We'll drink a mug of brewed kindness
then for days of auld lang syne.
January 1, 2003: The first time I've
typed that! :) Here's to a happy, safe 2003 and lots of Trip-centered
plots NOT written by B&B.
January 5, 2003: Some link cleanup;
ConnorTrinneer.com is back online also. Site History from
July through December of 2002 has now been moved to its own
page, called "Old History," accessible from the History page.
Just in case you can't possibly go without being able to
access my rambling opinion of "Vanishing Point."
January 8, 2003: We love you John Shiban!
We love you John Shiban! And Roxann Dawson kicks ass!
Okay, "Dawn" was a pretty close takeoff
Mine with some "Darmok" thrown
in, but those are damn fine source materials, and John Shiban
rocks, did I mention? so it's totally fine with me. A little
draggy near the end, but it was a long string of continuity
references, so it's not like I can complain.
Poor Trip. He just hates the desert. But he
should have known better than to take Shuttlepod One. Really
good plotting between Zho'Kaan -- look, I thought it was "Zorcon" and
I'm going to call him "Jerry Shigan" anyway --
and Trip. I liked that Jerry kept fighting with him until
Trip practically beat him unconscious. I liked that they
didn't actually end up friends when they could speak to each
other. I liked that they couldn't tolerate each other's food
or even drinks. It wasn't predictable, not in the details.
Trinneer was splendid as always. And shirtless Trip even!
Why didn't he put his top back on? Was he afraid of getting
a Farmer's Broil? I was wondering if Trip deliberately forgot
the UT because the last time he had one she wouldn't shut
up, and he figured he'd prefer to miss the next talkative
alien. Although Mal is going to kick his crispy ass for not
having any kind of hand weapon on the shuttle. Plenty of
Beaten to Crap Trip shots; this is going to be another loooooooooooooong
recap but at least I'll be able to leave the sound on while
I'm getting screenshots! :)
Archer was good! So the new spine is a little
starchy; it'll stretch some as he uses it. I'll take stiff
and commanding over relaxed and wimpy. Nice commentary by
T'Pol -- the Arkonians didn't "accept the Vulcans' guidance" but
Archer made decent headway with them. Not quite admitting
that Vulcans are not universally revered for their wisdom
in how to conduct the galaxy, but at least owning up to this
particular problem. The rest of the cast got a few lines,
at least, and everyone looked appropriately concerned. I would like
to know why T'Pol was sitting with her legs so very far apart
just before Archer talks to the Arkonians for the first time.
It looks like she's straddling a support post or a table
leg or a barstool.
Full recap maybe Thursday, maybe Friday.
Oh, and just a word of warning: Next week's
repeat is "A Night in Sickbay," so you may want
to unplug your VCR or TiVo just to make sure it doesn't
accidentally get recorded. :)
Ah hate the desert. Dammit.
January 10, 2003: "Dawn" recap
is up. Thirty-five photos, so if you have a slow 'net
connection, be warned. Sorry. :)
I just want to compliment Dawson again. She
has a wonderful eye for unusual camera angles, or making
us feel like we're literally peeking in on someone, or lighting
a scene to make it seem very real and not staged. Trip creeps
around the nose of the shuttlepod, flashlight in hand. The
only lights are the "moonlight" on the nose of
the pod, and Trip's flashlight beam on the scenery in the
background. That's it. Just the way it would be for real
if we were standing behind him. It's a small, subtle thing,
but it really adds to the veracity of the moment. And the
whole bit with Trip dribbling dust onto the sensor beam is
Okay, I'm beginning to think it's deliberate:
Trinneer spreads his legs really more often than the script
would appear to call for. Twice now he's been sprawled on
his stomach (once in "Dawn," once in "Precious
Cargo") and trying to get up, and both times he's got
his knees as far apart as they'll go (which highlights his
butt to the camera). He does a fall after getting stunned
and lands completely spread-eagled, crotch to the camera.
He falls after pulling too hard on a cable and splays his
legs in all directions, crotch to the camera. He gets punched
and falls with his legs apart. He gets comfy on the rock
for his final ramble and he spreads his legs out, crotch
to the camera. Leftover from clown college? Dawson has a
crush on him?
