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Published at: Nov. 5, 2004, 1:52 a.m. CST

Star Trek: Enterprise 4.5 FAQ

What’s it called?
“Cold Station 12.”

Who’s responsible?
Teleplay is credited to “Star Trek” newcomer Michael Bryant (a pseudonym perhaps for one Alan Brennert, who worked on Manny Coto’s “Odyssey 5”).

What does TV Guide say?
“Soong (Brent Spiner) realizes just how ruthless his “children” have become when the fugitive Augments raid a research facility to retrieve genetically enhanced embryos left over from the Eugenics Wars.

Any more word on how most of us missed the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s?
Unlike last week, there are no references this week to the 20th century.

Any action on the Trip/T’Pol front?
None.

The big news?
The augments are telling Soong lies, notably with regard to Raakin’s fate. Malik, who has twice a normal human’s intelligence, has decided he doesn’t like handing over leadership of the augments to Soong. And Archer wonders if Soong was right about how genetic engineering might have helped warp-drive pioneer Henry Archer.

What else is TV Guide not telling us?
On the trail of the augments, the crew meets Smike, an augment misfire who didn’t get superpowers like his “siblings.” We also learn Cold Station 12 is jointly operated by Starfleet and the Denobulans, and that Phlox’s oft-referenced human pen-pal, Dr. Jeremy Lucas, is stationed there now.

Outside of “Space Seed,” which earlier “Star Trek” episodes does “Cold Station 12” remind one of?
It’s hard to look at Smike and not be reminded of the powerless dwarf Alexander in “Plato’s Stepchildren.” And there might be a little of Gary Lockwood’s crazed-with-power “Where No Man Has Gone Before” performance in Alec Newman’s portrayal of Malik.

What’s good?
The considerable narrative momentum upgrade generally and the horrific battle of wills between Soong and Lucas in particular. Spiner’s performance is a thousand times better this week; with Soong thrust into a leadership role, the actor suddenly seems far less compelled to portray Soong as the wackiest mad genius in the Alpha Quadrant.

What’s not so good?
The green-screen embryo chamber looks pretty cheesy. I don’t think anybody’s going to be fretting too much over this week’s episode-ending “cliffhanger.” And why did Smike think Soong was the augments’ biological father?

How does it end, spoiler-boy?
“Four minutes till containment breach. There’s no way to stop it from here.” “Somewhere else?” “The primary junction.”

Herc’s rating for “Star Trek: Enterprise” 4.5?

***

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

8 p.m. Friday. UPN.

I am – Hercules!!





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  • Nov. 5, 2004, 2:04 a.m. CST

    These writers couldn't do a decent T and A scene

    by Battousai

    They'll be so desperate they'll use some skin to get some people to watch. But they'll use T'Pol with that ugly vulcan haircut.----Why make the resident whore a Vulcan? These guys are so stupid......

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Why no Colonel Green?

    by warp11

    I think Colonel Green would have worked great on Enterprise. I do think that Bret Spiner is doing a great job on Enterprise also. I wonder if they will somehow be able to tie in why one of his ancestors will be interested in designing artifical life forms like Data. Something like it has always been in the family to try to seek perfection or something. Here is a great song by that Star Trek Band Warp 11 called Set Your Phasers for FUCK! check it: http://www.pearson-family.org/david/Warp11/Warp%2011%205-1-04%20-%2008.mp3 enjoy!

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 3:13 a.m. CST

    why no col. green....

    by Falcon5768

    Very simple because Col. Green has pretty much been made a figure of WWIII, they didnt even make him out to be a part of the Eugenics war back in TOS, why would you make him part of it now? Likewise I think Col Greens story has been pretty much done in TOS, so there is no reason to bring him back up... he was a one off character in a otherwise kinda dumb plot (I mean come on Abe Lincoln??? FIGHINT with Kirk!?!?!??! please the story sucked) The Eugenics wars though had a lot of potential simply because so little is known about it yet so many tales have come from it (Khan, Bashier, etc.)

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 3:57 a.m. CST

    So-called prequel

    by Bart of Darkness

    If only this show deserved to be mentioned in the same breath as "Space Seed" or "Wrath of Khan". And there's no Colonel Green because he's a purely Original Series character, a series the production team hold in undisguised contempt. Shame nobody wants to watch their "superior" series.

