July 4, 2002: Launch! Using whatever
Season 1 photos I could pull together. As repeats air over
the summer I'll try to get my own screencaps and expand.
My profound thanks to Keckler and her assistants over at
Television Without Pity; without her extremely funny and
very detailed recaps I literally could not have gotten this
site off the ground. Please report any broken links, typos,
weird formatting, factual errors, or anything else to evay
This site was originally going to be called "The
Folded Spindled Mutilated Trip Page," after the late and
much-missed "Folded Spindled Mutilated Paris Page," but the
URL was just too long and awkward. Brainstorming and polling
of friends and family came up with alternatives like fsmtrip.com,
poortrip.com, trips-and-falls.com, tripabuse.com, warp-lash.com, and tripredshirt.com. After
a shakedown cruise, the runners-up were tripwirecentral.com (which
had great potential for graphics, and just sounded so
cool), perilsoftrip.com (two votes), alltuckeredout.com (also
two votes), and one adamant holdout for spindletrip.com (you
know who you are). If the author of the FSMParis page is
still online somewhere, please contact me and I'll happily
credit you here.
July 12, 2002: Coupla spelling tweaks;
added a reciprocal link to SciFi
Source. TrekConnection very generously donated a photo
for "Cold Front."
Holy catfish! Ah'm runnin' around in
my underwear! And gettin' paid for it!
July 17, 2002: The ongoing hunt for
typos. Added a photo of Trinneer, a link to Sev Trek, and
a scan from the August 2002 issue of MAD magazine to the
Minor Abrasions page (at the end of Season One).
July 24, 2002: Expanded the description
for "Shadows of P'Jem," although it still doesn't
rate its own page. You know, Archer, T'Pol, and Reed are
taking a lot of beatings too; should I start up another damage
tote board for them? Or maybe this is why Starfleet started
issuing red-shirted uniforms -- to limit injuries to the
lower decks and protect the senior staff.
July 31, 2002: I received official
notification that I'm now a member of the Star
Trek: Enterprise web ring! woohoo!
August 7, 2002: Did anyone notice that TV Guide selected "Acquisition" as
an Editor's Choice for this coming week?
August 9, 2002: Updated Season 2's
episode list (just getting the names off TrekToday; no real
spoilers). Added a new photo to "Shuttlepod One." StarTrek.com
is sneakily adding material to their media library and not
telling anyone. That photo wasn't there before -- believe
me, I checked!
August 13, 2002: I've been officially
added to the Star
Trek: Enterprise Exploration web ring!
August 15, 2002: Corrected a few errors
in the "Acquisition" summary and added a whole
August 20, 2002: Added
photos and touched up the summary for "Shuttlepod One."
August 22, 2002: Added photos and
touched up the summary for "Vox Sola."
August 24, 2002: Added a reciprocal
link to TrekkieLizard. Oh man, it is so cool to find
yourself on someone else's dropdown menu! :)
My shirt? What's wrong with my shirt?
It's clean, ain't it?
August 29, 2002: Fixed a sack of typos
(I forgot Dreamweaver has a spellchecker). Tweaked "Fallen
Hero" and "Desert Crossing" and added some
Maybe it's just the woodenness of most of the
main cast, or that I'm studying Trip more closely, but it
seems to me that Trinneer is really putting the most effort
into bringing his character to life. Keating is very
good but subtle with his portrayal; he's consistent in showing
Malcolm as a repressed Brit who was probably cowed by his
father. Billingsley has some nice quiet touches with Phlox.
But Trip is the most animated of the crew -- he grimaces,
grins widely, ducks his head, talks with his hands like an
Italian, rolls his eyes, and shouts at aliens. Archer is
definitely up for the Chakotay of the Year award. T'Pol is
supposed to be restrained, but she's channeling Seven of
Nine. Hoshi apparently has three modes: scream," "whine," and "off." Travis,
well, he packed all his scenery-chewing into two episodes,
so we don't know yet. Porthos is a natural.
August 30, 2002: I'm officially a
member of the Sci
Fi TV Web ring.
September 4, 2002: Added a photo for "Shockwave." Don't
expect much new stuff until after the season opener in a
few weeks. Oh, and September 8th is Star Trek's birthday
-- the day Classic Trek debuted. Happy 36th!
September 12, 2002: Located two additional
photos for "Unexpected" so the summary flows better.
September 14, 2002: Added a reciprocal
link to House
of Tucker. Go visit; it's fun. Four days to the premiere!
September 18, 2002: Premiere was decent.
Nice action scenes, some interesting camera work, and NO
Big Shiny Reset Button at the end, for a change. Archer
got off a few good lines. Bakula is still wimping out on
delivery of the softer material, but he's improving his force.
I have hopes for the seasons to come. Poor Hoshi, though;
she's carrying every Screaming Meemie Ensign stereotype ever
invented. She's claustrophobic, she's slightly xenophobic
(of new places, not new people -- is there a different word?),
she's the baby of the crew. And she loses her shirt while
saving the ship. (Why she didn't put on a bra before leaving
her quarters is something I don't get, however. Maybe her
ancestors were really liberated
women.) Good ensemble work. Even Travis got in a few
lines. The cast is getting comfortable in one another's space,
so to speak.
September 19, 2002: The Mess Hall changed
its name to Trekpulse,
so I updated all my references. Nice design.
Congratulations to our cat, who had three
kittens this evening -- two calicoes and a black and white.
Thas raht, she named the kitten after
September 20, 2002: I changed my mind
about the "Shockwave, Part II" summary. And yes,
we decided to name one of the kittens "Trip." I
originally liked "Charlie," because he's black
and white with patterns similar to my mother's cat Charlie,
but Moogie said "Chuck" and then "What about
Trip?" and that was that.
September 25, 2002: Poor Jolene Blalock.
Does she have any dignity left? Her nipples have gotten more
screen time than Travis.
I mean, back on Voyager, we had two instances of Seven
of Nine being intimated to be topless or naked, but all we
actually saw were her bare shoulders and maybe a stretch
of back (which could be tastefully displayed at any awards
show). Berman and Braga really need to visit the Playboy
mansion and get it out of their systems so they can stop
embarrassing T'Pol and Hoshi (or Blalock and Linda Park,
take your pick). Yes, we've seen Trip and Mal in their underwear,
but after "Broken Bow," we didn't see anything
you wouldn't see walking down the street on a Saturday afternoon
in July. Jeez, Buffy and Spike have actually had sex on
screen more than once and showed less genitalia.
September 29, 2002: As I'm
sitting here, I get emails from
two different people letting me know they've added my site
to their page purely spontaneously! That creaking sound you
hear is my jaw swinging in the wind. :) So I've cross-linked,
and they're two very nice sites too.