Interesting that Trip and Jerry they could
never really trust each other until they were too tired to
fight. They tricked and double-crossed each vulnerable moment
as long as they had energy. And in the denouement, the best
Jerry could manage was "I'm grateful I didn't destroy
your vessel." But in their extremity, when they're waiting
for Enterprise to get their signal, Trip is as concerned
and compassionate as with any of his crewmates. He's a good
Random thoughts: I love how Trinneer goes from
slightly wise-ass ("You kill me, Ah can't fix anything")
to almost abject fear ("Ah try anything, Ah'm a dead
man -- Ah get the message") in mere seconds. The expression
on his face is really powerful....Our Man Tucker, ever the
gracious Italian host, even to his tied-up hostage. "You
want some food?"...Note how very carefully Jerry enunciates"sssshhhhiiii....PP" so
there's no question of getting by censors....Not only do
we get ration bars, but Chef is making chicken Marsala. Food
January 13, 2003: Amazon shipped my
Away Team Trip and Deluxe "Broken Bow" Malcolm! I
finally had a reason to take Archer out of his package (I
got him as a birthday gift, but he didn't have anyone to
play with). So I set everybody up in the credenza and liberated
Harry Kim and 8472, Mutated Tom Paris and the squiglets,
and 12" Tom Paris from their boxes. Yes, I am a slavering
geek, I took photos.
The ENT figures are an odd combination: They
have astonishing details, but maybe these are an early run,
because certain pieces don't quite fit each other. Ma and
Archer have rubber jumpsuits which stretch and bend, showing
strange details of the figures underneath. Moogie made Malcolm
do a backbend and gasped, "Jeez, the guy is hung!" Trip
has rubber sleeves up to the first articulation joint on
his bicep. The, um, crotch straps are also rubber. Helmet
and chest plate come off, but that's all -- can't get under
the EV suit. :( The Tactical set is pretty cool, although
again not all the pieces quite fit. Detailed stickers which
are occasionally a little too big or peeling off. Muffled
and overpushed sound chip. (And Archer sounds like a wuss.)
Cap'n has four, count 'em, four different hands, which I
suppose he needs for his three different accessories (PADD,
communicator, and phaser). Trip had seven different tiedowns
attaching him to the plastic shell, which was molded to every
wrinkle in his suit -- what, they were afraid he was going
to run away? Mal and Archer had six tiedowns each plus the
overmolded plastic shells. Both of them came out leg first,
which was very Young Frankenstein to watch. BOINNGGGGG one
leg pops out then BOINNNNGGGGG the other. All three heads
were seriously squooshed into the shells.
January 14, 2003: I should mention again
how grateful I am for TiVo, or at least a recording device
which allowed me to bypass 40 minutes of crap and 19 minutes
of commercials to see the less than 60 seconds of Enterprise bloopers
which squeaked past the boring hostess. There were three
10-second clips, one of Ah'len blowing a line -- for no reason
which I could see, unless she was drowning in Trinneer's
eyes -- one of Bakula blowing a line, and one of Bakula breaking
off a breadstick weirdly, making Blalock laugh. Looks like
I have to hit another con and pick up the next Trek blooper
tape for actual mistakes. Whenever the next ep airs,
I'll get a cap of the Trip scene.
Found a great site: Enterprise
NX-01 RPG Role Play and Chat. Crisp clean layout and
gorgeous photos. Go check out the wallpaper under "Multimedia." While
we're on the subject of links, House of Tucker subsite Archer*Trip is
now chockablock with content. Browse around, and visit
the discussion board while you're at it.
January 18, 2003: Hey, I
got an award! e:earth liked my site.
January 19, 2003: Finally!! Over on Archer4Trip's
which rotates the Trip photo. Feeling my own page lacked a
certain... je ne sais quoi, I thought I might try it
also. A4T really tried to help, but for whatever reason his
script wasn't working on my page. Moogie stepped in, waved
his magic wand, and poof! We found a script which works. Kisses
and orchids to both of you. Of course, now that my banner
image rotates, you folks are going to have to tell
me whether you like it!
Added a new link: Ex
Astris Scientia. Extremely detailed site with articles,
photos, reviews, databases, and a newsletter. Well-written
January 24, 2003: Fixed a typo on the
front page (thanks, M) and a few in Old History. Added episode
January 26, 2003: No real standout ads
from the game this year, were there? Hardly anything to talk
about the next morning, let alone rave. And the score was
like a Temple football game. Back in the day, the Owls
would lose 53-3 at times. But the Dixie Chicks did a nice
job with the national anthem.
