6/27/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Silent Enemy"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S01E12
Air Date: January 16, 2002
Written by: André Bormanis
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe

Premise
Creepy spaceship is creepy. Also, Reed is a private man.

Review
I'll try to be brief with this one. Mainly because it just hasn't stuck in my head that well. Maybe that has something to do with the vague similarities the aliens have to The Silence of Doctor Who.

6/25/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Cold Front"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S01E11
Air Date: November 28, 2001
Written by: Stephen Beck & Tim Finch
Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill

Premise
While religious pilgrims board the Enterprise to view the Great Plume of Agosoria, Archer learns a little bit more about the Temporal Cold War.

Review
We open on Silik, the Suliban who almost killed Archer earlier, meeting with the shadowy figure behind the time distortion field who orders that Silik get some of his abilities taken away. As you can imagine, Silik  is a little bit upset by this. I can't imagine why he screams so loud when the drill runs so closely to his eye. The shadowy figure is adamant, though, that since Silik failed in killing Klaang, and since the Klingons are still at peace (or whatever is the Klingon equivilant) it's time for a new mission. It's time to take his face... off...

6/24/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Fortunate Son"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S01E10
Air Date: November 21, 2001
Written by: James Duff
Directed by: LeVar Burton

Premise
A cargo freighter gets attacked by pirates and the Enterprise just HAPPENS to be the only ship in range that can help.

Review
We open on a father and son cheating at a game of catch by lightening up the artificial gravity. Which, ya know... is actually pretty awesome. After a few tosses and some useless dialog which tells us nothing except that we're on a freighter, the room begins to rock and the father reveals his position as captain when he calls the bridge to see what's up. Turns out, they're under attack by some Nausicaan raiders.

6/19/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Civilization"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S01E09
Air Date: November 14, 2001
Written by: Phyllis Strong & Michael Sussman
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
The Enterprise stumbles upon a planet inhabited by an pre-industrial civilization and a hot apothecary who's trying to save her people from a mysterious disease.

Review
I have a lot of love for this briefing in the teaser in which Trip, Mayweather and T'Pol show Archer a bunch of random, boring phenomenon for them to visit before mentioning an exciting fully-inhabited planet. Archer gets his kid-in-a-candy-store look on his face and then realizes he's just been trolled. "You could have put that at the top of the list," he tells T'Pol. Sometimes this show gets endearing character moments right.

6/18/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Breaking the Ice"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S01E08
Air Date: November 7, 2001
Written by: Maria Jacquemetton & Andre Jacquemetton
Directed by: Terry Windell

Premise
The Enterprise finds a comet and decides to stop by and say hi for some reason.

Review
Well, this is quite the bottle episode. Basically we have three elements at work here. 1) There's a comet. 2) There's a Vulcan chaperon. 3) There's an elementary school class. 4) There's a secret message for T'Pol. Oh, that's four elements, you say? Well, two of them are more related to each other than the others. They're really kinda just one element with two parts.

6/17/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Andorian Incident"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S01E07
Air Date: October 31, 2001
Written by: Fred Dekker
Directed by: Roxann Dawson

Premise
The Enterprise crew visits a Vulcan monastery only to find that it's been taken over by some weird hybrids between Na'vi and Atom Ant.

Review
Trekkies will recognize the blue-skinned alien race in this episode as one of the featured observers in the trial of Admiral James T. Kirk. As is the case with any continuous sci-fi property, as soon as something looks interesting, fans go about creating an entire back-story for it. The Andorians were the Vulcans neighbors for quite some time and, as such, were bound to have an opposite view of the world. They are emotional, suspicious and... apparently, sometimes horny. But they've never really been portrayed as the bad guy... until this opening scene.

6/12/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Terra Nova"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S01E06
Air Date: October 24, 2001
Written by: Antoinette Stella
Directed by: LeVar Burton (Geordi!? :D)

Premise
The Enterprise investigates what was apparently one of the greatest exploratory mysteries of their time, on par with Amelia Earhart; the lost colony of Terra Nova, the first extra-solar human colony.

Review
Travis Mayweather, the token black guy, is no stranger to space. We've learned in past episodes that he lived on a cargo ship with his father for years prior to his service in Starfleet. As the officer who is most familiar with and excited about the story of the Terra Nova colony, and as the one who had solidified himself as the ghost story teller in "Strange New World," how much more perfect a central character can you get for this episode? So, in proper Star Trek: Enterprise form, as soon as he finishes telling the crew what he knows about Terra Nova, he fades into the background. I'm not saying it has anything to do with race, but, I mean, c'mon... this episode was directed by LeVar Burton! Help a brotha' out, Geordi!

6/11/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Unexpected"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S01E05
Air Date: October 17, 2001
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: Mark Vejar

Premise
Trip Tucker, engineer extraordinaire, helps out an alien race with repairs and ends up coming home with an unexpected bundle.

Review
We open with Captain Archer taking a shower. That's right ladies. Scott Bacula is naked. Watch out. If that wasn't enough, there's some weird malfunction that turns off the artificial gravity and our intrepid captain is floating in the air along with a dozen droplets of water. This is probably the best opening to a Star Trek episode ever. Granted, I haven't seen all of them, but I almost died laughing to see Captain Archer floating around in quite an awkward position.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Fight or Flight"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S01E03
Air Date: October 3, 2001
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: Allan Kroeker

Premise
Ensign Hoshi Sato compares herself to an alien slug and freaks out over a few dead bodies.

Review
We open on a slug. What a wonderful way to open. Ensign Hoshi Sato has decided to pick up a slug from an alien planet and make it her pet. She has no idea if it will survive, if it will try to eat her, if it will grow to be bigger than the Enterprise, or even if it's sentient, but she decides to take it on board and put it in a glass cage. I think I remember another instance in which someone decided to put a species in a glass cage to observe them...

6/1/11

Glee-bits

The hiatus is only a week old and I'm already having withdrawals.

The Tumblr and Twitter fandom keep me more than well informed on what's going on with our famous cast members so let me just fill you in on a few details so you're up to speed.

Beware, there are some spoilers that I am catching wind of so don't read if you don't want to know!

Glee Live! tour well under way

The cast of Glee performed in Vegas and in CA already and are actually in Minneapolis tonight.