Today is my grandfather’s 87th birthday. Happy Birthday Gramps!
To celebrate my grandpa’s birthday (and the new season of TV shows, of which I actually watch very few) I would like to take a nerdy moment and look at past Enterprise episodes. (Blame Kathryn for this)
001 The Enterprise crew sets on a maiden voyage with a mission to return a wounded Klingon to his people.
Yays: The suliban and their tech is cool. Dr. Phlox is great. Using the grappler in combat was inspired. Thank gawd there’s no spandex. Boos: What is with the Vulcan’s being so emotional? What is with T’Pol’s “action wear”? Traditional robes aren’t good enough? Also, gratuitous hard-nippled seminaked rubdowns is laughable. They show Klingon blood as being dark red, it’s been previously shown that it should be pink.
Fight or Flight
003 The crew comes across an abandoned ship of dead aliens.
Yays: Corpses on hooks. Universal translators that don’t work. Alien ships drilling into the hull not with a laser, but with a big fuckin’ drill.
Strange New World
004 Crew members go on a survey mission to a seemingly uninhabited Earth-like planet where a mysterious alien presence sends them into a state of paranoid overdrive.
Yays: Alien mind-affecting spores.
005 After discovering the presence of a damaged alien vessel, Archer dispatches Tucker to its aid, but the engineer’s encounter with a Xyrillian female has an unexpected side effect.
Having to go through hours of environmental acclimatization before going onto an alien ship is something we should see more of. I’m tired of everything between alien species being compatible. “I can see my house from here” – Klingon captain.
006 Archer and the Enterprise crew set out to learn what happened to the lost human colony of Terra Nova, and discover a tribe of human-hating cave dwellers.
Boo! This episode is lame.
The Andorian Incident
007 When Archer and his crew pay a friendly visit to an ancient Vulcan monastery, they stumble into an interstellar conflict between the Vulcans and their militaristic rivals, the Andorians.
Fantastic episode – this is the kind of stuff I hoped for when I heard about Enterprise. Jeffrey Combs as the head Andorian, nothin’ to complain about there!
Breaking the Ice
008 While the Enterprise crew researches a newly discovered comet, Archer tries to deal diplomatically with a Vulcan ship that is suspiciously watching them.
Well done episode but kind of dull. I liked the way Vulcans were portrayed, except that at the end of a meal one of them was visibly upset. Vulcans certainly seem to be letting their disciplines drop in this series.
009 The Enterprise crew encounters a pre-industrial society that is afflicted with a plague caused by exploitative secret visitors.
This is one of those lame typical Star Trek episodes where the humans go undercover as another species. I think we can all agree that we’ve had enough of these.
010 Enterprise must intervene when the leader of a human freighter crew sets out for revenge against alien pirates.
Yay! Space pirates preying on cargo ships – this is what space is all about! It was great to see Nausicans again.
011 While Enterprise joins an alien pilgrimage to witness a religious stellar occurrence, Archer finds himself again faced against the Suliban warrior Silik.
Pretty good episode.
…more to come….