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Enterprise 1.6 FAQ

What’s it called?

“Terra Nova.”

What does Herc secretly call this episode when no one is looking?

“Cave Dudes!”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay is credited to the improbably named Antoinette Stella (“Melrose Place,” “Providence”).

What does TV Guide say?

“Archer's determination to solve the mystery of Terra Nova, a legendary lost deep-space colony, leads to a tense encounter with a tribe of human-hating cave-dwellers.”

The big surprises?

We finally learn the name of Dr. Phlox’s species. (Turns out he’s a Denobulan! I think.) Phlox also tells us lung cancer is easily cured.

What is TV Guide not telling us?

Those cave dwellers talk a lot like the plane-crash kids from “Beyond Thunderdome”: “Take that one and don’t track back!” “I lived on the overside!” “Our go-before shared the same path!”

Lost deep space colony? How long ago were they lost?

Some 70 years prior to this episode. It took the colonists nine years to reach Terra Nova using Zepfram Cochrane’s primitive warp technology. Five years after settling there, the moody colonists told Earth to send no more Terrans. The Earthers apparently did not care for this prohibition, but did abide by it.

What does the Enterprise crew find on arrival?

A highly irradiated atmosphere.

From whence does this radiation hail?

Shades of Khan! A very large radioactive asteroid apparently covered a good portion of the planet in a deadly cloud shortly after the colonists arrived.

Any other surprises?

Turns out the Novans – a bunch of creepy, gun-toting mole-people – claim to hate humans. There is irony afoot, for T’Pol learns in the first act that the Novans themselves are (mud-covered) humans.

How is the mystery of the Terra Novans solved?

The colonists’ last, 70-year-old transmission (one that never made it to Earth) is found in a communications buffer.

What’s in that final message?

An indication that the colonists were more than a little mixed up about the origins of the deadly asteroid.

What’s good?

I continue to enjoy how T’Pol cooly refuses to get sucked in to all the shipboard Vulcan-baiting. (There’s some lingering resentment over the fact that Vulcan ships were a lot faster than the Earth ship that transported the colonists.)

What’s not so good?

No Khoms! No Yangs! No Grups! No one tries to piece together a half-baked rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance! Also, I was hoping for a better explanation as to why the early Novans so against the idea of a second wave of colonization. Oh, and the writers need to work on their epilogues; “Enterprise” episodes all seem to end a little too abruptly.

How does tonight's episode end?

The crew must act when it’s discovered that the caves no longer offer effective refuge from the local radiation.

Herc’s rating for “Enterprise” 1.6?


The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:

  • ***** better than we deserve
  • **** better than most motion pictures
  • *** actually worth your valuable time
  • ** as horrible as most stuff on TV
  • * makes you quietly pray for bulletins

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  • Oct. 24, 2001, 3:36 a.m. CST

    T'Pol's Sweet Sweet Ass.

    by It's A Duck

    Wait, does this mean no gratuitous half-nude Vulcan slo-mo montage?

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 3:46 a.m. CST

    i am looking forward to it but!!!!!

    by 28

    it was written by a someone who was a writer for MELROSE PLACE!!! un hun we well just have to wait and see on this one i will be fair and wait till i see it before judge it

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Paramount still squeezin' more blood from the tit that is St

    by SilentBob X

    And a thousand years of shame on them for shamelessly using a piece of ass(albeit a very very hot piece of ass) to try and drag out this long dead franchise. It deserves to die so that the obese virgin hordes across the world can begin the slow healing of their minds and bodies and begin to join the rest of the human race in normal relations. But sadly, Paramount continues to destroy the minds, bodies, and social lives of these poor, unfortunate souls. I pity them. Snoogans.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 5:04 a.m. CST


