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Star Trek: Enterprise 3.8 FAQ

A “Star Trek: Enterprise” review? When was the last time Coax kicked in one of these?

We appraised the third-season premiere. Way back when this show was still called “Enterprise.”

What’s tonight’s called?

“Twilight.”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay is credited to Mike Sussman (“Dead Stop,” “The Catwalk,” “Future Tense,” “Regeneration,” “Anomaly”).

What does TV Guide say?

“Archer suffers a puzzling form of amnesia that distorts his long-term memories. He is further confused to find himself in the future aboard an Enterprise commanded by T'Pol. Ambassador Soval: Gary Graham. Yedrin Koss: Brett Rickaby.”

What is TV Guide not telling us?

T’Pol’s screen time in command – and in that blue Starfleet jumpsuit – is limited, but this is still very much her episode.

The big news?

This is by far the best installment of the series we’ve seen this season.

The far bigger news?

The Xindi reduce the planet Earth to perhaps 45 fiery, equally sized and wholly uninhabitable chunks. Then the Xindi begin hunting down the fewer than 6,000 human beings who survive the cataclysm.

Is this a hoax, a dream, or an imaginary episode?

No! It all really happens!

How does T’Pol find herself in command at all?

While freeing T’Pol from a collapsed bulkhead, Archer’s brain is subjected to an anomaly that deposits parasites that “exist outside time and space.” Because of these parasites, Archer goes all “Memento,” unable to create any long-term memories. Each morning, for more than a decade, he remembers nothing before the mishap. T’Pol has to assume command. But as the first act begins, T’Pol is no longer captain, her hair is very long, and Archer’s is very grey.

What’s good?

The scope, the drama, the pacing and the structure. By presenting us with a depiction of mankind’s final days, we are provided for the first time with a very real sense of what is at stake in this bizarre conflict with the Xindi. I found myself a bit moved by the evolution of T’Pol’s regard for Archer (Jolene Blalock brings much to the table this week), and I was keen to learn how the powers-that-be were going to dig themselves out of this fascinating narrative hole - and I was not disappointed with the denouement. This episode cribs shamelessly from one of Herc’s favorite Voyager stories, “A Year in Hell” - to say nothing of “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” “All Good Things…” “First Contact,” “The City on the Edge of Forever” and “Endgame” - but these are great stories, and this one remained just different enough for me to kind of love it.

What’s not so good?

Bakula seems like a good guy, and does a serviceable job this week, he’s still no Shatner. Or Stewart. Or Brooks. Or McKellen. And they’re sticking with that horrible theme song. (Quick thinking with that!)

Why so few spoilers, O Hercules?

The fun is in the revelations. And the hairstyles. And the facial hair.

How does it end, spoiler-boy?

T’Pol shoots her superior a vaguely suspicious glance.

Herc’s rating for “Enterprise” 3.8?

****

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

9 p.m. Wednesday. UPN.

I am – Hercules!!





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  • Nov. 5, 2003, 1:10 a.m. CST

    first

    by vash001

    wow i've always wanted to say that

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 1:40 a.m. CST

    song!

    by Danger Mouse

    AH! that bloody song! It's so bad it's hard to believe anyone thought it was anything other than a bad joke...

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 2:07 a.m. CST

    In the words of my former colleague, "Mr. Stinky Pants"...

    by Captain Decker

    ...you could wrap this episode in thousand dollar bills and have Charlize Theron wearing nothing but a smile and a fez hand-deliver it to my front door, and I STILL would not rape my senses with the fecal matter that is "Enterprise". If it dies soon, as it clearly should, I will happily stand in line to piss on its grave. If it continues on in its current "festering wound" mode, I will continue to mock its ever-declining ratings with great zeal. Fuck those two shitheads Berman and Braga for tainting the noble institution of gratuitous sex by associating it with their pedestrian, derivative crap. That is all.

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 2:10 a.m. CST

    McKellen?

    by Don Lockwood

    Ian McKellen? Did I miss a star turn on one of the various Star Trek series over the years? I mean, sure, I skipped the last two movies, but I can't believe I hadn't heard about this! Or maybe the chimp meant Mulgrew...

