Month: April 2013

  • Trekathon 715: Storm Front (1) (ENT)

    It’s Archer versus the Space Nazis (™). To be honest, it wasn’t the gigantic pile of fail I was expecting. There are some nice touches – Nazis in the US is pretty rare, evidenced by this being one of the few times that I’ve ever seen the ‘White House with swastikas’ image here. The gangsters […]

  • Trekathon Season Review: Enterprise, Season 3

    Star Trek finally tries the ‘serial story’ thing without reserve. There are two big problems with the Xindi arc. Firstly, it comes out of nowhere. By that, I mean that we’ve never heard of this species before, don’t know anything about them. Wouldn’t it have made a lot more sense to use Romulans, or some […]

  • Trekathon 714: Zero Hour (ENT)

    The Xindi arc comes to an end, as the weapon reaches Earth. I’ll say something about how this whole season turned out in my season review shortly. But I thought this was a fairly good ending (until the last five minutes) to the season – the story was wrapped up in a satisfactory way, and […]

  • Trekathon 713: Countdown (ENT)

    Some Xindi try to launch the weapon, while others help Enterprise’s attempt to destroy it. My main disappointment with what was generally a fairly enjoyable episode is that we didn’t get to see more of the aquatics. They’re actually the most ‘alien’ of the Xindi species, compared to previous Star Trek. And it would have […]

  • Trekathon 712: The Council (ENT)

    Archer confronts the Xindi council. This is what Babylon 5 used to call a ‘WHAM’ episode. A clever drawing together of a lot of the threads from the season, with appropriate consequences. And a quick pivot onto a slightly new path for the conclusion of the season. My lingering discomfort is the anthropomorphism – it […]

  • Trekathon 711: E² (ENT)

    It’s Tomorrow’s Enterprise, as Enterprise runs into an Enterprise crewed by everyone’s great grand children. A potentially great concept that, after a fun twenty minutes or so, finds that it doesn’t really have anywhere to go with the setup. There isn’t much of a sense that this is a crew full of the descendants of […]

  • Trekathon 710: The Forgotten (ENT)

    Archer makes an alliance with some of the Xindi. Like the previous episode, there’s a lot going on. Unlike the previous episode it just didn’t quite hang together as well. The major plot is nicely advanced, with Mulder-Xindi convincing Scully-Xindi to believe (maybe I should watch the X-Files next, hmmm…). But beyond Degra’s growth and […]

  • Trekathon 709: Damage (2) (ENT)

    Enterprise tries to repair damage, as some of the Xindi begin to doubt. Wow, a lot happened. Let’s take it one at a time. First, the Xindi are looking a lot more interesting now, with a bit more internal dissent and conflict. A lot better than I feared from their first appearance. Second, the T’Pol […]

  • Trekathon 708: Azati Prime (1) (ENT)

    Enterprise finds the Xindi weapon, and Archer goes on a suicide mission to destroy it. Another two-part episode, another difficult write-up. Enterprise’s achilles heel has been the time travel plots. I think the original motivation was to give the writers some degrees of freedom relative to the established ‘future history’. There are some good ideas […]

  • Trekathon 707: Hatchery (ENT)

    Archer goes a little buggy, and the crew re-enacts *Crimson Tide*. Another one of those great stand-by episodes – the Captain might have gone nuts, and the crew has to decide what side their on. This one strained its credibility a little, particularly given the previous emphasis on decontamination for even small things – hard […]