    by alpha

    I find it hard to believe that someone posting in AICN can seriously criticise Star Trek fans as having no life ... umm .. I hate to tell you Silent Bob but all of us who come here are probably in the geek class to some extent. As for Star Trek being bled dry I disagree, its not dry its just hampered by a lack of progression. Voyager's original premise of sticking "goody goody all get along" Star Fleet officers with "angry belligerant dont trust the Federation because they sold us out" Maquis was really good. Sadly the producers decided to bland that out in about 3 episodes and we were left with a bit of a retread. The real reason 7of9 was popular wasn't just that she was hot but that she didn't get along well with the others. At one stage there was a suggestion that the newest series of Star Trek should of been set in a era where starfleet (and the rest of the quadrant) had lost and they were now fighting against a totalitarian enemy. In the end they went backwards and decided to concentrate on the exploration aspect. I wont argue against that choice, I wouldn't have made it but its not totally without merit. I hope Enterprise succeeds because I love Sci-Fi.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Why does everyone act like T'pol is the first use of ass in

    by ParamountExec

    Kirk banged a short skirted, big breasted alien in every episode. Troi wore outfits that practically begged everyone to tity fuck her right on the bridge. And Voyager, duh. So there's a hot girl in this one too. Do you think ugly people get Nielsons? Sheesh.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 7:51 a.m. CST

    More of the same

    by xazqrten

    I watched this episode during the Canadian feed, and in true StarTrek fashion, it has hatreds developed over generations suddenly resolved in the last few minutes of the episode. It seems that Hollywood, StarTrek and most other entertainment fare producers especially those who produce products for TV insist on feeding the viewer pablum solutions to difficult circumstances. When will they realize that engrained hatreds don't vanish in a flash of 'understanding'. It seems to me to be a copout to avoid good storytelling. I had hopes for this show. The operative word being 'had'. I now find that I can't even remember when it is on anymore. I have to check my Onsat to be sure. Maybe if I hadn't watched ST:TOS' first season during its original run...but I did.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by boomzilla8

    WE HAVE YAOUR VUULCAAAN OUTLANDA!!! Heh heh ... no one copied it better than South Park.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Technobabble from the real world

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Concerning the above post...True, as objects approach light speed they require more and more energy to propel them faster and faster but can never reach light speed because the amount of energy wold become, um, infinite I believe. So if you need infinite energy to atain light speed it's not going to happen. HOWEVER, whoever the guy is that came up with the idea of "Warp" drive had some type of divine intervention. We will never get to lightspeed using conventional rockets, ion engines or solar sails (though the last two do offer the promise of exploring our solar system much more quickly and efficiently). What it is going to take for interstellar travel will be some kind of, ahem, WARPING of space-time (which is allowed in relativity, I believe). To move faster than light, as Q might put it, you simply have to change the cosmic rules. How to do this...I have no clue, lest I be working at Rockwell or General Dynamics or JPL. But I'll bet it will involve manipulating gravity, probably the least known-about of the 4 major forces in our physics. Have you ever really thought about what gravity "is"? Try pondering that'll mess with your head. Just as in TOS the writers for the episode "Tommorrow is Yesterday" called a black hole a black star (predating the official coining of the term "black hole" by about a year {this piece of info comes from "The Physics of Star Trek" BTW} perhaps the old TOS guys had it right when naming the "warp" drive (but then again, they also had REAL science fiction writers, not Dawson's Creek script hacks). To travel where no one has gone before is going to involve warping SOMETHING. And not to knock the series writers too hard, but do you think anyone who wrote for "Melrose" is going to have that kind of insight/inspiration/brute force luck? This show needs a technical consultant, and I don't mean Michael Okuda & his wife. I mean some hard-core real life space science SCIENTISTS. You gotta admit that most of the show's technology (bells and whistles and holodecks notwithstanding) was created by and for TOS. The last truly speculative piece of hard science "pondering what if" came in the TNG episode "Relics" when the crew happens upon a Dyson sphere...something that is out there in scientific journals which ponder the possibility of their exsistance. C'mon, and now you have "Melrose" staff penning sci-fi? Puh-leease! I'm not knocking the show...I enjoy it very much. But at the same time there is so much POTENTIAL (as my high school teachers used to tell me a decade or so look at me!) that will go to waste if they don't hunker down and work in some of today's scientific speculation into the workings of the show. And if it dosen't work, well then we know later on they invent the Heisenburg Compensators to take care of all the equasions that don't necessarily add up. And yes, the dog rules...but "Porthos"? Is that a greek god or what? If so, then cool. If not, how about "Fred" worked for Jerry Reed in those "Smokey and the Bandit" films. Or Clyde, or hell even Rover. Rover would rock as a name for the first interstellar dog, don't you think? The T&A is nice, bt c'mon guys...a little science with my sci-fi too, OK? Is that too much to ask? Am I alone here? Where have you gone, Harlan Ellison, a nation turns it's lonley eyes to you, ew-ew-ew, ew-ew-ew. G'day from the Commonwealth, where we may soon be home to the newest NBA franchise, yep, you guessd it, THE KENTUCKY COLONELS (formerly the Charlotte Hornets if the deal goes down). I wonder if I can get an endorsement deal....probably not. They are more likely to hit me with a defamation of character suit! go drink your bourbon and write some sci-fi for Pete's sakes! THE SCI stands for SCIENCE, you morons!!!! Keep on Trekkin! One caveat...don't skimp on the hot jelly rub-downs in the name of science...perhaps you could work some technobabble into that situation??? And I swear last thing....wasn't it cool to FINALLY see a BATHROOM on a "Star Trek" show...I almost spilled my glass when I caught that. Cheers from Kentucky! Ezra Brooks 90 proof, over ice, rinse and repeat as needed. You'll be fine and out of your mind!