September 30, 2002: I finally made
the search engines! If you search for "triphammered" in
Google, Lycos, Excite, and Yahoo, they come up with my site
October 1, 2002: T1K! One thousand
hits! Kisses and pecan tarts to everyone who's stopped
by in the last three months.
Took the Enterprise personality quiz. Go
see who I ended up as. :)
The dialogue got interrupted where? Are
you kiddin' me?
October 2, 2002: WHAT is with UPN?
Somebody needs to narrow their annular confinement beam;
the signal keeps drifting in the middle of key scenes. But
the Romulans rocked. And the floating-hull-piece effect
was extremely cool. Malcolm had some really funny self-depreciating
lines. Hoshi and Enterprise both get Purple Hearts.
Travis almost got a half-dozen lines! (Sorry, I still think
the joystick-through-the-mines scene was totally GalaxyQuest.
Painful. Funny. But painful.) Archer was way better this
week -- a little more comfortable with command, with making
plans and having alternative options. This is exactly the
kind of script which suits Bakula's delivery -- low-key physical
action but intense emotional interaction, and a few key gestures.
Although I'm getting a little tired of him deciding that
Archer only raises his voice when he's being protective:
Mal here, Trip in "Desert Crossing," over the Klingon
in "Broken Bow." Once it's cool. Twice it's "finding
the character." The fourth or fifth time it's a schtick.
Did anyone else get the impression that the
actors were looking particularly haggard? Blalock had bags
under her eyes. Keating looked about fifty -- before the
mine hit the ship. Trinneer was all craggy. Even Bakula was
a little ragged around the edges. Long cast party the night
before filming? Bad morning in Makeup?
October 5, 2002: Added two more episode
names from TrekToday.
Added a photo of the Romulan Warbird somewhere on
the site -- first person who finds it gets a mention here.
My husband, who cheated and downloaded the
entire web site to find the picture while on his business
trip in Florida (and hacked my web page) doesn't count.
(Love you, Evay!)
Ah'd offer you some catfish, but Ah know
you don't eat meat. Would you like some of my garnish
October 9, 2002: Very nice episode.
Archer is seriously improving. He still had geek moments,
but he showed some real strength and intelligence. Great
continuity from last week, both plot and character
("You were saying discipline is getting lax around here...").
Some hilarious dialogue. Fresh plot. Good acting by Billingsley.
Cool effects -- the all-white corridors were fabulous. Loved the
ten-second denouement. Nice to see the Trip/Malcolm friendship
continuing, and Mal letting Trip talk him into stuff. Roxann
Dawson has a good feel for crew interaction all around; the
Malcolm/Phlox and Hoshi/Phlox scenes flowed beautifully.
You know, we so often bitch that TPTB screw things up; let's
have a big round of applause for getting it right this week.
Well-written, well-paced, well-directed. Way to go,
guys! Keep it up!
Other thoughts: What's with T'Pol's hair? Was
her wig getting cleaned so they had to use the Moe Vulcan
wig from Carbon Creek? Travis is now the first official Recyclable
Ensign. I guess Hoshi's last name really is "SAH-toe";
I always thought it was "SAY-toe." (You say say-toe,
I say sah-toe, to-may-to, to-mah-to... sorry) I thought they
were going to be paying for all the food they were replicating
with the proverbial "pound of flesh;" I'm glad
it wasn't that obvious. You'll notice Trip didn't
say the catfish was "just as good as my momma's."
Trip: Wonder why Art
Asylum made a "Broken Bow" figure outta
you an' not me?
Malcolm: Well, your figure was added
to the "Away Team" group and mine
wasn't. If it's any consolation, the Captain's
figure looks quite constipated. Plus he seems
to be wearing a great deal more lipstick
than I do.
Trip: Yeah, but your Deluxe
figure comes with a whole console
October 11, 2002: I'm officially a
member of the Enterprise
Exploration ring. Woohoo! More visitors!
October 16, 2002: Oy. Well, it wasn't
as bad as we feared. I really did not think that there could
be a wooden good-looking guy and a repressed lovely lady
with less chemistry than Chakotay and Seven, but I've been
officially proven wrong. Memo to Berman and Braga: Archer
and T'Pol do not work as a couple. Period. More Trip
and Malcolm, less mannequins making out!
Phlox was very funny. Also icky. A second VOY
record got broken: Ugliest Alien Feet, previously held by
Neelix. I was kind of torn about Archer's hysteria over Porthos:
as an animal lover myself ::cough kittens cough:: I
understand entirely how concerned he could be; on the other
hand, he was about equally worked up over Travis last week!
I suppose I'd rather he be more upset about anyone suffering
than not caring at all. Archer's a good guy. He definitely
means well. Hoshi was nice. Blalock is getting there,
but she's still hitting some false notes. Keating and Montgomery
must have been embarrassed to pick up their paychecks this
Practically no Trip! *whine*
Halloween 2002: Sorry for the delay;
didn't see the ep until tonight. Short and sweet: recycled
TOS plot, I liked it, Archer didn't suck, Trip got good screen
time, Mal looked great. More this weekend and I should have
screen shots. Yes, I wore my TNG uniform to work, complete
with tricorder and phaser props.
Trip: Got some decent screen
time this week, didn't we, Mal?
Malcolm: Yes, unlike our poor helmsman what's-his-name. However,
you must concur that my desert attack outfit was much sharper than yours.
Trip: Yeah, well, if Ah hadn't had
to wear that fool bandanna Ah'd'a been just
as nifty-lookin' as you.
November 1, 2002: Longer thoughts on "Marauders":
Unless that spray-on leotard of T'Pol's was
some 22nd-century L.L.Bean Wick-Away-Sweat fabric, why wasn't
she wearing loose robes? Doesn't something close to your
skin trap heat? Granted, it was white, but... (I know, I
know. Loose robes and the lack of a low tight belt wouldn't
allow the other half of the key demographic to watch her
ass wiggle from here to Catalina when she walked over loose
ground.) The Vulcan Fu was mostly believable. I was pleased
that she didn't claim she was going to teach them all Klurkor in
three days. However, even a Klingon with limited tactical
ability would be able to counter "duck right-duck left-roll
left" after the fifth or sixth time, and that kind of
movement won't work against a hand knife like the mek'telh
Moogie notes that someone should tell Archer "before
you share an impressive proverb with an alien from a desert
planet, make sure he understands what a fish is." Other
than that, however, his acting was fine, his lines were decent,
and his decisions were a good balance of leadership and teamwork.
