entire 3rd season be removed from the story? Or did the Xindi attack actually happen in the cannon timeline as we know it? If it did, then why has nobody heard of it at all? Or are we still in an alternate timeline anyway?
And if having to stop Vosk was the solution all along, then why didn't we just do that from the start? Why didn't anyone try and stop Vosk and his race even in the 28th century, let alone in the 22nd or 20th centuries?
And if there's all of these factions in the Temporal Cold War, then why does stopping Vosk put an end to it? Don't they also have to stop the Future Guy too?
As many other people concluded, none of this makes any sense at all.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013, 5:34pm (UTC -5)
Rather than beat a temporally displaced horse, let's look at what *really* worked:
- Billie Holiday and the subtext of accelerated integration
- Silik's "You've changed" and Archer's response
- the reactions to Archer being alive
- the newsreel
- laser Stukas shooting the Enterprise
- flying over Manhattan
If you look at Column B, there are some enjoyable things that are mainly "ooh shiny". I don't have a problem with them.
If you look at Column A, you see the things that really matter. These are the things that give it depth, emotional resonance, or reasons to care about any of it.
Unfortunately, Column A is pretty slim for two hours of television. It also shows that these two episodes focused relentlessly on things that were pretty much by-the-numbers and pedestrian. Gun battles and fighting. SFX. Time travel hoohah. Captures and escapes. Aliens and Nazis arguing tediously over things that won't matter to anyone. Trip escaping from the Evil Alien Nazis and then doing absolutely *nothing* of consequence, despite seeing the Evil Alien Nazis on the verge of their Moment of Triumph. Another convenient communication blackout. Silik wasting most of his talents -- why didn't he go on ahead and kill all the guards while cloaked? -- and then dying pointlessly. As with the previous episode, it's little more than moving pieces to where the script needs them to be, full of arbitrary and unexplained conveniences and limitations.
For a conflict that has involved so much airtime and so many players, it's completely baffling who is fighting for what or why. There's really no stake for viewers in any of it, because we know that it will all be magically undone anyway. And if you think about what Vosk tells Archer for even a second, it makes no sense. I can only commend the actor for keeping a straight face as his character is trying to recruit Archer to his side against Daniels because Daniels' side is a bunch of meddlers. This is coming from the Evil Alien Nazi who is rewriting the history of Archer's planet and promises to put it all back later when he's won the Time War, pinky swear. It's the episode's most unintentionally amusing moment.
Something that sums up everything wrong? The goodbye scene between Alicia and Archer. Predictably issued in the middle of a terribly unconvincing gun battle, it's totally uninvolving because this Alicia will never exist. There's nothing poignant about it, and Archer is a lump. The scene is completely perfunctory and emotional deadweight, included only because it ticks off the checkbox. This is City on the Edge of Boredom.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013, 7:36am (UTC -5)
Agreed we all wanted the end of the TCW; I just wish it had happened off camera.
I couldn't give a rat's about any of it. Voyager meets Doctor Who.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013, 1:59pm (UTC -5)
i do love daneils though... enterprise j!!!!!
love future tech, i hope they make a series about the 31st century. great stuff
hmnm yeah looks like the xindi will be removed from the timeline no conflict now makes all of season 3 a bit pointless....
and what the hell happened to captine archer.. hes a disgrace to star fleet.... growing life forms for parts, stealing aliens warp cores... where have the ethics gone? jane way would never have done this... and she went through the year of hell.. although that never technically happened either at least t was only two episodes. (good plot though).
yeah i dont think any starfleet captian would act the way acher acted shocking !!!
Thu, Apr 11, 2013, 3:57pm (UTC -5)
We need Dulmer and Lucsly now more than ever.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013, 10:49am (UTC -5)
Thu, Nov 28, 2013, 10:48am (UTC -5)
Mon, Feb 10, 2014, 11:43am (UTC -5)
Think about this: The weapon emerges and one of the Earth's orbital station is there AND Shran is there. So, it's not as if everybody emerged from the vortex in 1944.
