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Old November 29 2009, 01:35 PM   #91
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Series: Enterprise - Season Two
Episode: “Cogenitor”
Trek Installment # 47
Grade: D
Viewing Date: October 21, 2009

Yay! A first contact goes great! A friendly species of explorers boldly embraces our heroes! They get have fun in the sun! They want to watch our movies! They . . . shit, Tucker, what the hell did you do?

I swear, this episode would have been just fine with Enterprise dealing with this species. Instead, we have Trip acting like a jackass. Every time he talks to the engineer, he reminds me of Michael Scott from “The Office” and much like Michael, I just want to fast-forward through it. I did like Archer’s verbal bitch slap at the end of the episode because, now that I think about, Trip does get into a lot of trouble. Had a one-night stand with a princess, got pregnant, and was seduced by a hologram. Boy’s gotta calm down.

Archer’s adventure in the sun is more much entertaining, as it’s a nice break from the usual barrage of phaser fire and preachy-ness. Although, Archer really does contradict himself when he tells Trip that “we’re out here to meet new species, not tell them what to do” - as he’s done that before. A lot.

That being said, the Vissian’s technology looks very much like 24th LCARS tech, which could indicate that their world eventually joined the Federation and it was integrated with Starfleet standard.
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Old November 29 2009, 01:47 PM   #92
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Wow, a D for Cogenitor, seriously?
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Old November 29 2009, 05:28 PM   #93
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Wow, a D for Cogenitor, seriously?
Yep. I felt like Trip was off base here and the episode itself just didn't dig deep enough.
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Old November 30 2009, 04:07 PM   #94
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Series: Enterprise - Season Two
Episode: “First Flight”
Trek Installment # 48
Grade: A
Viewing Date: October 24, 2009

So . . . where’s “Regeneration?” Hasn’t happened yet. I’ll explain it when I get to it. Later. Trust me. Shhhh.

This was by far the best of the season. Not only does it take the time to explore the events leading up to “Broken Bow,” but also gives Archer some character development. It captures the essence of Star Trek - the perseverance and desire to explore, the determination to improve ourselves and go further.

I would have loved to seen more episodes like this – to me, Enterprise needed to reach back to the past and serve as a bridge to TOS.

My favorite scene, though, was when Archer looks up as the dark nebula becomes apparent. Bakula pulls this off so well – is it just me or can we actually see tears in his eyes?
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Old December 2 2009, 12:40 AM   #95
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Series: Enterprise - Season Two
Episode: “Bounty”
Trek Installment # 49
Grade: C
Viewing Date: October 24, 2009

Archer gets nabbed by a not-so-bright wimpy Tellarite bounty hunter, which makes for the best part of this episode. It’s interesting to me that the Enterprise writing staff can come up with some surprisingly decent characters . . . but can’t seem to fit them into a genuinely good episode. Despite Skalarr’s ineptitude, I still liked him a lot. He was unique and offered some new to the table

Of course, the majority of the episode is bogged down with the horny adventures of T’Pol that . . . to be honest . . . was not very good at all.
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Old December 2 2009, 07:16 PM   #96
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Series: Enterprise - Season Two
Episode: “The Expanse”
Trek Installment # 50
Grade: B
Viewing Date: October 24, 2009

The following things happened in this episode: Earth was attacked; seven million people died including Trip’s sister; Trip had angst; the Klingons went after Archer big time, with Duras battling Enterprise no less than three times; the Suliban showed up; Future Guy made his final appearance with his identity still an underdeveloped secret; Soval made everyone watch his crazy Vulcan home videos; T’Pol quit and joined Starfleet (and yet did not get a uniform); we saw NX-02 under construction; and we get photonic torpedoes.

This episode marks the beginning of the Xindi arc, which dominates the up-coming third season (which I don’t have . . . yet). Everything gets kinda crammed into this one episode, leaving me feel like the plot was just shoved into my brain. I mean everyone is in the episode – Forest, Soval, Silik, Future Guy, Duras. Everyone but Porthos and Daniels! It makes for a crowded episode and it’s a little difficult to take it all in.

That being said, even though the plot is a little thick, it’s still gets pulled off well. We mainly follow the emotional paths of Archer, T’Pol, and Trip as they both deal with the attack and the up-coming mission. In that, the episode shows its greatest strengths. The scenes immediately after the attack are the best, as they capture the stirred emotions rather well. There’s a presence of loss and shock that can be easily felt from the actors.