The pep talk with the colony leader was just a little clunky,
but not too bad. Nice continuity touches from "Fight
or Flight" (not leaving these poor guys to suffer) and
with Hoshi's marksmanship. That whole scene was really enjoyable.
I'm very glad to see Hoshi has progressed beyond Screaming
Meemie stage -- twice now this season.
Mal has just enough muscle to cross the line
from "skinny" to "wiry." Looked good.
This is really a man who loves his job. Notice how his voice
got deeper as he was scuttling through the trenches taking
aim? How all his nervousness vanished when he was working
in his area of expertise? Let the man show how competent
he is and his self-esteem goes through the roof without having
him come across as arrogant.
I thought Trip in the the scuffed-up desert
gear looked better than Trip in the Recycled Rambo outfit.
Good bonding with the kid (the kid actor did not impress
me). Wasn't everyone expecting the kid to run out into the
middle of the ambush and wreck it? Was it better that he
didn't (avoiding cliché) or worse (wasted suspense)?
I liked the exchange between Trip and Archer about the plan
being iffy, and Archer basically saying yes, this is a crapshoot,
but if we didn't try we'd hate ourselves in the morning.
Our boy didn't really take any damage besides dirt. I'll
get screenshots this weekend.
TPTB are working hard these days making the
Klingons the bad guys all over again after spending (quick
math 1987 to 2002) fifteen years transforming them into grouchy
allies. The K'Jerks did pretty well -- the leader reminded
me of Kruge, although that might be because we saw Search
for Spock just recently. :) Moogie was wondering why,
after T'Pol made a big deal about Klingons preferring bladed
weapons, all seven of them dropped or resheathed their swords
or knives and drew their disruptors. And when the one guy
was knocked out and his bat'telh fell
to the ground -- a meter away -- why didn't T'Pol or the
colony leader grab it? Even if just to move it away from
the Klingon? Why leave him the opportunity to rearm -- especially after
it was emphasized that Klingons have difficulty adapting
their tactics to a change in situation? Why not take his
sword so he has to fumble for something else to fight with?
Poor Trav. One line, two cameos. Either involve
him in the cast or give the guy a heroic death and put an
NPC at the helm, wouldja, B&B? It's embarrassing for
him to keep showing up and smiling bravely.
November 4, 2002: Updated the Enterprise
Links Database link. The Enterprise Experience has changed
its name to e:earth,
the online Enterprise, so I've changed the webring graphic
Can't Ah just eat my farfalle
pesto in peace? If Ah leave it too long it'll get cold.
November 6, 2002: Added a reciprocal
link to Enterprise's
Best Pictures, which should be called Enterprise's Funniest
Screencaps. I'll have shots from the episode Thursday night.
"The Seventh:" So much potential,
so poorly realized. And that's just Travis.
Okay, for the record, I like the idea of T'Pol
and Archer learning to trust one another more. I even like
that T'Pol took Archer with her because she knew that
should her emotions get out of control, she could rely on
him to continue thinking rationally. I liked the "agent
went native" plot. I was okay with the "had to
repress the memory because it was killing me" thread
(although Spock was able to take care of Kirk's memories
of and feelings for the android Rayna in "Requiem
for Methuselah" with much less fuss). But jamming
everything together into one episode was very rushed, and
forced. This actually could have been a comfy two-parter
-- would have, on TNG.
First off, T'Pol was supposed to be gradually
unravelling. We got one scene at Level 1 (the double-step
in Archer's quarters), one scene at Level 2 (the dramatic
music as she recounts how close she got to the guy the first
time) -- and then went straight to Flipping Out Level 10,
as she hisses, shouts, threatens, and runs out into the acid
snow and digs through the fugitive's cargo trunks. I think
Blalock did a nice job with some of those -- the hissed "Stop
talking!" was particularly effective -- but it was all
the emotion all at once.
These were memories which were supposed to
be resurfacing slowly, breaking through a tough "Azrael
block," not exploding into her consciousness all
of a piece. If the memories did re-emerge that way, the elders
at P'Jem were watching Andorian TV when they should have
been chinking up Fortunato's
holes. This is why this could have been over two episodes
-- imagine T'Pol slowly getting more and more irritable,
less in control, pulling herself back from the brink and
then getting wide-eyed with anger again. Imagine more of
a chase for the fugitive. Imagine if they didn't find the
radioactive shampoo at the end (I'm sorry, I know futuristic
props are difficult, but they just looked like backlit Suave
And what kind of "highly trained security
agent" was she anyway? She just strolls into the bar
and starts walking around staring at all the patrons? She
knows this man is a surgically altered Vulcan who had been
chased not just by any Vulcan security officer, but her specifically,
and she doesn't cover her own ears or disguise herself in
any fashion? A good writer/director would have made these
mistakes subtle clues that she was coming apart, that her
concentration was going because her returning violent memories
were shattering her composure. Also, why join the security
force if she isn't psychologically prepared to take a life
in the line of duty? Did she think she was going to be a
Vulcan Rent-a-Cop? Tuvok may not be a good counterexample,
since in "Meld" he appeared a little too not-bothered
with the idea of killing, but Spock wouldn't have snapped
over having to shoot someone. Did T'Pol only have the option
to kill her suspect? Could it be that Starfleet's "current" phase
pistols, which have a Stun setting, are actually more
advanced than those of the Vulcans from 20 years earlier?
The idea that she thinks she could have taken
an innocent life and is unable to cope with that is very
potent. I don't fault the writers for trying to explore it.
It just wasn't explored enough. Imagine how they could
have shaded her confession just a little bit more, to make
the destruction of the P'Jem monastery just that much more
personal. Imagine her admitting that she left the security
force because she finally realized her naïveté,
and that joining the science council was an escape. Or that
she was rehabilitated (read: brainwashed) by the monks to
aim her towards science, and T'Pol finally remembering that
she loved being a security officer but now understanding
that she couldn't handle it.
Other annoyances: How did this Vulcan operative
survive on such a cold planet? Vulcan is extremely hot; he
should have been really suffering or really wrapped up. After
twenty years I know there's some acclimation, but they could
have mentioned that he was extremely hardy or have someone
express surprise that he didn't die from the temperature.
Why can't the Enterprise crew grasp
the concept of "classified mission"? What's the
big fat hairy deal? Maybe the idea is that all of
them are hostile towards helping the Vulcans, and childishly
demand to be let in on whatever secrets are going around.
I just found it ridiculous that they would whine about hanging
out a week. And right on the heels of Archer really really
really really wanting to know what was going on, T'Pol asks
him to come with her on the mission, and he TURNS HER DOWN?
