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Old August 24 2012, 07:53 AM   #1
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My Trek Through Enterprise

Hello,

Ive decided to watch season one of Enterprise to see if I feel any different toward this show than I did before, which was rather indifferent. Ive only ever watched a few episodes, and that was so long ago, I cant remember any of them.

So, why am I only mentioning season one in the thread title? Well, I tried watching TNG season one late last year/early this year, and I only got through about half of the episodes before I stopped. It just wasnt clicking for me like it had when I watched it as a kid. That could be because what Id seen of that show was in its latter seasons when it was better, or at least thats what I heard. I may try watching season seven to see how it ends later on this year

Having had my season one experience with TNG, which was far more popular than Enterprise, Ive decided not to commit myself to more than I can do. So Im going to watch season one, and if by chance I like it, Ill start a thread for season two.

Ill post my thoughts on each episode and maybe rate them using letter grades. I hope anyone interested will join in with their thoughts too.


So, without further ado, onward to episode one!
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Old August 24 2012, 08:02 AM   #2
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Season 3 and 4 of Enterprise are markedly different. If you do get bored with Season 1 (it is quite pedestrian) you could always skip to the end of Season 2 and watch from there. Season 3 is one long story arc.

EDIT: But it LOOKS better than Season 1 TNG.. oh does it ever look better
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Old August 24 2012, 08:13 AM   #3
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Episode One: Broken Bow





Well, the introductory music was not nearly as irritating as I remember it being. It actually pairs nicely with the series scenes it follows during the opening credits. Ill start off with my first impressions of the characters:

Archer: I liked the scenes with him as a boy and the shuttle footage with Trip. I got my first feel for the character when hes upset about the Vulcans killing a Klingon warrior by terminating his life support on the Klingon governments orders. My initial impression wasnt a good one. I think the ambassador was correct when he said not to push human values off on Klingons (even though Archers solution was the right one), and I also didnt like the way Archer seemed to want to run the show and not hear anyone else out at first. TPol says not to be volatile, and he responds by saying that hes restraining himself from knocking her on her ass. Not good. Then he seemed kind of smug when he got a rise out of the ambassador. I liked him a little more as the episode went on, and thats a plus.

TPol: I havent made up my mind yet. I dont think Ive seen enough. She seems a little moody, though, but that could be because she didnt want to be there in the first place. I suspect it has something to do with the superiority complex she seems to have from the Vulcans inhabiting/leading Earth for 90 years (?).

Trip: So far, so good. He seems kind and laid back. Thats nice.

Hoshi: Right now, Im indifferent. I do like the fact that she seemed able to sense the ship being boarded when no one else did.

The Alien Doctor: I dont know his name yet, but hes a little annoying. Maybe its his enthusiasm or something; I cant quite put my finger on it.

Other crew: So far, so good.


Now, Ill move on to my first impressions of the series:

Well, the first thing that seemed kind of odd was the look of the Klingon that Archer argues to save. He looks like the Klingons in the TNG/DS9 era, and not like the early version that was featured in the TOS era. That was interesting The invader aliens seemed interesting. I think it was bad that no one immediately went to the patient to guard him and thats how he got taken with no struggle. I know they were in the room and it was dark, but still

It didnt make sense to me why TPol told them about Rigel (sp?) 10 just because the Klingon said the word Rigel when he was talking gibberish. If she wanted them to go back the Earth like she said, giving them information so they could get there didnt make any sense unless she changed her mind. Even still, she said she wasnt authorized to give that information, but she gave it anyway. Then Archer threatens her for doing that. I dont know. It just all seemed a little interesting.

The episode ends well enough for me to want to see the next episode to find out how things conclude. I like the part where TPol tells Trip to learn when to interfere because the little boys mother was actually helping him. It seems that she has taken an interest in helping them after all.

Grade: C
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Old August 24 2012, 08:17 AM   #4
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Season 3 and 4 of Enterprise are markedly different. If you do get bored with Season 1 (it is quite pedestrian) you could always skip to the end of Season 2 and watch from there. Season 3 is one long story arc.

EDIT: But it LOOKS better than Season 1 TNG.. oh does it ever look better
Oh, it does look better. It does. Thanks for the information about seasons 3 and 4. If I feel like it's too weighed down, I'll do that. Then, I'll work on season one of Voyager. That's far off in the distance, though.
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Old August 24 2012, 08:18 AM   #5
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I think Broken Bow is the best pilot of all the series.

TNG: Beyond terrible, embarrassing.
DS9: I found it personally meaningful but really it's a bit clunky.
VOY: Anything with a banjo loses major points. Exciting in it's own way though.

Broken Bow is just a much tighter package than the others IMO.
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Old August 24 2012, 08:26 AM   #6
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Re: My Trek Through Enterprise: Season One

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I'd think Broken Bow is the best pilot of all the series.

TNG: Beyond terrible, embarrassing.
DS9: I found it personally meaningful but really it's a bit clunky.
VOY: Anything with a banjo loses major points. Exciting in it's own way though.