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Jesus H. McChrist!

    by Bill Carson

    If the amount of brainpower that is routinely put to use in griping about Star Trek series was put toward something actually useful, there would be no more crime, hunger, or war.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by Radagast T Brown

    "Enterprise" has yet to master the TNG motif of dual storylines: the main adventure plot buttressed by a secondary drama/comedy storyline. Last week: Trip got pregnant, and that was it. Also, for a crew encountering alien species for the first time, these guys are awfully blas

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 12:05 p.m. CST

    re: Alpha and the Federation "losing"

    by Gislef_crow

    They already did that. It's called "Andromeda".

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by 1st Elder

    Episodic, self-contained stories and arch-type, static characters are DROP DEAD BORING! This is not the 1960's. The viewer can handle much, much more and is capable of following a complicated story archs and nuanced characterizations that subtlety evolve over time, rather than RESOLVE all their "conflicts" by the end of the episode. Changing the quadrant (i.e. Voyager) or the time period (i.e. Enterprise) WILL NOT SOLVE the inherent "seen it before" tiredness of the traditional Star Trek episodic formula. Also DO NOT compromise and follow the X-Files format of dropping in an

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 2:28 p.m. CST

    at least no one...

    by magic_ninja

    has pissed and moaned about the opening theme in this talkback yet. That's pretty amazing.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Ehhh....just give me my "Space:1999" DVD instead

    by No. 41

    That's 10X as fun as "Enterprise," cheesy FX be damned...

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Herc this is 1.5, NOT 1.6. Get it right already!

    by JEDIswimr

    Am I the only one who finds it annoying that Herc keeps numbering these episodes wrong?? Last I checked, this is only the 5th episode. Let's see here.... (1)Broken Bow... (2)the weird vampire guys... (3)phaser standoff... (4)pregnant Trip.... and now (5) Terra Nova. Yup, now that we're all on the same page, where is Herc?

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the review Herc!!!

    by ComputerGuy68

    Now I can waste an hour on something else better, (Buffy repeat, still catching up on first 2 seasons). This is the 2nd ep I will skip, but I will check back here each week to see if the show improves.*****btw magic_ninja, the theme still sucks ;)*****JEDIswimr, it is ep. 1.6 ep. 1 will be broken in two from now on in repeats.*****Does anyone know when SPACE will show Farscape up here in Canada. With all the hype, I have to see what its like. They announced coming soon, but when?*****Later

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 5:15 p.m. CST

    You guys crack my arse up...

