Trekathon 679: Cease Fire (ENT)

March 15th, 2013

Archer mediates a dispute between the Vulcans and the Andorians.

There’s a lot to like in this episode. Involving the Vulcans in a war puts them in a very strange position relative to the rest of Trek, and Shrank and the Andorians have also been consistently interesting. But we spend a lot of the episode in silly action sequences that go on for too long. And the betrayal by the Andorian deputy isn’t really the most interesting choice that was available.

It’s pretty clear at this point that the writers are deliberately setting up Vulcans as being very different ‘now’ to how they will be in the future. Here we hear that the Vulcans have a reputation for lying and duplicity. But we better get the other half of this – how do they change to the cuddly Vulcans we all know and love from later Trek.

679 down, 58 to go.