When's the next new episode? February? Are we
going to thaw out by then? It's going to get up to a blazing
eighteen degrees Farenheit today, they tell us. (Which
is "ten degrees below my eyeballs just froze" in
January 30, 2003: Rearranged Season 2
episode names so they're in the order they're supposed to
February 1, 2003: Lest we forget that space travel
is neither easy nor safe.
High Flight, John G. Magee (1941)
Oh I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds -- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
In pace requiescat.
February 5, 2003: A nice, simple tribute to Columbia.
Appropriate and timely.
First thoughts on "Stigma:" A certain amount
of whiplash between the A and B plots, although it prevented the serious
material from getting too ponderous and kept the fluff from floating
away. Once again, Angry Archer proves himself pretty well, and Pleasant
Archer has a spine of Jell-O. (Speaking of whiplash, poor Scott Bakula must have a standing
appointment with his chiropractor ....) The writing wavered; sometimes it was interesting
and subtle and other times very ham-handed. I liked that Dr. Yuris
(the "minority" Vulcan -- and they couldn't have found some
more euphonious way of phrasing that?) did reveal T'Pol's rape despite
her objections, mainly because we didn't expect it. In fact, this episode
was ::gasp:: original! Yes, yes, there was "the AIDS allegory" the
way that TNG's "The
Outcast" was "the gay allegory," but really this
didn't feel that way.
Honestly, I was too busy wondering howinhell Vulcan society
came from "only a few people are born with the ability to mind-meld
and we think it's icky" to "every T'om, D'ick, and H'arry
can meld every night of the week and twice on Sundays." Remember
that most Vulcans we've seen on Trek have been able to meld (Spock,
Tuvok, the Maquis Vulcan who tried to extract information from the
Cardassian on that DS9 ep). I can accept that in 200 years it's no
longer objectionable behavior, but we seem to have hit the genetic
jackpot with that ability, cast-wise.
My opinion of Phlox (and John Billingsley) has gone way
up this season. Nice slice of Denobulan society and cultural norms.
Mrs. Phlox is not played by Mrs. Billingsley, although he'd been hoping.
She would have been more attractive if she'd been less, um, oh man,
that smile gives me the willies. Actually she was very nice-looking
besides the ridges, and came off as intelligent and complex. Her relationship
with Phlox was entirely believable; they had great chemistry. We got
a good look at Phlox's morals too -- beyond "Take my wife, please." Phlox's
smooth confidence while being grilled by the Vulcans was really lovely
to watch. No backpedaling, no giving of ground, just "Yes, that's
exactly what I said, so what?"
Why does Jolene Blalock seem to tell us less in her quasi-emotional
moments than Spock did with the simplest deadpan lift of an eyebrow?
Oh wait, that's right, Leonard Nimoy knows how to act. Sorry,
how gauche of me not to have known that. And the "suddenly ill" makeup
palette didn't do anything for me either.
And speaking of acting... damn, Connor Trinneer is so
funny. Fully half his hilarious performance was his expressions. Queasy,
nervous, edgy, squirmy, uncomfortable, bewildered, oh please Hoshi
don't leave me alone with her, oh please Phlox don't kill me, oh man
don't smile like that I'll lose my lunch! A sheer delight. Trip is "a
gentleman until it hurts," and then some. I think I'm going to
give this one its own page; even though Trip didn't have the main storyline,
he had so many awesome grimaces and eyerolls and eyebrow waggles that
I can't resist. Screencaps and summary probably Friday.
Those are some fine assets. A rose-petal
February 7, 2003: More on "Stigma." It's
two days of rambling, sorry. Summary is also up.
Besides the originality, we got good continuity. The
followup to "Fusion" was obvious -- and, frankly, brilliant;
it's one of the most natural flows of story I've seen in a while --
but we also got Hoshi continuing to learn Denobulan, the gym, Phlox's
care of his animals, and (of course) the unbroken Food Streak. The
Trip/Malcolm interaction, short as it was, was also very nice. Note
that Trip opens with "She's at it again!" So he's already
told Mal what's going on, at least once. This is a subtle but excellent
way to reinforce the existing friendship.
