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Enterprise 1.19 FAQ

What’s it called?

“Acquisition.”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay is credited to Maria & Andre Jacquemetton (“Breaking the Ice,” “Dear Doctor”).

What does TV Guide say?

“The crew battles Ferengi thieves in a witty episode accented by snappy dialogue. Star Trek alumni Ethan Phillips (Voyager) and Jeffrey Combs (Deep Space Nine) play cousins who are among the pirates boarding the Enterprise. The greedy Ferengi - who take pride in their 173 bizarre ‘rules of acquisition’ - search for gold after sedating the crew with gas. But Trip (Connor Trinneer), who had been half-naked in a decontamination chamber, escapes the vapors. He plots with Archer (Scott Bakula) to thwart the aliens, and awakens a puzzled T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) to ask for her help. ‘Just because a guy's in his underwear,’ Trip quips, ‘you think the worst.’”

When does Archer wake?

The Ferengi, hungry for the quickest route to hidden treasure, rouse him in act two. Just before the translators finally start interpreting.

What is TV Guide not telling us?

It also guest stars Clint “Tranya” Howard, who in 1966 guest starred on the very first regular “Star Trek” episode ever filmed, “The Corbomite Manuever.” I think. And Matt Malloy, a robot repairman in Spielberg’s last movie, plays the fourth Ferengi.

What else is TV Guide not telling us?

All the dialogue in the first five minutes is Ferengi. (Hoshi, Malcolm, Travis and Phlox don’t have any dialogue at all this week.)

How do the little hinder-heads gas the crew?

Trojan-horse style. Their gas-delivery system is disguised as an artifact the crew brings aboard from a moon they were exploring.

Do the Ferengi strip all the unconscious females?

No. But there’s much ado about selling the girls into slavery.

When does T’Pol join the fun?

Trip revives her almost halfway in.

The big news?

None of the Ferengi wear those little headwraps that’ll be so popular 200 years later.

The bigger news?

The Ferengi leader employs one of those laser-whips. I don’t think we’ve seen one of those since the Patrick Stewart’s first season.

The bigger news?

T’Pol rather uncharacteristically plays a teasey little bondage game with Archer. And claims to take offence when Archer says she doesn’t have a sense of humor!

What’s good?

T’Pol’s seductive ruse. And Combs’ reading of “You should have managed your businesses better.”

What’s not so good?

The “Die Hard” homage on “Alias” was better: the stooge-like invaders here are essentially defeated via a series of elaborate practical jokes. (And one continues to get the impression that the Trek writers find the Ferengi a lot funnier than the audience does.) Once again, the better plots appear to be being held for sweeps.

How does it end, spoiler boy?

Inviso-text on: The final scene holds this promise: “You won’t see us again.”

Herc’s rating for “Enterprise” 1.19?

**1/2

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

I am – Hercules!!





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  • March 27, 2002, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Insert Trekkie whining about continuity here

    by St Buggering

    I can see it coming: "But if Starfleet ran into the Ferengi 200 years ago, how come they're not mentioned until the Next Generation? Huh? Huh?" Because it's not real. And there's no Easter Bunny either. So there. Okay, this show's had some dodgy moments, but none as bad as Voyager's first season, and all in all, I think it's the best first season of any Trek after the original. So far, Voyager still holds the record for all-time worst episode, with that god-awful Amelia Earhart thing. Yes, worse than "Spock's Brain", worse than "And The Children Shall Lead". "Enterprise" hasn't even approached that level of ineptitude, and I thank the crew profusely.

  • March 27, 2002, 3:25 a.m. CST

    I am sick to death......

    by ZombieXander

    of people who complain about the ferengi being in an episode, so what if they were never mentioned or seen in the original Star Trek, did anyone stop to consider that maybe Kirk just had the good grace to never bump into them, that doesnt mean they weren't there, for pity's sake peole it's not like Enterprise is facing off against the Borg who's established first contact was done during the first season of TNG, its the ferengi. Their presence in this show does not hurt the shows continuity but strngthen it BY establishing moments of first contact just like earlier in the season when they met guinan race

  • where does the dog shit? Jesus that's bugging me.

