Month: April 2013

  • Trekathon 706: Doctor’s Orders (ENT)

    Enterprise passes through a nebula where all the Humans need to be put into a coma for the passage. Even though I picked the twist in this episode pretty early on, it was concealed well enough that I began to doubt my conclusion right up to the end of the episode. Nicely done – just […]

  • Trekathon 705: Harbinger (ENT)

    Enterprise retrieves a strange alien from a large anomaly. In one sense the ‘main’ plot of this episode was a shaggy dog tale – the only important bit was the last five seconds, where we get a sense that the people building the spheres are involved with the Xindi. Well, we did kinda know that […]

  • Trekathon 704: Stratagem (ENT)

    Archer interrogates the Xindi mastermind. I was disappointed about the caution the episode took in the end, it would have been nice to keep us in suspense (at least a little) about what was going on, rather than reveal the elaborate set up. Gee, they really had to work for it back before the holodeck […]

  • Trekathon 703: Proving Ground (ENT)

    The Andorians show up to help the mission. So I think this plot development is normally called the ‘deus ex shran’. Forgiven, because Shran is the best recurring guest star this show has developed so far. Also, things turn out to be more complicated than they first appear. There’s some first rate flirting between Reed […]

  • Trekathon 702: Chosen Realm (ENT)

    Enterprise is taken over by religious terrorists. Gee, I wonder what possible real world parallels they were trying to draw… Although if you missed the moral, clearly you stopped the episode a few minutes too early, as the last scene wielded a true sledgehammer of subtlety. The mechanics were mostly pretty good. Often the problem […]

  • Trekathon 701: Carpenter Street (ENT)

    Archer and T’Pol travel back to Earth 2004 to stop a Xindi bioweapon plot. This makes surprisingly little use of the time period. T’Pol’s moralising asides are annoying, overly arch, and to be frank out of character for her. I doubt she honestly sees much difference between 2004 and 2154. It was good that they […]

  • Trekathon 699: North Star (ENT)

    Enterprise finds a colony of humans living a 19th century Western. Bland silliness that’s so impressed with itself for making a point that it forgot to make a coherent episode. It feels more like an attempt to get some use out of the Western set than any kind of real story. So we mainly get […]

  • Trekathon 697: The Shipment (ENT)

    Archer follows a trail to a mining facility supplying the Xindi weapon. Now we have some complexity and variety in the Xindi – they aren’t all a threat to Earth. Some of them could be on our side. And Archer is becoming less angry, more willing to act like a Star Fleet Captain. Not that […]

  • Trekathon 696: Exile (ENT)

    Hoshi makes contact with a creepy psychic. Yay, we finally noticed that the enormous sphere from a few episodes ago was significant. Only when they worked out there were 50 or so of them. And now maybe, just maybe, the mystery of the why and how of these spheres has made something workable. And theres […]