Month: March 2013

  • Trekathon 695: Impulse (ENT)

    T’Pol turns out to be allergic to MacGuffin-D. An interesting development – I was expecting that this trellium-D plot was going to eliminate the silly anomalies, and we could just move on. So on the one hand it’s a bit disappointing that we’re still going to have the weird anomalies. But on the other we […]

  • Trekathon 694: Rajiin (ENT)

    Archer brings a spy on board. It’s pretty hard to do this plot without some people coming across as morons. There’s a little bit of stupidity (not locking Rajiin in her quarters), but it’s at a reasonable level. Really, this Rajiin is just a very effective spy, quite good at her job. Still, I’m sure […]

  • Trekathon 693: Extinction (ENT)

    Archer, Hoshi and Reed get mutated by an alien virus. Unlike previous attempts at similar stories (*Genesis* most notoriously) there’s no attempt to try and relate what happens to any kind of underlying nature of the characters. This episode is more reminiscent of *Masks* actually, but unlike that episode the regular cast don’t take any […]

  • Trekathon 692: Anomaly (ENT)

    Enterprise gets robbed. Not a terrible story, but it’s starting to not feel very much like Trek to me. Archer has become so angry that we have a mysterious ancient alien space station, and no one on the crew bats an eyelid. There’s no sense of exploration or wonder. There’s just violence and action. Archer […]

  • Trekathon 691: The Xindi (ENT)

    Enterprise tries to find the Xindi homeworld. Not a goods start to the season. That opening scene felt like a scene of the Trade Federation in Star Wars. And the sequence on the mining facility was pretty tedious. Archer gets betrayed by the obviously horrible alien, and absolutely no one is prepared for it. Just […]

  • Trekathon Season Review: Enterprise, Season 2

    For the most part this is a show without clear direction There’s a general flailing around from theme to theme, never quite sure what kind of story will work. And very little is landing. It’s generally a pleasant way to spend an hour, but it’s not rising to the heights established by the other series. […]

  • Trekathon 690: The Expanse (ENT)

    Earth gets attacked for no known reason, and Enterprise has to go find out who’s responsible. There’s a pretty bald attempt to draw everything together here – the mysterious future guy, the Klingon bounty on Archer’s head, the Suliban. It makes for an over packed episode that doesn’t really hold together as a coherent story. […]

  • Trekathon 689: Bounty (ENT)

    Reed is proved very correct about Archer’s lax attitude to security, as Archer gets captured by a bounty hunter. Dull and uninteresting stupidity. Archer gets himself taken prisoner by being stupid, tries a couple of stupid things that don’t help him get out of the situation, then tries a stupid thing that does help him. […]

  • Trekathon 688: First Flight (ENT)

    Archer has a flashback to the days of the NX Warp Project testing. Not great, but not terrible either. It’s nice to see the ‘what they were like back then’ type stories, but this one is limited in scope (just Archer and Trip), and it seems that basically everyone is just the same. There was […]

  • Trekathon 687: Regeneration (ENT)

    The Borg show up, jumping up and down lightly on continuity. There’s a great episode of the Doctor Who reboot, *Dalek*, that manages to take back a villain that had become so overused we’d forgotten the menace. This episode is not as good, but it still reminds us of just how significant the Borg threat […]