    by airojam

    So far, this is turning out to be a great talk-back! Melrose comments had me rolling on my office floor! But I would like to comment on a few things: 1.) Warp drive is totally possible within the realms of science... gravity bends space which actually shortens the distance between objects, so you don't travel faster than light, you make the distance shorter... 2.) Freaky backstabbing scarface melrose chics would be freakin' GREAT!!! 3.) Putting Porthos in danger and having the captain say "to hell with starfleet... I'm saving my dog" would propel this show into T.V. HISTORY!!! Brilliant idea!!!!! I am still rolling from that comment... 4.) T'Pol's Catsuit does have the fabric from a Ford Minivan... another freakin' funny ass comment... It should change though, it does not look right. 5.) ARC ARC ARC - and I am not quoting from Mars Attacks! This show should seriously have an arc more than ANY Trek show before.... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE listen --- writers!!!!!! ARC ARC ARC! 6.) Give Mayweather some good time to tell his story about living on all those cargo ships... it's good material people! I liked his comments about not being comfortable "outdoors" 7.) PUT PORTHOS IN DANGER AGAIN! --- ooh, or have him mutate into some freaky radiated creature that takes over the ship and make the captain have to kill him to save the crew!!!! Yeah, that's the ticket! - or just keep the cute buggar - yeah, on second thought keep him, he's just too damn cute. ----- ok people, that's enough for me... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! I'll check back in a few...

  • These are just two things I would like to see during an Enterprise episode. Anyway, there are some things that I don't like about this new series. Some of these things I am going to talk about happen to have been mentioned by other talk-backers here. Here we go, and lets see if we can cause a stir. >>>T'Pol is getting boring because it seems she is saying the same lines the same damn way! I believe Spock was the most interesting Vulcan, but only because he was half-human. That made him interesting and original. T'Pol is all female vulcan goodness, but that hurts her character unless she lets some bottled emotions out. Have her interact with Porthos more, get her to like the pooch. >>Give more story time to the supporting cast. Hoshi, Mayweather, the British dude, and Phlox. In order to do this they need to implement subplots within almost every episode. TNG and DS9 were very good at that, and it kept it fresh. Have a main mission with a new alien species, then have two or three members interact on a subject on a different wavelength from the main plot. For example, during DS9 when the Dominion war was going, we had the main crew on the Defiant with Quark in his bar, Kira and Odo and Ziyal and Garak, Rom and Leeta, Dukat and Dumar, and Weyoun and the shapeshifters. Obviously we can't do that now! We should see more of this type of set-up in Enterprise. How about having a show mostly with Archer and crew having good ole times together in the lounge while a main story develops? We should have seen some screen time with other crew members when Trip was having fun on the alien ship in the last episode. >>>>Stop wasting time trying to fill in the gaps with silence and stoopid talk. The writers must not have anything to write about because I see nothing happening between scenes. The transitional elements between scenes are non-existent. Their writing has to flow in order to make a story work, and I haven't seen it yet on Enterprise since there are NO subplots. >>>Have story arcs crossing the episodes. That's why I loved DS9 in it's last 4 or so years. Right now on my local CBS affiliate they are airing DS9 episodes during the Dominion War before Dax's and Worf's wedding. I tell ya, awesome space battles and stories carried out over a span of a season! Voyager had some carryover, but that was mainly due to them being stuck by themselves in the Delta Quadrant. >>>Have Enterprise go back to Earth every 5th or so episode to show some basis on what the begining of Starfleet is like. We saw the admirals in Broken Bow, but where are they now? Is there any subspace communication yet? Doesn't Archer need to consult with the Admirals and get orders? I need to see Earth and a FEW episodes per season about how Earthlings are feeling about space exploration and the unknown. Bring in the Vulcans again, more conflict = more fun. >>>Bring back some aliens seen in TOS. I know the Andorians are coming, but I would like to see some Gorn! >>>I love Trek, not because I am a geek (I am not), but because I like to use my imagination. It seems the writers imaginations are light years away from appeasing viewers nowadays. It sucks that I won't see any major space battles during this series, unless Future Guy sends Enterprise 250 years into the future to meet Janeway at Sisko's restaurant. Ha ha ha. Let's see some T'Pol action!

