Enterprise Terra Prime
original airdate: 05-13-2005
night of Star Trek turned out to be rather sad. Not
simply because it’s the last time we’ll see a
Trek in prime time for at least a decade, but the
episodes heaped in our laps fell flat on their faces. That
mixed metaphor draws a prettier picture then expected.
first episode in the “two episode series finale”
is the second part of the previous week’s “Demons.”
T’Pol and Trip have got themselves trapped on Mars
with Paxton, a terrorist madman who aims to cleanse humanity
of all alien life forms by terrorizing Earth with his DEATH
it’s a weather array, built to redirect asteroids
and comets from their fatal paths into key solar system
locales. Paxton fires a warning shot at Enterprise and at
2% of its total yield the starship gets wobbly. Malcolm
reports that at full power the Enterprise would’ve
been obliterated. This array can destroy anything this side
of the meteor belt and it took no time at all for Paxton
to commandeer it. It stands to logic that a remote base
with a network of lasers capable of mass destruction would
be under better security then a moveable mining station
story was a proposed three parter, like so many we’ve
seen this season. Squishing three episodes into two might’ve
torn some holes in the story line.
Prime” has many black holes. Trip and T’Pol’s
baby was genetically engineered by Paxton’s team of
xenophobes. They snatched two genetic samples from Enterprise’s
storage locker and used flawed cloning techniques to build
a human/Vulcan hybrid.
Trip and T’Pol? As an audience we know they’ve
been doing the nasty pon far. Are the people of Earth also
up on the soap opera of the Enterprise? Paxton could’ve
very well chosen any Vulcan and human genetic samples from
anywhere in the world. Why did he chose two of the most
famous people on Earth, who just so happen to be having
a sordid love affair?
storyline not properly explained is Malcolm’s relationship
with Section 31. Still not named, Malcolm meets again with
his contact from the secret government organization. Since
it’s the second to last episode the writers felt compelled
to wrap up this budding story line abruptly. After they
exchange information and complements, the secret agent shakes
Malcolm’s hand and wishes him the best of luck.
could have been the beginning of long term explosive storylines.
Enterprise COULD have been involved in all sorts of covert
conflicts, including fighting the Romulans or anything else
they’re not supposed to know about in the 22nd century.
And since Section 31 gets things done without history writing
it down it wouldn’t have altered the continuity one
bit. Instead, it's another casualty of being cancelled after
only four seasons.
the strangest plot hole of them all is Paxton’s master
plan: broadcast on all frequencies a call to action to cast
out all aliens from the Sol System, or he’ll destroy
any city where non-humans live. And his ace—in-the-hole
is some images of a human/Vulcan hybrid baby. Vulcans have
been living on Earth for over 100 years. This can’t
be the first time someone has thought of a human/alien child.
To learn that humans and Vulcans can mate wouldn’t
cause a world-wide riot.
has all been an elaborate excuse to jerk some tears from
viewers when they learn T’Pol and Trip’s baby
won’t survive. It’s a slice of some seriously
impressive acting, when Connor Trinneer (Trip) suddenly
breaks into sobs as he tries to talk to cold quiet Jolene
Ballock (T’Pol). Too bad the scene is based on such
a flimsy premise.
that’s just three quarters of the story. After Archer
stops Paxton from destroying San Francisco he hunts down
the Terra Prime spy on Enterprise. The kid commits suicide
in the hallways. But this scene lacks any context. The ensign
has no back story, or explanation of why he got involved
with Terra Prime. He just apologizes and phasers himself
in the head. Who cares? Who even remembers his name?
Archer, somehow, saves the day, and the first Federation
conference, by delivering a speech so boring it could put
a physics teacher to sleep. He rambles on about how it’s
everyone’s duty to join hands and work together, or
something. And then, one by one, aliens stand and applaud
him admirably like the end of another teen movie. This is
supposed to be the counter scene to the beginning of last
week’s “Demons” when Archer and crew received
no credit from Nathan Samuels, Earth’s Prime minister.
Its symmetrical story telling… but it really could
not have convinced the Andorians and Telleraties to stick
around and possibly be mobbed by xenophobic humans.
Manny Coto, lead writer for Enteprise wanted to
spend all of season five on a forming-the-Federation story
line. Maybe the delegates were all supposed to get up and
leave Earth at the end of this season and we were going
to spend the next year regaining their trust…
unlikely the taste of disappointment will be washed away
for quite a while.