He says "I'm sure there's someone on the Vulcan ship
who can help you." What a jerk. I'm sorry, this is clearly
a B&B episode -- Archer is back in full spiteful moody
Enough with the water polo references. Archer
likes the game. He watches the game. T'Pol comes to him with
a personal request and he can't take his eyes off the game
on the TV. Admiral Forrest uses the Vulcan captain to pass
on a water polo score. What, Archer's answering machine was
full? His email was bouncing? Does no one think that's an
immature personal abuse of diplomatic channels?
The acid snow: Good to know duct tape is still
around in the 22nd century, and that it has added acid-repellent
properties to its formula. However, apparently Starfleet
boots are made of the stuff, because T'Pol had to tape her
boots to run out in the stuff and Archer and what's-his-name
just waltzed right along. Wile E. Coyote physics, I guess.
But why was Archer so deeply worried about everyone having
to go through decon? Look, you get under the blue lights,
you slap on a little gel, you're done. It's not like they
serve on a Xyrillian ship.
Hey, this is a Trip site; how about the Trip
scenes? I thought his concern about being able to find Archer
and T'Pol in an emergency was well-founded. And that was
about it. Commandeering the captain's mess started out cute
(and very sweet that he would have special meals made for
Phlox and Mal), but quickly showed that Trip is not ready
to step up to that position of responsibility on a day-to-day
level. He does fine with tactics, and leading the ship under
fire. But he can't agree to Phlox's inoculation plan because
it could potentially give people the runs (which he thinks
would make them not like him). He can't surrender power from
Engineering when they're in orbit around a planet for a week
and not going anywhere. If he was supposed to be second in
command before T'Pol joined the crew, he should have command
training. These decisions should not be difficult for him.
Granted, his excuses were more or less in character if you
believe he's not fit to be a captain, but that should not
be the case.
Poor Trav. A mission on which he actually belongs,
and they treat him like a recurring extra. Joe Carey had
November 7, 2002: Screenshots for "The
Seventh" and a blurb up.
Some positive thoughts after all that ranting:
Trip looks so happy to be feeding his friends. He gets to
treat them and treat them right -- they each get a
favorite dish they wouldn't normally have. Trinneer looked
very happy to be eating farfalle pesto and not some stereotypical
fried crap. Blalock did have some good moments. The "Stop
talking!" which I mentioned before, the way she begged
for help without actually saying so when it came to shooting
the fugitive, the quiet conversation with Archer at the end.
Phlox was cheerful but professional; his tone was just the
same as it is with Archer. I'm coming to like him much more
this season than last.
There's a hole in my metacarpal, dear
Liza, dear Liza...
November 13, 2002: "The Communicator:" Wow,
I liked this one a lot! Everyone was good. Archer was smooth,
even in doubting. We got to see trust expressed between
Archer and T'Pol without having to be told they were
expressing it. T'Pol was encouraging with Hoshi rather than
harsh, or simply efficient. Mal was curiously optimistic
about being rescued; apparently all the time with Trip has
done him good. And Trip! Let's give the boy a hand... he
obviously needs one. :) Too funny. Even the helmsman what's-his-name
had a few lines. Of course, he didn't say them well,
which may be why he hasn't gotten many lines. I will
say that Blalock has to get herself under control emotionally.
Her voice was raspy, her eyes bugged out, her thoughts were
all over her face. She's a Vulcan, for pity's sake. She's
emoting like an A&E movie.
The ep had a TOS feel to it. Good lighting
in the pre-execution prison scene. The shootout must have
been fun as hell to film, but why does Trinneer make such
silly faces when he fires? I liked that Archer and Mal were
willing to sacrifice themselves to preserve the pre-warp
culture, even though they weren't particularly happy about
doing so -- it shows Archer really has been listening, and
does understand that his actions have consequences, and has
learned from his mistakes. And even though he (and Mal) aren't
perfect, they aren't embarrassing to watch either. And B&B
wrote it! Could it be they are learning from mistakes?
(Except for the dumb joke about having an invisible hand
during Movie Night.) Moogie and I were predicting quite a
few of the lines before or as they were spoken, however,
and when Trip tells Archer on the bridge "Ah'm a reg'lar
bloodhound, Cap'n," I was waitin for Archer to come
back with "Sorry, Trip, you
ain't nothin' but a hound dog."
I recognized Tim Kelleher (Lt. Pell, the first
one who interrogates them) immediately as Four of Nine from
Instinct." He's got a distinctive face, but changed
his voice for this role.
Did anybody else wonder if the cloak would
have worked fine if they had tried it with the door closed? And
the readouts looked awfully like Borg to me. Lots of sets
reused: the bar from last week, the Suliban prison cell and
the interrogation office from "Detained," the Suliban
cell ship, Malcolm having surgery to look like an alien,
Trip losing his arm like the Holodoc when he tried to leave
Sickbay in "Projections." May as well save money
when you can.
November 20, 2002: Apparently Connor
Trinneer has closed his official site. :(
Trip: Stubborn Limey!
Malcolm: Impetuous colonist!
Trip: Stuffy royalist!
evay's grandfather: Gioventú! Basta! (Children! Enough!)
evay's grandmother: Gioga di mano è gioga di villano! (The
play of hands is the play of villains!)
"Singularity" = "Scientific
Method" X ("The Naked Time" + "Day of
the Dove"). But those are three good episodes, so I
don't mind. The kittens managed to unplug the TiVo and we
got in at 8:03, so I missed the teaser. I'll catch it this
weekend, I guess, and screencaps Thursday.
Preliminary thoughts, with more to come: A
lot of laughs. Everyone was very funny getting more and more
obsessed and cranky (Hoshi screaming "GET OUT!" --
I asked Moogie if that's how he feels when I'm in his kitchen)
and buried thoughts surfacing. And oddly, a lot of the obsessions
still made sense. Nearly all of Mal's proposals were valid
-- maybe not going over the captain's head to Starfleet,
but the tactical protocols and his analysis of Enterprise's
previous responses were on the mark. Trip has a point that
the captain shouldn't be in a crisis and thinking "This
chair is a pain in my ass!" (So Archer, sit properly
already!) Good continuity touches, from "Dead Stop," "Minefield," "Fallen
Hero," and "Shockwave" just off the top of
my head. Trav got a whole buncha lines! But then the Redshirt
Protocols kicked in and Phlox sedated him and strapped him
down before he got away with a whole paragraph. I like that
Mal comes to Trip first for feedback on his tactical protocols,
emphasizing that friendship, but when Archer asks Trip to
fix his chair, it's very much Captain and Chief Engineer.