The Phloxes: I liked the gossip about Spouse-in-Law #47
not being forgiven, but I could have done without the repeated reminders
that each person has three spouses. Actually, I would have liked more
gossip. Big families are full of stories and teasing and "Did
you hear what so-and-so did?" Give us a feel for how these incredibly
extended families work. Is it normal for three to five adults to share
a home? Two to four? How often does someone move from the house of
one spouse to another? The highly amused "Humans!" at the
end was perfect. Yes, it was a dig at our "relatively unsophisticated" race.
But on a serious level, it was a good counterpoint to Archer's argument
to the three Vulcan doctors, where he trumpeted our sophistication
and our acceptance of diversity over the Vulcans' bigotry and closed-mindedness.
The episode title was obviously meant for the A plot,
but it does apply to the B plot also. Why was Trip refusing to get
romantically or physically involved with another man's wife? Because
in our society it's a taboo (mostly), and an adulterer would be shunned,
or at least disciplined. There would be a "stigma" attached
to someone who broke up a marriage, certainly in the American South.
Trip does not want to be seen as a homewrecker. In the beginning of
the first lab scene, when they're strictly professional, Trip is relaxed
and low-key (also perhaps because he's totally stymied by the Denobulan
directions and needs her help, so he's playing Honey instead of Vinegar).
It's only when Feezal decides she wants some sugar that he gets uncomfortable
and edgy. He's upset that anyone might think he could commit such an
unacceptable act (back to those parallels again), so he does everything
he can to get out of potentially compromising situations. Eventually
he goes directly to Phlox, to make sure Phlox knows he isn't capable
of taking such liberties. His reputation and personal honor are at
stake, really no less than T'Pol's or Yuris's. And I thought it was
a nice touch that Trip's accent got thicker as he defended himself
and his morals to Phlox. He was unconsciously hearkening back to his
roots, his childhood, to the place where he learned those morals, and
so was regressing a bit from his more formal "adult" speech.
Compare that to when he's angry, and trying to get a point across as
clearly as possible and not come off as a pissed-off hick: the accent
Random thoughts: I love the gym. Beyond the obvious,
it's nice to see the crew working out; it's so ordinary. This is one
part of ENT which is fulfilling its promise. From TNG onward people
can work out in the holodeck, but on this ship they have to fit into
those very closely tailored uniforms the old-fashioned way....Trip
asking "Why isn't X happening?" was a wonderful, organic
scene. It's exactly how I learn when I'm going through a task the first
or second time. The interaction was really smooth. "This is a
bitch!" "...Excuse me?" ::deer in headlights:: "Oh,
not you. The microscope. The Fish Stick I shagged a few weeks ago."....Trip
says "That's one of the reasons Cap'n Archer picked me for this
mission, because Ah am really good at following instructions." Not
orders, however, nor protocols. Maybe Archer should issue all his orders
as Instruction Manuals, and then Trip would get into less trouble....I
wonder if Trinneer feels self-conscious during those lingering butt
shots, knowing that the camera and the audience are all focusing on
his, um, finer assets?...I note that Trip addresses the ensigns by
their names, but they call him "Commander" or "sir." We
heard Mal call him "Trip" at least once in Sickbay (although
I'm not sure that counts). I wonder if they're ever "off-duty" enough
to call him Trip? Or would that be bad manners?...I especially liked
camera work in the first planet scene; the tight circling around Phlox
and the three Vulcans really gave us a sense of the intellectual agoraphobia
the doctor was facing....Anthony Montgomery is adorable, and he has
a nice voice. They should give him more to do, or replace him with
an Ensign of the Week....More mind-meld questions: When two Vulcans
mate in the throes of pon farr, they mind-meld. At the very least,
they bond telepathically. Does the increase in hormones prevent Pa'nar
from occurring? Or does the mating bond happen in a different part
of the brain?...The mind melds "cause a disruption of neuroelectric
impulses in the mid-brain." Maybe when melding became more acceptable,
a different technique was developed, which didn't cause the disruption?...Mrs.
Phlox was physically very pretty, despite all my epithets. It's just
that she came on so very STRONG, all we got to
see was a non-malicious Intendent who wanted to devour Trip like an
ice cream cone. (Not that I object to the idea, mind you...) If she
were to come back to the show and not try to determine Trip's religion
by Braille, I'm sure I'd enjoy her character much more. She was stellar
in her field, very competent, and aside from the flirting a good teacher.
