12/31/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Affliction"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E15
Air Date: February 18, 2005
Written by: Mike Sussman
Directed by: Michael Grossman

Premise
A plague spreads through the Klingon Empire, and Phlox is kidnapped to help cure it while the rest of the crew is back home to watch the Colombia leave space dock.

Review
This is the two-parter that I have been waiting for since the first episode. And here it is, seven episodes away from the end. In the teaser, we see a Klingon doctor sticking needles into another Klingon and that Klingon's forehead begins to wibble-wobble as he yells in pain. It is immediately clear that this is the episode that Worf said in Deep Space Nine that Klingons don't like to talk about. We finally get to find out why.

12/27/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Aenar"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E14
Air Date: February 11, 2005
Written by: André Bormanis
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
After learning that the Romulan prototype drone works on telepathic energy, the Space Smurfs bring Archer to seek help from the Ice Smurfs.

Reviews
In the last episode, the Enterprise brought the Tellarites and the Andorians together in peace to gather sensor readings from the Romulan drone, and the Romulans are none too happy about that. The Romulan plan was to put them to war, so to accomplish that end, they released not one, but two drones this time. Both of them piloted by the same white-skinned Andorian called an Aenar. We learn that this is their name when T'Pol tells the crew that the readings they picked up from the drone indicate that it's operated by "telepresence", something that requires telepathy, which the Aenar, according to Shran, have in abundance.

12/24/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "United"

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Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E13
Air Date: February 4, 2005
Written by: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
In the middle of trying to reconcile the Andorians and Tellarites, the Romulans try to make trouble with a remotely controlled drone that can take any form.

Review
When we last left Reed and Trip, they were stumbling around the Romulan drone ship trying to figure out how it worked. Their assumption at the moment is that it's a robot ship running completely independently. What they don't know is that while they're fooling around on an empty bridge, the prototype is being controlled back on Romulus by Valdore. And Valdore wants to cause a scene, so he makes the drone attack a random by-standing ship while in the form of the Enterprise.

12/23/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Babel One"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E12
Air Date: January 28, 2005
Written by: Mike Sussman & André Bormanis
Directed by: David Straiton

Premise
While Archer is bringing a Tellarite delegation to negotiations with the Andorians (two races on the verge of war), Shran screws everything up by going and getting his ship destroyed.

Review
Shran's distress isn't exactly a spoiler. It's the very first thing you see when you watch the episode. He is trying to recover from being blown out of space by an unspecified enemy, but then he decides to abandon ship before it explodes. After that, we switch over to Archer picking up Tellarite delegate, Ambassador Gral. The idea is that Earth will mediate in negotiations to settle long-standing trade disputes between the Andorians and Tellarites. But then they pick up Shran's distress call.

12/19/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Observer Effect"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E11
Air Date: January 21, 2005
Written by: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
A couple of Organians inhabit several different bodies of the crew in order to observe how they handle a life-threatening disease.

Review
While Reed and Travis are playing chess in the officer's lounge, it becomes apparent that something is wrong when Travis suddenly seems not only interested, but extremely well-versed in and good at the game. At first you think "Oh, no, this can't be a Travis episode, can it?" And then "Hm... maybe he suddenly became interesting?" And then "Oh, I see... it's not really Travis. All is well, nothing has changed!" And then you actually listen to what they're talking about. No one has ever gone through this region of space without contracting some kind of illness and dying??

12/18/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Daedalus"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E10
Air Date: January 14, 2005
Written by: Ken LaZebnik & Michael Bryant
Directed by: David Straiton

Premise
Dr. Emory Erickson, inventor of the transporter and personal friend of Archer's, comes to the Enterprise to run an "experiment" on the transporter that definitely won't put anyone in danger at all.

Review
When the inventor of the transporter is scheduled to come aboard your ship, you do not wait for him in the shuttle bay. Trip is ecstatic to see one of his all-time heroes, and after he walks down some corridors with Archer, who knew Dr. Erickson personally, they wind up waiting for old man in the transporter room. This is the first time we realize that Dr. Emory Erickson is able to take his place alongside George Washington Carver, Otis Boykin, and Lonnie G. Johnson as one of the greatest African-American inventors of all time!
Hello, I'm Lonnie G. Johnson, and I invented the Super Soaker.