  • March 27, 2002, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Squonk That's a great Question!!

    by Kelvington

    I would imagine that the dog has it's own yeomen. Problably the dog craps and pisses anywhere it wants, and someone with the rank of "dog bucket" goes around and cleans up after him. Probably Red Rockets him too. The character's name is Yeoman Berman, god knows he's not good at anything else. It's an unseen character. I'm sure it will be played by a reasonable looking woman for a few years then be replaced by Jeri Ryan after Boston Public is cancelled.

  • March 27, 2002, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Actually...

    by woemcats

    I just rewatched TNG season one on DVD and the first Ferengi episode CONFIRMS that first contact with the species is taking place. i.e. Picard and Co. were the first members of the Federation to encounter then. It is SPECIFICALLY stated in a captain's log.

  • March 27, 2002, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the clarification, woemcats, but consider...

    by Drak_Tanner

    I don't know how the episode plays out, but this *is* 200 years before Next Generation. It's possible that the NX-01 crew never got the name of the species that was ransacking them, or that the data got lost somewhere over the centuries. OR, this is an independent sect of Ferengi or something. At any rate, this is just a random encounter, and I don't think they'll be showing up again.

  • March 27, 2002, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Continuity. Internally consistent.

    by Jadeh

    Enterprise is being manipulated by some unknown vague humanoid-shaped guy from the far future (Post all the previous series). He enginneered an early meeting between the Humans and Klingons, and continuity diverged from there. As long a this guyy frorm the future, a rarely as he apears, keeps reaching back to mold the federation of the past into a different federation of the future, for whatever reason he's doing it, continuity will continue to diverge. That is the huge arc plot. Hopefully they'll handle it better than they've handeed huge arc plots in the past series.

  • March 27, 2002, 8:01 a.m. CST

    It's splitting hairs, but here's the explanantion...

    by BrashHulk

    There is no Federation yet. What we're dealing with here on "Enterprise" is a fledgling Starfleet, but there is no United Federation of Planets, so that means no First Contact rules, no Prime Directive, no Section 31, and probably not even a formal Starfleet Academy yet. Who knows, there might have been some geek-up in records keeping, so a lot of the officla reacords of things that Enterprise (will) encounter(ed) may be lost - or maybe something happens later in the voyages and their records become clasified information. There are plenty of possible reasons why the Ferengi aren't accounted for in Picard's time, so please stop screaming about continuity and just let it play out. You people remind me of the dumb-asses who were screaming about Spider-Man's supposedly "organic" web-shooters before they knew that they weren't even IN the freaking movie. Geez.

  • March 27, 2002, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Tripp's manliness

    by Ruethifer

    I need to give that man my phone number! YOWZA! Smoothies...

  • March 27, 2002, 8:09 a.m. CST

    what?! T'Pol, Archer, and Trip DON'T turn into little k

    by durhay

    Not watching this.

  • March 27, 2002, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Can we focus on other members of the crew

    by holidill

    Yeah I know Bakula is Archer the captain, and yes I know everyone thinks T'pol is a hottie, and Trip is a stud, but can we focus on other members of the crew please. Yes they have had their moments, but it always seems to go back to these three!

  • March 27, 2002, 8:49 a.m. CST

    They never learn who they are.

    by Dark Howler

    I read about Enterprise's encounter with the Ferengi somewhere online, and it stated that the crew never learns the name of the species attacking them. Therefore, there would be no record of first contact with the Ferengi.

  • March 27, 2002, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Continuity

    by Scott Ellison

    St. Buggering and ZombieXander. Continiuty is essential in any work of fiction. It provides credibility to the willing suspension of disbelief that fiction thrives on. No, there is no Superman or any other person who can fly without the aid of some machine. However, the story makes sense as long as the writers stay consistant. Enterprise hasn't been that bad about continuity. Some people do go overboard regarding continuity and canon in the Star Trek universe, but don't poo-poo continuity's neccesity to make a story work.

  • March 27, 2002, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I never saw the Amelia Earhart episode

    by bjmc1975

    But I have trouble believing it could be as bad as "Threshold", the one where they evolved into lizards. That episode was so horrible I stopped watching Voyager entirely. Never saw it again and lost almost total faith in Star Trek. That's probably why it doesn't really bother me that I've missed half of the Enterprise episodes.

