Ent 009 -- Civilization
First contact never
goes the way it should.
Every time someone
from Star Fleet makes those bold first steps to meet an alien race for
the very first time something goes horribly wrong. Picard almost lost
Riker to the aliens who could see through bodies using their hands.
Sisko was abducted into a bizarre gambling game by a band of aliens
who were kind enough to make first contact on Federation turf. And now
at the very first first contact with a major alien civilization Captain
Archer gets dealt the same rotten luck.
Of course in this
timeline there are a few more things to consider. Picard and Sisko had
a guidebook to follow. The Federation had already made many failed attempts
(and presumably successful attempts that we never witnessed). Captain
Archer and crew are writing that guidebook in real time.
But they're not using smart tactics. There has always been the issue of
jumping in feet first. Already this season on Enterprise we've
seen the problems that happen when proper scans of an alien world aren't
made before landing a shuttle pod (Strange
New World). And Archer's excuse then for making rash decisions
was the same as this week's, "If the Federation had wanted to send a probe
into space to take pictures and chart stars, then they would have. But
instead, they sent us."
There is a huge
difference between experiencing events firsthand, and having that same
hand rot and fall off your wrist because of some unknown alien virus.
Apparently the Federation doesn't teach their captains good science
and proper skills of deduction.
We leave that up
to the beautiful co-stars.
Who can count the
number of green-skinned tails that Kirk chased on Star Trek?
And since Enterprise is continually trying to return to the golden
days of Trek it isn't much of a shock to see Archer kissing an alien
woman. He was swapping spit with the defected Suliban in the pilot
But the relationship
between Archer and his alien girlie isn't what we saw with Kirk and
his green-skin of the week. Riann (Diane DiLascio) is a skilled detective.
Her calculated approach to solving problems provides a great contrast
to Archer's cowboy mentality of "push buttons first - figure out what
they do later." Their team up is intriguingly unexpected.
However, this provokes
another huge plot hole - bigger than that bad science thing. Could a
Star Fleet captain (granted the very first) allow himself to become
involved with an alien who lives on a pre-industrial world? We saw how
much trouble Commander Trip received after getting frisky with an alien
And in this time line Dr. Pulaski isn't around to remove the memories
from the aliens who have "seen too much." Hopefully we won't see many
more moments where the writers sacrifice realistic stories for kissing
Besides, if you
want to see aliens getting it on, there are plenty of websites.
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