Enterprise Review: “Storm Front, Part II”

Let’s do the timewarp agaaaaaaain!!!

Storm Front, Part II

Cast & Crew

Director: David Straiton
Written By: Manny Coto

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
Golden Brooks as Alicia
Jack Gwaltney as Vosk
John Fleck as Silik
Matt Winston as Daniels
Christopher Neame as German General
Steven R. Schirripa as Carmine
Mark Elliot Silverberg as Kraul
David Pease as Alien Technician
Burr Middleton as Newsreel Narrator

Episode Information

Originally Aired: October 15, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Two
Production: 078

What Happened

Archer reunites with his astonished Enterprise crew and learns from Daniels on his deathbed that a radical Temporal Cold War faction threatens to obliterate the timeline. Archer returns to the Nazi-occupied eastern United States of the 1940s, and enlists the help of resistance fighters Alicia Travers and Carmine to destroy a massive time machine under construction on the surface.

Meanwhile, hoping to forge an alliance with Archer, alien leader Vosk releases his captured prisoners Tucker and Mayweather, but this forces temporal agent Silik to emerge from the shadows to pursue his own agenda against Vosk.

Review

That’s it. Cold war’s over. Enterprise is home and the timeline has (mysti-magically) restored itself. All that has sucked we can put behind us. Please oh please Manny, say we can put this behind us.

High Point

The final shootout was some great fun with the mix of future and past technologies. Honorable mention to the team that designed the shot of the Enterpris flying into the rising sun over Earth. Nice touch.

Low Point

I know the Temporal Cold War wasn’t much to miss, but having Silik go down like that? Anti-climactic!

The Scores

Originality: Man, if I had a nickel for everytime I’ve seen the Enterprise dueling out with laser-armed Stutkas over 1940’s New York… Say what you will, that was original. 4 out of 6.

Effects: Very cool. 5 out of 6.

Story: Painfully predictable. 2 out of 6.

Acting: There’s a little more tension this week than last. 3 out of 6.

Emotional Response: We know how this will sort out, so why should be care? 1 out of 6.

Production: Better, more sci-fi-ish stuff. 4 out of 6

Overall: Deep breath. Let it out. The cold war’s over guys. Can we start clean? 4 out of 6.

Total: 23 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (October 22, 2004)

Home

As the Enterprise crew revels in a heroes’ welcome on Earth, Trip joins T’Pol on a trip to planet Vulcan, excited to visit her home and be introduced to her mother T’Les. But when T’Pol becomes obliged to reconsider marriage to former fianc√© Koss, the future of their relationship is put in question. Meanwhile, Archer must defend some of his morally questionable decisions during the Xindi conflict before a Starfleet Command panel of inquiry. Later, Phlox experiences prejudice against aliens while taking shore leave on Earth with Malcolm and Travis. More from StarTrek.com

Additional Notes and Comments

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5 replies on “Enterprise Review: “Storm Front, Part II””

  1. x00 says:

    I hate time travel…
    it so rarely works with any sort of sense, especially in the Star Trek universe.

    I’m glad the whole Temperal Cold war is over, but I have to say I did like the style of the episode. I’m looking forward to seeing what the new writer/exec producer will give us.

    One final thought: if Vosk was killed, and the timeline “reset”, and noticing that Daniels was restored to his old self, does that not mean Silik alive and well too ?

    • cb says:

      Re: I hate time travel…

      One final thought: if Vosk was killed, and the timeline “reset”, and noticing that Daniels was restored to his old self, does that not mean Silik alive and well too ?

      My first thought when Silik died was that they really are ending the temporal cold war with this episode. When Vosk died I had the same thought you did, and I think we all know that in the wonderful world of TV it means whatever the writers want it to. If they want to bring him back, they can just say Vosk’s death undid Silik’s. So now we can live in fear that they can bring this mess back anytime they want. I sure hope Manny’s smarter than that.

      -cb

      • PianoComp81 says:

        Re: I hate time travel…

        My first thought when Silik died was that they really are ending the temporal cold war with this episode. When Vosk died I had the same thought you did, and I think we all know that in the wonderful world of TV it means whatever the writers want it to. If they want to bring him back, they can just say Vosk’s death undid Silik’s. So now we can live in fear that they can bring this mess back anytime they want. I sure hope Manny’s smarter than that.

        -cb

        From what Manny has said in an interview, the Cold War is definitely over, and he isn’t bringing it back at any point. He even mentions in an online chat:

        Geoffrey: Was “Storm Front” written/outlined when season three ended, or was it more of a “write us out this situation” type of thing?

        MC: I’m afraid it was Number Two.

        Check out this link: http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/community/chat/archive/transcript/7589.html

  2. is says:

    it’s finally over….
    The crutch has been broken and maybe now, Star Trek history can live unmutilated. I reserve the right to be disappointed though.

    Hopefully this will be a new beginning. The other treks were able to make interesting stories without too much time travel, you’d think this one could too.

    • x00 says:

      Re: it’s finally over….
      I have to agree here. Please no time travel. This period of Star Trek history could be really quite interesting without the need for it.

      I reserve the right to be optomistic with Enterprise, though.

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