12/16/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Kir'Shara"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E09
Air Date: December 3, 2004
Written by: Michael Sussman
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
While Acting Captain Trip tries to stop a Vulcan/Andorian war, Archer and T'Pol try to bring the Kir'Shar, Surak's true teachings, to the Vulcan High Command.

Review
When last we left our intrepid crew, Archer had just found the Kir'Shara because he had the katra of Surak was melded into his mind, and Trip was on his way to Andoria with Soval to warn them of Vulcan hostilities toward them. Administrator V'Las of the Vulcan High Command ordered the Syrrannite compound to be destroyed and along with that went T'Pol's mother. After T'Pol angsted for slightly longer than the normal amount of time a Vulcan angsts (that is, about three minutes), she, T'Pau and Archer found the Kir'Shara and set off to bring it to the Vulcan High Command. And now you're all caught up.

12/12/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Awakening"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E08
Air Date: November 26, 2004
Written by: André Bormanis
Directed by: Roxann Dawson

Premise
Archer gets a Vulcan history lesson from the katra of Surak in his brain while the Enterprise tries to deal with the Vulcan High Command.

Review
So, through the help of Surak's katra, Archer and T'Pol find he Syrrannite hideout. It's in a cave and, understandably, the Syrrannites hold them forcibly before they start to trust them. They start to trust them when T'Pol's mom, T'Les, comes out and recognizes them. T'Les is a part of the Syrrannites which immediately puts their "terrorism" into question. Ya know, in case you didn't think they were innocent already.

12/11/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Forge"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E07
Air Date: November 19, 2004
Written by: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Directed by: Michael Grossman

Premise
After Admiral Forrest is killed in a bombing at the Earth embassy on Vulcan, the Vulcan High Command blames the bombing on Syrranites, who turn out to be some good guys.

Review
We start with a sort of Vulcan Indiana Jones going through a dark tunnel and finding some kind of artifact. He whispers "Surak" and... that's it. It moves on to the Earth embassy on Vulcan where Soval and Admiral Forrest are planning to attend a meeting where the Vulcan High Command were planning on doing joint missions with Starfleet or some such nonsense. The only problem with this plan: a huge explosion.

12/10/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Augments"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E06
Air Date: November 12, 2004
Written by: Michael Sussman
Directed by: LeVar Burton

Premise
In defiance of Papa Soong, the Augments attempt to spark an interstellar war with the Klingons.

Review
When last we left Captain Archer, he was trapped on Cold Station 12 with some scientists about to be exposed to a deadly pathogen that was set loose by a group of rebellious teenagers Augments. The Augments had hopped on over to their stolen Klingon ship on their way to Klingon territory to start a war. This, however, is not what Dr. Soong wanted. In fact, he's outraged when he finds that this is Malik's plan. So, the Augments are basically doing the same thing they did in the Eugenics wars: turning on their creator. And the genius Dr. Soong didn't see this coming.

12/6/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Cold Station 12"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E05
Air Date: November 5, 2004
Written by: Michael Bryant
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
Arik Soong takes the Augments to a medical station that houses a bunch of Augment embryos with the intention of giving birth to them. Does that sound right?

Review
Arik spends a lot of time in the beginning of this episode going through the history of Augments on Earth and how they were feared and fought against by humanity. But since this is something that I covered in some detail in the review of "Borderland", I'll skip it. What's important is that he's telling this story to the Augments as small children inside a hidden facility 11 years prior to the present. It's a regular classroom setting demonstrating Arik's ability to be a teacher and a father to these young superhumans.

12/5/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Borderland"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E04
Air Date: October 29, 2004
Written by: Ken LaZebnik
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
Brent Spiner returns not as the father of superhuman androids, but as the father of superhuman augments. When these augments steal a Klingon ship and start making trouble, it's time for him to help out Archer to stop them.

Review
Here's some background on the Augments: Long, long ago in the 1990's, a group of genetically enhanced superhumans, lead by the ambitious Khan Noonien Singh, started a series of underground wars for dominance over the human race. These were later named the Eugenics Wars. During these wars, the Augments produced several offspring, the embryos of which they kept  hidden away in artificial wombs. When the wars finished, and Khan left the planet on the USS Botany Bay, the embryos were left without parents. Because it was too controversial to destroy them, but too dangerous to let them grow, the solution was to keep them in cryogenic stasis on Cold Station 12... Until Arik Soong came along and kidnapped some.

