A few weeks ago
Enterprise encountered a race of people who had developed holographic
On The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine such a contraption
has become common place, but in a timeline before Kirk, where such simple
technology like tribble population control devices had not been invented,
it's tough to imagine holographs running around. Even though the holodeck
ran on an alien vessel, and not a star fleet ship, the unnecessary addition
of what fans recognize as 24th century technology seems way out of place.
But if the addition
of the holodeck barely crossed the line, then this week's Enterprise
blew past it at warp 8.5, a speed so far impossible for the actual Enterprise.
episode introduced the Suliban. We learned two very important things.
One: the Suliban are part of a mysterious "temporal cold war." And two:
in this time line Klingons wouldn't be wearing tweed.
This week the Suliban
returned for the first time since the pilot, unlike the Klingons who
already returned (still without tweed). And with their return the Suliban
brought an answer to the age old question, "What in the space-time continuum
is a temporal cold war?"
(1) An excuse to bring technology from the far future onto a show taking
place in the near future.
(2) An excuse to alter the Star Trek time line and get away with
Thanks to this
lovely temporal cold war a star fleet of the 22nd century has access
to a host of technologies that weren't even conceived in the 24th century.
Furthermore, it's a wonderful excuse for the creators of Enterprise
to invent things that weren't possible - even on Voyager.
Who knows? By next
season Dr. Phlox could be replaced by the Voyager's own holographic
doctor. Or even worse, using special technology the warp reactor could
propel Enterprise deep into space to meet the Borg, the Dominion, Q,
and any other of the villains that worked so well on the previous Treks.
And that's the
beauty of such a plot device. If something happens because of the temporal
cold war, and it so happens to contradict an event from any of the previous
shows or movies, then the explanation is simple: by going back in time
the Suliban have altered history, and now events won't unravel exactly
as they did before. Thus we can toss out the Star Trek history
While we're tossing
books, we can throw away any book on science, and replace it with Marvel
Comics. Somehow Captain Archer became the Silver Surfer this week, because
he was able to hang out in space for almost thirty seconds. If a hatch
opens on a star ship, all the compressed oxygen would blow out into
space. This could get real messy - real fast. But Captain Archer was
more than capable of walking around, as if he was just holding his breath
However, with all
that bashing said and done, this was a fine episode. Captain Archer
and crew were forced to make a decision based purely on faith, trying
to figure out which supposed time traveler could be trusted. Meanwhile
Dr. Phlox explored spirituality from half a dozen perspectives. This
balance between moral, ethical and campy science fiction is defining
the show Enterprise.
That is until the
authors need to add something familiar to them and have the Suliban
alter everything, making Commander T'Pol roommates with Jadzia Dax and
Seven of Nine. On second thought, something about that sounds appealing.
according to: Data's Dictionary of Star Trek and Other Cult Shows
- copyright 1998).
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