I’ve often questioned the creation and use of the Xindi, though I think those comments would be left for the end of the third season. I do have to say that the use of the Xindi instead of someone like, say, the Klingons or the Suliban themselves is rather effective in generating a threat that is both mysterious and something to be feared. If it was the Klingons, then we’d know that they wouldn’t have the firepower for another attack like that and that Enterprise and those other ships that fought off Duras would go pounce on Qu’nos in a heartbeat. Same with the Suliban. Giving us a new enemy opens up the many possibilities that at this point, there’s no telling what could happen.
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Old December 5 2009, 10:40 PM   #97
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Season Two Overview

Overall Season Rating: C
Best Episode: First Flight
Best Episode Runner-Up: Minefield
Worst Episode: Marauders and Precious Cargo (tie)

Season two took Enterprise from where we ended last season . . . and took us absolutely nowhere. The season continued to rely on the clichés of its predecessor. It reached creative highs with “First Flight” (despite some very clichéd story elements) and dumped a big load of stupid on us with “Marauders” and “Precious Cargo.” With the exception of a few of the more “mythology episodes,” there was nothing new here.

It’s a great pity that this season meandered like it did. It lost all sense of direction at times, drifting from one hostile alien to another. Focusing on the positives, though, Enterprise achieved some strong universe building with episodes like “Minefield,” which dealt with the Romulans – and “Cease Fire,” which would be a big Federation-founding episode. On the same token, “Future Tense” made up for the lack of Temporal Cold War fun that “Shockwave, Part Two” failed to deliver. Furthermore, “Judgment” introduced us to the concept that Klingon Empire has grown corrupt, something we’d see more and more in the 24th century. “Carbon Creek” and “First Flight” are both strong episodes that deal with the history of humanity, though at different points and with different stories.

I hoard these episodes because these are the best of this season. They’re not all perfect, but they are head and shoulders above the rest. We then have episodes that focus on the characters, all to various degrees of quality and none of them digging too deeply – with “First Flight” and “The Seventh” being two exceptions. Trip seems to steal the spotlight a lot, with him having all sorts of wacky space adventures . . . before his sister gets killed by an alien super-weapon.

There are episodes here that seemed like they could have been good ideas at one point in time. “The Communicator” is one, “The Crossing” and “The Catwalk” are others.

The rest just kinda fall in between the cracks, some better than others, but none of them very memorable.

And there’s the final episode of the season, “The Expanse,” which propels us out of the stagnating waters of season two and thrusts into a ramped up, supped up season three.

In the macro sense, season two is a rehash of season one; a season that fails to live up to its potential. I say once more that I would have loved to seen more recognizable aliens rather than the forehead of the week. This was not a good season for Enterprise and certainly not for Star Trek in general. I yelled at the screen too many times.

Character wise, Archer did some growing, finally putting his xenophobia and general anger towards Vulcans behind him. T’Pol also loosened up, allowing herself to become more open at times. The Pa’Nar syndrome certainly explains that with the weakening of her control.

Everyone else . . . pretty much stayed the same.

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Trek Species:

Klingons: These guys continued to be bullies in “Marauders,” offering us nothing new about their species except for their want to be bullies and apparently never seeing “Seven Samurai.” “Judgment” gives a more internal view of the Klingons and calls upon the more familiar parts of this species. We learn that corruption has pried upon the Empire and that there is nothing – nothing – anyone can do about it. I have a little more to say about that a little later.

Of course, this kinda falls apart after the Klingons put a bounty on Archer’s head. Duras chases him to the Expanse and then dies. Gotta wonder what that did for humanity’s reputation within the Empire, as I think that the House of Duras was a pretty respectable house back in those days.

Romulans: The first appearance of the Romulans is kept a pretty big mystery and turns out to be a prelude to what is to come. But they’re out there, we know they’re there, and we know they’re going to be trouble.
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Old December 7 2009, 12:46 AM   #98
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Series: Enterprise - Season Three
Episode: “The Xindi”
Trek Installment # 51
Grade: B-
Viewing Date: November 5, 2009

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back to Enterprise and I find it to be a different place from where I left it. There is a marked difference in the show and it’s direction. Gone are the days of drifting between worlds and comets/. The days of preachy “humans are better” drift behind us (at least I hope so). This is a new beginning, a new chapter.

And it feels like a first chapter.

Plot-wise, there’s not much to it. There are some golden moments here and there, but overall, the episode doesn’t offer much. There’s plenty of action and we establish the structure of the Xindi – we find out that their homeworld was destroyed and that there are several different kinds of them.