12/4/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Home"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E03
Air Date: October 22, 2004
Written by: Michael Sussman
Directed by: Allan Kroeker

Premise
After coming back from the Delphic Expanse, the crew of the NX-01 are pretty much spat upon.

Review
Finally home from a year-long mission in the Delphic Expanse, Archer addresses a large crowd that's eager to see its heroes. After that, he visits a bar where he runs into an old classmate, Erika Hernandez, who is all set to be the captain of the NX-02. Now, I'm not saying these two have a past, but let's just say that if this was Kirk, he might be lighting a cigarette by now.

11/29/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Storm Front part 2"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E02
Air Date: October 15, 2004
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: David Straiton

Premise
With help from Silik, Archer plans to stop Vosk and, apparently, save the entire time/space continuum.

Reviews
Part two opens with a old timey newsreel of Hitler marching on New York City and taking in the sights. It's just like one of those propaganda reels they made back when he marched on Paris... only more American... scary. And then the Nazi flag is seen emblazoned on the White House. It's an alternate World War II nightmare!

11/28/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Storm Front part 1"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E01
Air Date: October 8, 2004
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: Allan Kroeker

Premise
As with all episodes named after weather phenomena, we focus back on the Temporal Cold War, which has evolved into an all-out conflict with roots in World War II.

Review
We start off season 4 where we left season 3. The Enterprise has been taken back to World War II and Archer is trapped in Nazi custody while the rest of the crew thinks he's dead. When the crew scans Earth, they find that the Nazis seem to have taken over part of America. This is definitely not the World War II that's in the history books.

11/27/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Zero Hour"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E24
Air Date: May 26, 2004
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: Allan Kroeker

Premise
In a last ditch effort to save Earth, defeat the Sphere Builders, and appease Trekkies, Archer attempts, once again, to commit suicide.

Review
Archer outlines his plan to the Xindi Primates and Arboreals while speeding along in Degra's ship toward the superweapon. He wants to destroy it from the inside using the codes that Hoshi had decrypted while she was under the influence of a Xindi worm. In the middle of the planning stages, he's suddenly transported into the future by Redshirt Daniels. Daniels shows him the ceremony that began the United Federation of Planets. Archer himself is an integral part of that meeting. Daniels pleads for Archer to make a safer plan or else he'll die and the Federation will never happen. Archer refuses to play by Daniels rules, which makes this scene a bit useless except to remind the viewer that Daniels can pretty much transport Archer through time and space at will.

11/21/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Countdown"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E23
Air Date: May 19, 2004
Written by: André Bormanis & Chris Black
Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill

Premise
With limited time before the Xindi weapon reaches Earth, the Enterprise crew attempts to stop the Reptilians from activating it. Which makes them the most active reptiles in the galaxy.

Review
If you remember in the last episode, the Reptilians had kidnapped Hoshi. And you may be wondering, out of all the crew members, why would they kidnap Hoshi? Well, along with the Insectoids they have only two access codes when they need three. So, with Hoshi's awesome powers of translation, they hope to decipher an encrypted file with the Aquatic access code. Because language translation is pretty much the same as computer decryption...? Well, obviously, Hoshi doesn't want to help them, anyway, so Commander Dolim, the head honcho Reptilian guy, injects her with parasites that make her compliant.

11/20/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Council"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E22
Air Date: May 12, 2004
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
Archer stands before the Xindi council and diplomats his way out of Earth's destruction.

Review
Let's just skip over the fact that the Sphere Builders appear to live inside of a meth addict's freaked-out hallucination. The point is that they know how things are headed and they want to try to stop it. See, having made it through the subspace corridor, Archer meets with Degra and Degra is once again invited onto the Enterprise. Degra helps him prepare for his confrontation with the Xindi Council by giving him the most concise and informative breakdown of the five species we've ever come across.

11/19/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "E²"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E21
Air Date: May 5, 2004
Written by: Michael Sussman
Directed by: Roxann Dawson

Premise
A temporal anomaly that occurred while trying to use a Xindi subspace corridor puts the descendants of the Enterprise crew in a position to help their ancestors.

