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Old April 30 2013, 06:01 AM   #136
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Desert Crossing looked fantastic, so at least there's that.
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Old April 30 2013, 08:56 AM   #137
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Actually I'd say Two Days and Two Nights was the best of all the Risa episodes. Not that any of the previous ones set a particularly high bar, but this didn't try to be something it wasn't. It was just goofy fun with the fish out of water element.
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Old April 30 2013, 09:37 AM   #138
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It felt like Hoshi's boyfriend had probably used his routine hundreds of times, and Hoshi knows it, but the scenes are done so well that you never dislike the guy.
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Old April 30 2013, 12:54 PM   #139
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Actually I'd say Two Days and Two Nights was the best of all the Risa episodes. Not that any of the previous ones set a particularly high bar, but this didn't try to be something it wasn't. It was just goofy fun with the fish out of water element.
The place looked decent and not like some kind of swinger's club from a crappy movie. Definitely the best Risa ep.

It also cracks me up that they have a Chinese Crested as an alien dog. And T'Pol's light reading gift to Archer,

And Phlox!
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Old April 30 2013, 01:06 PM   #140
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I, too, liked Archer getting a female possible romantic interest who was actually within spitting distance of Bakula's age. What a concept - a woman with a line or two on her face who was, I dunno, sexy.
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Old April 30 2013, 01:12 PM   #141
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Oh now..

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Old April 30 2013, 03:17 PM   #142
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Agreed, reminds me of how
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Old April 30 2013, 03:43 PM   #143
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I think another reason I never watched Quantum Leap is for its first few years, I was working nights. I had read a TV Guide Fall Preview description, and the premise didn't interest me too much, because it sounded sort of like The Time Tunnel without the fancy hardware and a smaller cast. Other time travel shows had failed to impress me too, because they always failed in the hardware department and focused on whatever past the characters were trapped in. TT often had a lot of stuff happening at Tic Toc Base with former Miss America Lee Meriweather.

So who's the woman in the Quantum Leap screenshot? I don't recognize her.
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Old April 30 2013, 05:41 PM   #144
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That is Mimi Kuzyk.
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Old April 30 2013, 06:04 PM   #145
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I'm sort of surprised that Scott's partner/wife Chelsea Field never squeezed in a cameo on Enterprise.
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Old May 2 2013, 02:04 AM   #146
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I like the episode, particularly that the "not trying hard can work better than trying hard" idea, and of course I am totally aware of limited budgets and limited screen time for four plot threads ... but it was an episode which made me want to see more of Risa, e.g. when Archer made a trip.
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Old May 7 2013, 08:54 AM   #147
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1:26 - Shockwave (1st Season Finale)

TV Blurb: The Temporal Cold War begins to boil when it appears Enterprise is responsible for an accident destroying an entire mining colony. Written by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga. Directed by Allan Kroeker.

I really hate the Temporal Cold War arc, which is why it took a week to get around to reviewing this cliffhanger. Despite multiple viewings, I don't think I ever managed to watch the whole thing in a single sitting.

Archer punishes himself (again) for the colony's destruction, especially after Enterprise is ordered to return home for an investigation. Scott Bakula is very good in these scenes of self-doubt, desperately trying to understand how a treknically impossible accident happened.

Matt Winston returns as the presumed dead Daniels, and gives Archer the answer. I think the reason I don't like Daniels is because in every appearance, poor Winston has to go through lengthy expository dialogue explaining what's going on to Archer and us each time. Daniels isn't a character, he's a prop, a mouthpiece for the writers to continually explain the TCW arc. Daniels never gets to do any thing interesting, just stands around and bores us with recitation.

John Fleck is also back as Silik, but doesn't get to do much more than make threats and metaphorically twirl his mustache. Future Guy (James Horan) returns too, issuing orders.

And I think this is the problem with the TCW. Unless Daniels, or Silik, or Future Guy are around, there's no way to tell what the hell's going on. We're constantly being given information Archer and the crew are unaware of, and can't learn until one of those other characters explains everything.

There are a few good special effects moments. The first one is in the teaser, with the colony disaster. Another appears at the end, and ably illustrates the hopelessness of Archer's situation in the cliffhanger.

Next: "Shockwave, Part II"
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Old May 7 2013, 04:08 PM   #148
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Excellent work Melakon. Your reviews have been spot on so far. Because I have a friend who just got into trek I too have been rewatching ENT from the begining and I stopped at Shockwave too. I am trying to keep current with her viewing so she has someone to bounce her thoughts off of. I didn't think she would make it thru VOY, but she perservered. ENT is my favorite series of all of Trek (heresey, I know). Keep up the good work. I know I am little late to the thread but is there any way we could get a count on how many times Archer gets punched in the face? Seems like every episode he's eating a knuckle sandwich.
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Old May 7 2013, 05:23 PM   #149
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. . .is there any way we could get a count on how many times Archer gets punched in the face? . .
I imagine someone, somewhere, has already done the tally, and I'm no statistics expert.

I almost added a line in the analysis wondering how many viewers had given up on the show before this episode.
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Old May 7 2013, 07:21 PM   #150
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I like the Temporal Cold War and fail to see why it it supposed to be so bad. Its only problem is that it makes the show feel too futuristic.
In general ENT worked well when it focused on genuine 22nd century stuff.
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