The actress did a great job, and she played off Billingsley very naturally.
Bring her back when she's not in heat....Moogie wants to know why we
never see humans getting outrageously insulted over some slight dealt
us by an alien. Imagine if the Jolly
Green Giant visited Pisa with Clifford,
who then watered the Leaning
Tower. Wouldn't we get livid and demand reparations and an apology?
(and a really big bottle of Nature's
Miracle?) Why is it that only weirdoes like the Kreetassans or
uptight folks like the Vulcans get to be mortally offended?....I love
the heavy ornate Vulcan robes. They're so dignified and elegant....A
language quibble: each language has its own "music," or inflections.
(Listen to Mal in the gym when he says "Tell'im wot? That his
wife is trying to seduce you?" for a good example.) Usually when
we learn a second language, unless we're really good mimics, we tend
to use the inflections of our native tongue. For Feezal to say "I'm
impressed!" in Denobulan, using an English intonation -- i.e.,
you'd know pretty much what she'd said without the subtitles -- is
somewhat inaccurate. That particular phrase might not have too many
variations of inflection, but it just stuck out to my ears....Okay,
I'll admit it. For the first time I really sat through most of the
credits (I did turn the sound off, though) and just watched. Poignant,
in light of Saturday's loss, but more meaningful -- a sense of reaching,
of getting Out There and building, growing, not letting adversity conquer
us. We can. We will.
February 12, 2003: "My
underwear's flame-retardant... That doesn't mean Ah'm gonna light
myself on fire to prove it!" :D (Okay, Xander and Andrew's paean
to Scott Bakula on Buffy just got bumped to Second Funniest
Line of the Week.)
Nice! Two originals in a row! Trip was smooth and confident
in command, thus proving the dinner scene from "The Seventh" was
not SOP for Acting Captain Tucker. I'm going to say no damage this
week -- after "Dawn," a little acida over his engines doesn't
count. Archer was a little stiff but pretty good for the most part.
I love Jeffrey Combs, and setting him opposite Suzie Plakson was
a stroke of genius. Who else could look abashed when towering a foot
over her commanding officer? They should have given her more to do,
but it was cool to see her again.
Soval... someone stuff a sock in his mouth. Or better
yet, let's find out WHY the Vulcans are being such
friggin' jerks in this series, and cure it. It's painful to hear
that Vulcans routinely
lie, cheat, deceive, and oppress, and have no moral
code. Whether the Andorians were exaggerating or not, Vulcans on
ENT are routinely
portrayed as bad guys, and it's very sad.
February 16, 2003: Delta
Blues is back online! I know it's a Voyager site, but
Unca Jim has the absolute best Trek reviews anywhere, and we've
February 19, 2003: Oh, man, that ROCKED! Sussman
and Strong are amazing! For the first time since I don't know when,
there was real tension -- I had zero idea where the story was going,
I was totally hooked, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going
to happen next. Beautiful continuity throughout. Zephram
Cochrane missing (which would have real meaning for Archer, since
the guy worked with his father), the Tholians (even
if their engines were the wrong color), Daniels, the futuristic database
with all the cool graphics, Vulcan-Terran hybrids, Archer and Mal
working munitions (and there was a little "Would you care to
assist me in performing surgery on
a torpedo?" I
got misty-eyed.). Everyone got screen time, even Trav. The UT simulation
was very cool.
I absolutely howled when Trip protested, "How
can a ship be bigger on the inside than on the outside?" Well
duh, you're on Star Trek! They're ALL built that way! Remember the Delta
Flyer? My entire family could have cooked, served, eaten, and
cleaned up after Sunday dinner plus played cards on that lower level.
Great to see Trip and Mal working together, and so
smoothly. The dialogue was very indicative of their personalities:
Mal wants to be sure it all ends well, and the journey isn't all
that important; he wants to be promised a happy ending in exchange
for his suffering. Trip has a deep appreciation of his roots and
can cope with the changes; the surprises are part of the fun. I positively
loved their repeating scene -- partly because it was entirely unexpected
and fascinating to watch, and partly their interaction. "I think
we're spending far too much time together," Mal snickers, like
he's admitting to a guilty pleasure.