Review
In the teaser for this episode, we see a very familiar face. Familiar not because it looks like an old T'Pol but because it looks like Bones McCoy from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Encounter at Farpoint."
Green-blooded hobgoblins stole my face!

11/14/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Forgotten"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E20
Air Date: April 28, 2004
Written by: Chris Black & David A. Goodman
Directed by: LeVar Burton

Premise
Trip feels angst about his dead sister while the man in charge of the weapon that killed her seeks proof that he did it under false pretenses.

Review
It starts with a memorial for the eighteen crewmen that died in the attack in the Azati system. During the speech, Archer reminds everyone of the seven million that died back home in an even greater attack. In the somber moments that follow, the crew think about their mission and are encouraged that they will succeed in defeating their enemies no matter the cost. Clearly this is the best time for Archer to bring Degra on board.

11/13/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Damage"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E19
Air Date: April 21, 2004
Written by: Phyllis Strong
Directed by: James L. Conway

Premise
Archer leads the Enterprise on a mission to steal a warp coil while T'Pol experiences withdrawal symptoms. (Wait, I thought the Detroit episode was a few episodes back...)

Review
Have you ever seen a baby foal fresh from the mother's womb try to take its first steps? It stumbles a little, to be sure, but eventually gains footing and trots along happily. But then it tries to run. Running is by far the most dangerous thing the foal has experienced in its life thus far. It got walking down, but the harder it runs, the harder it falls. When the Enterprise NX-01 entered the Delphic Expanse, it was space-faring Earth's newborn foal. It had run the entire distance, tripping along the way, and in this episode it takes its most grievous tumble.

11/12/11

Star Trek Asterisk: "Azati Prime"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E18
Air Date: March 3, 2004
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: Allen Kroeker

Premise
Archer tries to kill himself.

No? Not enough? Ok, the Enterprise finally finds the Xindi weapon and Archer tries to go on a suicide mission to destroy it, only to be captured and interrogated. I liked the first premise better, though.

Review
Here's what we know so far: The Xindi attacked Earth with a weapon that wiped out 7 million people and now they're out to make an even bigger weapon that will destroy the entire planet. However, they have been manipulated by trans-dimensional beings that are trying to turn the Delphic Expanse into a place where they can live. Archer manipulated the Xindi in charge of the weapon, Degra, into giving away the weapon's location, wiped his memory and went on to that location, Azati Prime. So, this we know for sure about the Xindi: They're super gullible.

11/8/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Hatchery"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E17
Air Date: February 25, 2004
Written by: André Bormanis
Directed by: Michael Grossman

Premise
Archer goes crazy and tries to protect a hatchery full of Xindi bugs.

Review
I'll make this brief because as soon as a Xindi Insectoid egg spits on Archer you can pretty much write the rest of the episode yourself and come up with something a lot more interesting than what actually happens. It starts off interestingly enough. They find a Xindi Insectoid ship crashed on a random uninhabited planet. A chance to check out a weird alien insectoid race, right? We'll see about that...

11/7/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Doctor's Orders"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E16
Air Date: February 18, 2004
Written by: Chris Black
Directed by: Roxann Dawson

Premise
While the crew sleeps to make it through a ball of space lava, Phlox goes crazy and shows us why it's considered healthy for Denobulans to hallucinate.

Review
A lone beagle pitter-pattering through the empty corridors of the starship Enterprise. This is all that's needed for an audience to start wondering what's up. And then Phlox starts running after Porthos. And doesn't appear to be at all worried about Archer being in a technologically induced coma. And that brings the teaser to WTF levels.

11/6/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Harbinger"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E15
Air Date: February 11, 2004
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
Enterprise comes across a huge ball of space lava inside of which lives a craggy-faced alien who seems sorta nice... most of the time.

Review
So for anyone who has been questioning the relationship between Trip and T'Pol, here's a great opener for you: Trip performing Vulcan neuropressure techniques on Corporal Amanda Cole. Not T'Pol. And then they kiss and afterwords Trip still denies anything is going on between them. Which is stupid because she's hot. Well, stupid unless he actually likes T'Pol, in which case the thing that was stupid was starting a neuropressure session with Amanda. In either case, there's something really stupid going on here.

