of the third season of Enterprise was marked by three
very noticeable changes. First being the name. Re-adopting
its patronym, Enterprise is now known as Star Trek:
Enterprise (and that's why your TIVO isn't recording "Enterprise".)
is the sudden change in the direction of the show. When pitching
Star Trek premises, the creators defended the prequel
approach because it allowed for more dramatic discoveries.
They wanted to return to the days when space was unknown.
And by the third season they're already throwing the baby
out with the bathwater - or the adventure out of the space
lock or something.
and probably most important change, is the obvious submission
to the fact that Star Trek is CAMPY.
just a TV show," famous last words, I know. But I'm not
the one saying it. Enterprise - sorry - Star Trek:
Enterprise, has become increasingly more campy. This isn't
a bad thing. And really, it makes the show more fun. Even
Deep Space Nine, the most heavy handed of all the Treks,
recognized that a campy approach to the Star Trek mythos
is the only way to go. Voyager tried to ignore the
fact that they were campy, ending up repeatedly guilty of
acting cooler that it actually was.
gets it. And this week proves it. The entire episode pays
homage to the original Star Trek. The musical score
is laced with horns reminiscent of Kirk and Spock. And most
notable is the string of slutty green-skinned girls that make
it with the Captain.
of the rare element "Trillium-D" Captain Archer
and crew fly down to a water world (without Kevin Costner)
looking for a chemist. After the alien chemist tells them
it takes four bowls of Duraniumarium to equal one bowl of
Trillium they find themselves in an alien red light district.
has obviously never picked up a hooker before, because he
instantly falls for the ole, "My-prositute-has-fallen-in-love-with-you-and-you-have-to-buy-her-from-me,"
trick. In a very characteristic act of chivalry, Archer beats
up the alien pimp and rescues the sex slave, Rajiin.
a rare, special girl. She has the ability to seduce anyone.
Place people under hypnosis. And of course, scan their bodies
with her hands, revealing their muscle tissue like a broken
x-ray machine. You know, the girl next door.
doesn't move much more than that. The girl scans their bodies
and after attacking T'Pol (in a scene so erotic that you're
to be pitied if you watched it with your parents) she attempts
to escape the Enterprise. She's stopped and thrown into the
brig, the second person to sit in its metal frame this season.
And once again Archer threatens murder in his interrogation
in an act of overwhelming compassion, tells Archer she was
sent to retrieve information about the humans' physiology.
The Xindi have been working on a bio-weapon to wipe out all
of humanity, and are missing some very key ingredients.
are possibly the campiest element of the new approach to Enterprise.
Their five extremely distinct species can't possibly be taken
seriously. Human. Reptile. Hairy. Bug. And Mermen (yes, nothing
more dangerous than a Merman -- just ask Aquaman).
what's even more interesting is the cutting back and forth
between Enterprise and the Xindi council. The Enterprise
writers must know there were only about six of us who really
watched Deep Space Nine, because this whole subplot
with the bad dudes scheming at their headquarters was a constant
thread in the last seasons of DS9.
borrowing a familiar storyline helps boost continuity then
I'm all for it. Unlike ANY Star Trek before, previous episodes
actually have impact. Last
week Archer was transformed into an alien species and
back again. This week Phlox continues to treat his quick metamorphosis.
The scene has nothing to do with the episode, but rather with
the series as a whole. On any other Trek series characters
would have some crazy life altering adventure, and then show
up the next week as if it'd never happened. (Yes, Picard was
emotionally scarred by his role as Locutus of Borg, and immediately
visited France to talk it over with his family - but that
episode didn't air until well into the season, because it
wasn't action packed).
nerding. The Xindi risk exposing themselves to Enterprise
by storming the ship and stealing Rajiin. Loaded with info
on human physiology, they now have what they need to finish
the bio weapon. Things don't look good for the humans.
week they'll watch T'Pol go crazy. Sure, the previews have
her thrashing about acting like she'll kill - but we can be
sure there will be one scandalous scene. It may not include
bi-sexual aliens but you never know.
alien species rating scale this week scores a
Skinned Girl.She may have had more lines, and
a better part in the story. But we know why she was really