Series: Enterprise - Season One
Trek Installment # 20
Viewing Date: September 29, 2009
It’s not a bad installment, but it’s a ham-fisted one. The allegory is like a punch in the face. Morality play is one thing – making it so incredibly obvious that even the lead actor states that it’s just like it is another. I’m sorry, but I can figure this out on my own.
Archer pretty much gets the worst captain ever award in this episode too. He has the chance to escape and formulate a plan . . . when instead he decides to just hang out. He doesn’t even give his own officer a chance to get out. Instead, without considering that Al might be telling the truth about the Suliban or really caring about the consequences, he frees 80something Suliban. And doesn’t Archer know that old saying – “the enemy of my enemy is my friend?” Why didn’t he try to bargain with Al? Give him some info, try and get some info, and do it all for allowing the Suliban to go free or something.
Maybe I’m being too harsh. I’ve seen in others reviews that a lot of people like this episode, and I can see that reasoning. The fact that not all the Suliban are evil and that we have a decent character in Grat (Al) helped keep this episode afloat. And yes, Al. I actually liked having him here, but even though we never see him again. I felt like he needed to be smoking a big ol’ cigar the whole time and smacking his PADD, but whatever.
It just gets bogged down with the “echoes of World War Two.”