That’s how the latest episode of Enterprise
will leave you. Captain Archer and crew find a Rogue Planet where a
band of hunters prey on a family of slugs. While there Captain Archer
spots a beautiful woman who lures him into the forest, and begs for
his help. What sets this episode apart from the average Enterprise
adventure is its predictability.
Enterprise can usually keep its
viewers guessing by playing off of the standard trek story lines. In
episode four the crew camped on an alien world and suspected T’Pol of
being a spy, attempting to trap the away team. In actuality everyone
had fallen victim to a psychotropic chemical naturally found on the
planet. The way the episode was revealed it seemed like there was some
greater plot to be uncovered.
If you have this week’s episode sitting
on a VCR tape somewhere, or you’re waiting for it to be re-run on Sunday
you should stop reading . . . now. That’s right, go check out some of
the previous trek reviews. Go. No, I mean it. Okay.
It becomes far too obvious that the woman
in the forest is a member of the very race the aliens are hunting for.
And the saddest part of all is the reveal. When Captain Archer first
rants and raves about this gorgeous lady in her nightie running through
the thicket the alien hunters laugh at him. They act like he’s crazy,
or dreaming, or having a crazy dream.
Then, later, after she tells Archer the
aliens are hunting her race, they have no problem telling him the truth.
Why would they hide the truth, and then two days later have no reservation
telling him who the woman was? Wouldn’t they want to know more about
their prey’s attraction to the captain so they could trap it? Aliens
make bad hunters. Except the Hergions – they had style. Recreating France
on Voyager, and making Seven of Nine sing. Now that’s hunting.
And for a rogue planet (one that doesn’t
revolve around a sun) there was a lot of light. Sure there will be some
starlight, but they supposedly landed in a forest with foliage as thick
as the Amazon. How much light gets to the floor of the Amazon anyway?
For that matter, how much light gets to the floor of an Amazon?
Hopefully, Rouge Planet was a rogue
episode, and next week we can look forward to a more engaging plot.
And how could it not be? Get out your tooth sharpeners, electric whips,
and rules of acquisition. Next week it’s time for the Ferengi!