There will come
a point when comparing Enterprise to Star Trek Voyager
is stale and obvious. This isn't the time. Enterprise has been
high quality television, with clean writing and intriguing characters
in a totally believable world. Voyager was the generic brand
Star Trek, leaving nothing to the imagination and continually ripping
off from The Next Generation.
Since the New Year,
episodes have become progressively better and better. Following that
trend, Shadows of P`Jem not only told a fascinating story, but
did what no episode of Enterprise has done so far: woven together
pieces from previous episodes. Shadows of P`Jem dealt with the
problems created by The Andorian Incident. The Andorians aren't
a drop in, blow something up then leave kinda villain. Their involvement
on Enterprise will be a detailed saga.
Sorry. We're just
here to blow something up and leave.
And this is a good
thing! Look at Voyager. Sure, there were developing story lines.
The Borg Queen kept turning up with six Borg cubes, and those crazy
Borg kids posed problems periodically. Seven-of-Nine, the former Borg,
would even often disagree with the captain. But each week it was the
same old same old. Nothing ever really developed, and there wasn't much
of a change between episodes. The only difference between the last episode
and the first episode was there were a lot more Borgs running around.
Even the camera
work is more interesting on Enterprise. Shooting in wide screen
for HDTV allows for broad sweeping shots. The last scene of Shadows
of P`Jem, with the Captain leaving sick bay, looked like something
from a film.
Most of Enterprise
feels like a film. And not just because it's filmed in wide screen.
(Most of us don't really get to enjoy HDTV anyway - and if you do, you
should be sharing with the rest of us). The action sequences have the
tempo of a film. The musical underscore is dramatic, but not obtrusive.
And Enterprise is FUNNY. Any good action sci-fi movie needs comedy.
The most memorable moments in Star Trek history involve Tribbles falling
on Kirk's head, or Data swearing for the first time on the big screen
(the silver screen - not your HDTV - you selfish pretentious owners
It's good to be
T'Pol's status as
"That Hot Vulcan Chick" buys the writers a lot of ideas. But
so far there hasn't been anything too repetitive. There will be a point
when we get tired of having another member of the crew notice in a sexually
tense moment that the uptight Vulcan Chick is hotter than the reactor
core. But for this first season it's still okay to have Captain Archer
being held hostage and try to escape by rolling on the ground, tied
to T'Pol, wiggling to get free. His Star Fleet Uniform catching on her
skin tight suit, as they grunt to become free - to let their passions
run free - free like wild horses. Neigh.
In fact, it's more
a lot of film like qualities in place. There was a time when that show
had promise and intrigue. But the reason it failed was poor planning.
Enterprise has longevity seeds buried deep into its roots.
has lured back a lot of viewers that Voyager lost, hence the
comparison. (Come back -- it's safe now...) Of course according to the
preview for next week, the Enterprise will be destroyed. (See? Just
like one of the movies!) That means either time travel, a dream episode,
or the series is over, and they're bringing back Voyager.