  • March 27, 2002, 10:28 a.m. CST

    For The Love Of All Things Holy!!

    by Kirk's Toupee

    ...please!...you've turned a show I did in the 60's as a lark ...into a colossal waste of time ...what are you 30 years old...have you ever even kissed a girl?....move out of your parents basements!...there's a whole other world out there!...its just a tv show damnit!....its just a tv show!

  • March 27, 2002, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Ferengi

    by Captain Archer

    I think we should have more faith in the episode. HOPEFULLY the Ferengi won't come back again. Maybe they are just traveling through space for the first time (their technology is on par with the Federation). I think the possibility that the Enterprise NX-01 records will become classified (or non existant) is a good bet. The writers for this one are the same ones that did Breaking the Ice and Dear Doctor. Both of those episodes are among the best of the series, so I feel better about this one. One thing is for sure though...B&B are starting to push it a little far. They better not f@#$ this show up, I'll be pissed.

  • March 27, 2002, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Trip getting naked is the thing, Christopher 2

    by flowergirl

    The HELL with T&A. Bring on the beefcake, B&B. Good job. And quite your whining about continuity, folks. It isn't broken. They tried to do a light comedy episode; what is so friggin' wrong with that, geeks? Is the parental basement crowd now incapable of enjoying humor? Apparently so. ENT is supposed to be about the big three--Archer, Trip, T'Pol. That was stated at the beginning. No growth? Hell, there's been plenty of change in the characters since the beginning. Some fans are just so busy bitching and complaining that they haven't noticed.

  • March 27, 2002, 1:07 p.m. CST

    They met Guinan's race?

    by Kent Allard

    When? In what episode? I must've slept thru that one...

  • March 27, 2002, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Ferengi on Enterprise!?

    by TheGr81SLASH

    No wonder I quit lookng at Star Trek a long time ago. Weren't they introduced on TNG as "never before seen" by humans? This absolutely makes no sense. RICK BERMAN RAPED MY CHILDHOOD!! Ha, Ha!!

  • March 27, 2002, 2:18 p.m. CST

    So how come everyone on this talkback including Herc isn't d

    by flowergirl

    James Shiban. You know....former writer of the X-Files--co-writer the highly acclaimed "Memento Mori" which was nominated for an emmy and other wonderful X-Files episodes. He's going to be a writer for ENT next season and has the title of "co-executive producer." This is a *good* development, a *very* good development. Shiban is a character writer, not an action writer. Can you imagine great actors like Trinneer, Billingsley, and Blalock with better writing behind them? Oh, and I still approve of Trip in his underwear no matter what the context. The ladies have strutted it for 36 years. That piece of masculine beefsteak can prance around semi-nude all the time in my happy little opinion.

  • March 27, 2002, 2:22 p.m. CST

    ooomox

    by cityofnight

    don't know how to spell it, but I can sure use some. wait, i can do it myself!

  • First of all, this first season of Enterprise is pretty good stuff, better than all series' first seasons except DS9. I am watching DS9 on syndication, and let me tell you that DS9 is going to rock your world if you didn't watch EVERY SINGLE episode of the series on its first run. Just wait for it to come on TNN! =====>The main reason why DS9 is better than ANY other first Trek season is because of ---->CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. The other good reason why it was good is because it had awesome stories to tell about O'Brien and family, Sisko and his son, Kira and her Bajoran friends, Odo and his shapeshifting, Doctor Bashir and O'Briens' buddy-pal relationship, Quark with his bar and devious associates, the beautiful Dax (Terry Farrell), the Klingons, the Cardassions, eventually the Romulans, The Dominion, The Defiant, Section 31, the space station itself, and the wormhole leading to the Gamma Quadrant with all those aliens. All this stuff combined during the seven seasons made for a great series! ****As for my complaints about Enterprise...well, it has absolutely, positively NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!!!!!!!!!!!! That's why the show is getting off to a slow start. Berman is an IDIOT because he doesn't know how to produce without the help of talented people like Pillar, Echevarra, Jeri Taylor, and all those other writers from previous Trek. Braga is just Berman's right hand jackoff waiting for Jeri Ryan to come home to bed. Are they still going out? ================>Now to my assessment on you who complain about continuity...Did you ever think the Borg WERE introduced to Cochrane and Lilli when they worked with Picard and Co. in First Contact? Duh! So, the Borg could make an appearance or be mentioned if the story warrented it. This would be continuity! Other things like introducing the Romulans could happen because Future Guy is causing changes to the timeline. The Ferengi, I agree, are on-par with Earth in regards to space exploration technology. So, having a mysterious race of big earlobed aliens running around causing havoc with fully clothed alien females is possible in Enterprise. I am fine with the story because the aliens don't identify themselves to Archer and Co. If they play out this episode having the Ferengi being space pirates, it would make it even better. I want to see Trip doing Die Hard on Enterprise! I think the Ferengi are an interesting race because of them being a ruthless, capitalist society who keep their females naked at home. =======>Anyway, that's my two cents on this stuff. ---===___KNEEL___===---

