Month: February 2013

  • Trekathon 655: Rogue Planet (ENT)

    Some of the crew go hunting with some aliens. Bleh. Dull and predictable. It’s established so early on that the aliens are hunting something a bit more sentient than they’re letting on that it’s mysterious. The siren that appears to Archer doesn’t so much seduce as make us question her judgment. And the final resolution […]

  • Trekathon 654: Fusion (ENT)

    Enterprise meets a ship of Vulcans who reject the teachings of logic. Boring, and fails to deliver on the small sliver of promise. We’ve always had hints at the ‘primal nature’ of Vulcans (along with some very inconsistent explanations about how this primal nature if controlled). Here it’s reduced to someone being a little bit […]

  • Trekathon 653: Shuttlepod One (ENT)

    Reed and Tucker are stranded, convinced they’re going to die. Rarely enough for this kind of episode they stay more or less on target the whole time. The cuts away to the Enterprise are kept to the minimum needed to make the plot work, and we spend the vast majority of the show on the […]

  • Trekathon 652: Shadows of P’Jem (ENT)

    Vulcan bureaucracy finally catches up with the events of eight episodes ago. The ‘larger plot’ bits of this episode were good – growing tensions between Vulcan and Earth, T’Pols growing divided loyalties, the dangerous but honest Andorians. There’s a good story being told. I suspect some traditionalists are enraged by the portrayals of Vulcans in […]

  • Trekathon 651: Sleeping Dogs (ENT)

    Enterprise rescues a ship lost in a gas giant. A nice little action-exploration story, which managed to not get sunk on the shoals of ‘stupid Klingon stuff’. The material with Reed, T’Pol and Hoshi on the ship was particularly good. The earlier ‘Hoshi is scared to go on missions’ stuff was boring, this is much […]

  • Trekathon 650: Dear Doctor (ENT)

    Doctor Phlox writes a letter to colleague. An interesting story, which for me highlighted the strength of this character at least. Doctor Phlox is one of the most fully realised aliens we’ve seen on Star Trek – alien, with different physiology and culture, but also with his own distinct personality beyond a cultural dictat (*cough* […]

  • Trekathon 649: Silent Enemy (ENT)

    Enterprise decides to step up its defences, because of a run-in with some mysterious aliens. There’s been something missing from a lot of the plots so far in this show. I can’t quite pin it down, but there’s a lack of interesting stakes, or perhaps its just a lack of reaction to the stakes. The […]

  • Trekathon 648: Cold Front (ENT)

    An observation mission turns a lot stranger as the plot arc kicks into gear. Well, clearly the pathetic security of Starfleet ships was part of standard operating procedure from early on, as visitors wander the ship completely unescorted. At least Lieutenant Reed noted that free access might not be the greatest idea. The temporal cold […]

  • Trekathon 647: Fortunate Son (ENT)

    The Enterprise responds to a distress call. Another developing theme – it’s the frontier, but things are changing. The tensions between the ‘new way’ and the ‘old way’ are made clear enough, without too much resort to beating the viewer over the head. The freighter officer comes across as a bit too obsessed, but there’s […]

  • Trekathon 646: Civilization (ENT)

    Archer explores an alien planet, falls in love, saves the day. Y’know, Captain (Kirk) stuff. The lightest outing so far. While there’s an attempt to create some stakes, we never get a really good feeling for the aliens suffering from the disease (compare, for instance, with *The Quickening* in DS9). So it’s more of a […]