8/29/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Dawn"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E13
Air Date: January 8, 2003
Written by: John Shiban
Directed by: Roxann Dawson

Premise
Trip is forced to land on a moon with the alien that shot him down and FIGHT HIM TO THE DEATH learn his language and try to get along.

Review
Trip is in a shuttlepod in the middle of surveying a gas giant with... I dunno, let's say eleventy-one moons, when he's attacked without provocation by an unknown alien shuttle. Trip leads the alien into the atmosphere of a moon and then some selenium isotopes find their way into both ships' engines and break them, forcing an emergency landing. So now Trip is stuck on a moon with an enemy that tried to shoot him down. Could it get worse? Well, he doesn't know the alien's language and doesn't have a universal translator. Oh, and the moon gets over 170 degrees in the daytime.

8/28/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Catwalk"

Vital Informtion
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E12
Air Date: December 18, 2002
Written by: Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
The Enterprise approaches a deadly neutronic storm, so instead of going up and around it, they decide they have to go through it.

Review
While the crew are busy planning a fun and exciting away mission to a new planet, they get a call from a small ship that warns them that a neutronic storm is on the way and that their ship will not survive unless they're allowed to dock on the Enterprise. Obviously Archer is obliged to help out, so the aliens are brought on board and plans are made to weather the storm. Phlox explains that the radiolytic isotopes with which the storm is saturated will likely kill the entire crew even if the Enterprise makes it through in tact, so Trip suggests that they move everyone to the most protected area of the ship: the catwalk inside the maintenance shafts of the warp nacelles.

8/27/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Precious Cargo"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E11
Air Date: December 11, 2002
Written by: David A. Goodman
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
Trip helps save a whiney little pretty princess from being kidnapped by extremists. This is what happens when you complain about not being able to go on away missions.

Review
The Enterprise answers a distress call from an alien cargo ship that claims to be having life support problems. They're very grateful for all the help that Archer and the crew can offer and explain that the "cargo" is a woman who needs a lift back to her hometown, but there is only food and air enough for two on the ship, so she had to be put in stasis. Right off the bat, one starts to wonder why one of the aliens didn't simply stay behind. And when Trip goes to make some repairs to her stasis pod, one immediately knows she's eventually going to get out. But, no... we don't really have enough story to make the escape the inciting incident, so we'll draw out this facade for as long as possible....

8/23/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Vanishing Point"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E10
Air Date: November 27, 2002
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: David Straiton

Premise
Not understanding a thing about transporter technology, Hoshi begins to believe that her first experience with it is making her turn invisible.

Review
Hoshi and Trip are checking out some carvings and paintings in an alien cavern while a storm rolls in. Archer and T'Pol decide that it's too dangerous for them to stay on the planet, but the shuttlepod is in the middle of the storm, so they have to use the transporter. Trip goes first and arrives in tact. Hoshi is next as the storm starts really picking up. The familiar beaming noise sounds... and that's when crap hits the fan.

8/20/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Singularity"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E09
Air Date: November 20, 2002
Written by: Chris Black
Directed by: Patrick Norris

Premise
The Enterprise crew goes unconscious after developing a condition where they obsess over trivial matters. Which would be fine were it not for the fact that they were heading toward a black hole.

Review
So we go from an enraging episode in "The Communicator" where nothing made sense to a completely boring episode in "Singularity" where everything makes sense, but nothing happens. The teaser scene has all of the crew taking a nap, presumably because of how long rehearsal was going. The only one awake is T'Pol which is because, for whatever completely convenient reason, what's affecting the crew doesn't affect Vulcans.

8/19/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Communicator"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episdoe: S02E08
Air Date: November 13, 2002
Written by: AndrĂ© Bormanis
Directed by: James Contner

Premise
Reed, the disciplined son of an English Navyman who attempts to heighten crew discipline at every turn, accidentally leaves his communicator behind in a pre-warp civilization.

Review
I don't know if it was in the stuffy Englishman's contract not to appear glossy and half naked, but after coming back from an away mission, Reed, Archer and Hoshi are given the all-clear to skip the Sexy, Sexy Decon Chamber and head right on to taking their supplies back. They visited a pre-warp civilization, but were sure to disguise themselves so as not to break the yet-to-be-established Prime Directive. Ya know... that thing they were so concerned with figuring out in the first season.

8/16/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Seventh"

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Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E07
Air Date: November 6, 2002
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: David Livingston (I presume)

Premise
T'Pol invites Archer along on a top secret Vulcan mission for which her memories were partially erased... because an operative with brain damage is exactly the kind you want on the field.

Review
T'Pol receives a message while she's reading a book from the Vulcan High Command telling her that they have found a man named Menos. She then proceeds to lead the Enterprise to an old shack of a planet where a creepy guy named Torgo takes care of things while the Master is away. When they decide it's time to leave, he responds that there is no way out, and it'll be dark soon, and there is no way out.
See what I did there? The Master would be pleased.