  • March 27, 2002, 2:53 p.m. CST

    When is a ferengi not a ferengi?

    by David Frames

    When you've never seen one, thats when. Suppose you were a victorian explorer and you came across a rare specises of bird in the peruvian rainforest or something? Now, you don't have a fucking clue what it is and, becuase it confused you with cunning booby traps and odd noises you made anote of it and moved on with your life. 200 YEARS later, scientists know of a strange species of bird called the mawkish orange parrot but, and heres the clincher, although they know roughly that one or two people have seen it, they have no way of connecting it to that encounter two centuries earlier with the man in the forest. So, you see, the Ferengi's appearance isn't necessarily a continuity error. Or of ocurse that could just be bollocks. Actually, if we want to be funny about it surely mans first contact with Vulcans was between Joan Collins and Spock in the 1930's, or how about when Jack London saw the first android or remember when...aaahh, forget it.

  • March 27, 2002, 3:03 p.m. CST

    You are correct, Mr. Frames

    by flowergirl

    Why the parental basement squad is so up in arms over the Ferengi appearance tonight is beyond me. They don't identify themselves. Case closed. Who cares? Yes, human/Vulcan first contact was in 1930, wasn't it? Spock and Joan Collins. That doesn't invalidate the film "First Contact" anymore than "Acquisition" invalidates eps of TNG. Funny, people consider "City on the Edge of Forever" a classic.

  • March 27, 2002, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I hate thos big eared dorky guys....

    by GornPirate

    B&B. They have ruined trek. This show was supposed to be original and new. It's quickly becoming a lame ass version of more of the same from these two wunder fucks.

  • March 27, 2002, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Little green men in DS9

    by RogM

    In the DS9 series, Nog, Quark and Rom all start the Roswell, NM. 1947 spaceship crash on earth. I bet any current Government would keep Ferengi Contact a secret for years to come. at least whovever runs earth at Archer's time. See it all fits in nicely!

  • March 27, 2002, 7 p.m. CST

    Feringi Continuity

    by mildlyobsessed

    In "Encounter at Farpoint" the Federation was already well aware of the Feringi, they just hadn't had any encounters with them yet. I seem to recall some exposition between Data and Riker about Federation historians comparing them to "Yankee traders" from Earth history. Riker liked the sound of that and Data delivered a rodenberrian sermon, calling them examples of "the worst excesses of capitalism". The really neat thing about them (lasted about 2 episodes) was that they were the only race on an equal technological level with the Federation that first season. Everybody else in the galaxy was either a "Q" level super-race or unable to blemish the big E's hull plating. *** Anyway, the galaxy is a big place. Exploring as little as hundreds of light years from home gets you into the millions of stars to explore. It'd be easy to miss the odd jungle planet for a few centuries.

  • March 27, 2002, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Herc... Herc... Herc...

    by travisc

    There is no such thing as an appearance by the great Jeffery Combs on TV that is not worth our valuable time.