Even with the goofy rules/non-rules of the TCW, the orbital station's presence means that the ships exiting the vortex didn't emerge in some alternate timeline. So does the presence of Shran and his ship.
It makes it look like Starfleet wasn't on high alert after 7 million people were killed a year earlier. And it's also totally inconsistent with what we see after the timeline is "reset" in the two-parter.
Also, why didn't Reed or someone on Degra's ship try to signal Earth after the weapon was destroyed? I'm sure that would have been something Starfleet HQ would have liked to know. And if there was the orbital station, odds are Reed would have found Earth below.
(Note that a similar problem happens in BOBW. The Borg cube and the Enterprise are in orbit of Earth, but no one from Earth seems to contact the Enterprise! Granted, the planet's defense might have been crushed by the Wolf 359 attack, but presumably someone was still at Starfleet Command.)
BTW, Reed could have contacted Earth and the events of "Storm Front" could have still happened. He could have given the all clear, returned in the vortex to meet up with Enterprise and THEN the crew could have found the alternate 1944. Or, he could have tried to give the all clear and found nothing down there. Then, he would have rushed back to Enterprise and said, "Earth is saved, but it's not our Earth."
Sun, May 25, 2014, 1:17pm (UTC -5)
Loved the dogfight over Manhattan with the Stukas with frickin’ laser beams…disliked the Nazi alien idea to begin with, but while there, what the hell. The newsreel at the beginning was also top-notch and nicely wove in real American Nazi sympathizer footage, mostly from the German-American Bund, a real Nazi group in America leading up to the war (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPGT7EaCiIY for a sample). Somebody did their historical homework.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014, 6:56am (UTC -5)
Tue, Jul 8, 2014, 10:04pm (UTC -5)
Wed, Jul 9, 2014, 7:56am (UTC -5)
Here's Daniel's quote from the end of this episode:
"DANIELS: It's quite a sight. The timeline's resetting itself. You did it. Vosk is dead. He didn't make it back. All of the damage he caused, it never happened."
While this 'can' be digested and argued to mean that none of the time TCW stuff never happened, I think it's a huge stretch to assume that.
I take this statement to mean the timeline was resetting itself regarding what Vosk had attempted to change this time. If you're going to make the argument that nothing ever happened WRT the TCW because Vosk died here, then you could also make the argument that Kirk should have faded away when he traveled back to his WWII occurrence. If he traveled back, did the Federation/Star Fleet ever exist if the allies were foiled during WWII? etc, etc, etc.... I'll side with Janeway here and resolve this to "temporal mechanics give me a headache". You can (and have to) make assumptions every time some sort of time travel is done. But it's a Star Trek staple so I live with it.
I'll side with the fact that 'Future Guy' was Archer reaching back to help himself. Which means that Vosk wasn't directly responsible for everything that happened to Enterprise.
Silik did tell Tucker: "What's happening is beyond your comprehension"
So who am I to make factual heads or tails of this?
The TCW is "over" and Enterprise can proceed on.
Aside from the fact I didn't want to see these episodes, I wanted our heroes to get back to Earth, both SFI&II were very well done I thought.
Yes, I'll agree the German's can't shoot, but when do they when they are the bad guys in a movie?
Jack Gwaltney was incredible as Vosk and John Fleck was again outstanding as Silik. I’m actually sad to see Silik go.
3.5 of 4 stars for me.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 2:33pm (UTC -5)
I too liked Archer's knowing self aware comment to Sillik,thought Silik was rather likeable in this one but this episode's greatest significance is the end of that mind boggling baloney that was the temporal cold war.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015, 12:53am (UTC -5)
This episode was enjoyable, but overall forgettable. It felt like a really weird detour needed to justify the "WTF" cliffhanger at the end of "Zero Hour".
And I'm really tired of evil alien Nazis. Note to the next Trek TV series: if you must pick a group of evil humans from the past to use as a punching bag, please pick something else from some other era, like the Augment soldiers from the Eugenics Wars (Khan et al) - a historical era we never actually saw on the series. Now that would be interesting.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015, 9:03pm (UTC -5)
And Nazis - so trite, so lazy. We need someone evil: hey the Nazis! It's not only sorry writing, but irreverent to the victims of the Holocaust. I can't stomach scripting in Nazis for entertainment purposes.