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 2:30 a.m. CST

    People still watchin this shit?

    by RightNutofGod

    People still watchin this? Why? It's the same fuckin stories from all the other shows except with lousier writers and cheesier acting. The only thing that was good-the special effects during ship to ship battles-don't even matter on this pacifist, pussy series. Let's watch Archer make another gazelle speech, or have his dog piss on a tree, or have him shout at his Vulcan ho, when's Paramount gonna end this shit?

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Berman?

    by CMBat

    He's not important. Enterprise can be, though. While the show has had too many "lite" episodes, it has the basis to be so much better than Voyager. I'll rate Trek from my perspective. The Original Series: 6. TNG: 8. DS9: 10+. Voyager: 4. Enterprise: So far, collectively, a 7, but it could still get an 8 or 9. It will never have the character or emotional depth of DS9, but it will never be as weak as that POS Voyager.

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 7:28 a.m. CST

    what the?

    by SmutGirl

    ok, what does this episode have to do with Buffy?

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Odd Seasons of Trek Are Good Rule?

    by warp11

    It

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Come off it Warp11...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...everyone knows THIS is the greatest Star Trek band of all-time http://www.subspace.se/spock/ sk

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 9:32 a.m. CST

    theme song solution

    by Lon Bowling

    Try this... Instead of the opening theme song to Enterprise.. Get a copy of FOX ON THE RUN by SWEET. Hit play when the screen goes black after the cold opening so that you have a quick second to hear that MOOG build up. You want the band to hit right when the ENTERPRISE logo comes up. Then sit back and let it fly. I guarantee, if you time it right, you will want to lobby to make this the new official theme song.

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Dammit, you mean they use the RESET BUTTON AGAIN!

    by Drath

    I HATE that fucking magic undo-command ending! Why *care* if they can just undo everything whenever the body count gets too high or it's too hard to restore "Normalcy?" Stupid. Tell me that's not what they do, Herc. You wouldn't praise an episode with such a cop out ending, would you? Somehow, tell me that's not what they do!

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Give Trek to Sussman

    by themikejonas

    with this ep, and "Anomaly," "Dead Stop," "Future Tense," and some decent episodes of Voyager, it's clear where the talent is on the Enterprise writing staff. Not to say that he churns out pure gold, but there's potential. Paramount needs to kick Berman and Braga to the curb and give the new blood the reins.

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Enterprise

    by CTM1975

    OK, I missed most of last season, so I have a couple questions. 1) How did Archer get back from the future? 2) What has become of the Suliban? 3) What is the deal with the fight with the Xindi? Seriously.

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Year of Hell...not Season

    by Ninja Nerd

    Herc, I think the Voyager ep was "The Year of Hell" not "Season of Hell". And yes, I liked ST:Voyager and DS9 and TNG and TOS and...you get it. I don't see every episode of ST:E partly because I was a huge fan of Quantum Leap and I keep expecting Dean Stockwell to appear on the bridge and say "Sam...you're not really a starship captain.."

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Year of Hell...not Season

    by Ninja Nerd

    Herc, I think the Voyager ep was "The Year of Hell" not "Season of Hell". And yes, I liked ST:Voyager and DS9 and TNG and TOS and...you get it. I don't see every episode of ST:E partly because I was a huge fan of Quantum Leap and I keep expecting Dean Stockwell to appear on the bridge and say "Sam...you're not really a starship captain.."

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Re: CTM

    by themikejonas

    1) Archer and Daniels somehow rig a communicator that allows them to communicate with the past, tricking Sillik the Suliban into turning on some time portal device Daniels had stored in his quarters. 2) They're tangentially involved with the whole Expanse storyline, which seems to have something to do with the Temporal Cold War. But we may not see them for a while. Future Guy, with the aid of Sillik, actually points Archer in the direction of the Xindi. 3) The Xindi, for reasons not quite fully known but apparently connected to the TCW, attacked Earth with a space probe, killing millions, including Trip's sister (a Sept. 11 analogy). The Enterprise has now gone into a screwed-up region of space called the Delphic Expanse to find the Xindi--in part for vengeance, in part to stop the Xindi from attacking Earth with a more powerful weapon.

  • ...I kid, I kid. Sounds good.

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Seti Alpha V, Mutara Sector....hmmmm

    by ZocaloHobo

    Interesting.....

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 8:32 p.m. CST

    "A Season in Hell" is one of your favorite episodes, Herc?

    by MyNameDoesn'tFit

    Then maybe you'd know it was called "Year of Hell."