11/1/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Stratagem"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E14
Air Date: February 4, 2004
Written by: Michael Sussman
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
SPOILER ALERT: It's a trap! Degra the Xindi is "stuck" with Archer on a "shuttle" "escaping" from "prison" "three years" after "Earth was destroyed."

Review
If you didn't know what was going on, the teaser for this episode would totally throw you for a loop. Degra, the Xindi primate in charge of the weapon, is stuck inside of a shuttle with Archer and they appear to be under attack by a fleet of Xindi insectoids. When Degra says he wants to contact "his people" Archer responds that it's been a long time since any Xindi has taken orders from him.

10/31/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Proving Ground"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E13
Air Date: January 21, 2004
Written by: Chris Black
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
The Enterprise follows their tracked shipment of kemosite to a Xindi weapons test site and employs the help of giant smurf with UHF reception to steal the super weapon.

Review
We open on one of the most unexpected things you would expect to see in the Delphic Expanse: a crew of Andorians. Commander Shran is in command and is informed that they're closing in on Enterprise, the quarry for which they have been hunting for some time now. Now there's a good series of stories to tell: the adventures of the Andorians in the Delphic Expanse.

10/30/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Chosen Realm"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E12
Air Date: January 14, 2004
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: Roxann Dawson

Premise
Enterprise gets hijacked by a group of religious extremests that ENRAGE AND INFURIATE ME!

Review
We start with Trip and Travis checking out one of the Delphic Death Stars using a shuttlepod. Unbeknownst to them, there's a group of aliens watching the Enterprise and making plans to steal it. Their plan? Count on a stranger's sense of courtesy and send out a distress call.

10/25/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Carpenter Street"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E11
Air Date: November 26, 2003
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
Redshirt Daniels takes Archer and T'Pol back to the year 2004 to go after a reptilian Xindi who's picking up Human genetic information.

Review
You know it's going to be a good episode when the teaser of a Star Trek episode starts off in modern times. Of course, that might just be my love of time travel talking. The central figure of this episode is named Loomis, and when we first see him, he's walking into his apartment in Detroit, Michigan, 2004 A.D., and receiving a phone call from a clandestine figure who asks about his "selection." When the phone call ends, the figure is revealed to be a reptilian Xindi.

10/24/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Similitude"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E10
Air Date: November 19, 2003
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: LeVar Burton

Premise
Archer decides the best way to save Trip's life is to make a second one of him. And female Trekkies everywhere rejoiced.

Review
This episode starts you off reeling. The crew is holding a funeral service and when you finally get a chance to look down into the coffin torpedo, who do you see? The face of Charles "Trip" Tucker III! What is this!? How can Trip be dead!? Well, of course, then the writers take you back in time to show you...

10/23/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "North Star"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E09
Air Date: November 12, 2003
Written by: David A. Goodman
Directed by: David Straiton

Premise
The crew finds an old Western town on a planet in the middle of the Delphic Expanse.

Review
The other day I was just watching a few episodes of Firefly and remarking on how much I love the combination of the sci-fi and western genres. The glory of writing sci-fi is that you can pretty much justify anything you want. If you want to do a western story set in the future, do it! You can use time travel, alien transplanting, hostile alien take-over within the period, or, if you're really good, you can explain how humanity has colonized the galaxy and returned to their western ways. The only stipulation is that, whatever explanation you use, it should make sense.

10/18/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Twilight"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E08
Air Date: November 5, 2003
Written by: Michael Sussman
Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill

Premise
Unable to form any new memories due to contact with a spatial anomaly, Archer finds himself in a dismal future.

Review
In the teaser, Archer wakes up in his quarters in the middle of a battle without a clue of what's going on. He rushes to the bridge to find T'Pol in a Starfleet uniform, commanding the bridge and watching as a massive Xindi weapon points a beam directly at Earth. The weapon activates, and the molten core of the planet splits Enterprise's home apart as it expands and eventually explodes. The viewer is left staring agape at the screen thinking... "Oh, goody! A time travel episode!"

10/17/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Shipment"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E07
Air Date: October 29, 2003
Written by: Chris Black & Brent V. Friedman
Directed by: David Straiton

Premise
The crew comes across a Xindi mining outpost and decides to make friends in stead of blow it up.

