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"

Vital Information
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.