Isn't Trip supposed to be his best friend? Or at least a
good buddy? What happened there? Archer goes to T'Pol once
again with his real dilemma. She's a Vulcan, Vulcans held
Henry Archer back (not T'Pol personally, I would hope), I
thought Trip was part of the Warp Five project for a while
-- it's a shame he couldn't have asked Trip about the preface.
I know, it wouldn't have served the pairing off which the
script required. Still.
Blalock was all over the map emotionally, again.
Girl needs to sit down and watch all of Classic Trek, several
times, and take notes. Bakula's best acting is when Archer's
pissed off. Billingsley was awesome -- I especially loved
the "well, it could be a headache, but it could be the
I suppose it says something about me as a Trekkie
that the "Tactical Alert" alarm was going off for,
I dunno, was it a solid ten seconds before T'Pol got over
to Tactical? and I literally didn't hear it. I'm so accustomed
to hearing Red Alert sirens that it didn't register, like
a car alarm.
November 21, 2002: Screencaps up. More
We continue the great ENT food tradition. Trip
finished his soup and rice, and most of his greens, and settled
the chopsticks over the bowl. His remark to Hoshi is polite.
Even under the influence of OCD Particles, Trip can't
quite be rude about a meal. Mal ignored all of it to work
(and then said it was too salty for his British palate),
which is typical of him when he's not stoned, so I
wouldn't read overmuch into it. I liked the Mal and Trip
lunch scene. They're working their way into their respective
obsessions, but not so far yet that they can't spare half
an ear for each other's projects. The critiques aren't outrageous,
either, just... distracted.
Nice lighting on Trip in T'Pol's quarters when
they squabble -- the shadows are just a little bit ominous,
and coupled with his unexpected rudeness, it becomes a Plot
Alert moment. And it's now official: Trip uses the phrase "I'll
get back to ya" as a way of putting someone off without
actually rejecting the person. Actually, Trip struggled to
be polite several times, only getting crotchety when the
other person was insisting on parading his or her particular
Trip to Archer: "Ah'm gonna build you
a throne." Please, no more bathroom jokes! :)
The whole Dr. Phloxenstein bit was great. "I'm
going to remove the first 12 centimeters of his pareital
lobe" -- yes, and then your helmsman can no longer use
verbs and calls everyone brbrbrbrbrbrbr.
And what's with the closed MRI? We have open MRI in my sleepy
little corner of New Jersey.
Pissed-Off Archer seems to have more range,
and gravitas, than Friendly Wimpy Archer. Maybe we need to
increase his dopamine levels on a regular basis. (They filched
half of "Scientific
Method" for this ep anyway, why not go the whole
You know, I was taught back in middle school
that coffee and a shower does nothing to sober up someone
who's drunk; why would it help someone who's irradiated?
It's not like he can get, um, brain-washed. Unless T'Pol
fixed Archer a good strong espresso. Her whole escape plan
was pure Janeway anyway -- speaking of "Scientific Method"...
Was anyone else scared by Chef Hoshi? I would
not want to piss her off with a sushi knife in her hand.
By the way, I have had cats in bags, boxes,
buckets, baskets, bathtubs, blankets, basements, bedrooms,
carriers, cages, cars, coats, pillowcases, hampers, towels,
quilts, sweaters, shirts, jeans, a refrigerator (that was
an accident), a dryer (another accident), and the Lazy Susan
(that was Moogie's fault), and none of them have ever sounded
like those Alert sirens.
November 23, 2002: Added two new episode
names from TrekToday. Saw the ep teaser: pretty much what
I expected, but cool nonetheless. Total twist from where
the plot actually went. Nice job, guys!
That's such a sweet look I can't even
think of a funny caption to go with it.
November 27, 2002: "Vanishing Point" first thoughts:
You know, I like ENT, and second season's been pretty good
so far (with the occasional severe clunker), but VOY never
made me run for my reference books trying to find out how
many episodes were redone in a single airing. "Vanishing
Point" rehashes -- um, is similar to TNG's "Remember
Next Phase," "Realm
of Fear," and "Eye
of the Beholder," with a dash of Classic Trek's "The
Tholian Web." Again, these are good episodes, and
the ENT episode was enjoyable, but I'm getting worried that
the well is running dry. Still, I liked it anyway. Good acting
all around. The food worship continues! The first Mess Hall
scene with the boys was very fluid -- probably ad-libbed
to some extent. Trav got lines two weeks in a row! Not many,
of course, and it would have been nice to see his grief over
Hoshi echo hers over him from "Dead Stop," but
oh well. Trip in the "Contact" hamster
ball was kind of funny. Lots to analyze about Hoshi now --
how she feels incompetent, overlooked, unnecessary, easy
to replace, patronized, coddled.
November 28, 2002: Screencaps up. One
of these days that will mean more than one in History and
one in "Minor Contusions."
"Vanishing Point" further thoughts:
Moogie wanted to know how it was that in the
22nd century, cameras aren't sophisticated enough to be able
to take photos in low light without a flash.
We got to see Gentleman Trip ("Ladies
first," but then not pushing Hoshi when he didn't want
her to panic), Older Brother Trip (gently holding Hoshi by
the arms in the closer, but not restraining her, as he tries
to explain she just got back from a Magical Mystery Tour
and everything's fine on the ship), Devil Eyebrows Trip (I
kept rewinding the Mess Hall scene just to giggle over him
cocking his eyebrows at Trav), and another appearance of
Shutterbug Trip. I like the continuity. It's much more realistic
than abruptly sticking someone with a new hobby, as Paris
often received in VOY -- the ocean, classic cars, Captain
Proton, etc. Trinneer was wonderful. I did catch a word or
three in the gym where I thought his accent wandered away,
but that'll happen. He was kind to Hoshi when she confessed
her fears to him, not mocking her or making her feel foolish.
His remorse and anguish over her death felt quite real --
in the Jeffries tube when they find the goo, he looks like
he can't decide if he's going to cry or vomit. And as I mentioned
before, the Mess Hall scene was very organic. Obviously the
whole thing was Hoshi's vision, but it's clear that she sees
Trip as someone in whom she can confide safely, someone who
cares about her welfare without seeing her as in need of
excess hand-holding. And speaking of holding hands, it was
absolutely sweet of Archer to take her hand for a second
or two in Sickbay as he helped her off the biobed -- not
to flirt, but to offer her proof of her solidity and his
recognition of her existence. The captain may not have a
big pair of coglioni or much of a spine sometimes, but he's
got a good heart.
Okay, we had Nekkid Hoshi but tastefully done
(the bit with the patterned shower glass was beautifully
filmed), and Tank Top Hoshi but also not overly gratuitous.