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 8:58 p.m. CST

    BY FAR the best Enterprise episode to date.

    by symphy

    That was phenomenal. After such awful crap (women sex slaves, etc.) this season, here's an episode that ranks among St:TNG and St:DS9s best work. THANK GOD. I'm excited for the next episode for the first time in years!

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 9 p.m. CST

    *sigh*

    by symphy

    But, next week is going to be a WESTERN, eh? Hmm. Maybe it was just a fluke....

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Excellent spisode, ENT needs more of these!!!

    by ZocaloHobo

    Then maybe more Trek fans will come back....I agree, best damn ENT ep so far.

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 9:32 p.m. CST

    About freakin' time...

    by Leopardghost

    Thanks for the Enterprise review, Herc. Good work.

  • Nov. 5, 2003, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Very good episode. Theme song still induces vomiting.

    by Eyegore

    As do all you trek haters. Thank god for the commercial skip button to get past that theme song. I've only heard a few seconds of it in the past two seasons. It doesn't grow on you...it still hurts to hear it just as much now if not more than the first time. Did anyone catch that they landed on Ceti Alpha 5 and the future significance of that planet? Botany bay?!?

  • using futuristic science to do an indepth character study. This episode was as good as some of the best TOS, TNG, DS9 and VOY episodes. One of the top ten trek's ever. I'm not kidding. And the "reset button" bitching is bullshit because this actually happened and there was no Dues Ex Machina to save them. Seriously fuck off you trolls. bitch about ENT all you want but watch this episode and try to say that its shit. Download the episode using bit torrent at: http://www.suprnova.org/

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Please Tell Me Next Week is Not a Western...

    by JohnnyBravo

    Jesus Christ, why doesn't every single god damn show always has to do one western episode, or at least an episode with very clear western elements in it?!?! Don't get me wrong, I like a good western. But if you're gonna do a western, do an actual western. These stupid transplants into scifi/fantasy shows never work and they suck!

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Good episode?

    by RoboBagPiper

    Nah. This episode was nothing more than a pale shadow of "Yesterday's Enterprise" - and anything you thought was good about it was merely the shilouette of the episode whose shadow it was. Kinda like the only thing good about DS9 was from its shameless theft of B5. Personally, give me the original to the ripoff.

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Borg

    by jtp8000

    Actually , if you bothered to check facts, you would see that B5 and DS9 both started in 1993 (maybe your brain was thinking dog years when you said years and years, but if you want to split hairs, B5 appeared a couple of months before Ds9). B5 was actually conceived back in 1988, it took several years to get to the screen. So who's ripping off whom? Before you go spouting off "facts", make sure you got them right you moron

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 11:05 a.m. CST

    It did work better than I feared

    by Drath

    Many nice touches and some good character moments that weren't erased made this one a lot better than the two Voyager episodes that were mentioned here "Year of Hell" and "Endgame." But not liking the overuse of the reset button (and it HAS been overused) and saying so is NOT trolling, asshole. Having the gall to tell anyone they don't know fuck all about SF for it, THAT'S Trolling.

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 11:55 a.m. CST

    cutest and Orion'sAngel....

    by MisterGrimloch

    first off cutest, NEVER speak ill of B5, as it utterly annihilates any Trek spinoff. don't make me have to come all the way down to Rhode Island and smash that treehouse of yours to shit. also, Orion, i cannot believe it, but we agree on something. i'm speechless, so lets get back to the LOTR talkback and shit all over each other.

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 12:22 p.m. CST

    I'm all for using plot devices like the reset button

    by durhay

    if they do it well. Enterprise did it well last night. Next you'll complain about things like "dramatic tension" and "foreshadowing".

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Season in Hell...

    by farquar

    Yeah Herc, the other guys are right. "Year in Hell" is what you're thinking about. "Season in Hell" was when the Enterprise crew went back in time and helped Eddie and the Cruisers cut that rare LP.

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 1:41 p.m. CST

    This was the 1st episode of Enterprise I've seen...

    by buckna

    that I thought was okay. (But I rarely ever catch a showing. I was waiting for Angel to start.)The main problem I had was that either my UPN affiliate really sucks, or whoever is doing the show's music and sound effects is doing a terrible job! The drama of the space fights and most of the tension inside the ship at the end was ruined by low, low volume. I love that they finally acknowedged one of the biggest mistakes Trek has ever made in its ship design, having the bridge on the outside of the ship where it can easily be blown to pieces! However, I still don't plan on tuning in more often anytime soon, same recycled story concepts, same wooden acting, and same tired Star Trek.

