Episode -- Fortunate Son
On the Next Generation episode "Samaritan
Snare" Picard spins the tail about how as a young space cadet he was
stabbed in the heart by a gang of Nausicaans during a bar fight. This
short, but dearly touching scene with teen heart throb Wesley Crusher,
inspired the later episode "Tapestry" when the omnipresent Q dramatically
altered Picard's life by pulling out this very important moment. The
Nausicaans reappeared a number of times on Deep Space Nine, as pain
loving thugs. And now on "Fortunate Son" we learned their admirable
origins, as pirates.
But these Nausicaans are the coolest pirates
the galaxy has ever seen. Enterprise has been carefully shading the
lines between the technology world we live in today, and the Trek Universe
depicted by Gene Roddeberry in 1969. No one is really expecting Enterprise
to begin justifying the cardboard bridge Kirk sat on, but if Enterprise
just tossed off that era it would look more like Babylon Five. These
justifications are sometimes very subtle, like this week the Nausicaans
wore leather jackets that looked like they had been picked up at a 2nd
In addition to near-retro entertainment,
Enterprise has been introducing some really cool villains. We've seen
both the Klingons and Andorians receive a personality make-over. The
Nausicans will make a fine addition to the Enterprise's foes.
And that's a much more interesting commercial
than the thing they we're running this past week. Using the miracle
of editing it looked like Helmsman Travis Mayweather, the resident "space
boomer" (a person who grew up in on a space cargo ship) was questioning
the captain's orders.
Actually it's Mayweather who saves the
day, as so many have on Entprise, by standing in front of the view screen
at the end of the episode and fixing everything.
The last time we saw this was in Unexpected
when Commander Trip stood up to some Klingons. The only two who haven't
made the view screen grade are Lt. Malcolm Reed and the most interesting
character with the least screen time; Dr. Phlox. Hopefully Dr. Phlox
will be featured before Malcolm Reed.
Next week we finally run into the new
Suliban, the promised arch nemesis of the 22nd century. We've seen the
Klingon's and Vulcan's create more problems this year than the hyper
evolved Suliban. Of course, with the way commercials are re-edited to
confuse fans next week's episode could really be about Captain Archer's
dog getting a flea bath.
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