See, I don't mind a bit of skin, just leave the actor/actress
some dignity. Linda Park did a good job throughout, with
one exception: there were several moments when she was listening
to someone, and I guess thinking about what the person was
saying or the person speaking was off-camera, and she just
looks blank-faced. It was much more noticeable while I was
getting screencaps because I leave the volume off, and I
wound up staring at Hoshi's empty expression for five seconds
at a clip. But at least she didn't get hysterical -- mercifully
-- and portrayed growing worry and determination well. Hoshi
was professionally concerned, but adult about it. No "screaming
like a twelve-year-old." No new phobias. Although her
intense scrutiny of her shifting birthmark made me wonder
if she had gotten quite all the OCD Radiation out
of her system from last week. (Nice patronizing remark from
Phlox: "Well, it looks lovely where it is now.")
I'm still disappointed that we didn't see
any of the alleged Hoshi-Trav relationship. And Hoshi apparently
thinks Archer is clunky and vacillating, putting things off way too
easily. She has no idea how a captain would break the news
of a subordinate's death to a parent, since he hems and haws
and meanders instead of coming straight to the point. On
the other hand, she doesn't see him as cold and unfeeling,
but rather deeply affected by her loss.
As in "The Next Phase," it's hard
for actors to pretend the third person in the room isn't
there. Inadvertent eye contact or walking around someone
who shouldn't be there is almost impossible to avoid. The
cast does a decent job; the slip-ups are limited. However,
also as in "The Next Phase" with LaForge and Ro,
if Hoshi is able to walk through walls and can't touch buttons,
how can she walk or lie down on floors, sit on Phlox's counter,
or not careen through the bulkhead into space? For that matter,
why does the ship's gravity still affect her? Why is she
still moving with the ship in orbit around the planet or
whatever? If she's no longer in the same phase as everyone
around her, she shouldn't be aligned with the atmosphere
either. She should be stationary and the ship should move
away from her, leaving her floating in vacuum.
Anyone else but me think that the aliens were
actually setting up some kind of transporter pattern enhancer
rather than explosives? I didn't see any previews or spoilers,
so I thought Hoshi might have transported to a parallel universe,
or maybe she was now in the realm of the spirits which the
natives didn't want disturbed so they were helping create
a path for her to come back.
Jeez, is evay still talkin'? Feed her
somethin'; that should shut her up for a minute.
Random thoughts: Malcolm got a haircut! Too
short for my preference, but it'll grow back....Bizarro effect
with the transporter -- all the sparkly bits kind of collapse
down into themselves. It's a little creepy....We never do
find out where Mal has done his survival training....Other
things Hoshi sees herself as: ignorable, obsolete, out of
the loop, not important enough to check on or drag to her
shift....The UPN "Trek the Halls" ad was pretty
funny. "You'll meet Klingons who need combs"? Well,
at least they're promoting the franchise and not burying
it....For a ship where interior space is supposed to be a
premium, the showers on Enterprise are HUGE! I thought
it was just the captain's shower last week, but Hoshi's is
just as large. You could easily have three people in there.
Maybe they're standard size for all cabins, and junior officers
and enlisted who share cabins share the shower as well?....The
hamster ball in the gym would make me instantly nauseous.
Trinneer does a really nice job of whipping that thing around
(and the camera work was great). I don't know how much actual
exercise Trip's getting, but it's supposed to be good pilot
training. Not that Hoshi got much of a workout either --
she did like four reps of each exercise. That's not going
to build any muscle or burn any calories....Linda Park has
fantastic hair. Just thought I'd mention it...."Sub-cellular
residue" which needs a specially-calibrated scanner
to locate shouldn't be visible at all, much less as a blob
Jell-O; and if Phlox is collecting it to send to the
Satos, he shouldn't leave most of it behind in the Jeffries
tube. And how did it get down there anyway?...Archer says
of the transporter accident, "Starfleet promised me
this sort of thing wouldn't happen." No, but lots of
OTHER things would. Be grateful nobody got split
in half, stuck in the pattern buffer as a worm, reduced
to a teenager, or sent to a Mirror Universe where Malcolm
wears lots of black
leather and carries a whip....I wonder if the food everyone
eats on the show is from the catering buffet, or if they
set it up specially for each such scene. And does it have
to be low-fat so everyone can continue fitting into those
very precisely tailored uniforms? ;)
November 29, 2002: One of my loyal fans
(The TripHammered Half-Dozen; you know who you are) sent
a really interesting comment on my "Vanishing Point" review,
good enough to share. I've mentioned how T'Pol and Hoshi
show lots of skin, silhouettes, genitalia, etc. and this
week was pleased to note that TPTB left Linda Park a little
dignity. Inger writes:
"I believe it was you,
but someone made a comment about T'Pol's (Blalock's) breast
nipples [I guess you have to specify, but only Trip
ever had nipples somewhere besides his breasts. -- evay] showing
at some point. Then you noted in your "Vanishing Point" commentary
about leaving the actress some dignity (in showing some
skin for such a length of time). While I am a very conservative
person myself, I only thought "hhhmm -- a different
outfit." You see, in California we can see any
female between the ages of 15-45 with clothes like that
on (or less) in the middle of winter, any time of
year or day; including any forum from work to amusement
parks. As a matter of fact, Hoshi had 'a lot' of clothes
on if she were in California. I don't believe either of
the actresses think twice about what they are asked to
wear. After all, the show is written and filmed in sunny
southern California. "
So there you go, an entirely different way
of contemplating Hoshi's navel. I guess in NYC a crop top
is just too cold for the winter, but on the Left Coast it's
still wearable in December, so maybe Park doesn't have a
problem with it. (Not to mention if I looked like that, I'd
show off too.)
December 4, 2002: I'm surprised at the
vehemence of the online reviewers in disliking "Vanishing Point." Maybe
I was able to enjoy it because I didn't read the spoilers so
I didn't know it was a transporter dream, and I was able
to enjoy the mystery.
December 11, 2002: Quick "Cargo" thoughts:
Okay, let's get the source material out of the way first:
Perfect Mate" and Classic Trek's "Elaan
of Troyius," with a dash of VOY. Chickie-boo wasn't
anywhere near as good-looking as Famke Janssen, or
as haughtily convinced of her royal perfection as France
Nguyen, or as exotic as either. But Archer and T'Pol were
an absolute riot -- Janeway would have been proud.
How did we get a "Trip-centered episode" only
being half about Trip? And why can't the damn chick-of-the-week
act? And if she can't act, why did she have absolutely no
bust or butt to speak of? Cheekbones do not a performance
make. The character was irritating, with no redeeming qualities
at all. I wonder if he shoved his tongue down her throat
just to shut her up. Does anyone even remember her
name? She looked vaguely like Shalom
Harlow's Dominican cousin. She sure did know how to swing
a blunt object, though.
