ENT: Season 2, “The Catwalk” and “Dawn”

Date: September 18, 2022

Season 2, Episodes 12 and 13

Music Video of the Day:

Interstellar News: I’ve been doing a lot of traveling. We went to a concert, caught Covid, got better, went to Galaxy Con, then some other stuff happened, then there was Dragon Con, and then a surprise birthday party for my dad, and finally I’m heading to SLC for FanX this weekend – wheeeeeee. Today, I hope to tackle 7 loads of laundry and write up this long overdue post.

Episode 12 – “The Catwalk”

“It’s hard to tell them apart in those ridiculous hats.”: Enterprise and three members of another ship weather a class-5 neutronic storm in the catwalk for a week. The three aliens are actually fugitives, the crew of the Enterprise saves the day, and T’Pol even joins the crew for movie night after they all survive the storm.

The crew sits around the catwalk playing "go fish" or poker or something

I write notes while I watch an episode because I don’t always remember everything, or lately it’s because I write about them way after I’ve watched it. I wrote down “Porthos was a good fucking boy”, but now I don’t remember why – likely because he was good in a crisis situation and gave Archer lots of love and attention in the several scenes he was in. It takes a special pupper to deal with turbulence and other people’s stank for a week, so kudos to Porthos. This was a pretty standard Trek episode, though with an industrial engineering twist. They were able to come up with a plan in very little time, that likely became some sort of standard protocol in the event of another similar emergency. 5 hours of pets for Porthos, who is the only quadruped on board.

Also, fun story about this episode. According to the Captain’s Log – this episode took place on September 18, 2152.

Episode 13 – “Dawn”

“Unfortunately, your first word is something you wouldn’t want to use in polite company.”: Tucker has a run in with a hostile alien, an Arkonian named Zho’Kaan, while in a shuttlepod. They encounter each other again on a desert planet but eventually come to an understanding and work together. Enterprise reaches the planet first, but Zho’Kaan would die – so Tucker waits for another option. They both get saved at the last minute and come to an even better understanding of each other before parting ways.

Tucker being put in a headlock by the alien he's trapped with

This episode is very much like “Darmok“, but not quite as good or meme-able. There’s a part where Zho’Kaan uses something like velociraptor spit and I laughed a lot. When Tucker was trying to help Zho’Kaan to understand him, there was a bit of “who’s on first” going on, which was also quite humorous. Tucker is the quintessential Starfleet officer, leaving no man behind and doing his best to work well with others – especially under the circumstances and limited resources. I really enjoyed this episode, and it gets 7 bowls of water for Porthos.

TA Out!

ENT: Season 2, 5 more episodes (7 – 11)

Date: July 19, 2022

Season 2, Episodes:

  • 7, “The Seventh”
  • 8, “The Communicator”
  • 9, “Singularity”
  • 10, “Vanishing Point”
  • 11, “Precious Cargo”

Music Video of the Day:

This song was in an episode of A Discovery of Witches and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since I watched that episode.

Interstellar News: I can’t believe how long it’s been since I wrote in here. Life has been absolutely bonkers and I haven’t had the bandwidth, or spoons, to do much writing. I have watched a lot and have on backlog – so here are 5 more episodes with my apologies.

Episode 7 – “The Seventh”

“When you don’t have the ability to repress emotions, you learn to deal with them and move on..”: T’Pol goes after a renegade Vulcan named Menos. On the ship, Tucker is acting captain while Archer and Mayweather go off with T’Pol. Menos claims to be innocent, T’Pol’s memories were tampered with, and in the end Menos winds up in Vulcan custody.

Menos in a fur coat
“We don’t do quickly and quietly very well but we are good at arithmetic. It seems there are three of us and only one of you.”

I couldn’t quite get into this episode. There was a lot of trying to figure out what actually happened, and I hate that T’Pol had her mind messed with. I did like how supportive and compassionate Archer was, as it was really T’Pol’s mission and episode. Otherwise, not much to say. Four goldfish crackers for Porthos, crunch crunch.

Episode 8 – “The Communicator”

“You don’t have to leave technology behind to contaminate a culture.”: Reed’s communicator goes missing on a pre-warp planet. Archer and Reed get caught when trying to retrieve it and are thought to be spies. Tucker and Mayweather fix the Suliban ship, while Tucker becomes partially cloaked, in order to rescue the boys.