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah Cutest...

    by buckna

    The fight between DS9'ers and B5'ers has been raging since before both shows premiered over 10 years ago. Personnaly I like both shows, but you have to admit that much of DS9 is eerily familar to B5 if you've ever seen it. It's documented that JMS pitched his concept to Paramount at the same time they were looking for a spinnoff series for TNG and that much of the storylines mirror each other over the span of the series. Aside from some strong surface resemblance, I believe both shows turned out great (except for the last season of both) and radically different from each other, but I think I'm in the minority.

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 3:42 p.m. CST

    admitted curiosity....

    by MisterGrimloch

    about DS9. first off, i watched the entire first season when it was initially broadcast, and was very underwhelmed by it. however, i will confess that at the time i was in an extremely negative frame of mind (Grimloch negative? unheard of.) because i felt that the Next Generation was a very poor program that was receiving undo accolades, so as it was, i was not entirely psyched about ANOTHER Trek spinoff. what i recall about DS9 season one, was that it was rather dull, with lifeless characters (which may or may not have been an improvement over the oftentimes clumsy characters of NG, most of whom were watered down versions of Spock, or Kirk in one form or another.) that did nothing to generate any interest from me. obviously, i tuned out of DS9 long before the Dominion War (which i really no little to nothing about), and since i found B5 to be one of the best television programs i've ever seen (LOTR crossover concepts and all) i have begun to wonder if maybe, just maybe DS9 really does have something that ALL the other Trek spinoffs lack. while the ratings were nothing great (which ultimately means "jack" when it comes to quality) the program has often been called the best Trek show by modern day fans, who also acknowledge the overrated NG, and the factually horrid Voyager (the jury is still, in some cases, out on Enterprise, although what i have seen looks as awful as ever.) now, i know full well that DS9 is not going to be superior to TOS, period. but, could it be the missing gem of Trek that i missed? i doubt it, but i'd love to hear some feedback on this.

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 6:54 p.m. CST

    thats "know", not "no"...

    by MisterGrimloch

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Wasn't bad.

    by Sith Lord Sauron

    It's still gonna take a lot more episodes of this quality to get me to watch it regularly though. Honestly, I forgot it was even still on 'til Herc posted this talkback.

  • I have been sitting here for a while watching this argument back n forth between DS9 people and Babylon 5 people. Let's get this straight. For those of you who think Babylon 5 is in the same stratosphere as DS9, please God jump off a bridge. That's just plain asinine. I don't care when either started, I don't. DS9 is the BEST TREK EVER. It had more balls then any Trek show, took chances, had oodles of fantastically well drawn out characters, and went into a long term direction with the Dominion War no other Trek show, or fucking Babylon 5 had the balls to do. Babylon was the biggest pile of crap, with the biggest pile of crap actors ever assembled. Claudia Christian? Bruce Boxleitner? Who was that stiff before Boxleitner? He made Scarecrow almost look like Olivier in comparison. And that Garibaldi guy? I like him better now on "King of Queens" (just kidding, I know its not the same actor for those Babylon 5 idiots who don't understand sarcasm). How can you Babylon 5 losers have possibly watched both Babylon 5 and DS9 and not chosen DS9. From Garak, to Rom, to Odo, to Quark, to Kira, to D'Mar, to Dukat, to Dax, to Martok, to Nog...the list of fantastic well drawn out characters DS9 created and genius episodes was endless. Are you going to dare tell me that Babylon 5 EVER produced an episode like "The Visitor"? Final thought: I loved DS9 and I love "Angel"--it's possible to love both shows. I know. I have the DVD's to prove it!

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Grimloch

    by buckna

    I don't profess to be an 'expert' on DS9, (alexr is obviously a big fan perhaps he can add something?) but I wouldn't judge the show based on the first season as the later seasons are much different, just as you can make the same argument about B5. Season 3 is when the show starts to pick up steam and I would argue that seasons 4 through 6 are the best Trek ever. I would seriously check out the fourth season episode "The Visitor" that alexr mentioned. I would put that up there with episodes from B5 like "The Coming of Shadows" or "Severed Dreams" in dramatic quality. I would also check out the season 6 episode "In the Pale Moonlight" if possible.