Trinneer's accent is starting to waver. I thought
it was an accident in "Vanishing Point," but it's
really thinned out this week. He should take the holiday
break and go to Oklahoma or wherever to do some research.
Beyond that, however, we got some key character points. Maybe
that's what a "Trip-centric" episode is: baubles
of backstory strung along a plot thread. ('Cause there sure
as sugar wasn't an actual plot to speak of.) Plays
harmonica. Definitely grew up in Florida proper. Drove a
car. (I fell off my chair laughing at that line.) Parked
with his girlfriend. He's a gentleman until it hurts, as
my people say. No idea why he boinked Chickie-boo, however;
she was not very attractive, not very interesting, not very
pleasant, and frankly they weren't anywhere close to being
desperate enough to justify survival lust.
Loved Mal's little mannerisms. I practically
expected him to click his bootheels when he dropped the "prisoner" off.
Does he always smirk when he gets to bring the phase cannons
on line? Low lipstick week, I think -- I'll have to check
when I do screencaps.
Archer and T'Pol! Archer was great! How did
he talk her into going along with it? Totally had nothing
to do with the Trip storyline but just hilarious. Trav got
a line. Hoshi got to be useful. Mal got to fire weapons.
Trip got to punch an alien jerk. Archer got to be friendly,
clever, and duplicitous all in one week. 3.5 stars out of
5 on first viewing -- Chickie-boo was very bad, and the two
A-plots were fighting for screen time. I think this one will
get its own page and writeup, so maybe Friday, maybe Sunday.
Oh, and Archer got a haircut too. Did they hire Mott?
December 12, 2002: More "Cargo" thoughts.
And the full summary is
up! Head over to Season 2.
How come Archer is always at his best when
he's being someone else? In "Acquisition," "Shadows
of P'Jem," "The Communicator," and now "Precious
Cargo," he play-acts -- he's the cook, he's a supersoldier,
T'Pol runs the place. And in all of these eps he's great.
Smooth, confident, no false steps. I don't get it. Bakula
is obviously a good actor. (I love the moment where he ooh-grosses
his hand after realizing he shook hands with a guy who has
just announced that he hasn't bathed in ages.) I wish they'd
give him better lines.
I can't say enough good things about the "tribunal" scene,
though. Quite possibly the funniest thing I've seen all season.
And T'Pol looked good in those orange robes. She's
never looked more Vulcan. She was regal, commanding, imposing,
absolutely in control, and (hint hint!) professional. Not
unlike Counselor Troi after "Chain of Command," where
the producers suddenly saw Marina Sirtis in uniform and said "Wow!
She looks like an adult!" I realize Blalock was not
hired to wear that outfit, but I'd love to see her in it
Just how baldly did B&B rip off TNG? Both
women in stasis are "exotic beauties" with slight
accents and Trill-like freckles down the edges of their faces,
they have to submit to their destinies as part of a monarchy
(either to rule or to be a royal wife), and for pity's sake
they both have K names. The difference is, Janssen is a real
knockout (I remember her LONG before "X-Men") and
she can actually act. (And "there was no sleeping with
the empath" is so much more subtle and elegant than making
the Swamp Monster With Two Backs.)
Loved the bit where Archer sends the prisoner
off to the airlock rather than the Brig. Of course, putting
the guy in an airlock with the outer door unlocked is not
actually a good idea tactically, in case (a) another ship
does come by to rescue him (b) the prisoner actually does
space himself because then they'll have no source of information.
Although does Enterprise even have a brig?
Trinneer tried, he really did, but there was
just zero chemistry between him and what'shersquirrel. Trip
may have been staring at the pod while she was in stasis,
but listen to the dialogue and the tone -- he hardly sounds
interested. And the entire time they're stuck together, neither
of them gets one of those "do I slap you or kiss you?" expressions.
It's more like they're going through exercises in acting
class. Here's The Squabble, here's The Haughty Royal And
The Commoner, here's The Kiss. All that was missing was
Rodolfo and the Contessa. (Five points to anyone who gets
that reference.) She did such a terrible job I had to turn
the volume off for most of the runthrough for screencaps.
I simply couldn't bear to listen to her a second time. I
was paying attention during the roll in the swamp, and there
is nothing, absolutely nothing, not a hint or a clue or a
spark, which logically leads from them arguing to them kissing.
Really. This isn't "The
Philadelphia Story." It's not even "The
Bensonhurst Story." It's just a faded copy of bad
clichés mashed together alongside two hard bodies
in the hopes that ratings go up. They kissed because it was
in the script. Literally. Sigh.
Random thoughts: What was the shiny bust statue
in Trip's quarters? Looked vaguely like a cast-off mask from
the Star Wars costume department....What was with the weird
pan from Trip's hand across his chest, cutting off his head,
to T'Pol's face when they first opened the airlock?...Okay,
let's think about this. These two alien clowns have kidnapped
a head of state, or impending head of state, and, we assume,
are going to hold her for ransom. And they send out a general
distress call? Are they in a really tough neighborhood
that nobody asks questions? Have they only met Pakled engineers?
Why don't they have an engineer of their own? How can you
put a valuable hostage in stasis and have no means of keeping
her alive if something goes wrong?...Did Trip consider, when
he was so helpfully prying the lid off the stasis pod, that
it might be possible she didn't breathe the atmosphere which
was in the cargo hold? And that if he broke the thing getting
it open, he'd be sentencing her to suffocation, rather
than saving her from it? Or maybe that was his goal....Food
worship continues! Dinner in the captain's mess, mystery
meat jerky in the escape pod, Trip's declaration that they
won't starve in the swamp....Trav got six whole lines. I
think Hoshi got a dozen or so; I didn't count hers. Of course,
Phlox didn't show up this week at all, and neither did Porthos....The
shadow hands shot was cool.
December 16, 2002: Thanks to all who
wrote with such kind comments on my "Cargo" recap.
As great as it was, I hope we never get another episode which
deserves that kind of raking over the coals.
December 18, 2002: Okay, we forgive
you for Chickie-boo. "Catwalk" rocked. This
is what ENT should be -- taking advantage of their particular
context to tell stories which are unique to the time and
place. Yes, there was a little "Starship
Mine" and a little "One" but
so what. This is exactly what we were screaming for last
week: take a hoary old premise and turn it on its ear for
a fresh look. More more more of this! Everyone was great.
Archer did a fine job. Nice character development with T'Pol
without hitting us over the head with it. Trip got to be
an engineer. Mal had PMS or something. Everyone got some
Open the pod bay doors, Mal. Oh wait,
December 22, 2002: Guten
tag to my German fan base... ;) Photos up, finally.