Truly mind boggling lack of creativity If they were going to jump into a protracted coda after season 3, logically it would concern Xindi relations.
Fri, May 13, 2016, 12:16pm (UTC -5)
One of the other problems with it was that it felt smaller on occasions than it perhaps should have done - Vosk's speech to the troops seemed to be conducted to about 6 of them and might have played better in a bigger context. There were also some fairly patchy visuals, and you wonder if time/money was running short at some points given the high quality of the attack run in New York, for instance. 2.5 stars overall.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 12:51am (UTC -5)
Since then I have had the pleasure of watching the entire Battlestar Galactica set on DVD (never made it to air here in Australia) and after that was working my way through Defiance - but a few days ago I did notice that unloved and unwatched Season 4 of Enterprise sitting there on the shelf laughing at me, so I dragged it out of storage to see Stormfront Pt2. Not. A. Good. Idea.
I don't know if I've been spoilt by BSG but this felt even more hollow and by the numbers than it did a year ago. I still have the rest of the box set but am I safe in assuming that "this" is rock bottom and the only way from here is up?
So far Andromeda and smoking are the only two thing I've ever actually "given up" on, hoping not to add Enterprise to that short list !
Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 2:31am (UTC -5)
Season 4 is generally considered the best season of Enterprise I think, though consensus varies from fansite to fansite.
S4 has a new executive producer, Manny Coto, and Storm Front was his attempt to tie up and end the Temporal Cold War after the F-U Breman and Braga left as the season 3 cliffhanger as they were booted out the door.
Coto, being a bigger fan of TOS tried to start tying Enterprise back into the mythos of that show, and if you'll keep watching and continue to read comments, you'll see I ended up being a bit of a fanboy. Knowing the ideas Coto had for future seasons made me appreciate the show all the more.
So yes, Storm Front is rock bottom, though there are some episodes in the season that are regarded as bad, but like some TOS episodes, they're sure fun.
That said if you must watch the very last episodes, Don't. But if you insist, think of it as an extra, with the prior episode being the true finale.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 2:34am (UTC -5)
Oh, and to be clear, that last awful episode I mentioned, was written by Berman and Braga, because they weren't bitter enough I guess.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 4:04am (UTC -5)
Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 4:06am (UTC -5)
Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 11:19pm (UTC -5)
It was a messy but probably necessary effort by Manny Conto to wrap up the awful temporal Cold War arc but after seeing Conto's post Enterprise work in the form of various seasons of 24 and Dexter.
Bit of a shame that Coto wasn't brought in earlier to "save" Enterprise - might have been an interesting show if he had been given more time and a bit of leeway.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016, 1:50am (UTC -5)
Hey, no problem. If you continue reading though the reviews and comments, I apologize in advanced, I ended up gushing on about Enterprise and where it could have gone pretty hard. And often.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016, 9:37am (UTC -5)
Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 11:19pm (UTC -5)
"Bit of a shame that Coto wasn't brought in earlier to "save" Enterprise - might have been an interesting show if he had been given more time and a bit of leeway. "
Also a shame that Enterprise wasn't on a crappy network. It definitely earned a season 5 (material wise).
Coto is awesome. I wish they'd grab him for the new series.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016, 5:05pm (UTC -5)
Granted, I've always suspected that if time travelling Nazi vampire aliens were to invade America they'd naturally want to make us into your puppet rulers, but I think the producers might have gone a little too far with that one.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017, 6:35am (UTC -5)
Not only is this derivative of the many Star Trek Nazi and Star Trek time -travel episodes they've managed to wedged in the Star Trek Gangster cliché as well.
If you want proper alternate time-line Nazi science fiction please read "The Man in the High Castle" by Phillip K. Dick.
As with part one this gets a hardy Bonk Bonk on the Head!
