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.