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!

ENT: “Desert Crossing” and “Two Days and Two Nights”

Date: January 13, 2022

Season 1, Episodes 24 and 25

Music Video of the Day:

“Concerning Hobbits”

Interstellar News: Tonight I was on another American Sci-Fi Classics Track panel where I got to babble about The Fellowship of the Ring, since it just turned 20 in December. It’s been very busy at work as a lot of students are testing positive and we need to help them participate remotely.

TL;DR: In “Desert Crossing” they’re continuing onto Risa when they decide to answer a distress call from the man himself, Clancy Brown… I mean Zobral. After fixing his ship, he thanks Archer and Tucker by trying to enlist them in their fight against their oppressors.

Tucker and Archer, lost in the desert
” A coma? That sounds nice.”

In “Two Days and Two Nights” the crew FINALLY makes it to Risa! Archer and Porthos meet a woman, who turns out to by a spy. Reed and Tucker get mugged by shapeshifters. Phlox goes into hibernation only to be pulled out to care for Mayweather, who has an allergic reaction to some alien drugs. Sato has a fling with another language nerd.

Favorite Quotes:

Archer: What about the two weeks we spent in Australia? We had a great time.

Tucker: Survival training in the outback? Drinking recycled sweat and eating snake meat? That’s your idea of a great time?

Tucker has such a way with words.

“Even if I were the warrior you thought I was, that’s not why we’re out here.”: Clancy Brown is a national treasure and he really makes this episode pop. The crew keeps putting out fires, which is eventually what the Enterprise will do regularly in the future, but this one resolves heavily on Archer and Tucker and their lack of shirts. The events of “Detained” have spread through the galaxy – but this episode shows Archer has kind of learned from his past mistakes. He realizes as much as it is a cause worth fighting for, that’s not the purpose of his mission – and he really could have fucked things up for what will eventually be. T’Pol also continues to be the only adult on the crew with wisdom beyond the others. While this may be the standard “someone told us something that wasn’t true and now we’re in the thick of things” episode, you really feel for Zobral and his crew once you learn the whole story. I also really love Clancy Brown and he deserves a Porthos for every member of his crew.

“I appreciate the offer, but it would be best to keep our relationship professional.”: This episode was jam packed with all sorts of subplots. Also, the CGI was TERRIBLE.

My LEAST favorite was Archer and Porthos with the woman who turned out to want to know all about the Cabal. While it moved the macro plot along, and she had a pupper too, it was just strange and didn’t flow really well.

Reed and Tucker in ridiculous suits, on Risa
Tucker: Well, the Vulcan database said no one leaves this club unhappy.
Reed: How would the Vulcans know? They only mate once every seven years.

My next least favorite was Reed and Tucker. They were incredibly misogynistic about finding dates for the evening and they deserved everything they got. Okay – no one deserves to be mugged – but they were practically screaming that they were desperate tourists.

My second favorite subplot is Sato. I love that another being was into her because of language and it was just adorable to see them figure out how to communicate. I also enjoyed that she was so open about their relationship and wasn’t the stereotypical damsel taken advantage of.

Phlox on the floor, mostly passed out
T’POL: There’s a medical emergency.
PHLOX: Emergency? Then call the doctor.
T’POL: You’re the doctor.

My favorite subplot was Dr. Phlox. He doesn’t need to sleep very often but he finally feels like he’ll have a few days while the crew is on leave – and Mayweather has to screw it up. Both the physical comedy and the one liners are fantastically delivered, while T’Pol is there to be his “straight man”. If I had a whole episode of Phlox just floundering from being woken up prematurely – it would be wonderful. Instead, it’s only 4 hops to the beach for Porthos… poor boy.

TA Out!

ENT: “Vox Sola” and “Fallen Hero”

Date: January 12, 2022

Season 1, Episodes 22 and 23

Music Video of the Day:

“You can tell me how you just don’t fit in, and how you’re gonna be something…”

Interstellar News: Happy 2022! Life has been completely messy and stressful and overwhelming, but I think writing will help me have something to ground me. At least, that’s the hope! I’m teaching again this semester, so please send me all your warm and healthy thoughts. Professor Zoom turned 5 yesterday, so also send him all your birthday love.

TL;DR: In “Vox Sola” there’s a first contact with the Kreetassans, a language barrier, and an organism that is far from home. Sato and Mayweather get to save the day.

Sato tries to communicate with three Kreetassans
Sato: “You eat like you mate?”
Tucker: “You sure that thing’s working?”

In “Fallen Hero” the crew is introduced to the idea of Risa and T’Pol gets to meet the rather odd (by Vulcan standards) Ambassador V’Lar. After much secrecy the mission is finally revealed and the Enterprise crew helps V’Lar.

Favorite Quotes:

T’Pol: On Vulcan, we mate only once every seven years.

Tucker: That’s a hell of a dry spell.

Oh, Florida Man. You never fail me with your words.

Captain’s Orders: “If you’ve learned anything about humans, you’d know we don’t always take the most logical course of action.”

“I wouldn’t want to be taking a swim if the gravity plating went offline.”: This is another episode that shows us just how little they knew at first, and how dreadfully handy the universal translator is. The Kreetassans are offended by the crew eating in public but are satisfied by an apology that Mayweather is totally happy to give. The being that takes over some of the crew makes it look like when Frodo gets wrapped up by the spider and has an interesting side effect of their minds being linked. Too bad it’s not permanent, hehe. Porthos does his best to try to tell Archer there’s something on the ship – but no one listens, poor boy. Phlox does his doctorly duty by checking if the being is sentient and Sato does her best to communicate, trying to make up for her earlier failure. Sato and T’Pol also come to a good understanding, and I’m glad they finally had this conversation. Overall, it’s 6 “good bois” for Porthos.

Ambassador V'Lar offering to shake hands with Archer while Tucker looks on, stunned
“Commander Tucker, I understood that on your world it is considered bad manners to ask a lady her age.”

“Rule number one, you’ve got to be seen to get noticed. And I plan on getting noticed.”: This was actually a good and interesting bit of Vulcan intrigue. I love that T’Pol basically asks if the boys need sex, but clearly not from her, and that it’s the Vulcans that point out Risa as a place of relaxation. I really like V’Lar, as she has taken her position as an Ambassador to heart and used it to experience things she might not have otherwise. She makes attempts at humor, she tries different foods, and she makes sure her job is the top priority… always. I love that Admiral Forrest is a bit sarcastic, I really hope he doesn’t fall into the trope of admirals who are assholes. I also genuinely enjoyed how the ship was on the struggle bus when it tried to go to warp 5. It reminded me of the sub on Down Periscope when it almost burst. I’m also curious if the rest of the crew knows what the hell is going on, as there doesn’t seem to be a ship-wide comm system yet. This episode gets 7 stuffies for Porthos to destroy (it’s Professor Zoom’s favorite pastime, when he’s not chewing on his emotional support bone that is).

TA Out!