There are little things in this episode that set us up for what’s to come. The presence of the MACOs and the Command Center offer something new to the series. And hey, the MACOs actually have aim! I liked Hoshi’s conversation with the MACO’s in the mess hall, as it showed her off a little bit as being very welcoming to the newcomers. I also found myself like the character of Major Hayes and look forward to his bumping with Reed.

The random anomaly did a good job of establishing the strange newness of this area of space. I enjoyed the opening scene with the Xindi Council, as it showed off the diversity and uniqueness of our new enemies. Trip’s nightmare was very effective – though I’m not certain how I feel about the whole neuro-pressure. It’s obviously just an excuse for some “sex” factor, but at the same time, I can kinda see it. I guess.

Trip’s new sense of anger and hostility is a little jarring, as is Archers (especially at his yelling of Reed in the fancy new command center). I’m not completely won over by the new direction, but I’m certainly looking forward to a new change of pace.

The mining facility and the foremen were nicely alien. I liked it a lot.
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Old December 7 2009, 08:03 PM   #99
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Series: Enterprise - Season Three
Episode: “Anomaly”
Trek Installment # 52
Grade: C+
Viewing Date: November 5, 2009

Captain Archer: badass.

I’m of two different opinions of this episode. On the one hand, I liked the progression that the overall Xindi arc gets. It’s kinda like the Temporal Cold War . . . except that we’ll eventually get answers to our questions. What’s up with that Sphere? Don’t know, but it’s connected to the anomalies.

That being said, the invasion by the Osaarians just seemed so big and surprising. The crew has been attacked like this before – why don’t they have plans to secure the most valuable areas in the place? It just seems a little sloppy. Further, the death of Crewman Fuller – I wish – should have given an extra minute or two.

The biggest event in this episode is Archer’s torturing of the Osaarian, which I’m still debating about in my head whether or not it was a good. Yes, it was a positive thing for the crew, as it gave them the ability to learn more about the Xindi. But at the same time, it sparks a debate about torture – something Star Trek should do more often. Nonetheless, this is a line for Archer to cross and for him to have gone that far speaks a lot of this man who considered himself pretty damn civilized.
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Old December 10 2009, 12:49 AM   #100
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Series: Enterprise - Season Three
Episode: “Extinction”
Trek Installment # 53
Grade: F
Viewing Date: November 5, 2009

I think there were some interesting ideas here, but in ultimate execution . . . well, the ideas suck. Like magic, Archer, Reed, and Hoshi suddenly act like crazy alien lizard people with nothing more than some nice make-up.

There’s no internal struggle, no real transition, and nothing relevant tying into the larger Xindi arc. The story gets wrapped too easily, the struggle with the foreheads-of-the-week too flat, and any sort of conflict gets taken care of lickity-split. Y’know, we know these characters going to be fine at the end of the episode, why not try and make the transformation and the search for the city more dramatic and different?

Instead . . . it’s stupid. And boring. And I cringed with almost line of dialogue from Archer, Hoshi, and Reed. What would have worked better is if the extinct species turned out to be the Xindi-Avians!
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Old December 10 2009, 01:45 AM   #101
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I never could watch the series in chronological order. Everyday I seem to fall asleep, and then I have to start all over again.........BLAH!
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I never could watch the series in chronological order. Everyday I seem to fall asleep, and then I have to start all over again.........BLAH!
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Old December 12 2009, 02:24 AM   #103
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Series: Enterprise - Season Three
Episode: “Rajin”
Trek Installment # 54
Grade: C+
Viewing Date: November 6, 2009

The Xindi send a spy to whore up the Enterprise. There ya go.

While I will be taking off points for trying to sex-up the show with a needless and confusing flirt session between Rajin and Hoshi, I actually found myself liking this episode. Rajin grew on me and she kicked some serious ass, which was great to see. It’s unfortunate that this is all we see of her.

I really like the Xindi Council scenes, as they give a face to enemy and let’s the viewer into the inner workings of a plot that our heroes are trying to end. Showing us the internal conflicts of the council continue to flesh them out and brings a dose of reality to them

More neuro-pressure. More sex. While it does continue to build things between Trip and TPol, it’s a little . . . forced. Nice touch of continuity with references to “Extinction.” I liked the alien market, too.

Overall, not a bad episode. Not a classic and not perfect, but it was a lot of fun and generally cool.
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D for "Cogenitor"; C for "Bounty" - not going for this grading curve at all.
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D for "Cogenitor"; C for "Bounty" - not going for this grading curve at all.
I really don't understand what everyone saw in "Cogentior?" What was so good about it?

"Bounty" was kinda dumb, but I liked the Tellarite a lot. He was kinda the loveable loser.
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