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.

The Nazis are being aided by two aliens: Ghrath and his boss, Vosk. These are apparently very important figures in the Temporal Cold War that we've never heard of before. But, then again, we shouldn't be surprised that we know nothing about time travel since the Vulcan science directorate doesn't even acknowledge its existence. Ghrath sends Archer away with some secret service agents, but the transport is ambushed by American freedom fighters, which puts Archer in the home of an African-American woman named Alicia. While Alicia brings Archer up to speed on the war, she quickly begins to suspect Archer is from another time and place. Vosk gets a little cross when Ghrath tells him that Archer got away. Vosk believes Archer to be a temporal agent.

The Redshirt Daniels arrives to demonstrate once again exactly how red his shirt is.
The bells!! The bells!!
His face and, presumably, entire body has been screwed up by some kind of time travel mechanic that aged some parts of him and regressed other parts. The above is a picture of what a literal "man-child" would look like. This is when we find out that the Temporal Cold War has turned into an all-out conflict. Daniels warns the crew to stop "him," but before he can be more specific, he slips into unconsciousness in sick bay.

Meanwhile, Silik, the Suliban (REMEMBER HIM?? FROM SEASON 2??) shows up in the shuttle bay while Trip and Mayweather are repairing the shuttlepod that was shot at by World War II era planes. He knocks them out and takes the shuttlepod, prompting T'Pol to command Trip and Mayweather to go after him. This has to be the "him" that Redshirt Daniels was talking about, right? Right??

Vosk meets with some Nazi officials and plans out his next course of action. Apparently he needs some materials from the Nazis that they are hesitant to provide. But Vosk has helped them occupy America, and he now needs some reciprocal help for his own needs. But he also needs to find Archer who he sees as the only one who may be able to stop him. Obviously... because he's the captain of the Enterprise.

Well, eventually Ghrath tracks down Archer who has actually been asking around for Ghrath, too. Funny how things work out like that. Archer gets the upper hand in the ensuing conflict and asks him what's up, which is when Ghrath reveals that he and Vosk are making a conduit to return to their own time and place. This obviously can't happen. Archer is traveling with Alicia and a few mobsters-turned-freedom-fighters. True to mobster form, one of them shoots and kills Ghrath. Archer is upset, but not too upset that he doesn't take Ghrath's communicator. The scuffle captures the attention of some surrounding Nazis who confront Alicia and Archer. Archer contacts Enterprise with the communicator and gets the two of them beamed up!
Prime Directive means nothing when Nazis have invaded America.
Back on the ship, Archer meets with Redshirt Daniels who brings him up to speed on this Vosk guy. He is apparently part of the most violent opposition to the Temporal Accords. Once, after having been captured, he escaped into the past using a stealth form of time travel. This World War II time juncture just happens to be the only time/place he can be stopped. Probably because he's weakened enough since he's stuck in the past without the benefit of his future technology. When Archer tells Redshirt Daniels that Vosk is making a conduit, Daniels last words are a command to destroy that conduit. He then dies a time traveler's death.

And that's when Trip and Travis get caught by Nazis.
GET IT TOGETHER, TRIP!
To be continued...

Overall Thoughts
I always love a good alternative World War II scenario involving Nazis and time travel. There are just a few problems I have with this story that won't be addressed until part 2. As far as part 1 goes, though, it's a solid and immensely interesting start to season 4! Bravo!