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 5:30 p.m. CST

    comments about episode numbering...

    by airojam

    Hey NO. 41. I got the answer to that one a while back... 2 part series count as 2 eps, so "Broken Bow" counts as 1.1 and 1.2, that's why the numbering seems off... That's just the way T.V. is numbered... Hope that covers the confusion... later.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 5:34 p.m. CST

    ooops sorry no.41 - i meant jediswmr...

    by airojam

    ok, i gotta get back to doing some actual work...

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Here's your ARC, ARC, ARC

    by 1st Elder

    Make the building of the Federation your arc. Why? Because outer space turns out to be really, really, dangerous. Have the Enterprise encounter more hostile races and KILL some of the regular characters in a serious of dangerous encounters. Have the Enterprise limp home for repairs (and replacements). Give the Enterprise (and other Star Fleet vessels) new orders to begin outreach to other planets to form a mutual protection pact (i.e. NATO). (This will also serve to provide rationale for why the Vulcans are such tight asses about Humans venturing out into space.) There's your start, for more ideas, you have to hire me.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 6:22 p.m. CST

    send in the clones......

    by johnnylong

    When the hell are they going to start the Suliban/Future Dude storyline?Tonights episode looks like the old rehash, away-team-gets-stuck-on-planet scenario.Dull people,very dull.T'Pol has a nice rack and a pair of lips that would make a lollipop only too happy...goodbye

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Got to love Trek Talkbacks

    by Chief Wiggum

    I think these Talk Backs get more fun all the time. Well, I guess I will add my two cents. For all those people demanding story arcs, deep characters, and involving stories, for goodness sakes, THIS IS STAR TREK. Its mindless fun. If you want story arcs and developed characters watch the B5 reruns. Want the Federation trying to restore itself in the future? Watch Andromeda. Want something different, then watch Farscape. Or if you don't like sci-fi then watch something else. Personally, I thought Voyager sucked, so I didn't watch it. Felt no need to complain about it. Big deal its just TV. Also, many posters seem to imply that Star Trek was some great thing thats been tarnished. The original series was as bad and in some cases much worse than the newer incarnations. Its just TV, so damn continuity and let the Vulcan shake her ass.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Why we are still pulling for Star Trek to figure it out

    by 1st Elder

    Well Chief, if your point is that there's great science fiction available elsewhere, no argument there. As to why so many fans are still pulling for Star Trek to get it's act together, remember, Star Trek was one of the shows that made it safe for intelligent sci-fi on television. There's a lot of loyalty there, nostalgia and respect (not to mention one hell of a back story). I for one, just think it's a little sad that a show that was once groundbreaking, has now been eclipsed because of it's slavish adherence to 60's-era formula.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by Anai

    This episode was a real snoozer. Seen it a hundred times... It's high time to pull Berman and Braga off writing duty and give the series to some serious science fiction scriptwriters. T'Pol and Seven of Nine are the EXACT same character. They act alike, they talk alike, they look alike from the neck down... T'Pol is really starting to get on my nerves. Spock was a fascinating and deep character. T'Pol is just a stereotype of arrogance. I wouldn't care if she left the series all together. I still hate the incidental music. It's the signature music from Voyager. ENTERPRISE needs a new, more dynamic and UNIQUE soundtrack.

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 9:29 p.m. CST


    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    The soundtrack score is pretty lame. I always figured they would compose something that sounded like the score from "The Right Stuff" -- you know, all heroic, invoking the aura and adventure of U.S. space exploration...... After this episode, I've decided to quit watching until the next Future Guy / Suliban episode. Perhaps this series in its first season will be best appreciated if the episodes entirely unrelated to this arc are avoided (which will probably be, oh, 20 episodes that one won't need to see).

  • Oct. 24, 2001, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Seen this before...

    by Razor42 They couldn't even wait 6 months to rehash their own plots.

