I’ll spare you all the comedy of errors that led to the delay in my review and just apologize for my tardiness. Now I want an apology from Rick Berman for this episode…
Cast & Crew
Director: David Livingston
Story By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Andre Bormanis
Teleplay By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Scott Bakula as Captain
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
as Dr. Phlox
Joseph Will as Rostov
Steven Allerick as Cook
Valerie Ianniello as Female Crewman
Alexander Chance as Crewman #1
Matthew Kaminsky as Crewman #2
Originally Aired: April 2, 2003
Enterprise is swallowed by an otherworldly vessel occupied by noncorporeal creatures who invade the bodies of crew members and trade consciousnesses with them.
I made the mistake of borrowing A&E’s Hornblower films from the library last week, before watching Enterprise. The Hornblower series, by C.S. Forester, was one of Gene Roddenbery’s inspirations when creating Star Trek back in the 60’s. They follow the career of one Horatio Hornblower, a young officer in Her Majesty’s Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.
The mistake lies in the fact that Forester’s stories are full of strong characters making bold decisions. Enterprise is populated with weak characters who can’t decide what to have for dinner. The open sea was a deadly place in the 18th-century. Space should be no less treacherous in the 22nd. Where’s the peril? The danger? The drama?
"I was walking the beach with my girlfriend…" Good grief. And an even more cruel betrayal lays in wait as the retread of Star Trek VI they’re parading around as next week’s "event."
It was fun to see the good doctor out and about on the ship. I was beginning to wonder if he was a hologram chained to sickbay.
I’m cheating and going to an email from Fiziko:
We know that the aliens were trapping people in some sort of wish fulfilling dreamland. We know that a body’s rightful owner came right back after the alien was kicked out of that body. Why did this happen? I would think that either:
a) The person who was kicked out would be desperate to get back, explaining the rapid return.
b) The person who was kicked out was having so much fun having wishes fulfilled that they’d need to be dragged back.
No good answer, but perhaps the crew knew they’d die if they didn’t return to their host bodies. It’s a poor stretch that we, as viewers, should not have to make.
Originality: Not even close. 1 out 6.
Effects: The alien ship was not only a well-done effect, it was actually beautiful to look at. About the only thing worthwhile this week. 6 out of 6.
Story: Non-corporeal entites peaked in Star Trek with The Prophets. Even TOS episodes sucked when forced into this Sci-Fi cliché. 2 out of 6.
Acting: Oh the challenge of playing your normal character, only possessed. That coupled with the whiners on the catwalk. Why are all Enterprise crewmen such wusses? 2 out of 6.
Emotional Response: There’s a juvenille chuckle to be had when Reed enters T’Pol’s quarters. And that’s it. 2 out of 6.
Production: Hey look, it’s the catwalk…again. 3 out of 6.
Overall: Another B&B snoozer. Even the title didn’t make sense. 2 out of 6.
Total: 18 out of 42
- T’Pol and Archer try to learn more about the noncorporeal lifeforms
- Archer and Mayweather run the ship from the Catwalk
- A “wisp”-possessed Reed visits T’Pol in her quarters
Next Time on Enterprise (April 9, 2003)
Captain Archer stands accused before a Klingon tribunal of conspiring against the Empire, and his only hope of escaping a death sentence or life in the dilithium mines of Rura Penthe is an aging and disenchanted Klingon lawyer with little energy or enthusiasm for the case.