Broken Bow is just a much tighter package than the others IMO.
Well, I agree with you about TNG. That was not a good start, lol. I love the DS9 opener, but I do have to concede that it wasn't riveting. It's a little slow in parts, so I think I get what you mean by clunky. I never saw the Voyager opening, so it's good that show was more episodic than DS9 for me. And, I can't say anything about ENT's opener until I see the rest of it. So, I'll get back to you on that.
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Old August 24 2012, 08:34 AM   #7
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Oh and Welcome to the ENT forum Spock/Uhura Fan! This is a very friendly forum

btw I loved the Spock/Uhura romance though I've many years of K/S history.
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I'd think Broken Bow is the best pilot of all the series.

TNG: Beyond terrible, embarrassing.
DS9: I found it personally meaningful but really it's a bit clunky.
VOY: Anything with a banjo loses major points. Exciting in it's own way though.

Broken Bow is just a much tighter package than the others IMO.
What do you have against Banjos. They were on a farm so the whole idea of the old "banjo" man made sense in the context.
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Old August 24 2012, 08:52 AM   #9
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Yes well, let's not get started on the farm..
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Old August 24 2012, 09:30 AM   #10
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Cut the Temporal Cold War references, turn the Suliban into Orions working for a mysterious Romulan from the future (though we wouldn't know that right away), and have T'Pol remain on Enterprise due to political pressures and not because Archer asked her to stay, and "Broken Bow" would have been close to perfect. Alas...
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Oh and Welcome to the ENT forum Spock/Uhura Fan! This is a very friendly forum

btw I loved the Spock/Uhura romance though I've many years of K/S history.
Thanks for the kind welcome. We like the pairings and love stories that we like, and I have no problems with that.

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Welcome to another ENT/potential VOY convert I agree with both teacake and Skywalker. I was meh about Broken Bow first time I saw it and put me off ENT for years. So I'm a late convert. But better late than never. Now I'm a huge fan.
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W00t! Welcome. I was pretty taken from the start but there's no doubt that Seasons 3 and 4 are the best, and there is quite a left turn in Season 3.

Broken Bow definitely gets things off with a bang. A lot of things are established at once - Vulcans have been on Earth for a century. And they've kept us back. Now we're going out there. And we might not be as well-prepared as we should be. But we might also be immature enough to shrug off assistance and instead see it as suppression (but we do have some precedent for that).

The alien doctor's name is Phlox. The other crew members are the pilot, Travis Mayweather and the Armory Officer, Malcolm Reed. Plus of course there are incidental crew members but these are the big players.

In Season 1, you'll also run into a Science crewman, Elizabeth Cutler. Other crew members are mainly one-offs.
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Old August 24 2012, 09:21 PM   #14
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Welcome to another ENT/potential VOY convert I agree with both teacake and Skywalker. I was meh about Broken Bow first time I saw it and put me off ENT for years. So I'm a late convert. But better late than never. Now I'm a huge fan.
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W00t! Welcome. I was pretty taken from the start but there's no doubt that Seasons 3 and 4 are the best, and there is quite a left turn in Season 3.

Broken Bow definitely gets things off with a bang. A lot of things are established at once - Vulcans have been on Earth for a century. And they've kept us back. Now we're going out there. And we might not be as well-prepared as we should be. But we might also be immature enough to shrug off assistance and instead see it as suppression (but we do have some precedent for that).

The alien doctor's name is Phlox. The other crew members are the pilot, Travis Mayweather and the Armory Officer, Malcolm Reed. Plus of course there are incidental crew members but these are the big players.

In Season 1, you'll also run into a Science crewman, Elizabeth Cutler. Other crew members are mainly one-offs.
Thanks for the names and, consequently, how to spell them. You're the second person that mentioned seasons 3 and 4 are really good. I hope I agree. And thanks for the kind welcome.
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Broken Bow, Part II






Now, on to the second half of the series opener. I liked the Soulabon (sp?) lady they met, and I was sorry to see that she died. Seeing the gel rub-down wasnt necessary, but I suppose its useful for Trip and TPols bond building. Perhaps if it came later in the series when they are closer and have a clear attraction, it would have been better. And then it doesnt make sense to do a jelly rub-down with a tank top and pants on either. If they couldnt have gone in the chamber separately (and naked, the camera didnt need to show the private areas) to get completely sprayed with the cure because it doesnt come in aerosol form, then it makes more sense that they would have gone in, again, completely naked (wouldnt their clothes have been contaminated too, or does it not affect clothing?) to do the rub-down. Okay, enough about the rub-down.

The rescue mission was nice. Im not sure that Hoshis hearing can really be that good, but you never know. This makes me wonder if genetic engineering was something Earth did at that time; I think of Bashir on DS9. I started to feel better about Archer, and then it was the same by the end of the episode. He was smug again, knowing they had information about the Soulabons the Vulcans didnt (outside of TPol, whom without they couldnt have gotten it). That did change when he was along with TPol, and I liked the fact that he owned up to his problems with her; that was nice. I think they made TPol fit in a little too easy and a little too fast, almost like she was a guest character and they didnt have an entire season to do this. It was a nice twist to have the information that made Klang so important in his DNA structure. I like DS9's opener better, but this was alright. Those are my thoughts.

Grade: C+
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