Reed realizing his communicator is missing
“It’s gone.”

Archer isn’t the best at improv, but he does try his best. I love that it’s their red blood that terrifies the locals and a doctor is brought in to examine the strange organs. Not often enough are the biological differences talked about. I also loved the sub-plot where Tucker’s arm is cloaked, it was entirely goofy. T’Pol makes a good point about the society already being “contaminated” even though all of the technology was retrieved. I’m not sure why they didn’t try to either beam it back up, or just leave it because a communicator wasn’t that big of a deal. The story they came up with did more harm, in my opinion. 5 de-cloaked chew toys for Porthos!

Episode 9 – “Singularity”

“It would be irresponsible to dispense medication without examining you first.: A flashback of the last few days shows everyone on the crew with some odd side effects as they pass through some harmful radiation. Archer can’t write, Sato gets obsessed with cooking from scratch, Phlox thinks there’s something wrong with Mayweather, Reed becomes even more paranoid about safety, and Tucker is snippy with everyone. T’Pol throws Archer into a cold shower in order to knock some sense into him and they get the ship to safety.

Hoshi Sato sipping soup out of a spoon
You can resequence all the chicken and potatoes you want, but I am making this from scratch.

WHY DOES NO ONE ASK WHERE MAYWEATHER IS? He goes to sickbay for a headache and he’s supposed to be piloting the ship. Even with everything else going on, I can’t imagine they just forget about THE PILOT. Sigh. I mean, poor Mayweather… he gets roofied by Dr. Phlox and almost had an unwanted surgery because of space drama. Once again, this episode demonstrates that T’Pol is the only adult on Enterprise and Archer knows it. It was fun to see the crew kind of ramp up to 11, everything seeming okay but just a little off until it was just off the spectrum. 5 barks for Porthos, who was very confused and just wanted some love and attention.

Episode 10 – “Vanishing Point”

“You’re in perfect health. You’re neither transparent nor porous.”: Sato and Tucker are exploring some caved when a storm approaches and they have to use the transporter. Tucker goes first, as Sato is nervous. When she arrives on Enterprise, she starts to feel strange. She eventually disappears but everyone thinks she’s dead. After finding aliens on board trying to destroy the ship, she goes after them and wakes up on Enterprise. She dreamed the whole episode and was stuck in the pattern buffer for 8 seconds.

Hoshi Sato sleeps on the floor of the gym because no one can see her and she can't interact with the scenery
“It’s not a joke, Doctor. If that machine could move a birthmark, who knows what else it could do. I’m telling you, I don’t feel right.”

I liked that I didn’t know she was dreaming and stuck in the pattern buffer, because the story sort of made sense. Transporter accidents have been known to happen and maybe she could become transparent or something. Maybe I should have known better, or maybe I gave into Sato’s anxiety about using the transporter. My two favorite parts, though, were when she decided to be brave and go after the aliens who were going to blow up Enterprise and then her whole interaction with Dr. Phlox at the end. I’m not sure why I liked this episode so much, but I did – so there! 8 days in the sun for Porthos.

Episode 11 – “Precious Cargo”

“Come visit me. Perhaps you’ll find out.”: Enterprise is helping a cargo ship with a life support system when there’s a problem and they escape with Tucker but leave one of their own behind. Tucker and the First Monarch get on each other’s nerves but eventually work together to escape. Archer tricks the pirate in order to get information and everyone goes home happy.

The first monarch brandishes a weapon
KAITAAMA: “Is your entire species so ill-mannered?”
TUCKER: “No, just me.”

So Tucker is definitely the “Kirk” or “Riker” character of this crew, as he keeps getting into sticky situations with female aliens. On one hand I’m glad they made it the engineering, but on the other hand he’s a bit misogynistic at times – sigh. He does give good banter and I love how he interacts with a strong character like Kaitaama, especially since she was obviously living a very sheltered life. I also loved how Archer lies about a tribunal and T’Pol even plays along, it was a lot of fun to watch. Another episode that I liked a lot and I’m not really sure why. Porthos barks along as we take a 7 mile walk around a beautiful lake.