  • douchebag.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 5:09 a.m. CST

    um... star wars 3 trailer? hello?

    by scrumdiddly

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Resistence is futile.

    by Judge Doom

    T

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Funny I seem....

    by Real Deal

    To remember Spock and Kirk discussing the eugenics war and WIII as the same thing in " The space Seed ". Check it out if you don't believe me. You know " whole populations being bombed out " ....etc.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 8:51 a.m. CST

    last week

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    Last week's episode was pretty bad. I am hoping the mini epic recovers tonight. But last week? Christ that auction scene with T'Pol was so badly done... and unnecessary. Fucking lame. I was really hoping Enterprise would kick more ass this year, but so far they are 1:3.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 9:18 a.m. CST

    They Haven't Ruled Out Using Col. Green Later

    by Drath

    His story is done? That wasn't even him in TOS episode, it was a replicant. The character has plenty of potential...although, wasn't he involved in WW3? Didn't that happen prior to the events in First Contact, which was set 100 years before Archers time? Seems to me they'd have a hard time working in Col Green without pulling a Space Seed-villain from the past gimmick anyway. Maybe it's better that they not bother with Col Green. ******************* While I'm liking the Evil Soong arc, I'm really sorry that Trek is back to relying on guest stunts. It's great seeing a familiar ideas: Eugenic supermen, Orions, rogue Klingon Bird of Prey, Spiner playing a combo of Lore, Khan, and Dr. Soran. Those things are fun. However, the best part of Wrath of Khan wasn't Khan himself, it was the story of Kirk, what he was losing, what he'd given up, what he was willing to risk to get it back. Archer is simply not that compelling, not by a long shot, and I want to see that change this year. Risk being over the top if you must, but give the man some gravitas. I know, small steps. I hope it'll happen though.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 9:56 a.m. CST

    grreat.

    by radio1_mike

    Artificial Life Form... Artificial Trek Series... What's the diff?

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 12:08 p.m. CST

    let's just create bands for each show featured in Coaxial

    by durhay

    Hey, if you liked this week's episode of Lost, check out the Lost-themed band, Upright Position and their new song "You're now free to move about the island."

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 1:15 p.m. CST

    by Falcon5768

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 1:19 p.m. CST

    WWIII vs Eugenics wars

    by Falcon5768

    This is the thing, the Eugenics wars happened in 1992-1996. WWIII in Trekizerse doesnt happen for another 40 years or so. Both killed millions. The reason WWIII exists at all was because Gene wanted to put another war in the Trekiverse because he felt that the Eugenics war wasnt a big enough bang for some reason. So he wanted the war to end all wars with even MORE people dying in this one than the Eugenics

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Yeah

    by Creflo A. Dollar

    Spiner was definitely phoning it in for the first episode. Guess the check hadn't cleared yet. Looking forward to tonight's ep, certainly can't be any worse.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 4:26 p.m. CST

    SeeThroughThis,

    by Battousai

    My point was that the writers are so desperate for ratings they'll have T'Pol take off her clothes for the whole season if neccesary.As for Desperate Housewives it's my favorite show but isn't that hot.The Teri Hatcher scene was more funny than hot.I like it for the writing, the characters and that kick ass opening credits.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Jolene Blalock will be mine...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...oh yes, she will be mine.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 6:55 p.m. CST

    WWIII vs Eugenics War

    by Real Deal

    Well in the original series they happened at the same time. Check out Spock Talking to Kirk about it in the " Space Seed " episode. Spock : " Whole populations were being bombed out of existence " Later in " First Contact " WWIII got changed to the 21rst century. So there was continuity blown already. As for myself 1996 has already come and gone so some revision is ok with me.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 8:59 p.m. CST

    I give it 4 stars

    by Trik

    It was a pretty good ride. No points where it drags or unnessessary filler crap. Acting, directing, writing was all well done. I can't wait until arc the finale next week.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 9:28 p.m. CST

    T'Pol

    by Kcir

    "T

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for the episode...

    by Goody2shoes

    where Archer is in a body cast for the whole hour. He's been beaten up so many times, Ike Turner and Tom Sizemore feel sorry for him. What is this "we'll prove Archer's tough by smacking him into bulkheads every other week" nonsense? Kirk, Picard and Sisko would've made him their girlfriend if they were in prison (and wearing Janeway's dresses, too). And since T'Pol officially has a Starfleet rank, can we get her a uniform? Sorry guys, it's not just because I'm a girl, but is this, or is this not, a quasi-military vessel at this point in the timeline? Granted, slinky catsuits have been the norm since Troi, but she did get ordered into a uniform eventually. It's sad that only one show (DS9) had all of the women in uniforms from the getgo. Kira's may not have been Starfleet, but it was a uniform. Believe it or not, I did like this episode. It just bugged me watching Archer get pimp-slapped for the umpteenth time near the end, coupled with T'Pol's Emma Peel look.