Sat, Jun 24, 2017, 9:34am (UTC -5)
Mon, Jul 24, 2017, 3:05pm (UTC -5)
Also thought it was pretty funny to see Sillik dressed in civilian clothes but without the hat (Archer was wearing it) as they both stood on the transporter.
Vosk and his men are your typical villains -- believing they have the right to become great by manipulating the timeline as they wish. But I liked Vosk's character development -- seemed like a sane, calm "person" when negotiating with Archer. Ultimately he shoots the German general and you see his true colors, using the Germans to further his ends.
I'd rate "Storm Front, Part II" 2.5 stars - it was a bit better than Part I in some ways as, once we had gotten over the questionable premise, it became easier to accept. But there's also the predictability factor holding it back -- i.e. the big reset is coming. The execution is standard ENT and it was an interesting twist to see Sillik/Archer teaming up given all they've been through (imagine Kirk/Khan teaming up). Anyhow, you get Daniels thanking Archer at the end in some type of time continuum being reset -- if that's the end of the TCW, I'll be happy.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017, 8:43am (UTC -5)
Sun, Oct 1, 2017, 3:27am (UTC -5)
'and what the hell happened to captain archer.. he's a disgrace to star fleet.... growing life forms for parts, stealing aliens warp cores... where have the ethics gone? Janeway would never have done this...'
Seriously? Janeway was the most ruthless, murdering, incompetent, unfeeling captain ever in Star Trek history. Archer is a saint compared to her.
Anyway, a decent episode, not as good as the first one. But those German fighters firing plasma cannons or whatever they were, was pretty f-ing cool.
2 1/2 stars.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017, 10:22pm (UTC -5)
This episode was better...there were character moments (Jammer and everyone else noted "you've changed, captain."). The actors playing Vosk & Silik did a good job without a lot to work with. The plot got a bit more interesting, as there were apparently at least 3 sides in the TCW, instead of 2; and for a moment we might have considered that Vosk was telling the truth & he was the one who was actually on our side. That would have been a good twist: the evil-looking alien working with the Nazis turning out to be the humanity's savior. Alas, Archer didn't even consider it could be true & it turned out not to be.
Of course, the best part of this episode is that it ends the Temporal Cold War. Looking at the series a second time, it actually negatively affected fewer episodes than I remembered. But it was still a failure of an idea.
Despite the good parts, I was still fast-forwarding through a lot of this episode. I'll give "Part I" 1 star & I'll say this episode just barely makes it to 2 stars (if I went really fractional, I'd probably give it around 1.75 stars).
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Wed, Dec 12, 2018, 1:56pm (UTC -5)
If Vosk was a hundred times scarier, and was played with passion, rather than simply reciting bland lines in his old man voice, this could have been an epic two parter. Unfortunately he was just "there" and was not memorable for anything other than his Nazi uniform (which has already kind of been done in TOS and definitely done in Voyager). The Hirogen were certainly scarier than the not-Remans.
Also, the special effects were HORRIBLE. The aircraft strafing Enterprise and particularly the building blowing up were some of the worst CGI I've ever seen, and I've watched Tripods, Blakes 7 and classic Dr Who (not the horrible, brain rotting crap of modern Who which simply exiats to push the BBC's agendas).
I will always have a soft spot for Enterprise. But having watched it through again (and having skipped a minimum of 10 to 15 episodes, two of them halfway in), I can wholeheartedly say the shows I just mentioned bury Enterprise. They focus on plot and acting rather than special effects, which makes them scary and gripping. There are few enough episodes that stories are usually well paced. Just don't watch Tripods series 1, that is the exception to the rule.
Fri, Feb 22, 2019, 3:52am (UTC -5)
Some fun to be had here (stukas with beam weapons! Aliens in Nazi uniforms!). An end (hopefully?) to the TCW. But a few extra criticisms to add:
Everything is set in the USA, yet again, of course. Yes it's the main audience's home, but do the producers really think their audience is so ... so provincial they'd have no interest in action sequences elsewhere? The obvious location would be Germany, since surely Vosk would be doing "research" and time-conduit construction there, not near the front lines (why would he move his facilities to North America, since obviously he started in Europe)? Or would it have been so terrible to set this in, say, a Britain in the midst of German invasion? Everyone would still speak English, of a sort.