Review
In another teaser featuring the enigmatic Genosis Xindi council, Degra, a Xindi Primate with Xindi reptilian buddies, take a look at a hologram of the weapon that's meant to destroy Earth. They're ready for testing, but they just need 100 more kilograms of kemocite from a trusted mining outpost first. And guess where the coordinates that Creepy Tarquin gave Enterprise are.

10/16/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Exile"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E06
Air Date: October 15, 2003
Written by: Phyllis Strong
Directed by: Roxann Dawson

Premise
A creepy telepathic alien thinks he can scare Hoshi into staying with him for the rest of her life.

Review
The episode opens with T'Pol telling Archer that she believes there may be more than one giant sphere in the Delphic Expanse that's causing the spatial anomalies. The gravimetric energy that they radiate shoot out in rays and intersect each other; these intersections cause the areas of high concentrations of anomalies. By tracking these areas, T'Pol guesses that there should be at least fifty different spheres all throughout the Expanse. And the nearest one is not far off. TIME TO EXPLORE.

10/11/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Impulse"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E05
Air Date: October 8, 2003
Written by: Jonathan Fernandez
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
Remember the video Archer saw of Vulcans going crazy inside the Delphic Expanse? This is what happened to the ship that ship was looking for.

Review
You know it's going to be a good episode when the teaser scene is of T'Pol letting out a blood curdling scream as she awakens from unconsciousness while being carried into sick bay by Archer.

10/10/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Rajiin"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E04
Air Date: October 1, 2003
Written by: Brent V. Friedman and Chris Black
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
Archer takes on board a sex slave who gets along swimmingly with the crew... sort of.

Review
In this episode we return to the relevant plot line of the Xindi council. They all get together and discuss the Enterprise moving through the Expanse while debating whether to finish a weapon that they were preparing for the Humans. Apparently it's a biological weapon and they need Human biological information in order to finish it.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Extinction"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E03
Air Date: September 24, 2003
Written by: André Bormanis
Directed by: LeVar Burton

Premise
Archer, Reed and Hoshi are turned into primal aliens with the advanced ability to create mutagenic viruses.

Review
This episode opens with a scene of some aliens in space suits hunting down and killing a primal type of alien with flame throwers. Apparently someone was having a bad day.

10/5/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Anomaly"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E02
Air Date: September 17, 2003
Written by: Mike Sussman
Directed by: David Straiton

Premise
Weird spacial anomalies rock the ship while a group of pirates come on board and steal vital supplies. Actually, they don't rock the ship as much as roll it.

Reviews
Continuing the mystery of the Delphic Expanse, the ship starts experiencing the weirdest things that have ever been recorded in Star Trek history. And that's saying a lot. Objects fall to the ceiling, bumps roll through the decks like waves through a sea and Archer's cup of coffee starts to spill, but stops in mid air. The anomalies disrupt the warp field and force Trip to shut down the warp reactor. In the same moment, all the power goes out. And all the viewers start to wonder what the heck just happened.

10/2/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Xindi"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E01
Air Date: September 5, 2003
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: Allan Kroeker

Premise
After searching for six weeks inside the Delphic Expanse, the crew finally get a tip on finding a Xindi working as a miner and desperately wanting to escape.

Review
The Xindi are a collection of five distinct races. This is important information because in the first scene there are five races meeting together in a council talking about the Enterprise. All of these races are the Xindi. They are made of the same stuff, from the same planet, but their evolution has branched off. In "The Expanse", the shadowy dude from the future told Archer that the Xindi were told that Earth would destroy them some time in the future which is why they attacked. And now Earth is coming to their back yard. So the Xindi Council is preparing for an invasion.

10/1/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Expanse"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E26
Air Date: May 21, 2003
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: Allan Kroeker

Premise
After a strange probe cuts a scar on Earth from Florida to Venezuela, Archer chases off Klingons and Suliban to get back to Earth for some kick-butt upgrades.

Review
So, Wheatly decloaks over Earth and a-charges his lazor and cuts a huge trench in the state where I live. Oh, and also a few other countries. And suddenly the entire Trekdom is up in arms because this is something huge - something that should have been mentioned in one of the other series if it had ever happened. Right? Right?  ...I don't know; we'll see.

