Launching early to try and get a jump on Smallville and promising a whole new purpose to the show, Enterprise’s third season debuted last night. Did it work?

The Xindi (Season Premiere)

Cast & Crew

Director: Allan Kroeker
Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles “Trip” Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
Sato
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Steven Culp as Major Hayes
Chris Freeman as Alien Head Guard
Adam Taylor Gordon as Young Trip
Daniel Dae Kim as Corporal Chang
Richard Lineback as Kessick
Scott MacDonald as Xindi Reptilian
Stephen McHattie as Alien Foreman
Randy Oglesby as Degra
Marco Sanchez as Corporal Romero
Tucker Smallwood as Xindi Humanoid
Rick Worthy as Xindi Sloth

Airdate Information

Originally Aired: September 10, 2003
Season: Three
Episode: One
Production: 053

This Week on EnterpriseWhat Happened

Six weeks into the Delphic Expanse, Captain Archer and his crew learn of a Xindi working at a mining colony, and set out to track him down and gain information about the mysterious race. But when Trip and Archer get caught in a deadly trap, Enterprise’s newest crew members, a squad of Military Assault Command Operation soldiers (MACOs), must rush to free them. Meanwhile, T’Pol suggests an intriguing Vulcan cure for Trip’s vivid nightmares of his sister’s death.

Review

Here we are. Promises have been made. Stories have been told.

I’ve been burned by B&B before, so I’m not going to get really excited about this season. Is it a good start? Yes. The overall plot may be something worth watching, but at its core, has the show improved? No.

The stuff that was interesting, was the beginning and end pieces with the Xindi counsel. The mystery revolving around them was what stood out in my mind. The rest of the episode seemed just like any other. Indeed, all the mucking about in the mine felt like the Orion colony from “Broken Bow.”

They went to all the trouble of building up the MACOs and then barely touched the concept. If you’re gonna use them, USE THEM. Space marines are a cool concept (ala Aliens), but we get “You’re too important to risk Lieutenant.” Grow a pair.

And speaking of cojones, Bakula needs lessons in how to act pissed off. He isn’t doing it well. Trinneer on the other hand…Damn. Give him a rifle and some real marines. That I’d watch.

High Point

I liked the not-quite-an-ending. There’s a good mystery here, now just don’t screw it up. And I thought I’d hate it, but Trip and T’Pol were cute, just as long as they continue to play it for laughs. We can’t take it seriously, so at least have fun with it.

Low Point

While there were a lot of overall stinkyness; The MACO’s fumbling introduction in the mess hall was poorly written and obviously tacked on at the last minute.

The Scores

Originality: Let’s go find the Dominion…er…Kazon…er…Xindi homeworld! 3 out of 6.

Effects: At least they aren’t skimping here. 5 out of 6.

Story: They needed to create a sense of urgency, and this ain’t it. 3 out of 6.

Acting: I did like most of the guest cast and Trinneer is still my favorite series regular. The rest of the cast needs to wake 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: I want to be more excited about this season, but I’ve paid that price. Instead, I just sit and watch. 3 out of 6.

Production: Nice new command center set (what the difference is between a command center and a bridge is beyond me), and the alien environments were suitably well done. 5 out of 6

Overall: Not much of a hit, especially when last season went out with a great bang. 4 out of 6.

Total: 27 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (September 17, 2003)

Anomaly

The mission to find the Xindi takes a grim turn when Enterprise is crippled by inexplicable, destructive spatial anomalies that distort the laws of physics. With systems down, Ventaxian pirates board and raid valuable supplies from the ship. The crew captures one of the alien marauders and a determined Archer interrogates the prisoner.

Additional Notes and Comments

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