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 11:40 p.m. CST

    ST vs B5

    by Real Deal

    Well get this kids! I like DS9 and B5. The first 2 or 3 years of DS9 were boring but after that it became a fine show. B5 had alot of filler and set up shows the first year but was a fine show through out it's run. Which was better? well my vote would have to go to B5. It was a better show conceptually. It's really like apples and oranges. As for one copying the other JMS says he pitched the show to Roddenberry many years ago but he wasn't interested. The pilot for B5 ran in 93 and the show started in 94. Yes there are similar aspects to the shows and I'm sure DS9 took some hints from B5 ( the war, the neat ship ) but all in all it made it a better show. I like both and are collecting both on DVD. Similar yet different. The episode where Sisko found himself to be a black writer in the 50's was great and B5 didn't have anything like that. As for last night's STE Well so far theory about the Berman shows getting better by the 3rd year is proving out! I thought it was a really good episode and STE will get better still! ( I'm not looking forward to the western episode but even B5 didn't have all good shows ).

  • Nov. 6, 2003, 11:50 p.m. CST

    alexr

    by buckna

    You ask me to name an episode that matches "The Visitor?" How about one that surpasses it? Both 'The Visitor" and the B5 2nd season episode "The Coming of Shadows" were nominated for the Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation that year. "The Coming of Shadows" WON the Hugo with 457 votes while the "The Visitor" came in 5th with 60 votes. The episode "Severed Dreams" WON the next year for an unprecendented back to back win in the history of the award. Also, many of the arguments you make against B5 I can make against DS9. Who was Avery Brooks before DS9? Freaking Hawk from "Spencer for Hire!" As well as the rest of the cast was just as unknown as B5's was. Where on DS9 were unbeleivable characters that go through life and personal view changing events like G'Kar or Londo on DS9? Really when it comes down to it, it's all a matter of personal taste. I can't tell you one is better over the other, just as you can't tell me either. You prefer toe-may-toe, I prefer toe-mah-toe...

  • Nov. 7, 2003, 2:21 a.m. CST

    I refuse to get into the dumb-ass "B5 vs DS9" flamewar.

    by Sith Lord Sauron

    Because it's retarded, like Ford vs Chevy, Mac Vs Windows vs Linux or Britney vs Xtina. Both have their strengths and weaknesses: B5 IMOHO was one of the best origional science fiction series to come out of the 90's. It had decent acting, great SFX, characters you gave a damn about and a magnificent, epic story arc that drew the viewer in and held them there until the bitter end. It took risks. People died and weren't miraculously revived 5 minutes later. Reset button? HAH.****************DS9, for it's turn, was by far the best Star Trek series ever released this side of the Origional Series. As with B5, the first few seasons were. . .shall we say, *less* than steller. But then it really picked up beginning with the Dominion War arc. For once the characters acted more or less like real people, not typical Roddenberryesque (is that a word?) automations. The acting was supurb--better then B5's much of the time--the characters made you care what happened to them and the endings weren't always happy. I won't mention the SFX because it's self-evidant that they kicked much ass. THIS is how you do science fiction, B&B! Now compare most any DS9 episode to the ennui of Voyager, which never really found it's voice, or Enterprise, which for the most part has been just plain stillborn. Hell overall it was better even then the last two Trek MOVIES, which for the most part were just plain unwatchable. Please, Paramount--put someone in charge of Trek who gives a damn again, who is willing to take risks and be creative and give us excellence in TV science fiction again. In the long run, that is the only way Trek will make it out of this decade.

  • Nov. 7, 2003, 8:14 a.m. CST

    buckna, alexr, RealDeal, SithLordSauron..

    by MisterGrimloch

    thanks for the info. and SithLord, i enjoyed your prefacing statement about how you would not get caught up in the flamewar, but then proceeded to do so. alexr, so let me get this straight, you weren't entirely "happy" with B5? buckna, RealDeal, you may have convinced me to give DS9 serious consideration. if i don't enjoy it, you will pay dearly. as for Enterprise, does anyone actually enjoy this program without an allegiance to Trek? i mean, i know people who thought NG, and DS9 were great, and had no serious concerns about TOS. i've met only one person in my life who enjoyed VGR, a personal friend of mine, who is an obvious asshole (for both the fact that he is a VGR fan, and a friend of mine). come to think of it, his wife also claims to enjoy VGR, but since she barely qualifies as a person, its a moot point. now, if i may have few votes toward my Carrie-Anne, Natalie Portman, Live Tyler survey, i would appreciate it. the question is, choosing ONLY one, which of these three fanboy fantasies would you prefer to ejaculate upon? your vote is important.

