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Episode Air Date 10/17/01
With this being
the fourth episode (counting the two hour pilot as one) Enterprise
has done one adventure story, two horror/thriller stories, and now one
We've seen humor
on all the episodes, but the premise for "Unexpected" was funny. After
visiting an alien ship, Commander Trip becomes the first human male
to ever be pregnant (except Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course). It's
almost something out of a space farce, like Red Dwarf, Mystery Sci-Fi
Theatre 3000 or T.J. Hooker. All the one -liners punched
up the unexpected comedy. The Klingon saying, "I can see my house from
here", was the funniest line on Star Trek since Data's PG rating program
broke in Star Trek: Generations, screaming, "Oh, S***"!
The show's teaser was
so short that if you were one minute late, you would've missed it. If
you did miss it, Captain Archer was taking a shower when the gravity plating
stopped working, allowing for him and his water to freely fly around his
space bathroom until the gravity came back on. Everything crashed to the
ground. If it wasn't for Scott Bakula being naked, this thirty-second
joke couldn't legally be called a "tease." (That was a little something
for the ladies.)
After the title
sequence and some car commercials, we learned how the entire starship
was breaking down, not just the captain's bathroom. Clumping all of
these elements together in the teaser would've stopped it from feeling
like it belonged at the top of an episode of Cheers.
actually falling apart, but a secret alien vessel, using stealth technology,
had been drawing from the ship's power supply and causing a host of
problems. The crew made contact with them, and learned the aliens needed
help with their engines. So off went the country boy Commander Trip
to fix the fusion multi-reactor-subcoils. Whatever.
On board the alien
vessel we see another stem from the very cool thing growing on this
show. The creators of Enterprise are honestly trying to connect
the dots between the birth of the federation and the days when Kirk
and Spock roamed the galaxy. The task has been really well met. The
alien ship in "Unexpected" has psychedelic reflecting walls, and crazy
plants growing food everywhere. In the 23rd century this sort of feature
was very common, but by the 24th century (with the anti-psychedelic
Picard) the closest thing to surreal were the Ferengi.
After fixing the
alien ship and visiting a holodeck (not five episodes in and the writers
are already missing the holodeck), Commander Trip returned to Enterprise
and discovered he was expecting (a baby), and the crew quickly begins
hunting the galaxy for the aliens, to help remove the baby spore from
his rib cage. As a result Enterprise finds herself in a stand off with
a Klingon vessel, which the aliens are using to secretly suck power
(not five episodes in, and the writers have already used the Klingons
Retro 60's space-lore
isn't the only trend starting on Enterprise. In every episode
(with the exception of the pilot) the crew underestimates the dangers
of space, makes some horrible, irreversible mistake where it looks completely
dark, and just in the last moment, someone on the bridge, full of daring
and character-building charm, steps in front of the view finder and
In "Fight or Flight"
the Enterprise would've had the life sucked out of them by some alien
ship, if Hoshi hadn't set her fears aside and used her skills as a linguists
to talk an alien vessel into helping. In "Strange New World" the entire
away team would've been destroyed unless Captain Archer hadn't improvised
a lie to convince his crew not to kill each other. And now, on "Unexpected",
T'Pol fabricated a story for the evil Klingons to believe.
The Klingons, of
course, buy T'Pol's story and Commander Trip's accounts of their holodeck.
And thanks to a trade for the holodeck technology the aliens got to
keep their lives, Commander Trip was taken off the single parent list,
and we got to hear a Klingon, while standing on the holodeck, say "I
can see my house from here." Data would be proud.
Looking at next
week's commercial teaser, which undoubtedly is as long as the episode's
actual teaser will be, Enterprise will be doing a new type of
story. Not an adventure, or a horror-thriller. But an adventure-horror-thriller!
Totally new. If the trend continues it will either be Ensign Travis
Mayweather, Lt. Malcolm Reed or Dr. Phlox who will stand in front of
the view screen and bravely save the day (they are the only three who
haven't gotten a chance yet).
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