TA Out!

ENT: Season 2, 5 Episodes (2 – 6)

Date: April 6, 2022

Season 2, Episodes:

  • 2, “Carbon Creek”
  • 3, “Minefield”
  • 4, “Dead Stop”
  • 5, “A Night in Sickbay”
  • 6, “Marauders”

Music Video of the Day:

And if all was well, and your heart could find the words, would we be for better baby, would we be for worse?

Interstellar News: My students may be the death of me – but not before I finish Trek. Here’s a new style I’m trying out, a round up of the last 5 episodes I watched.

Episode 2 – “Carbon Creek”

“Vulcans don’t take vacations.”: T’Pol tells Archer a story about the “real” first contact during the launch of Sputnik with her great-great grandmother. There are some shenanigans about helping a smart kid in a mining town get to college, a Vulcan staying for love, another lying to High Command, saving some men trapped in a mine, and introducing Velcro to the humans.

T'Mir and Mestral in a new hairstyle /  hat to hide their respective ears
Mestral: “It’s unfortunate that you’ll be leaving these people without experiencing one thing they have to offer.”
Stron: “Such as alcohol, frozen fish sticks, the constant threat of nuclear annihilation?”

I actually quite enjoyed this one as it’s a flashback that allows T’Pol to play someone else. It also leaves you wondering if the story is true, has some true elements, or why T’Pol’s ancestor would hand down a physical object. This gets 8 “indulgences” for Porthos, as long as they’re all cheese.

Episode 3 – “Minefield”

“All we have to depend on is each other.”: Reed and Archer have a super awkward breakfast, Enterprise is hit by a cloaked mine, we “meet” the Romulans, and Reed gets impaled by a bomb. He walks Archer through defusing it and the get the hell out of dodge.

Archer comforting Reed while he's been impaled in the leg
So instead of a life on the sea you chose a life in the vacuum of space?
If you plan to go to warp, sir, you’ll let me know?

My goodness this was a SLOW and BORING episode. Reed assists Archer like they’re putting something together from Ikea and talks about how he has a fear of water and it’s why he joined Starfleet instead of the Navy. Reed keeps trying to be all noble and go down with the ship and he’s just so fucking morose the entire episode, well more so than usual. There are some interesting scenes and some good out-of-the-box thinking from Archer, but otherwise Porthos poops 3 times in this episode’s general direction.

Episode 4 – “Dead Stop”

“It’s unethical to harm a patient. I can inflict as much pain as I like.”: 4 days after the events of the last episode, Enterprise is in desperate need of repairs. They find a completely automated repair station that’s incredibly advanced and required very little in payment – to which Archer is super skeptical. The ship gets repaired but Mayweather is killed. It’s later revealed his body was a duplicate, they eventually find his original, they also blow up the station and again skedaddle right on out of that part of space. Right before the credits roll, THE STATION STARTS REPAIRING ITSELF.

Phlox checking out "dead" Mayweather while Archer looks on
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I absolutely adore this episode. It reminds me of all the TOS episodes where a computer system went “nutty” and Kirk and company put an end to it – except this time the damn thing is smart enough to engineer itself back to life. I was about to stop watching when I thought they killed the one Black actor on set and was super satisfied with Dr. Phlox being his usual attentive self. It’s a complete mystery who built the station, when the station started snatching one crew member per ship to add to its consciousness, or what happened to all of the other bodies when everything blew up. They didn’t know at the time all those people were brain dead but decided to grab Mayweather and peace out – not cool kids. I also really liked how Archer wanted to “speak to a manager” and Tucker was trying to sneak past everything because he was curious, not suspicious like Archer. I also almost died laughing at the damn air filter they took out – BECAUSE I HAVE ONE JUST LIKE IT AT HOME!!! This episode gets 9 hours of belly rubs for Porthos, with 1 point being taken away for our “heroes” killing everyone else in the facility.

Episode 5 – “A Night in Sickbay”

“I suppose you’re going to tell me you have a degree in psychiatry, too.”: Archer and crew are decontaminating after visiting the Kreetassans, trying to get a plasma injector, but Porthos peed on an important tree and they were offended (again). Porthos, unfortunately, picks up a pathogen and almost dies. Dr. Phlox suggests Archer needs to get laid, Archer tries to get some sleep, Porthos receives a transplant, and T’Pol tells Archer they should just be friends. Oh, and they get the injector.