  • Oct. 25, 2001, 1:50 a.m. CST

    ZeroCorpse. . .

    by Hardyboy

    Harry has taken the place of Deborah Kerr and is makin' out with Burt Lancaster in "From Here to Eternity"--which is infinitely more disturbing than the thought of Harry doing it with a fish. But back to Enterprise. Was this a great episode? No. Did it have its problems? Hell, yes--in fact, this one did remind me a bit of (choke!) Voyager. But, still, everything is growing on me: the characters are taking on lives of their own (I like that Archer is something of a well-meaning lunkhead who agonizes over decisions); and I'm beginning to appreciate the little details, such as how NOISY the deck is--there haven't been that many Artoo Deetoo-ish bleeps, bloops, and tweets since TOS. And I'm looking forward to the Andorians. . .maybe the next Trek movie will explain what the hell ever happened to those guys?

  • Oct. 25, 2001, 3:28 a.m. CST

    That damn cave setting

    by Macey

    The one thing that drives me the most nuts on the last several Trek spin-offs is the constant use of their damn cave set. Enterprise has only been on for five weeks and they've already used it twice. Maybe more, but at least twice. For the love of God, would you retire that goddamn set. Voyager seemed to use it every other week. Deep Space Nine did the same. This is a science fiction show. Get more creative. I know it's petty and probably quite geeky, but I cannot watch another episode of Star Trek that has a cave in it. That's just plain pathetic from a creative standpoint. There, I finally said it. Out of my system. Now I think I'll wipe all this geek out of my system and go get laid. Thank you very much. (takes a bow) (cue applause)

  • Oct. 25, 2001, 4:24 a.m. CST

    cave men

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    It's amazing how in the far future world of Trek everything seems to take place in caves. The choice appears to be either cheesy caves or planet surfaces that are obviously stages at Paramount Studios with quickie paper-mache rock formations (as seen on TOS and TNG Season 1). Oh, and don't forget the Generic Alien Ship Bridge.

  • Oct. 25, 2001, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Nouenaf, for an English major, you need to learn a couple things

    by ParamountExec

    It's called suspension of disbelief and internal continuity. Faster than light travel is something that the audience has to suspend their disbelief about and accept for the story to work. They've explained it a number of times and it's part of Trek's internal continuity. The things that the geeks complain about are inconsistencies within the internal continuity. One episode will give one piece of information and a later one will give contradictory information. This discrepency isn't part of the internal continuity and isn't something that we're asked to suspend our disbelief over. So that's the difference.

  • Oct. 25, 2001, 8:04 a.m. CST

    An entire episode from Porthos' perspective ..

    by durhay

    and at one point, have him think "What's that say? I CAN'T READ!!" But seriously, they need to show some of the crew playing basketball in the hangar. Just some "what do they do during down time" type stuff. Maybe even Ambu-Jitsu.

  • Oct. 25, 2001, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Okay, this was bad

    by WaddlesDPuffin

    Enterprise has been more than a little uneven since its premiere, but "Tera Nova" just stank up the joint. Bad, bad, bad writing. The opening scene at the captain's table had "Exposition" written all over it. The premise, done to death already. And as someone noted above, the whole scene of generations of cultural difference suddenly overcome in a two minute burst of understanding, is a real cop-out. I guess this was supposed to be Scott Bakula's episode. Too bad the only thing they gave him to do, aside from running around a lot, was act frustrated or more frustrated than he's been. The dialogue, instantly forgettable. This from the studio that stopped taking spec scripts from fans. Could what they were receiving unsolicited possibly be worse than "Tera Nova"?

  • Oct. 25, 2001, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Hey, it's better than Voyager

    by Kikstad

    Enough said. (And next week, the return of the antenna-headed blue-skinned Andorians!!! Woohoo! Can't wait for the return of the Gorn!!!) Star Trek is back, baby.

