Interstellar News: Today was another incredibly busy day at work. I had a doctor’s appointment this morning and then went into the office for two virtual meetings and about 50+ emails. I’m close to being at the end of busy season, and it feels good. During dinner we watched Hocus Pocus, as I’ll be on a panel tomorrow evening dedicated to its anniversary.
TL;DR: The crew encounters a planet that has broken its orbit. It also happens to be the once-every-four-years hunting ground of the Eska (who are sort of like Hirogen or the aliens from “Captive Pursuit“). As they share a meal, Archer keeps seeing a beautiful woman. The “animals” the Eska are hunting are telepathic shapeshifters and they reach out to Archer for help. With the help of Dr. Phlox, Archer deploys something so the creatures can’t be found by the Eska any longer.
Archer : Do Vulcan captains have their portraits hanging at the High Command?
T’Pol: Vulcans are revered for their accomplishments, not for the way they look.
Tucker: Except for the really important ones, who get mummified.
Archer is uncomfortable having his portrait commissioned.
“What are the chances you’d encounter a half-naked woman who you think you know dozens of light years from your home world?”: This was an interesting episode. In reading back through my “Captive Pursuit” post, Sisko was stuck behind the Prime Directive and couldn’t do much. Here, Archer has no such directive but he’s also trying to make friends and not enemies. It doesn’t take more than a minute to realize the hunted are sentient and that the Eska are being less than truthful – but the crew still helps where they can. Dr. Phlox is always on top of things and he’s so very compassionate. I did love the bit at the top where Tucker and Reed were comparing their merit badges in the dorkiest dick-measuring contest ever. This episode doesn’t leave much of an impression on me, though. It’s a cool bit of technobabble with a planet that’s no longer in orbit, and it’s interesting to meet a new species and have them discuss their traditions with the Enterprise, but it’s just some naked woman running through the woods and Archer being absolutely un-captainly running after her. I think that means it’s only 5 stuffies for Porthos to look longingly at, but can never destroy.
Interstellar News: It was an incredibly busy day at work. I’m so thankful the husband person took Monday off and did all of the laundry – because there was no time to do anything but put out fires all day. I managed to watch TWO episodes of Enterprise, though I barely have anything left to offer for today… so today’s post is going to be short.
TL;DR: The Enterprise encounters a ship of hippie Vulcans who do not repress their emotions and are not vegetarians. Tucker and Kov, their engineer, get along fine – asking each other questions about the other’s race – but Kov’s father is dying and wants to talk to him one more time. Archer encourages T’Pol to keep an open mind. She spends a lot of time with Tolaris who winds up physically and mentally assaulting her and Archer. The Vulcans leave and nothing bad happens to them… sigh.
Tucker: “You probably don’t know this, but regret is one of the strongest emotions and one of the saddest. I have a feeling you haven’t had a brush with it yet, but it sounds to me like you’re pretty close. That’s something you might want to avoid.”
Tucker imparting some wisdom on Kov.
“Just because they smile and eat chicken doesn’t mean they’ve learned to master their emotions.”: I absolutely hate how there’s once again an episode where a female crew member is somehow assaulted and there’s no justice, no punishment, and no sign of any consequences. The bit about Tucker and Kov is wonderful, as well as the “lesson” on regret… but it’s all spoiled by the dude who can’t keep his mind in his meld. Dr. Phlox, at least, gives wonderful advice when he tells T’Pol to ease into things that these folks have been at for years. It was advice that she should have told to Tolaris, not that he would listen. But nothing bad happens to Tolaris and even Archer just gets thrown into a locker for his trouble. Such absolute bullshit. No treats for Porthos on this episode, it’s just one more bad assault episode that I won’t rewatch.
Interstellar News: Last week my cousin passed away, very unexpectedly, at the age of 31. She leaves behind my aunt, her fiance, and her three children… not to mention all of us other cousins and my other aunts and uncle and so on. Between her passing, the celebration of life we had over the weekend, and just general work craziness – I haven’t been that great about watching Trek or updating my blog.