  • Nov. 7, 2003, 2:41 p.m. CST

    ok LoCutest of Borg.....

    by MisterGrimloch

    i will actually make the effort to watch the november Enterprise episodes (all 4), and they damn well better give me a slight increase in my penile girth, or i swear to you that i will come running down to that treehouse, with my skirt hiked up around my neck, and lay a serious Battle of Pellenor Fields on your ass.

  • Nov. 7, 2003, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Got Time anamoly Issues WRONG again, as always

    by No-Op

    Ahem... IF destroying some of the parasites resulted in them "haveing been distroyed in all times, as shown in the changed past scans", how the hell do Phlox and Topol remember them? I guess their memory is more powerful than the freshly revised history. I loved the episode otherwise, and the plot gimmick is even really interesting. If only there were a way for them to discover it without this cheat. Nice ep to watch, I hate it when there's a logical hole of this size.

  • Nov. 7, 2003, 8:05 p.m. CST

    For all you B5 hatas...

    by Mad_Radhu

    Just show me a Trek character as good as G'Kar or Londo (yes, the guy with the peacock hair). They were some of the best written and acted characters I've ever seen on Sci Fi TV. Londo was especially well done because he was a fairly likeable character who had helped bring a terrible war about. He was in the end able to be redeemed, but his sins were too great for him to be completely saved in the end. His character was a wonderful change from the usual heroes and villains we see in most sci-fi TV, as was G"Kar who started out a stock villain and then became much more by the end of the show. I always looked at the show like I was wtaching a play. The sets and effects may have not been the best from time to time, but they really tried with the miniscule budget they had, and the writing and (some) performances did a lot to make up for it. Plus, I liked that it was the only show where spaceships actually acted like spaceships. That alone made up for the occasional cheesiness.

  • Nov. 7, 2003, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Oh, I wasn't flaming, MisterGrim--

    by Sith Lord Sauron

    --after all, I like them both (though maybe I didn't make that clear). Either way, I too plan to give Enterprise ONE MORE CHANCE this season. If they truly are on the way to greatness then I'll be back next season. If it devolves into the same old same old then they can count me out for good.

  • Nov. 7, 2003, 11:33 p.m. CST

    JS

    by Real Deal

    Well what can I sday about this guy who's upset about the fact that they couldn't follow through with consequences that couldn't happen unlessthey ended the show. I guess his name says it all.

  • Nov. 7, 2003, 11:36 p.m. CST

    JS

    by Real Deal

    Well what can I say about this guy who's upset about the fact that they couldn't follow through with consequences that couldn't happen unless they ended the show? I guess his name says it all. Sorry about the double post but it's the only way on this primative forum to correct my typos.

  • Nov. 8, 2003, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Enterprise, not the turd you self-righteous cynics think

    by parnellbc

    Someone already mentioned that the Earth colony was on Ceti Alpha 5 and its connection to Botany Bay. I have to believe that its no coincidence that Malcom had a goatee in this "alternate future". Just like Spock in "Mirror,Mirror". I enjoyed the nice performances by Blalock and Trineer. T'Pol in both the Starfleet uniform and casual red outfit were a nice change. As a fanatical hetero I just dont tune into Trek to catch soft porn. When I want some porn I'll download from Kazaa. I tune into to Sci-Fi and Trek to be taken places and perhaps hear/see some good commentary on humanity. As much as Enterprise has been about 60% good in its run, my opinion, I believe the 3rd year in any Trek is its turning point. TOS was cancelled. TNG ended w/Best of Both Worlds, saving it. Its noted in TV guide that Stewart was skeptical to return. ON DS9 we got the Defiant,promotion to captain, the Dominion groundwork established and that summer the news of Worf. For Voyager, I despise it but they ditched Kes and promised eye candy. More soft porn. Now its Enterprise's 3rd year. As of now I'm happy to see some tying together of the temporal cold war and Xindi plots. I await the second NX ship by season's end. As a fan I want more aliens. Either TOS or other. The Andorians are great. I want to see more steps toward seeing the Aliens of the Alpa Quad forming the Federation. For all those who scream continuity rape your being waaaaay to cynical. Is Enterprise all good, NO. I believe 40% of each season is fair to poor but not worth pissing on as a whole. SCI-FI fans, some who have become jaded, self-delusional bigots. But maybe thats just a reflection of life. Every time a read a sporting, political or monetary commentary someone is always screaming from a position of hindsight how they could've done better. Enterpise is worth watching. I stopped tapping Smallville after seeing Perry White portrayed as an alcoholic. I stomached Lex in Smallville and the racial change of Pete Ross. Those were compromises I could go with. They kept Lex shady and Pete remained a true friend and confidant. However they totally changed Perry for the worse. Bye Bye Smallville. For the record I love Alias and Angel. Tru Calling is lame. Its Early Edition with a hot babe. If you haven't seen Karen Sisco check it out, its growing on me.Deep Space Nine is by far the best Trek, period.

