I finished my rewatch, so rather than going on about mediocrity like in my season two thread, I'll sing about the great bits that I've enjoyed along the way. 10 - Dear Doctor I understand the episode is quite controversial, and I can see why. Phlox's declaration about not wanting to cure the Valakians as not to affect the course of Menk evolution is quite audacious. The lack of evolutionary knowledge is strange when a supposed science advisor is an actual writer for the show. However the argument between Phlox and Archer is compelling to watch, and I can't help but like the rest of the episode due to the narration of the story making it seem fresh, the sweet chemistry between Phlox and Cutler, and the fascinating way of seeing Phlox, Sato and Cutler learn about this new world. 9 - The Andorian Incident Oh I loved this one when it first aired. As a DS9 fan I was looking forward to the appearance of Jeffrey Combs as Shran, and as a long-term fan of Star Trek, I was also looking forward to a new take on the Andorians. Well neither of them disappointed. It was good to see the Vulcan disdain for Andorians turn into something more shocking at the end - that early on in the series I wasn't expecting to see the Vulcan listening post at the end, and I loved how the story continued into the season. After years lack of continuity on VOY it was good to see. 8 - Shuttlepod One Another excellent episode from season one. I love Trip and Reed stuck in this situation. It was a fantastic money-saving show with no new sets, and thus the intimate character work that was allowed to happen as a result was a joy to see. They're such fun together throughout the series, even in much crappier episodes. Stinky indeed. 7 - In a Mirror, Darkly What a lot of fun this was. The shocking new take on the end of First Contact, the alternate opening credits and music, the constant evil-doing/lack of moral objection, the Gorn, the Tholians, Soval with a goatee, and of course, the Defiant. Seeing the crew turn on the lights on the old style bridge was a magical moment for a lot of fans I'd imagine. 6 - Cold Station 12 I loved the tension in this one, with Phlox's friend Dr. Lucas making an actual appearance. We begin to see Arik Soong trying to carry out extreme threats, but then ultimately failing. Malik on the other hand is made to cause pain. It was certainly riveting seeing Lucas caught up in the mess, and as we know his relationship with Phlox, it made it seem more real. Easily the most interesting part of the Augment arc for me. Brent Spiner was fun to watch throughout as well. 5 - The Forge The Vulcan arc was easily the best set of episodes in season four, and so The Forge makes it into the top 10. It's a wonderful deep look at Vulcan culture, and plants the seeds of change for the next couple of episodes. I think some of the missteps that the Vulcans took in the first two seasons were set right nicely here, and then built upon as well. Soval is pretty awesome here as well. 4 - Cogenitor What a wonderful episode. It's another look at an important reason for non-interference with other cultures, as Trip manages to ruin the life of the Vissian couple and inadvertently leads to the Cogenitor killing herself. I obviously wanted to side with Trip the whole episode, particularly as his chemistry with the Cogenitor was strong. Archer was right though, and seeing him come down on his friend was hard to watch. I also want to comment on the fine performance of Andreas Katsulas in the episode. The incredibly friendly Captain of the ship was a memorable character. 3 - Azati Prime The episode where the shit hits the fan. Things in the Expanse kick up a notch from this point in, and seeing Enterprise getting pummelled was hard to watch. The crew being blow out into space when the hull buckles was more so. I did love over-confident Archer being beaten for information though, that was fun to see. 2 - Damage I think the Xindi arc felt most real to me with this episode. Not being able to warp away was disastrous for the crew's mission, yet Archer's decision to steal the warp coil from NotDamar was a cruel, if necessary choice to save lives. Very hard viewing indeed, in particular when the crew are boarding the alien ship. Casey Biggs and Scott Bakula played a blinder here, and I would say this was Archer's In The Pale Moonlight moment. 1 - Twilight Who doesn't love a bittersweet tale of unrequited love and a hopeless future? This is ENT's take on a tragic alternate timeline, and boy do they pull it off well. Archer's memory problems are particularly cruel. T'Pol must have the strength to tell him the same story again and again, day after day, whereas Archer has to hear the horror of losing the Xindi mission like it's the first time he's heard about it. The love the T'Pol has developed for her Captain is so subtle as well, yet drives everything that happens later in the episode. It was a truly fascinating look at what would happen if the mission in the Expanse failed, with the destruction of Earth, and then settling in the Ceti Alpha system of all places. What are your favourite episodes then? I realise the show's been off for a while now, but it would still be nice to hear from other fans.