Porthos who is in decontamination, sometimes a very clearly stuffed animal version
Dr. Phlox: “My sub-mammalian database contains no pertinent files on bugles, but there’s sufficient information on similar chordata.” Archer: “Beagles.

I was ready to throw all kinds of things at the TV and stop watching this damn show if they killed Porthos – that’s two episodes in a row where they tried to raise my damn blood pressure. Dr. Phlox is a medical badass, Archer is a whiny man, and T’Pol remains the only adult on board. This was a silly episode in parts (like when Phlox is going through his nightly routine, when they’re cornering the bat, or when it’s a very obviously stuffed animal version of Porthos), a good episode in parts (when Archer finally puts his pride aside or when Phlox demonstrates the other sides of a ship’s doctor), and a very awful episode (why all the damn whining? also, the dream? come on!) in other parts. I think it deserves 4 tiny pieces of cheese for Porthos, but something common like cheddar.

Episode 6 – “Marauders”

“Shooting at a lizard is a whole lot different than shooting at a person, and lizards don’t shoot back.”: On Tattooine, wait – wrong planet – the team visits a deuterium facility that’s under siege from a small Klingon ship. After Archer delivers the “fish speech” (sort of like the one about a gazelle), Enterprise helps the settlement defend themselves against the Klingons.

Tucker, T'Pol, Archer, and Reed in their very best "desert sheik"
Gonna tell my kids these were THE WARRIORS… hahahahaha

So this episode is not terrible, but it’s also not unique. There’s a plan that requires nothing to go wrong, and I don’t understand how it even works because I’m sure the coordinates would have been the same 3 days later and someone would have noticed. I am appreciative of the fact that someone thought about the future when Enterprise wouldn’t be there to protect the folks on the planet and I truly enjoyed watching T’Pol take down a Klingon or three. This is almost the same plot as A Bug’s Life in some ways, so I’m just not that impressed. 5 days of running around in the desert for Porthos.

TA Out!

ENT: “Shockwave: Parts 1 and 2”

Date: March 24, 2022

Season 1, Episode 26 and Season 2, Episode 1

Music Video of the Day:

That opening line is so amazing – and it’s also what I walked into for my wedding reception 🙂

Interstellar News: I sincerely apologize for my lack of writing. I’ve been caught up in life, seasonal depression, being overworked, and just general stress and anxiety. I haven’t been coping real well and I need to get back to writing because it makes me happy. I also REALLY want to get into new Trek, and this is what’s got to be finished before I get there.

On that note – I think I’m going to do some more “round up” posts and change it up starting with the rest of Season 2. I do hope you’ll enjoy it.

TL;DR: Enterprise inadvertently causes the decimation of a colony and then they find out their five-year mission has been cancelled. There’s a ton of time travel nonsense, including Archer and Daniels getting stuck in an alternate 31st century. T’Pol and the crew cause some havoc for the Suliban, Archer gets back to give a speech about a gazelle, and then the mission is reinstated and I had to sit through the stupid intro again.

Doctor’s Orders: “I understand how uncomfortable his behavior must be for you, but trust me, it would be unnatural for the Captain not to be affected by grief under these circumstances. It’s, er, human nature. He’ll be fine.”

“You don’t understand. All our equipment, the time portals, have been destroyed. Everything’s been destroyed. There’s no way to send you back.”

“Anyone who tries to bad-mouth Captain Archer in front of me is going to get an earful in any language they want.”: Part 1 was quite interesting. The colony they’re going to visit is a matriarchal one and it’s probably the first episode in which anyone dies. Archer and the crew show grief and sadness and remorse – which is not usually something we get “treated” to in Trek. Then there’s the whole time travel mishegoss – which just hurts my head. I did like T’Pol, Tucker, and Archer going on their stealth mission and then it all goes awry, because it’s a nice way to get excited about Part 2 and leave people wanting more. If I wasn’t doing this watch-through, however, I’m not sure if it would be enough to have me watch past episode 1 in the next season. Also, poor Porthos was told he couldn’t have any more cheese – poor boy!

