After AXN moved “Star Trek: Enterprise” for a weird spot in their programming (17:00 on sundays) and decided to replay the 3th season, I decided it was time to use this thing called “internet” and find the episodes by myself. Fortunately, I found a torrent with the whole season and spent my Saturday watching every episode.
Before going on with this review, let me say that I just loved the 3rd season. The main reason I watched every Star Trek up to day is the “what would I do?” factor, where I try to find out what would I do if I had a problem like the characters were. I didn’t care a thing about the “temporal wars”, which were way too much criticized by other Trekkies.
So, we have the end of the cliff-hanger left in the previous season with “Storm Front”, parts 1 and 2. Not bad, but a little dry. They closed the temporal wars, as it was getting critics by every Trekkie around (not me).
Then, they screw it up.
“Home” is a critic to prejudice against races, but they focused on so many characters you can’t even get a feeling for any.
“Borderland”, “Cold Station 12” and “The Augments” tries to focus on the story about the race Khan (yeah, for “Star Trek II: The Revenge Of Khan”) but, again, it is so out of focus that you can’t follow the story correctly. It is nice seeing Brent Spinner (Mr. Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation) playing a more emotional character, but I think his years playing Mr. Data really screwed up his acting talents as a emotional character. The only thing up take from this three part story is the joke in the final episode.
“Awakening” and “Kir’Shara” focus on the Vulcan religious logic and how the federation got a vote of trust from the Vulcans. And that’s it. There is nothing worth on these episodes.
“Daedalus” is a story about ghosts and the after-life and how we don’t let the past die, when we got a hold so strong on someone that isn’t there anymore and how we forget to keep living. It is a way to the roots of the “what would I do?” days, but you didn’t feel anything for the characters and the episode simply dies. And you have nothing to got a hold on it.
“Observer Effect” is the return of “what would I do?” at full strength. All cast should be proud of their actings here, as they play two characters on the same body, without leaving their personalities behind. Also, there is a nice discussion about the first rule (“do not interfere with other species”) when you are in the other side of the coin.
“Babel One”, “United” and “The Aenar” pull the Enterprise back to the diplomatic issues and present the Romulans. There was a great deal of controversy over this episode, as the original series never mentioned them, and TNG points that no one has ever had a contact with a Romulan before. Not great episodes, in my opinion, but saved by the final touch in the “Aenar”, when Trip leaves Enterprise.
“Affliction” and “Divergence” try to “fix” the Klingons with rugged foreheads when they were flat on the original series. I felt they where excellent in keeping the tension. One thing that could’ve made a great addition to the series was the presence of Columbia, the sister ship of Enterprise. So you have double the crew, double the ships and double the opportunities for new stories. Also, Trip keeps moving from ship to ship, just to add tension to his relationship with T’Pol.
“Bound” again focus on the relationship between T’Pol and Trip and gives the old Trekkies another taste of the Orion dancers. A lost opportunity here, as T’Pol and Trip are the only ones immune to the dancers pheromones and it is explained by the Vulcan physiology and a bound between T’Pol and Trip. It would be a lot more interesting, in my opinion, if their immunity could be explained by their love.
“In a Mirror, Darkly” is a two part episode again create to satisfy old Trekkies. Who forgot about the bad Kirk and bad Spock episode? This episodes focus entirely on a different dimension, where all the crew of the Enterprise is bad. Even the federation doesn’t exist, being replaced by a Human Empire, who fights everyone. Great laughs when seeing the “Enterprise” crew using the clothes of the crew from the original series. Even the sounds are the same. Also, additional points for the change in the opening, showing a darker version of all experiments they used in the original opening.
“Demons” and “Terra Prime” turn again to T’Pol and Trip relationship, stealing some fragments from “Home” and the xenophobia against aliens. Not a great pair, except for finally adding the dots in the “i”s and the traces in the “t” in T’Pol and Trip relationship.
“These are the Voyages” is the last episode of “Star Trek: Enterprise”. I’ve read somewhere that the current crew didn’t approved the presence of Jonathan Frakes (William Riker on TNG) and Martina Sirtis (Diana Troi) and I must agree with them: they added nothing to the episode; actually, their presence almost ruined it, as there isn’t a general path on it. Again, saved by the last minutes, as it ends with a mix of all three Enterprise captains saying the famous “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise; its continuous mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”, with the ships coming through. A touching and beautiful finale for a series that didn’t get the respect it deserved.