Enterprise Review – “Observer Effect”

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Observer Effect

Cast & Crew

Director: Mike Vejar
Written By: Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

Starring
Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery as Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Hoshi Sato
John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
None

Episode Information

Originally Aired: January 21, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Eleven
Production: 087

What Happened

After Hoshi and Trip contract a deadly virus while exploring a planet, two ghostly aliens possess the bodies of various Enterprise crew members to observe humanity’s reaction to imminent tragedy. As the aliens secretly jump bodies to observe, Phlox strives to cure the stricken pair, but with his efforts failing, Archer must make a difficult decision in order to shield the rest of the crew from this growing biohazard.

Review

Not spectacular, but definitely better than last week.

High Point

The revelation of who the “observers” were. Nice touch.

Low Point

I despise these “erase everyone’s memory and start over” endings. Do they not teach “Deus Ex Machina is very bad writing” anymore?

The Scores

Originality: Nothing new about contagious outbreaks, but the overall effect of having observers breaks it up. 4 out of 6.

Effects: Another nearly effect-free episode. 3 out of 6.

Story: Another aptly title episode, but the story ended a little flat. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Well acted. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: The ending sucked most of emotional investment out of the episode. 3 out of 6.

Production: Hey look, the decon chamber has a bathroom. But where’s the decon gel? Hmm? 4 out of 6

Overall: A solid episode and a nice nod to the larger body of Trek lore. 4 out of 6.

Total: 27 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (January 28, 2004)

Babel One

Ordered to transport a delegation of argumentative Tellarites to a peace conference with the blue-skinned Andorians, Archer and the crew find themselves drawn into a confusing, dangerous situation when a secret Romulan vessel begins attacking ships on all sides, including Enterprise.

Additional Notes and Comments

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9 replies on “Enterprise Review – “Observer Effect””

  1. bombadil says:

    Season Finale
    I found this picture taken from the location shoot of the series, oops I mean season, finale which will be guest starring Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis.

    • valen1260 says:

      Re: Season Finale

      I found this picture taken from the location shoot of the series, oops I mean season, finale which will be guest starring Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis.

      FANTASTIC!

  2. valen1260 says:

    what did I miss?

    The revelation of who the “observers” were. Nice touch.

    I knew there was something to this. I laughed to myself about those damn Vorlons. But, I didn’t get that it was an actual reference. To whom does it refer?

    • theangrymob says:

      Re: what did I miss?
      It’s a spoiler, but look here if you must know.

      • valen1260 says:

        Re: what did I miss?

        It’s a spoiler, but look here if you must know.

        I wouldn’t really consider it a spoiler. I’m just not as up on my TOS lore as I am TNG and DS9.

        But, two questions: (a) When did they say they’d “check back in”? Wasn’t it a “mere” 500 years? (b) Did I miss the part that said who they actually were, or is this just speculation from vague clues?

        • TomSwiss says:

          Re: what did I miss?

          (a) When did they say they’d “check back in”? Wasn’t it a “mere” 500 years?

          More like 5000, IIRC.

          (b) Did I miss the part that said who they actually were, or is this just speculation from vague clues?

          It is mentioned once. (I remember hitting the instant replay button on my ReplayTV: “Did he really just say Organian?”

          • valen1260 says:

            Re: what did I miss?

            More like 5000, IIRC.

            That’s actually what I thought, but then, if we are talking about an established Trek race here, it would have to be within 500 years. In all actuality, it would be more like 200 years.

            It is mentioned once.

            So their appearance in TOS isn’t the "checking in"?

            • babasyzygy says:

              Re: what did I miss?

              More like 5000, IIRC.

              That’s
              actually what I thought, but then, if we are talking about an established Trek
              race here, it would have to be within 500 years. In all actuality, it would be
              more like 200 years.

              Right. They’re making a prediction based upon humankind’s expected rate of
              development.

              We’ve been told time and time again that humans are expanding and
              developing much, much faster than anybody expects. This is just more
              evidence of that.

              • Timeshredder says:

                Re: checking in

                On the future occasion in question, they didn’t check in on us; we dropped in on them.

                Also, although they predict the future in that ep, it’s not clear whether they can foresee the future, or are making very accurate predictions based on available evidence. Based on this ep, the latter is the case.

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