Minor complaints: Very weird camera work. Malcolm should
have been first in the ship, first down the hatch, etc. securing
the unknown vessel, and after Phlox had cleared each step
of the way for biohazards. The captain should not be diving into
a mysterious pod before it's been declared safe. (Unless Archer really wants Trip
to have his job....) Phlox said the corpse had "Tarellian" DNA.
Wyatt Miller did some amazing job on that plague if that's the case.
Minor Trip damage; screencaps tomorrow or Friday as
Malcolm: I know you told
the captain you were going to "build him
a throne," but does he really need a DVD
player in the armrest?
Trip: Look, you got yer bag'a cats alert,
Ah get to have the damn chair. Besides, the
rate he's goin', the Cap'n's gonna get himself
killed or promoted in less'n a year, and then
that'll be my chair.
Malcolm: Ah, so you have learned something
about tactics after all.
February 21, 2003: Screencaps for "Future
Tense" are up.
It was so nice to see the Chief Engineer doing engineering
stuff. Annoying to see him barging in where Security is chary of
treading and poking his fingers into every frelling crevice he sees
without scanning it first, but in character, at least. And dragging
Mal along with him -- actually, getting Mal to follow him with two
sentences and one backwards glance -- was also lovely. Good followup
to the similar scene in "Dead Stop" (another Sussman and
Okay, I was getting flashbacks to "The
37s," and Voyager had organic circuitry in the
gelpacks, so this wasn't totally original, but I'll let it slide.
The rest of the ep was so damn good I can hardly complain.
Why are there handles on Mal's and T'Pol's stations?
Are they literally to hang onto as the ship jolts? Maybe the equipment
is designed to be really portable, and they fold up into little metal
briefcases which can be carted around the ship and reassembled.
"I'm not sure if this end's the bow or the stern," Mal
comments of the pod. "Then don't walk in front of it!" Moogie
Archer says the pod should be in Launch Bay 2. Says
it twice, in fact. So why is it sitting on a door marked "4" next
to a door marked "3"? That's not a rhetorical question.
Does Launch Bay 1 have Door 1 and Door 2?
Was that an exocomp on the equipment tray in the Launch
Bay? Certainly looked like it.
Dominic Keating is a master of tiny expressions. In
the shooting scene, Trip was down, and the Suliban were running around
the room shooting at things and mucking with the machinery. Mal calls
to Trip -- looks at the Suliban, dammit, I have to do something --
at Trip, dammit, he's down! -- at the Suliban, duty calls. But the
divided loyalties were crystal clear, expressed in just a few extra
glances. Earlier, when Trip is about to clamber down the ladder into
the Magical Mystery Pod, Mal objects, "You're not going down there!" and
his whole face flashes wild-eyed alarm -- for half a second. Subtle
but nicely done.
Compliments on the lighting again. ENT's shooting crew
really understands about how things look when they're only lit with
flashlights. And I should tip my hat to the music folks as well.
99.44% of the time I literally do not notice background music at
all -- if there's no lyrics (as in Buffy or Lord
of the Rings), I couldn't even tell you if a show has music.
The last two episodes it's been woven into the action so well I actually
pick up on it, and it works with the moment.
I know there was supposed to be all this alleged tension
between Archer and T'Pol in the Breeding conversation, but frankly
I didn't feel it, or I felt it was terribly forced. Look, these two
just don't feel that way about each other; can we admit it and move
Did Trip, Archer, and especially Mal actually age those
repeated seconds? In "Cause
and Effect," the crew of the Bozeman couldn't have,
but time was continuing to move forward outside Launch Bay 2. Since
all three men seemed to remember the loops, they're not being completely
reset at the beginning each go-through. So do they age or don't they?
Anyone else think the image of the Tholian wedge sliding
into the space between Enterprise's spread nacelles was...
Dinner with Cap'n -- food streak unbroken! At this
point I think I'm going to go back over Season 1 and find out just
how long this streak is.
As for the corpse, my money is on Daniels' love child
February 23, 2003: Added
a reciprocal link to the Connor Trinneer Fan Site and did some
tidying. I do make the effort to keep my links up to date (with
the exception of Jim Wright's Delta Blues links, which I'll do
when he's done ISP-hopping), so if you ever find something which
doesn't work, please email me and let me know.