T'Pol being tortured by the Suliban
“I still don’t believe in time travel.”

“We’re going to stumble, make mistakes, I’m sure more than a few, before we find our footing. But we’re going to learn from those mistakes. That’s what being human is all about.”: Part 2 has its moments – like the library having actual books was quite funny for me. T’Pol and Archer communicate in a very Wizard of Oz or Star Wars way, which was also entertaining. Sato shows us what early not-quite Jefferies tubes were like (or maybe why they were invented) and the rest of the crew does well in Archer’s absence. The “gazelle” speech is a little much and then all of a sudden everyone is like “okay go back on your mission” – like we all didn’t know that was happening. It was very disappointing, well except for when T’Pol dressed down her superiors. Overall, it’s 5 goldfish crackers for Porthos – because it isn’t really cheese!

TA Out!

It’s the end of the Quantum Realm and Asgard as we know it…

Date: February 10, 2022

Music Video of the Day:

We can, and should, totally talk about Bruno.

Interstellar News: When I started this post – it was January. Since then I’ve finished the Lord of the Rings trilogy, extended edition, that was started last week as well as Shang-Chi and Eternals… which I watched for the first time. I also haven’t watched a lick of Star Trek because life has been insanely busy and I’ve been a touch depressed. Therapy seems to work better when the weather is nicer. Anyway – here’s a double post on some Marvel movies from the re-watch.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Ant Man and the Wasp movie poster
“Do you guys just put the word ‘Quantum’ in front of everything?”

“You can do anything. You’re the World’s Greatest Grandma.”: I love so much about this movie, just as much as I scream “convenience physics” and “because the plot demands it” all over the place. The banter between Scott and Hope is fantastic, and Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly continue to knock it out of the park. It was great to see Agent Woo again, after seeing him in WandaVision, and remembering where he got his start. I love how accepting and helpful Maggie and Jim have become, and how Scott is just part of the family now instead of being persona non grata. This is how a family should be when divorce is involved – it’s so much healthier for the kiddos.

Hannah John-Kamen in her ghost suit
“You’re not gonna reach into my chest and crush my heart, are you?”

I disliked most of the Ghost plot but did love how Michelle Pfeiffer was on screen for 10 minutes and stole the whole damn movie by fixing the problem and making sense. What guts me is Scott being stuck in the Quantum realm while the other three are dusted and realizing that Ava probably has not been helped because they were there trying to fix her. I did enjoy the two old men going at it when we first meet Bill Foster, but I hated the way it eventually wound up. Still it’s a delightful movie, especially because of Luis.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Thor Ragnarok movie poster

“He’s a friend from work!”: This movie has a most excellent soundtrack, a wonderful script when it comes to dialogue between characters, and some fabulous acting by many involved. We get to find out what happened to Hulk/Banner, Thor goes through a lot of growth, and Jeff Goldblum gets to do his thing. There are some badass female characters in Hela and Valkyrie, and Korg is an absolute delight. I love the opening with Surtur, Thor playing chicken with Loki (who is impersonating Odin), and Dr. Strange. I’m disappointed but not surprised that Odin continues to be one of the worst fathers in the MCU, never learning from his mistakes, and the boys need to try to clean up his mess that really anyone of a certain age in Asgard could have told them.

Odin, Loki, Hela, Hulk, Thor, Heimdall, Valkyrie, Grandmaster (from left to right)
“Open communication was never our family’s forte.”

Hela is wonderful as the most ambitious Slytherin there ever was, and it really makes Thor look adopted when you put her next to Loki. I absolutely love everything that happens on Sakaar, even overlooking the fact that Hulk has been murdering for sport for 2 years. The look on Loki’s face when he realizes Hulk is there, as well as what happens when Thor gets tossed around like a rag doll, is absolutely priceless and delightful. Back on Asgard, the last battle scene is epic. It’s heartbreaking to see it go up in flames and then it’s even worse that Loki’s mischief caused attention from Thanos and even more of their population was wiped out for just existing. I so enjoy watching the movie, but when I actually think of all of the things that happen in the movie – it’s a damn downer. Especially when they grossly misuse Karl Urban… sigh.

TA Out!