Sorry for the unexpected absence, due to computer problems, health problems, and mundane personal problems. On the bright side, I've managed to watch the entire series, and can get back to posting again.
1:02 - Fight or Flight
TV Blurb: Malcolm aims his torpedo, and the crew learns Hoshi's a screamer.
Although it's the first regular production episode after the pilot, this is not one of my favorites.
My biggest problem with the episode is how Ensign Sato is written. She whines about her quarters on the "wrong side" of the ship, she tells others she's going to ask for a transfer, and she tries to get out of a boarding party mission due to being claustrophobic in a spacesuit. None of this serves to make her a likeable character, though she does manage to redeem herself by the end.
There is a good early scene with Phlox and Trip in the mess hall, with the doctor enjoying his learning about human cuisine, idioms, and mating rituals.
We get to see a couple of new alien ships, and the story does a fair job of illustrating how not everyone might want to be our friends.