  • March 27, 2002, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Continuity and character development

    by starcop

    Mildlyobsessed your right, according to the episode "The Last Outpost" the Federation already knew about the Ferengi they just didn't have any good first hand contact with them. So having Archer and company run into them doesn't hurt the continuity. The problem I had with this episode is that once again the characters of Hoshi, Mayweather, Reed, and the Doctor were left to the side-lines without further development of their characters. What I think would have been really cool was have to have Mayweather(does this guy have a purpose on the show other than being the token black guy), Reed, or Hoshi do the whole Die Hard stint. Especially Hoshi, this would have been a perfect episode for her. Flowergirl is it true that B&B are only going to concentrate on the characters of Archer, Trip, and T'Pol? Is this just for the first season or is this what we can expect to see through the whole seven year run of the show???

  • March 27, 2002, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Clint Howard should've worn SOME Ferengi makeup

    by bjmc1975

    Besides just shaving his head. That's probably enough gratuitous Oscar-brother abuse. I wasn't particularly impressed, and have a feeling someone's going to decide to bring back the Ferengi repeatedly (a la Mirror Universe in DS9) and beat it into the ground. But it wasn't a bad episode. I'm still waiting for this show's "Duet" or "Measure of a Man" though.

  • March 27, 2002, 9:37 p.m. CST

    So when are the Borg due for their cameo ?

    by Nonkel Bob

    I can live with the Ferengi, first contact with that Mickey Mouse club was never established, but I'm concerned that too many post TOS races will swamp Enterprise under the impulse of stupid writers. So I expect some kind of proto-Borg to pop up sooner or later and make one of those references Trekkies are so overly fond of.

  • March 27, 2002, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Multi Show Ferengi

    by FNORDknt

    Ethan Phillips played a ferengi in a Voyager episode. Briefly he was a grand nagus...

  • March 28, 2002, 12:10 a.m. CST

    This episode was SO right. . .

    by Hardyboy

    C'mon. . .this did nothing to ruin the series' "continuity" (which has been trampled over and over--remember just a few years after the "first" encounter with the Ferengi in TNG Sisko was telling his son that humans and Ferengi have a "history" of never getting along). The writers handled the "pre-introduction" of the Ferengi the best way possible--by keeping their names secret and knocking out all but three members of the crew. Besides that, it was a helluva lot of fun. It was light-hearted and filled with hommages to days gone by. And howzabout this for role reversal--Ethan Phillips as the dominant "villain" Ferengi and Jeffrey Combs as the cringing wimp? Enterprise started out well and stayed a good show. . .I'm signed up for the duration.

  • March 28, 2002, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Is Scott Bakula mimicking Shatner? What's up with his line

    by Phantom Einstein

    Just wondering.

  • Ummmm...defeating a race of aliens who only care about capital gains with practical jokes? Ok, here's what you said: ====The

  • March 28, 2002, 1:26 a.m. CST

    starcop

    by flowergirl

    I have read published interviews with the dreaded "B&B" (at least according to the parental basement dwellers) and they have expressed on several occasions their intent to concentrate, at least during the first season, on the "big three"--Trip, Archer and T'Pol. I'll admit that sometimes it's discouraging but think of the positives as far as the other characters are concerned. Malcolm has consistently gotten more airtime. Shuttlepod One came about because one of the big B's noticed that Keating and Trinneer have great chemistry; Trip and Malcolm are going to have a hilarious misadventure in the upcoming "Two Days, Two Nights." T'Pol and Hoshi are going to be the awesome twosome again in "Vox Solis" while Trip and Archer are trussed up like a double serving of beefcake and even poor Travis gets some airtime in "Detained" when he's captured with Archer by a race persecuting innocent Suliban. That's the ep Dean Stockwell will guest star in; he plays an evil baddie. Malcolm gets to play hero for a change. While it's not as balanced as TNG, ENT is definitely working its way up from TOS status. The hiring of James Shiban is an *outstanding* move for next year. He is an excellent character writer (yes, I know, horrors! Character intensive eps, chick territory, but Shuttlepod One was great, was it not?).......Tonight's ep? Not too bad. A light, enjoyable comedy ep with some genuinely funny lines. Not sweeps material, but light years ahead of the dreadful "Rogue Planet." Michelle Erica Green, the notoriously rabid feminist reviewer at Trek Today will probably go insane with the "oomox" and stroking of lobes, but she finds something offensively sexist in every ep. Michelle was offended that the wraith in "Rogue Planet" appealed to Jonathan because of her beauty instead of her intellect, so....I guess she should have lured him into the jungle by whispering math equations in his ear. Michelle hates every Trek episode. What can you do?