It must be suppertime; I'm surrounded
by cats. I don't object to having #2 dozing
on my stack of parts containers and #1 dozing on
my monitor and #3 lounging and purring on my
power strip, but they are NOT allowed to fight on
my lap. House rule. Mamma does not start fights,
Mamma does not get in the middle of fights, Mamma
breaks up fights. You need to fight, take it elsewhere.
And quit walkin' on my damn keyboard.
February 26, 2003: Very brief
thoughts on "Canamar:" not a ripoff
of "The Chute," although not as original
as the rest of sweeps. Interesting that the episode
is named for the penal colony they never get to.
I guess I'll have to add "annoyed" to
my list of abuses which our boy suffers. Clem sure
talked his ear off. The eyeroll before Trip's apology
was worth the price of admission.
Those leisure suits! Leather blazers
are what starship captains wear to negotiate first
contact? (Note: one of my correspondents from the
Trippin' For Trinneer Yahoo group pointed out that
they were coming back from the pseudo-water-polo
match, not directly from the official meeting. I
had been so busy rolling my eyes over yet another mention
of stupid water polo that I missed the connection.
Thanks.) Archer looked like a bad cop-show extra.
We did have a discussion about whether Archer actually
was a good pilot or just bluffing. We couldn't think
of anything which precludes him from being skilled,
but I've never heard him mention it before.
Food streak intact, though! :) Screencaps
likely Friday, maybe Saturday.
Ah was really hopin' it wasn't
evay's night to cook.
February 28, 2003: Okay, okay,
I surrender! I apologize for slandering Archer's
dumb jacket and piloting skills. Someone else wrote
to me to point out that during "Rogue Planet" (well
no wonder, I blacked that out right after "A
Night in Sickbay") Archer boasted "they
used to say I could land a shuttlepod with my
eyes closed." Hey, Jonny boy, that's Commander
Pinocchio's job. Bad enough you tried to tried to
out-gack him and Seven in the Where The Hell Did
That Pairing Come From Contest, but Chuckles is
the undisputed shuttle-crashing king. Eyes open
when you land, son! :)
Screencaps and recap for "Canamar" are
up. Written by John Shiban... no wonder I was laughing
I knew the second I saw a drifting
shuttlepod it was going to be Pod One. The damn
thing's indestructible. Next thing you know they're
going to stencil a red shirt on it.
Moogie noted that they recycled whole
chunks of the "Catwalk" set for the prison
ship interior, but that doesn't bother me. Means
they're saving money they can spend on writers and
I was wrong about the actor playing
the bad guy; I was sure he was the same guy who
played Radek in "Flesh and Blood," but
turns out he's not.
I loved the planet shots! How beautiful
it was! Tip of the hat to the FX folks this week
for taking a moment to make the throwaway visuals
So what did the Enolians find on the
'pod to make them think the boys were smuggling?
Bootleg DVDs? Convention videos? Romulan ale? Canadian
prescription drugs? An illegal immigrant in the dashboard?
And for that matter, what was Clem in for? I bet
the mayor had him arrested for disturbing the peace
This is the Trek series which gave
us "the poop question" and "Right
in my EV suit, sir?" and Porthos watering at
least two sets of alien trees, so I'll ask: how
did the prisoners use the facilities? As Martia reminds
us, not all of us keep our, uh, organs in the same
Jolene Blalock was definitely in the
groove this week. I tend to bitch about her lack
of proper Vulcan qualities, so let's give her a
big thumbs-up this outing: she asks Mal about the
getaway vessel, and he says it's nothing Enterprise can't
handle. She ever-so-delicately twitches one eyebrow
up. That's the kind of subtle, unemotional, speaking-whole-paragraphs-with-one-look
kind of mannerism we expect from our pointy-eared
friends. I also liked that she demanded that the
bureaucrat join them to go collect Archer and Trip
-- unexpected, and very sensible. Also suddenly
made the Enolians look much weaker than they were
(like I said, not "The
Scott Bakula did pretty well also;
no weenie alert this week. Archer showed a good
mix of spine, moxie, and compassion. But -- even
for a pilot as skilled and amazing as the Cap'n
-- how was he able to decipher the Enolian writing
to fly the transport ship?
I noticed that T'Pol sat weirdly in
the Big Chair, as Archer does. I think Trip did redesign
it, so that he's the only one comfortable in it.
