taken nearly a year but the humans are finally entering the
last leg of their journey to stop the Xindi from destroying
Earth. After last week’s Voyager inspired episode,
Enterprise aired Act One of a three part story. Next
week the plot will thicken, leading up to a heavy season finale
and hopefully the END of the Xindi saga.
like any good three act story, this episode introduces the
main characters like learning how the pieces on a chess
board move. Since we’ve known most of them for almost
three years, and we’re in the endgame phase, some
of the information in "The Council" is more for
color and humor. Captain Archer and Hoshi’s continual
conversations about being sent to the principal’s
office are both amusing and great snapshots of their personalities.
and Phlox also share a comical conversation about alternative
dieting. Having an intergalactic tape worm just might be
healthier then the Atkins diet. What makes their scene even
more impressive is the long single sweeping shot as they
leave the medical bay and walk directly to the mess hall,
where Tripp picks up a piece of pie. Great camera work.
at the top of the show, after the “previously on Enterprise,”
we get an inside glimpse of the Sphere Builder’s “home
base.” A race of no nosed lizard girls float through
white fog in a sort of Wormhole Alien’s dimension.
Maybe they’re really Prophets sent to protect the
Bajoran people. Oh, no, wait – they’re the Guardians
of the Xindi…
twenty plus week’s the connection between the Sphere
Builders and the Xindi has been fuzzy, and now we know the
Xindi revere them as angels. More then likely they were
also the very force that destroyed the Xindi home world
and helped the now dead sixth Xindi race to conquer Xindis.
the Guardians in those 15 seconds shed some light on the
idea of Temporal Warfare. They refer to probable time lines
and possible out comes, as if they’re living in a
place where time can’t affect them till the outcome
is determined in the past. Possible outcomes must be weeded
out by interacting with the Xindi at different times. Or
maybe they just have some gigantic magic eight ball that
helps them time travel. The latter is a little easier to
put into words…
T’Pol, Mayweather, Reed and Mr. Red Shirt head out
to a sphere to gather critical data. Mr. Red Shirt (a M.A.C.O.)
is vaporized by a robotic arm. Who didn’t see that
coming? Reed fires repeatedly at the arm, snapping it back
like a mini boss in first person shooter. Look for this
level to be matched up with the Vulcan inspired level from
episode "Impulse." It’s as if this whole
season was designed to be a first person shooter game.
Tripp is forced to work with Degra he sets aside his rage
and places a face on his enemy. It’s very nice to
see Tripp’s vengeance story arc come to a close. He’ll
always be hurt from the loss of his sister, but it’s
good to know he won’t always be looking for a way
to cut a Xindi throat.
Commander Dolim will do the throat cutting. Just as it looks
like the puzzle of peace is coming together, the Reptilian
commander comes into Degra’s quarters and guts him.
It’s a pretty gripping scene, with a rather cheesy
tag line, but gripping none the less. It’s also nice
to finally know the specific characteristics of each of
the Xindi council members. Much like the well deserved information
about the relationship between the Sphere Builders we finally
know what the Humanoids think about the Reptilians, how
the Aquatics switch to sonar when speaking in past tense,
and how the Sloth Xindi preferred to be called Arboreal.
(Relating to or resembling a tree. Sloth is NOT P.C.)
Archer’s morality seems to be jumping a few notches
up. After terrorizing the sector in the name of stopping
terrorism, the first captain in deep space has stretched
out his hand to the Xindi council without firing a phaser.
He could be regaining his morality. Or next week he could
run over a space grandma to get to work on time. Who knows?
a lot of three part stories, "The Council" is
steeped in political bickering with a hint of action. The
Fellowship of the Rings weighs in with the council.
The Phantom Menace was basically a pod race build
up to a single battle. Even the most perfectly constructed
trilogy of all time holds true to the same formula: The
last minutes of "The Council" the Xindi weapon
is ACTUALLY LAUNCHED! Not a dream sequence, alternate reality,
or possible future. The sucker actually leaves its launch
bay and flies towards Earth! Enterprise and a handful of
new Xindi supporters fight it off as Hoshi is beamed away.
we kick anyone off, even the Xindi, let’s go to the
Goodson proof Star Trek alien rating scale.
If the Federation could distrust the Romulans for centuries and then band together in their darkest hour against a common foe, then the Xindi and humans can fight off the manipulative Sphere Builders.