9/26/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Bounty"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E25
Air Date: May 14, 2003
Written by: Hans Tobeason and Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
Directed by: Roxann Dawson

Premise
Archer misses out on T'Pol going through induced pon farr because he's captured by a bounty hunter.

Review
This episode has two completely unrelated and non-converging plot lines running through the story. The only thing that makes one plot the A plot is the fact that it's part of an arc: Archer's trial by the Klingons. That's what gives the episode its title, but if you ask me, the "B plot" is much more interesting.

9/25/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "First Flight"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E24
Air Date: May 14, 2003
Written by: John Shiban & Chris Black
Directed by: LeVar Burton

Premise
Archer reflects on old times working on the NX test program after learning of the death of his old rival there.

Review
Archer is pleased to discover that we may just have found a huge gathering of dark matter together in one nebula. T'Pol doubts this claim, obviously, because she's a Vulcan and doesn't want Humans to have any fun. But she is unable to dissuade the captain from having Trip modify some spacial charges that would excite the dark matter enough to be visible. All is happy and good! And then Archer learned his friend had died.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Regeneration"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E23
Air Date: May 7, 2003
Written by: Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
During First Contact, a team of Borg were shot out of the sky and crashed in the Arctic where they stayed frozen for 100 years. This is their story.

Review
As three human scientists plod through the Arctic scanning around, they come across the ruins of a Borg sphere. Except they have no idea what Borg are. So they find these strange cybernetic zombies and then bring them in for study. Because that's what scientists do: they poke around. They spend the whole first act pretty much just confirming to the audience that these are, in fact, Borg. But they do it in a very effective, horror-story kind of way.

9/20/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Cogenitor"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E22
Air Date: April 30, 2003
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: LeVar Burton

Premise
The Enterprise encounters a race of super-awesome aliens with amazing technological advances and three genders. The third of which is treated like an appliance.

Review
While checking out a supergiant star, Archer regrets not being able to get any closer to study some awesome readings. But then they're surprised by a ship that's actually coming toward them from inside the star! What is this witchcraft, they wonder! The Vissians are a race that are far more advanced than Enterprise, but aren't total douches like the Talosians.

9/18/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Breach"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E21
Air Date: April 23, 2003
Written by: Chris Black & John Shiban
Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill

Premise
Dr. Phlox faces his most deadly threat yet: centuries old racial prejudice.

Review
When Hoshi goes to deliver the mail to Phlox (because even electronic mail is hand delivered on Archer's Enterprise), Phlox introduces the communications officer to a tribble (YAAYY!) which he promptly feeds to a reptilian carnivore (WHAT!? D:). And there would be no more tribbles until The Original Series. Meanwhile, Phlox reads his mail and discovers that the Denobulan Science Academy wants Enterprise, the closest ship available (obviously), to pick up some Denobulan geologists that have been caught on a planet and given three days to evacuate due to a xenophobic regime change.

9/16/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Horizon"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E20
Air Date: April 16, 2003
Written by: André Bormanis
Directed by: James A. Contner

Premise
Travis visits his family who turns out to be so dull and angst-ridden that much of the episode chooses instead to focus on an unrelated exploding planet and T'Pol's first experience with Frankenstein.

Review
Oops... I just spent the last hour on Tumblr because the Mayweather family is so boring.

9/12/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Judgement"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E19
Air Date: April 9, 2003
Written by: David A. Goodman
Directed by: James L. Conway

Premise
Archer is accused of aiding rebels of the Klingon Empire and faces a Klingon kangaroo court. Let the hilarious imagery commence!

Review
In the beginning of this episode we warp right into the trial, the details of which will be revealed later. Archer is brought before a Klingon magistrate and the magistrate reveals the charges: conspiracy against the Empire. Archer, of course, claims innocence, but the jeering crowd obviously believes otherwise. Archer is given a day to come up with his defense, but there is little hope it will do much good.

9/11/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Crossing"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E18
Air Date: April 2, 2003
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
Non-corporeal beings try to switch minds with the Enterprise crew because they think they can make a better series... Oh, and something about being able to touch things

Review
It starts with Enterprise being swallowed by a huge space whale docking station-sized starship. Now, at first, knowing that this episode is about non-corporeal beings, you start to wonder "what do non-corporeal beings need with a starship?" Right? Well... you will find no answers here.