Apparently Trip has been one hell
of an influence on Mal. A year and a half ago he
was a total spit-and-polish by-the-book navy-type
officer; now he's calling the helmsman by his first
name. So much for English formality. :)
Yes, there was an echo of Columbia
in the ships' descent, but this was filmed well
before February, so there's no way TPTB could have
known. And we don't see the ship breaking apart.
Sometimes life can't help imitating art.
March 2, 2003: I'm using Repeat
Month to work on a fun new tally sheet, so check
back later on this week.
March 5, 2003: It's rather amusing:
my site has garnered a reputation among friends and family
who watch the show. Two different people reported that when
Trip got phasered during "Canamar," they both said "Well,
there's another shot for evay's site."
I said it enough times to decide I was actually
going to work on it: The ENT Food
Chain! (I originally called it "Food Streak" but
Moogie suggested "Food Chain" which was much funnier.)
With "Shockwave II" being the only actual stretch,
so far every single episode has featured people eating, drinking,
and/or talking about eating or drinking. I had to do most
of the references from Keckler's recaps, since I don't have
a lot of Season One recorded, so if you find any mentions
or meals which I missed, please feel free to pass
March 6, 2003: Second helpings already!
:) wombat61 suggested an addition to the Food Chain
for "Marauders": Archer uses the "teach a
man to fish" proverb. Added.
March 9, 2003: The e:earth webring has
closed, reports the ringmaster. :(
I'll have a new article/essay/rant later on
this week. I don't intend for Repeats Month to be No New
Content Month around here.
March 12, 2003: Now the office is getting
into the act! One of the guys in my department who watches
ENT told me, "Yeah, I finally got around to seeing 'Canamar,'
and I was thinking, 'There's another shot for TripHammered!' " That's
brand recognition, baby.
I finally updated my Archer essay from last
year -- I was actually getting requests! And with everything
I'm doing this month, I've collected enough non-Trip-related
material to put it all together in its own section, imaginatively
called Extras. You'll
find the Food Chain, last year's Archer essay, and the new
essay. You may
need to update some bookmarks (if anyone's bothered to bookmark
anything on my site).
I caught the "TVLand awards" where
Trek (the franchise) got the Pop Culture award, and Bill
Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, and Jimmy Doohan
came up to accept. Nimoy and Nichols looked elegantly older.
Doohan looks very very old, poor SOB -- he could barely totter
up to the podium. Shatner's gotten round and was all flushed.
But you know, when he started reading his prepared speech
about what Trek meant, about the peaceful and more hopeful
world it portrayed, his voice was as clear and powerful as
always. And for just that moment, it really was Captain Kirk
up there. My heart lifted for a few seconds. Incredible.
Malcolm: What do you mean, no
new episodes until April? Are you daft?
Trip: Don't get yer panties in a knot!
Ah don't set the schedule!
Malcolm: But what are we going to do for
a whole month? There are only so many diagnostics
I can run! I need something to shoot at or
Archer (thinking): Panties...Did I do
my laundry last night?
March 19, 2003: Happy birthday to Connor
Trinneer, the actor who put such life into Trip. Many happy
returns! qoSlIj DatIvjaj!
March 21, 2003: T10K! Ten thousand hits!
Thank you, my constant visitors and repeat offenders and
bored passers-by, to folks who wandered here from someone's
blog, to people just nipping that photo of Connor in the
awful shirt to post elsewhere, to the Yahoo groups who use
TripHammered as a reference (!), to family and friends who
drop by to find out what we're up to. I am humbled and honored
by your attention, and I hope to keep earning it.
March 26, 2003: The new Extra is finally
done! Since I've been half-joking about wanting Joss
Whedon to come write for ENT when Buffy finishes this
spring, I thought it would be amusing to consider what it
might be like if Joss brought his unique style to Star Trek.
The result is this lengthy but affectionate parody/crossover, "Welcome
to the BowMouth."
No photos, no annotations, no internal links,
just text. I don't usually ask for feedback but I'd really
love to know what you think of this one. It's long enough
to read instead of watching the "Precious Cargo" repeat,
and you won't have to sit through Chickie-boo's dreadful
performance. If any of my editors get back to me with belated
but really serious problems, I'll just fix it and note the
March 28, 2003: rainwoman finally
found the Romulan Warbird photo on my site, nearly six
months after I put it up! That cloak must be working
really well. ;)
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