  • March 28, 2002, 6:22 a.m. CST

    I see a sexual triangle...

    by BeerdedOne

    forming with T'Pol as the Master Dom, Hoshi as her student in the Lifestyle, and Archer as their little bitch. Why else would Archer actually enjoy getting his ass kicked every other episode. You know he had wood when he was chained up and T'Pol was dangling that key in front of his face. "Yes Mistress, I'll be good from now on."

  • March 28, 2002, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I remember a great ferengi episode from DS9

    by holidill

    Where all the main Ferengi and some of the minor Ferengi launch a rescue attempt of someone against the Dominion. All I remember is that it starts out as a humourous episode and slowly dissolves into an edge of your seat thriller.

  • March 28, 2002, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Imagine Easter dinner at the Howard family gathering:

    by durhay

    Clint: Mom, did you see me play a Ferrengi on Enterprise? Ron: Mom, did you see me win an Oscar? Clint: You always have to be better than me! Ron: Shut up, you ugly freak! Clint: Make me, Opie! Ron: Mom! Clint called me Opie again!

  • March 28, 2002, 9:49 a.m. CST

    After reviewing the Loriele March 6 Coaxial.....

    by Sabretooth1974

    I owe Herc an apology for my jibe last week. I read the March 6 coaxial, and Loriele stands for what this site is about. I would much rather she get more roles in film than that Jon Benet who made it to adulthood, Brittany Spears. Give the woman some credit guys, she wanted to be on this site because for some reason I can't fathom, your opinion matters to the girl. That's more than I can say for Berman or Lucas. How many times has Halle Berry gone out of her way to be on this site? That is one of the toughest careers imaginable if you are not connected and she is going it the really hard route without represtentation. So back off, cool the hormones, and grow up. If you still can't controll yourself, try masterbating before you try to use your teeny tiny brain.

  • March 28, 2002, 12:05 p.m. CST

    what stupid "future sports" will we see on Enterprise?

    by durhay

    Can anything beat the Klingon "Throw Spear Through Rolling Hoop" game? Or Ambu Jitsu? Riker never did get used to the sightless factor. Or that Tagashi Squares game that Riker's "son" broke an arm playing.

  • March 28, 2002, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Vanisher that was the last ep of season 2

    by MGTHEDJ

    The year after the writers' strike of 1988. The budget WAS low and Paramount was hemorrhaging. That same spring they had to do post production work on "Last Crusade" and "ST V: The Final Frontier". It was not a good time for entertainment. It took Hollywood another 4 years to recover. And the horrid stuff that came out those 4 years led Harry to create this site, so people would not get ripped off. And the disaster of those 4 years was why the studios were so eager to settle the contract disputes in the summer of 2001.-----later-----m

  • March 28, 2002, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Continuity is the Smallest Sin...

    by odietamo

    This episode sucked. It was bad. Awful. Horrible. I'm tired of Ferengi cliche's. They weren't good or interesting when they were original. The rubbing the ears was NEVER funny. Their attraction to women of other races nearly twice as tall and who look completely different was NEVER funny. The Rules of Aquisition were NEVER funny or interesting. All that elaborate game playing and sneaking around by the crew to beat humanoids who are incompetent and half their size was idiotic. That the Ferengi are grabbing test tubes and other crap from a ship they just incapacitated is idiotic. Why didn't they simply take the whole ship? Bringing in the Ferengi, ESPECIALLY in season 1, when they've already introduced the Klingons, is about as unoriginal as it gets. Seeing T'pol (a very well played Vulcan IMHO) hamming up the seduction made my skin crawl. 2 & 1/2 Stars? This was awful. It deserved 1/2, if that. And it's a real shame. I thought Enterprise might manage to somehow redeem or at least gloss over the tragedy of Voyager. Strike 1, Berman. I thought your pathetic need to dwell on time travel was bad enough. This is worse. I know I'm just one little viewer. Still, two more disasters like this and I'm gone. Hopefully many will join me.