  • Oct. 25, 2001, 2:49 p.m. CST

    The preview ads need work!

    by Drath

    I agree with the sentiments that the writers should adapt a serialized format. The most common complaint against that method is that viewers get lost in an ongoing plot and will stop watching. If you miss an episode you're in trouble, and if you're only a random viewer you can't follow the show and won't get into it. Well, excuse me but when did the random viewer become the chief demographic? All the best shows from West Wing to Sopranos to Buffy have story archs where an event one week is still plaging the heroes with consequences the next week. Those shows aren't suffering from people missing episodes. In fact, people go out of their way NOT to miss episodes. And last time I check Voyager plays TWICE a week anyway! All they have to do is put a little recap for the people who missed or forgot the previous shows' events and voila! It's called good television. Just because Enterprise is Science Fiction doesn't mean it won't work. The random viewer is only tuning in for Special FX anyway. Maybe if the story is exciting, they'll try to get caught up and become full fledged devotees. They may HATE Trek in its earlier guises, but this show might change that because it's so much better paced, written, acted, and the FX are ten times better! So what if there's a story already in motion. It doesn't have to be quite as complex as Babylon 5 was, but it would help this awkwardly rapid race to finish the plot within the hour--a flaw that has plagued Trek at least since Voyager. ***** You know, last week's preview really undersold this episode. The ads made it look like it would really stink on a Voyager scale, but I was pleasantly surprised that it had some nice life to it. Archer had a bigger role, the guest stars were good, the situation was interesting if not fully exploited dramatically. Blalock was bad in that one scene though, I hope she's not tiring of the repressed emotion thing already. One guy she deplivers all her lines the same way, well this was sure not one of her better episodes. Anyway, I was happier than I thought I'd be. At least next week has Andorians.(and not Ferengi, hooray!) The show should really adopt that arch formula, it would help freshen the air up even more. But since when does anyone listen to Talkbackers?

  • Oct. 25, 2001, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The Arc Problem

    by Barron34

    The reason current StarTrek shows have no multi-episiode story and character arcs is not the writer's fault; it is the producers. Braga has said on more than one occasion that each episode should be self-contained for syndication reasons. In syndication, shows do not run in order, so multi-episode arcs would be all jumbled. The reason that there are no arcs in Star Trek is therefore purely commercial. Star Trek is shit; I stopped watching early in Voyager, after DS9 ended. DS9 was good because it had character development and story development over time. Not great, but good. Voyager had potential, but that potential was flushed down the toilet early on. Paramount should bring back the better writers from DS9 and make them producers. Bring back Ron Moore, et al. The crap-masters who currently run Star Trek are jaded hacks driven by money concerns, and are without scruples. Braga and Berman need to step down. Hopefully, this will be the last Star Trek run by them. Paramount needs to bring in new blood, people who actually care about the show and quality writing. And fans should stop lapping up shit jsut because it's called Star Trek. Stop Watching Shite! If fans stopped watching, Paramount would take notice and make changes quick. But, hope springs eternal for Star Treak fans. They continue to watch sub-standard junk in the hopes that it will improve and become something good. Newsflash: things will not change until the hacks (Berman and Braga) are gone. The best way to improve Star Trek is to not watch it.

  • Oct. 26, 2001, 4:02 a.m. CST

    The Series HAD potential (past tense)

    by billy_zardus

    Lots of fans giving lots of good suggestions about how the series can be improved. Problem is B&B could give two fucks. I couldn't make it past the third commercial break of Terra Nova. It was simply that bad. I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the production meetings when they decide with TOS episode they're going to rewrite. I'd hate to even think it, but perhaps the best episodes have already been written, and all there's left to do is change this alien species or that planet. I agree with the above post, T'Pol is absolutely worthless and the actress stinks. For kristsake if you don't even have to emote and your acting STILL sucks, please consider a different line of work.

  • Oct. 28, 2001, 8:36 a.m. CST

    No Arch because of Syndication? What Bull!

    by Drath

    They can't control what order the repeats air in syndication? Excuse me, aside from half hour comedies, all hour long dramatic show I've seen in syndication has been rebroadcast in order(except oddly DS9 and Voyager). The Next Generation managed it. Babylon 5 and ER managed it on TNT and Sci-Fi respectively, and now Buffy on FX is in order. What are they doing that Berman and his bitch boy can't(besides the obvious)? I think it's a new low that they're letting this kind of nonsense dictate the quality of their show. BTW, anyone else read how Braga is bummed because his live-in girl Jeri Ryan is more excited by her work on Boston Public and reading David E Kelley's dialoague than she ever was on his show reading his dialogue? I loved that, I think I may even make wall paper out of the article.