Proving Ground Oh God. Aren't Andorians just one of the coolest species ever? I mean that ship's interiors just look so good. Shran is just... is definitely an awesome character. And this episode did even manage to make me feel somewhat nostalgic of the old joyrides in space days. There this wonderful element of distrust and genuine friendship at the same in this episode. Shran has orders to trick Archer and yet he wants and tries to help Archer as much as he can in the limits of his orders. Archer obviously distrusts Shran and is expecting to get tricked and yet... it's nice to meet friends from home. We can see some change in Trip in this episode. In the beginning he was all "son of a bitch!" and "death to all Xindi!", now he's more peaceful... focusing on other things in his life, becoming less destructive. Doctor's medicine might be working miracles on Trip, but does it have a similar positive effect on T'Pol? There's some love-like feeling towards Trip as we saw in Similitude, but she doesn't seem to be that inspired by it as Trip does. I don't know, perhaps as an Archer/T'Pol shipper I'm just looking for any sign that proves that this is doomed from the start. In my mid-season impressions I said that Malcolm has spent his time in season 3 just running and shooting at things, kinda devolving into an extra. Well here's another funny thing. I'd say season 2 was quite generous to Malcolm. But season 2 had this repeating cliche that whenever there was an alien woman on board, Malcolm would end up either flirting or sleeping with her. Same here, Malcolm spends most of his time flirting with that cute andorian. I say, it's pretty much the same thing as Archer getting thrown into jail all the time. I'm afraid Malcolm is turning into a Voyager character, doomed to repeat the same things as character moments over and over again. So this is the followup to Shipment. Yeah, I guess we're starting to go somewhere here.