  • March 28, 2002, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Not bad for a bottle episode

    by Kikstad

    If they're going to do a "ship" episode for budgetary reasons, I must admit this was an entertaining way to do it. Okay, it was no "Trouble With Tribbles" but I still enjoyed it better than some of the previous boring episodes. Now if we can see some cool new worlds that don't look like Earth or caves, and if we can see some cool new lifeforms that we haven't seen before that don't look like humans with bumpy foreheads, I'll be a happpy Trekker. Peace out. (BRING BACK THE GORN!!!)

  • March 28, 2002, 1 p.m. CST

    Good Ep, but...

    by Dicio

    Let me start out by saying I really enjoyed this episode, and I do find the Ferengi hilarious, when they're done properly. Thanks for reminding me of the one I was thinking of, Holidill. I was in tears watching that ep. The continuity was left in tact. T'Pol keeps getting better and better. But I did have a problem with this and several other episodes of Enterprise. I like to call it, the "Wimp Factor." This isn't just about Archer, although he is just about as punk as a punk can get. This is about how the crew handles all these attacks. How is Earth ever going to make it's presence known as a galactic superpower if during its first voyage in to deep space, the first human crew bends over and takes it from everyone they come into contact with? A Vulcan comes aboard, mind-rapes a crewmember, assaults the captain, and they just send them packing on his merry way. Or, the entire crew is incapacitated, the ship pillaged, and threats were made to sell some of the crew into sexual slavery--that's okay, send them on their merry way, too. But leave them under guard by the most inept person in their gang, with a long history of being manipulated by the other gang members, so he can make sure they're brought to justice. When are humans going to start fighting back? Not saying humans should be shown as vengeful, but what's going to stop other races from trying to take earth, thinking that if they don't actually get away with it they'll just be sent to their rooms to think about what they've done? It's a trend I don't like and I hope they buck it, and soon. You think Kirk would've put up with this crap?!

  • March 28, 2002, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Ferengi Love Songs

    by Electric_Monk

    Well, on refelction after a good nights sleep, last nights episode was just dumb. While as a queer, I did not mind seeing trip bare foot and fancy free, the show just became more paint by number than previous stories. While the Ferengi have always been played for laughs, with the exception of TNG episode The Last Outpost, they are becoming more and more stupid as time goes on. It's amazing they can generate the energy to move their legs. I mean, look how quickly Archer was able to turn the tables. Once again, proving that the humans are the smartest species in the universe. Dumb is dumb. Alas, though, I'll still watch this show. Someone should pull the plug on my TV.

  • March 28, 2002, 1:49 p.m. CST

    What Dicio said... well, mostly

    by odietamo

    As to everything Dicio said AFTER "Wimp Factor"... yeah... Yeah... YEAH! I'd forgotten about that gripe. What is wrong with these people?!? Bad People, an alien race you know nothing about, just tried to sell half of you into slavery and steal all of your valuables. You don't let them go. You TAKE THEIR SHIP back to Earth for study and you imprison and interrogate their people. Dicio was dead on about all of this. (After "Wimp Factor") It would be so easy to make a good Trek series. Why can't they?!?

  • March 28, 2002, 2:29 p.m. CST

    the Wimp Factor

    by durhay

    Otherwise known as Star Trek: I Feel Your Pain. What they need to do is act less like Bill Clinton and more like Teddy Roosevelt.

  • March 28, 2002, 2:43 p.m. CST

    What they really need to do

    by Kikstad

    ..is act more like James Tiberius Kirk. Even when they had the Prime Directive, Kirk still broke the rules and showed some passion and did what was "right" even if it wasn't "by the book." In ENTERPRISE, there is no prime directive, and yet Archer still acts like a wuss! I like the actor, but the writers need to give this character some back bone. He's a fucking space pioneer, he should start acting like one, instead of being a goody-goody Mister Rogers in Space. He said it a couple of times that "he's tired of acting nice and getting treated like shit by all these aliens their encountering" (I'm paraphrasing) so when is he going to stand up and bitchslap some of these villains? God bless the Original Series. Peace out.