  • Nov. 10, 2003, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Jack Shit

    by DMented

    Yeah, it was a reset button episode. Doing something interesting (like destroying Earth, f*ing with continuity) would work a lot better if the franchise mustered the courage to do it for an entire season or two, making us wonder whether they'd be willing to thwack all that accumulated continuity to keep the show exciting. Personally I would; since this is ST you can tap that reset button at any point down the road, so why not have the courage to let the excitement last more than a single episode? With the ratings in the shitter, what was there to lose? And wouldn't it be cool to see the next Star Trek movie (if there is one) set in a new continuity created by the events in Enterprise? Things had to be shaken up on this show. I'm a fanatical ST fan and even I had stopped watching. While it would take unprecedented courage to let such a drastic chain of events persist in their continuity for a while, at least this episode showed there are a few people left in the ST franchise who remember one of the elements that we loved about the original series: balls. The problem: after the season premiere, which wasn't bad, we eventually did have to watch some lame-ass show about a telepathic alien who fell in love with Hoshi. Very derivative of ST:OS's "Requiem for Methuselah" ... obsessed powerful man gives woman choice: stay with him to save the crew, or watch them die. Come ON. Someone has shaken the writers' trees, but I'm afraid the same sensibility and lack of vision is still part of the establishment. I'm in for now, but if they make us watch another 'TRANSPORTER ACCIDENT MAKES SOMEONE IMMATERIAL' episode, I'm done. Do you know how much these writers make to come up with this lame shit? We deserve better, and at that pay scale, they should be required to deliver it.

  • Nov. 10, 2003, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Re: Theme Song

    by DMented

    Check, on the theme song. Thought it was cool at first, but the problem with pop songs is they get played out. Also, the bouncy new rhythm section in the song only makes it more saccharine -- reflecting another problem with the ST establishment, that they seem to think subtle changes to the theme song (like the ones in DS9's 5th season or so) affect anybody. At all. If you're gonna make changes to the theme song, make some fucking CHANGES, don't add a little backbeat and think anybody cares. Similarly, don't shake up the show for a single episode, press a reset button and think everybody's convinced the show has a "new direction." As if we needed further proof that the show's creators are completely fucking petrified of Gene Roddenberry's shadow. He was great but he's sadly gone, and it's even possible his ideas late in life about what Star Trek should be ... well, they might be wrong, from a commercial standpoint. Or perhaps their interpretation is wrong. Either way, ST has become something very different from what it used to be. And not in a good way.

  • Nov. 10, 2003, 5:42 p.m. CST

    missed first 5 minutes...

    by righteousdude

    ...which apparently had the cool distructo-earth scene. Drat! So, I guess I need to download it somewhere. As a newbie to this technology, anyone want to give me a suggestion as to which service I should go to? Hopefully, the easist as I've never done this before... Oh, and I kind of liked last year's theme song; don't care for it all "tarted up" like they've done.

  • Nov. 10, 2003, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Trek

    by cooper2000

    I wish they would either cancel the show or bring in writers that can do Trek justice. Wasnt the show suppose to be about the birth of the federation? Now we have them chasing aliens in tight outfits. Like Voyager, this show had promise but the powers that be couldnt write good enough stories therefore changing the premise along the way.

  • Nov. 10, 2003, 10:50 p.m. CST

    RE: Captain Sulu series

    by AICN fanboy dork

    Anyone who WANTS to see George Takei in a leading role loses any credibility of sanity right there.