  • Nov. 5, 2004, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Better...

    by Electric_Monk

    With a tighter script and direction, C12 comes off as better than Borderland. Spiner is much better and once again out classes Bakula, who gets beat up. Again. Got to agree with a previous post. This "we have to beat up Archer every damn week" is getting old. As I've said before, this is a relic of a different TV era. Kirk, Picard, Sisko and even the terrible Janeway used their brains more than their brawn, but Archer seems to never use the God given organ. Every week, the guy gets his ass beat to the floor. Glad the 22nd Century has cheap health care. Anyhoo, the episode was good, but once agin proves how predictable it is. Anyone who figured out from the moment Smike appeared he was going to die before the To be Continued... rolled onto the screen raise your hands. And, no suprise who killed him either. Nope, Malik is like most villians of the later Trek years: all twirling mustache and self-rightousness without an ounce of charisma. Khan was evil, but he was so good at it. Malik is boring (much like Bakula's acting). While we know the end: Soong has live, Malik has to die, can they try just a little bit harder to be not so predictable? And was Khan such an epitome of what a great villian is, that they cannot even come up with one that comes close? Come on guys, be just a little more unconventional. I mean, it might be cool to let Malik escape. See how his superior intellect goes up agianst Archer's. Ooh, wait. That might not be a good idea. Archer proves to many times, he has all the smarts of a certain slacked-jawed yokel who lives in Springfield.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Beat up starship captains discussion

    by Trik

    If you read any of the early ST books that were released in the 70's and very early 80's that were original stories. By this I esp mean the 2 books that don't appear in the official timeline. *The Price of Phenoix* and *The Fate of the Phoenix*. --- These 2 books before any of the others, really drove home just how physically weak humans were to other humanoid species. --- These 2 concentrated on Vulcanoids, and later books showed how the Andorians. the Orions, Klingons, and most other expansionist species had humans beat cold in the strength and toughness department. --- Archer is a 1st generation in rough and tumble with non-humans. --- He's paying the price and gaining experience the old fashioned way. In scar tissue. --- In the end by Janeway's time humand have distinguished themselves not as brawlers, but as being adaptable, flexible in their thinking, and unpredictable.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Herc- Spiner's Performance is Called "Evolving the Character"

    by atomheartbrother

    oh i noticed your comments last week and you're still wrong this week- spiner is taking the character from the hannibal lecter / lore he was last week to the soong / data character beloved by all. i'm really starting to get the impression that this season of trek is damn good, and maybe even worthy of another season.

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 12:01 p.m. CST

    what Enterprise needs...

    by MasterShake

    Is more light-hearted episodes like "I, Mudd", or "The Trouble With Tribbles". C'mon Trek writers, not every episode has to have life and death consequences. Let's see a good old fashioned scoundrel like Harry Mudd hoodwink the Enterprise crew. Ever heard of characters with "style", or "panasche"?

  • Nov. 6, 2004, 12:09 p.m. CST

    A Good Episode

    by Real Deal

    I liked the retro Klingon Bird of Prey. Spinner kept my interest all through the episode. Granted Malik could be portrayed by a stronger character. However he's a spolied, power hungry, child basically and that's what comes across. I was surprised by the whole feel of the episode seeming more like TOS timeline. I eagerly look forward to the next installment. PS. And hey! We finally got to see the " Blood Burn " in action!

  • Nov. 7, 2004, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Wow, I'm stunned I haven't seen a CANCEL THIS SHOW talkback head

    by zillabeast

    On that note, CANCE--- I'm just kidding, I love ENT and hope the ratings keep on keepin on.

  • Nov. 8, 2004, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Enterprise is just plain awful

    by Jeditemple

    Star Trek needs to go into hibernation for a decade.

  • My only concern is that I want Soong and the Augments to escape, and I have a feeling that we're gonna get a case of - the good guys have to always win... God I miss Farscape.