8/14/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Marauders"

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Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E06
Air Date: October 30, 2002
Written by: David Wilcox
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
The Enterprise comes upon a mining town that's controlled by Klingon marauders and promptly ignores all the Prime Directive lessons they learned in season one.

Review
We've seen it a  million times before. There's a mining/farming colony producing impressive amounts of whatever they're producing and a hostile force is muscling in on their operation and forcing them to hand it over or else suffer the loss of lives. The heroes come along and teach the colony how to fight and the marauders leave. Sorry if I spoiled it for you, but if you weren't spoiled by the very premise, you haven't seen enough TV yet.

8/12/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "A Night in Sickbay"

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Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E05
Air Date: October 16, 2002
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: David Straiton

Premise
After Porthos picks up a deadly virus, Phlox determines that Captain Archer is sexually frustrated. The two are not related.

Review
This episode starts out where all the best Enterprise episodes start out: The Sexy, Sexy Decon Chamber! T'Pol, Hoshi, Archer and Porthos are cleaning up after a failed diplomatic mission to acquire some plasma injectors. It's never really clear why Porthos came along. Let's just say... Archer thought dog diplomacy (that is, sniffing butts) may be appropriate. In any case, Phlox calls out all the humanoids, but says that Porthos may still be infected with something. Well, after sniffing so many alien butts, I'm really not surprised.

8/9/11

On the Loss of Eureka

Eureka (TV series)Image via WikipediaEureka was an amazing show. The concept of a sort of high-tech Mayberry was revolutionary in itself, and then they bumped their geek cred with adding Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day to the cast. Unfortunately, Syfy canceled it, and fans are in an uproar. All I really want to say is that the loss of Eureka is not a reflection on the tastes of Syfy executives. They have made it clear, just like when they canceled Stargate Universe, that Eureka is one of their favorite shows. They have echoed the claim that they just couldn't "make the numbers work." And seeing that the US economy has just crashed, I find it discouraging and hard to believe that fans continue to insist that Syfy is purposely trying to dumb down their programming.

8/7/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Dead Stop"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E04
Air Date: October 9, 2002
Written by: Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
Directed by: Roxanne Dawson

Premise
After being messed up by a Romulan mine, the Enterprise makes a stop at a crazy automated repair station.

Review
Because of extensive damage from a Romulan mine, Trip estimates it would take about 3 months to finish repairs, and that's assuming they can find tritanium. Not only that, it'll take about a decade to get back to Jupiter Station because the damage won't allow them to go any faster than warp 2.1. In such a dire situation, Archer decides it's about time someone else answered their own distress call.

8/5/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Minefield"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E03
Air Date: October 2, 2002
Written by: John Shiban
Directed by: James Contner

Premise
Reed prefers to talk about himself while pinned to the hull by a Romulan mine instead of sitting at the breakfast table with Archer.

Review
When Archer invites Reed to the captain's mess, Reed is very uncomfortable. When Archer tells Reed that this isn't a call to the principal's office, Reed is slightly relieved, but all he can talk about is work. It's clear that social interaction isn't his forte. Which, as it's been established that he has had his share of fine women, gives hope to all the socially awkward geeks out there.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Carbon Creek"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E02
Air Date: September 25, 2002
Written by: Chris Black
Directed by: James Contner

Premise
T'Pol tells the story of her great-great-grandmother T'Mir who once accidentally crashed onto Earth in 1957 and looks exactly like her.

Review
T'Pol has been on the crew of the Enterprise for a whole year now and, instead of celebrating the anniversary of Enterprise launching on their mission with a crowd of appreciative crew members, Archer and Trip decide to celebrate T'Pol's anniversary with a quiet diner in the captain's mess with a Vulcan who was raised to believe that celebration is illogical. Another win for Team Archer.

8/1/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Shockwave part 2"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S02E01
Air Date: September 18, 2002
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: Alan Kroeker

Premise
With Archer stuck in the 31st century, the Suliban take the Enterprise hostage (which was, evidently, the logical course of action?) and Redshirt Daniels works tirelessly to restore the timeline.

Review
So Archer is having some "alone" time with Redshirt Daniels in the 31st century, which means that T'Pol, in order to prove to the attacking Suliban that he is not on board, decides to let the Suliban on board to investigate her claims. She feels there is nothing more she can do since they are surrounded. When that happens, the Suliban take over and confine everyone to their quarters. The Enterprise now belongs to the bad guys. Also Ambasador Soval, cranky Vulcan guy, decides it would be prudent to send a ship out to retrieve T'Pol since the Enterprise is so unfashionably late. Basically, everything is screwed up.