Do we really need more of the "Main Villain's ally decides they can't work with them anymore, so goes alone to the Main Villain's lair to tell them it's over" cliche? When the German commander had Vosk in the German HQ, he snarled and let him leave. When he was ready to say "you're done, I'm taking over" he took 2 unprepared guards with him to Vosk's alien-held compound. Yeah, sure.
What exactly did Archer need Silik for, in bringing down the shield? Archer had the base layout, the location of the Magic Terminal... Silik did precisely one thing that a MACO couldn't have done: slithered through a vent to open one door. A tiny 22nd-century explosive would have done this just fine.
And speaking of SIlik: so now he (and other Suliban?) are full-on Changelings, able to imitate specific people, including their voice (and not showing up as anything peculiar in the transporter, which makes absolutely no sense). So since the Enterprise crew still have their memories it seems (and their WW 2-era outfits), yet again it's bizarre that anyone is surprised at the existence of advanced shapeshifters like Odo & company. So now we have canon-breaking early introduction of full-imitation shapeshifting, cloaking technology all over the place, thanks a lot.
Finally, as a Star Trek fan since TOS, I've finally decided the shows would all have been much better without three "easy-out" technologies that constantly needed to be explained away, or (too often) forgotten. I'm not referring to the many single-use techs, annoying though those were... but to long-standing established techs that were unfortunate temptations to lazy writers, and constant irritants because clever use (sometimes demonstrated in lone episodes but then forgotten) could solve many problems.
To whit: transporters (by far the worst offender), fairly easy time travel (ooh, slingshot around the sun... so very risky, yet it works every time), and Borg nanoprobes (mainly in Voyager, but also in the newer fast-assimilation upgrade of Borgs generally).
Really, one of the things I've found most refreshing about Enterprise is the (until recently) avoidance of the transporter except in extremis. It made sense with an immature tech... but I'd rather have seen a universe entirely without that magical device, and the glaring, unexplored possibilities it introduced.
Mon, Apr 1, 2019, 12:05am (UTC -5)
Fri, Jan 10, 2020, 4:59pm (UTC -5)
Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 11:21am (UTC -5)
Mon, Jun 28, 2021, 9:22am (UTC -5)
What is it that warrants 2.5 stars? I really wonder.
Not that it matters given the overall level of absurdity, but how did Archer get back to the Enterprise? A few minutes earlier Archer could not contact the Enterprise to beam up Silik when he was dying. But then he magically transports from the streets of NY to the ship without any explanation. The script itself just gave up.
And yeah these fighting scenes between the resistance and the Germans are so laughable. A bataillon of heavy armed trained soldiers in fortified positions (guarding one of the most valuable tactical buildings on the US front) vs a few mafiosi with handgun hiding behind a car…
Tue, Nov 16, 2021, 8:47pm (UTC -5)
Wed, Feb 16, 2022, 7:48pm (UTC -5)
Also how did that Suliban guy (Silik) manage to make his clothes morph to fit through that air vent?
A mediocre action centered episode. Reset buttons don't usually bother me as long as I was entertained and where possible the content was thought provoking.
Over all score: 5/10
Sun, Jan 8, 2023, 2:21am (UTC -5)
Just to nit-pick their knowledge of history.
Anyone wanting to help the Germans would NOT kill Lenin. Consider:
April 1917: The German government helps Lenin return to Russia to foment revolution.
Oct. 1917: The October revolution.
March 1918: Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Russia signs a separate peace treaty with Germany.
1920ish: Russian Civil War
1930ish: Soviet agricultural "reforms" result in mass starvation and lead to Ukraine later welcoming Germans as liberators.
late 1930s: Soviet leadership liquidates most Army generals leading to massive Red Army incompetence.
August 1939: Germany and USSR sign a non-aggression pact.
It's hard to imagine a Russian history more favorable to a Nazi invasion than this....
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