  • March 28, 2002, 3:45 p.m. CST

    You'd better nip your fiancees fascination in the bud, That&

    by flowergirl

    Or she'll be a full fledged Trip addict by the end of next week. That piece of prime grade A stud makes up for a great deal of "sins" in many a girl fan's eyes besides my own. Ferengi? What Ferengi? HA!! Nip it in the bud or be prepared to whip out that drool bucket each Wednesday. Trip's soon to be infamous "lace" comment to T'Pol will have her hopelessly hooked.

  • March 28, 2002, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Interesting that Vulcans are liars on Enterprise

    by Drath

    To give all the "they *@!#$ed up continuity AGAIN" hot air a rest(I myself call attention to it often enough, but I think I'm entitled to it so *@!# off) I find it interesting that Vulcans are lying so much. Spock always prided himself on Vulcan not lying--but frankly, I never saw the logic in always telling the truth. And neither did Spock because he "exagerrated" all the time. So could the Vulcans have become so "honest" be the result of some treaty or promise they were forced to make in T'Pol and Archer's time? Could it be connected to the Andorians, I wonder. It's a nice idea if that's what the writers are leading up to. Otherwise, it's a little lazy. But aren't we used to that on Trek?*****This was a surprisingly nice episode. I don't like Ferengi really. Herc's right, they're not as funny as the writers seem to think they are. But that said, I like the way Archer immediately started bargaining with the Ferengi. Unlike the bland PC generations to follow, Archer actually knows something about money! It's enough to make me wish the writers COULD throw out continuity and show us more of this! All in all, a better done episode with Ferengi before their supposed First Contact more than two hundred years later(talk about an advance party) than I was expecting. We still have the Orions and those green animal women of theirs!

  • March 29, 2002, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Now that the genie is out of the bottle, how about the Borg and

    by billy_zardus

    That scratching sound you hear is Roddenberry trying to get out of his coffin so he can beat the shit out of B&B for ruining the franchise. Every episode Sam has that hopeful look on his face that this might be the one where he leaps out of there.

  • March 29, 2002, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Those Lying Vulcans

    by Voice O. Reason

    Maybe the Vulcans got their reputation for honesty by being really, really good liars. "Vulcans don't lie!" Damn, that'd be a great reputation to have. Perfectly LOGICAL to make your opponents underestimate you, don't you think? You don't get to be really good liars without practice.

  • March 29, 2002, 1:25 p.m. CST

    More Vulcan Lying Theories

    by odietamo

    Not that I want to even touch on helping to rationalize the giant dump Berman keeps taking on the franchise but this was my thought on the Vulcan lying: Spock always tried to be more Vulcan than Vulcans, as he was ashamed of his human side. It would make sense if one of the tenants of Vulcan society pointed out that lying is largely an illogical act. Vulcans would likely interpret that, naturally, as lying _to other Vulcans_, not having yet met alien races when logic was embraced. Spock, overcompensating, may have taken that tenant as strict gospel and tried to adhere to it. Just a thought...

  • March 30, 2002, 5:43 a.m. CST

    thevision

    by thevision

    I'm trying real hard to give this show a chance! I haven't missed a single episode and you want to know why? Its not because the series is addictive like Buffy, the West Wing, Farscape and The Shield, cuz frankly speaking- Enterprise is boring!- the reason I haven't missed an episode is due to my loyalty to Star Trek The Classic Series and Star Trek the Next Generation! My mind wanders when the episode turns out to be shit as most of the episodes have been, I keep it on UPN regardless just to do my share for ratings. Gonna keep on doing this for the rest of the season. Next season will be another story, BermanBraga will not get loyalty viewing from me if they keep on with this Voyager rehash shit!! Don't have much hope for "Star Trek Nemesis" in saving the franchise so "Enterprise" is it. Its kinda late and I don't feel like writing my reasons for feeling the way I do but I will share my thoughts when my mind is better rested. Stay tuned.

  • March 31, 2002, 9:41 a.m. CST

    What this series needs is Simon Adebisi

    by Mirrorball Man

    Let's just get rid of boring Captain Archer and replace Scott Bakula with Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Now that's a show I would be watching.