Emerging from my tryptophane-induced coma I bring you my lastest review!

Enterprise LogoVanishing
Point

 

Cast & Crew

Director: David Straiton
Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles 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
Keone Young as Hoshi’s Father
Gary Riotto as Alien #1
Morgan H. Margolis as Crewman Baird
Ric Sarabia as Alien #2
Carly Thomas as Alison

Airdate Information

Originally Aired: Nov. 27, 2002
Season: Two
Episode: Ten
Production: 036

Vanishing PointWhat
Happened

Following her first experience in the transporter, a series of eerie events
leads Hoshi to question whether she is the same person. Feeling fearful and
helpless, Hoshi becomes unsure of herself wondering if she is losing her mind,
or if the transporter has somehow changed her, or if there is an alien threat
behind all of these bizarre happenings suddenly taking place.

Review

It’s a character focus episode that doesn’t go much of anywhere. There are
some bright spots, but it drags its way around the hour without covering much
ground. The “surprise” ending is standard B&B stuff that they
employed ad nauseum throughout Voyager’s run.

I seem
to remember a time (circa TNG/DS9) when character-focused episodes gave deeper
(often darker) shading to our regular cast. Was it so wrong that they f***ed
with that formula?

High Point

Trip’s soliloquy, mourning Hoshi. We get to see the pains of command as well
as the loss of a friend.

Low Point

Was it me, or did Hoshi’s father just come off as stupid, rather than unbelieving?
You’d like a child prodigy like our Ens. Sato would have brighter roots. As
it stood, the entire scene was just unwatchable.

The Scores

Originality: There are days I wonder if any of the writers have watched TOS.
Didn’t we see this in “The
Tholian Web
?” 3 out 6.

Effects: Nothing other than Hoshi fading in and out and walking through walls.
I think I can that with some cheap home editing software. 2 out of 6.

Story: I know each cast member is supposed to get a focus, just can’t we do
it a little better? 4 out of 6.

Acting: Linda Park (Hoshi) isn’t nearly as irritating as last season, though
there’s still room for improvement. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Anyone who didn’t figure this out to be a dream sequence
raise your hand. That’s what I thought. 3 out of 6.

Production: Alien makeup was cool, so were the ruins. 4 out of 6.

Overall: Not too bad, but we didn’t get much action or character development
or story progression. It was just there. 4 out of 6.

Total: 24 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (Dec. 4, 2002)

Next Time on EnterpriseCarbon
Creek

T’Pol tells Archer and Trip a story about her great-grandmother T’Mir and three
other Vulcans who made first contact with humans after crash landing in a small
Pennsylvania town in the 1950s. T’Pol’s story shocks Archer and Trip because
her account is much earlier and very different from what history books reported.

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