Life is too short and this is something I wanted to finish last year. I need to stop putting it off or letting things get in the way of something I very much would like to see come to a conclusion. So tomorrow I will do my ever best to watch at least one episode a night and post about it, like I did for almost all of 2020 and parts of this year. I am determined to end this year the way I wanted to end last year, with the Bad Robot trilogy. Thank you for being with me along this ride.
Anyway – if you want to help, here’s how you can:
Spend more time with your friends and family – and tell them how you feel
Interstellar News: Today began with some bad family news. It rained very hard almost all day and I feel like I wrote about 1000 emails just today. Not a great start to the week. I’m sure you never read any of these posts, but this one is for you Melissa. I hope you are at peace and have reconnected with your father and my mother, as well as our cherished grandparents.
TL;DR: Reed and Tucker return early to find Enterprise destroyed, except they really just took on some damage and are helping the Tesnians get home. Reed and Tucker are running out of air, so Reed ties up “loose ends” while Tucker tries to figure out how to get them out of this mess. They argue, get drunk on bourbon, almost freeze to death, and blow up their engine just in case someone is out there looking for them. Eventually, they wake up in sick bay.
Reed: What would you know about being a hero? It takes nothing but a coward to crawl up inside a hole to die.
Tucker: Then go ahead and shoot me, but you better hope we don’t make it, because if we survive the first thing I’m going to do is bust your ass back to Crewman Second Class for insubordination.
Reed: Be my guest. I could use a little less responsibility. Now, get down here.
The absolute sass of Tucker and Reed!
“I don’t suppose you have a sextant handy.” “I left it with my slide rule.”: This episode boils down to The Odd Couple— in space! Tucker is an engineer and doesn’t believe in giving up. He’s constantly trying to work on the problem at hand, which is at odds with Reed who is both pessimistic and practical. He’s already analyzed it and feels he shouldn’t waste time, so it’s better to dictate letters home and get his affairs in order. How many times do people get to know when they’re going to die? It’s very Vulcan of him and annoys Tucker to no end. I think their arguing went on for too long and I just was bored of it after the first few minutes. My favorite parts were when they worked together – using mashed potatoes to plug a hole or getting wasted on booze. Reed’s dream about T’Pol was also interesting, not sure if that will be important later or if they’re all drooling over her because she’s in “that outfit” and they all see Sato as their little sister. Anyway, I give it a nice 4 mile hike for Porthos — gotta work off that cheese buddy!
Interstellar News: Two posts in a row? What craziness is this?
TL;DR: Starfleet and the Vulcans discuss “The Andorian Incident” and relay to Archer that P’Jem has been destroyed. T’Pol is going to be reassigned so she and Archer go on one last mission to Coridan, only they’re kidnapped on the way there. The Andorians help Tucker and Reed save Archer and T’Pol… but T’Pol winds up saving the life of another Vulcan named Sopek. Archer asks Sopek to intervene so T’Pol can stay, given that she’s also hurt, and he agrees.
Archer: You made quite an impression on Sopek. I’ve got a feeling he’s going to talk to the High Command about that transfer order. I’d say the odds are pretty good you’re going to be with us for a while longer.
T’Pol: You should have consulted me first.
Archer: It’s probably not too late if you want to catch up to him.
T’Pol: That won’t be possible. Leaving Sickbay would violate my doctor’s orders.
On one hand I love how literal T’Pol is, on the other hand Archer should have consulted her first.
“I’m getting real sick of being cut off.”: I both love and hate this episode. I love that the Andorians are back. I love that the crew of the Enterprise are facing consequences for their actions. Phlox continues to be an amazing doctor and T’Pol is finally getting her footing as a Vulcan. It was fantastic to see the Andorians working together with Reed and Tucker, as all four of them were trying to stick it to the Vulcans in their own way. T’Pol and Archer work together and then there’s a ton of weird sexual tension that doesn’t need to be there. Where this episode completely makes me unhappy is ARCHER CARRYING T’POL LIKE SHE’S A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS. Come on! Everything was going great and then they had to treat her like a girl, not even a woman. Ugh! No treat-os for Porthos (which means no made up rating for you all)!