"Catwalk" thoughts: This ep was brought
to us by the same team which brought us "Dead Stop," namely
Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong. Let's have a big BIG round
of applause for these two. Nice character development for
practically everyone -- even Trav and Hoshi!
Trip really got to show off the brains he's
supposed to have. He came up with the solution to save everyone
from the radiation, he knew the absorption depth of the osmium
alloy off the top of his head, set up the whole shelter in
the catwalk and built toilets in four hours, talked Mal and
T'Pol through shutting off the warp engines, AND did not
try to be a hero and take on all the soldiers himself but
instead reported back to the captain so they could establish
a sensible plan. Go Tucker!
Good little exchange with Archer and T'Pol
as they settle down to sleep. T'Pol mentions that she doesn't
fraternize well (I thought they had regulations against that...),
Archer encourages her to try, and then she shows up at the
movie in the denouement, making the effort. Showing us, not
telling us about it. And then Trip tries again, inviting
her to join the crew on Tuesday nights for the regular showing.
("Thank you, Commander, but "Buffy" is
on at 2000 hours, and as this is likely the last season,
I do not wish to miss any episodes. Besides, Spike is hot.")
A little look into Phlox: how he cares about his animals,
not just as medical apparati but as living beings; how he
dislikes making personal appeals, but does so on behalf of
those animals; the hint about conditions on Denobula and
the light it sheds on his willingness to serve onboard Enterprise.
Trav actually got to talk about his past, in a context which
was appropriate, and brought up just a touch of his ghost-storytelling
from "Strange New World." Hoshi commented that
she would probably conquer her claustrophobia in such conditions.
Trip wants to go river-rafting with Archer -- imagine, two
best guy friends hanging out and doing athletic stuff! What
Ah got a headache. Hoshi can't deal worth
a damn. Trav has won the last five hands. And you gotta
quit singin' that Deathtongue song.
I loved the bickering between Mal and Trip.
Trip has got to be the closest friend Mal has -- who else
does he feel comfortable enough to snipe at like that? And
Trip slings it right back, just like Mal is family. Believe
me, my family is just as sarcastic and ornery when we get
going, and we only get polite with guests and strangers.
Family and real friends get savaged. It's a mark of how much
Mal trusts him -- remember, even though they're off duty,
Trip is still a superior officer by two ranks -- that he
can whine and criticize about stuff like this, openly and
without fear. He'd never dare bitch to Archer. He might,
possibly, if the captain leaned on him for a while, admit
his discomfort at the lack of facilities, but he'd be very
stuffy about it. With Trip he can just snap "Why can't
you build me a goddamn shower? I'm so grungy I feel like
my uniform can walk off and get its own lunch." (Malcolm
sans uniform... mmmmmmm) Poor Mal. He's so fastidious; the
whole week must have been such an ordeal! And he didn't even
get one chance to blow anything up, while the captain got
to pretend he was going to take out the entire ship!
I liked that the three stowaways were never
entirely good or bad. You really couldn't tell, as the episode
progressed, whether to believe them. Were they working with
the stormtroopers? Were they renegades? Were they telling
any of the truth? Were their "rituals" and making
their own food innocent misunderstandings, or preparations
for taking over the catwalk and thereby the ship? And why
didn't THEY have to take their clothes off and smear gel
all over each other in decon? The alienophile audience segment
is feeling terribly slighted.
Regarding the storm: One of these days the
Trek FX folks are going to remember the Z axis, and not make
storms something flat which can be flown over. I know the
insistence on having everything line up on a neat plane made
the vertical attack shot from "All
Good Things" that much more impressive, but really,
when a moon
explodes, it does so in a sphere, not a circle.
It was annoying watching Enterprise fly into something
it appeared they could have gone around. Separately, a storm
-- a collection of radiation and isotopes and Plot Complication
Particles -- can travel at warp? Wasn't Kirk astonished
to find the cloud
creature from Tycho IV capable of travelling at warp
without an engine? And wasn't it a huge deal to create a soliton wave
which pushed the Enterprise-D at warp? Or am I missing
some piece of Trek physics here?
Random thoughts: I can't tell you how disappointed
I am that we saw Chef's hands clearly belonged to a white
guy. I was so hoping they'd cast Isaac
Hayes. But he did dump the hot MRE into Mal's lap, which
was very funny....Apparently someone's listening to fan gripes,
because Archer says "uninhabited planet teeming with
plant and animal life," not "a planet with no biosigns
but lots of living things" as he did earlier this season....No
wonder Mal was all grouchy; it looks like Archer raided his
makeup bag and was trying on lipsticks without
permisson. Not only rude, but very unsanitary....Moogie thought
that the Vulcan starship T'Pol was talking about was her
ancestor T'Mir's, from "Carbon Creek," and she
was playing dodgy because she wasn't supposed to tell Archer
and Trip about that mission at all. Admitting that the three
Vulcans survived (and that it wasn't just a story) would
have been a security breach....Moogie also wondered why the
crew wasn't using hammocks to store things or sleep? Might
have made the turbulence easier to handle....If Sickbay is
so heavily shielded, why was Phlox worried about leaving
a few of his critters there? Are they more delicate, or is
Sickbay not quite as well-shielded as he indicated?...Lots
of camping references: river rafting, Kahs-wan, sleeping
bags, campfires, singing songs. Silly but sweet, and a nice
tiny thread of continuity throughout....The dogs they have
to play Porthos are pretty good at hitting their marks! But
he should have been in a cage or a sling or something so
he didn't get hurt flying around the compartment....I keep
forgetting the NX-01 doesn't have shields....Please note
that Mal refers to "Starfleet trainees" and not "cadets" or "students
at the Academy." This is 2152, and Starfleet Academy
is founded in 2161....I saw Nemesis and then
watched ENT and I got all confused -- why is the captain
wearing gold?...When Trip says to T'Pol "Do you have
any idea of the odds of that [a power surge causing matter
and anti-matter injectors to come online] happening?" I
expected her to whip around like Spock and rattle off the
numbers....Okay, they borrowed a little from "Scientific
Method" too. Apparently the ENT writers were really
really impressed by that episode, since they've filched from
it twice this season already....UPN promos suck. Really.
I've started watching them after the ep airs -- I sure as
hell won't watch them before! -- and they completely and
totally mislead the viewer as to the content of the show.
At least the Twilight Zone bugs have been exterminated
December 29, 2002: On January 14, UPN
says they're going to run a blooper
special with Enterprise outtakes. If there are
any really good shots of Trinneer dropping things or falling
over set pieces, I'll screencap 'em.
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