May 27, 2004

More on Enterprise

Now that I've had a good nights sleep, it's easier to focus on what was good from last night's season finale. The interplay between Tripp and T'Pol was as good as its been, focusing on real feelings instead of showing Vulcan ass for shock value. The relationship is still somewhat cringe worthy, but moving in a better direction. The sequence attacking the sphere was classic Trek, especially Tripp's "get the job done" mentality at the end. A special commendation should go to the makeup crew for that scene, the effect of the distortion on skin was pretty damned creepy.The scenes on the weapon were a little less convincing. Anyone who didn't realize the Reptillian captain was on board just wasn't paying attention. The fight between the big lizard and Captain Bland was okay, I did really like the way Archer took him out. There really aren't any bad spots on this episode. Hoshi has been less than convincing the last couple of episodes, but nothing that was really glaring.

Now the ending. It really reminded me of the end of Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake, and that isn't good. For those who don't know (and if you don't want to, stop reading): the battered Enterprise is carried by the (very-cool looking) Xindi Aquatic ship to the edge of our solar system, then limps home. All of Phlox's animals were agitated, that was a cool little point. Anyway, the ship enters Earth orbit, and hails Starfleet Command. No answer, so they try the Lunar base. No answer there either. Finally, T'Pol sends Trip and Mayweather down to San Francisco to investigate. They fly over San Fransisco, and mention, "everything looks normal." At that point they are attacked by 3 American Army Air Corp WWII era fighter planes. The scene shifts to a rainy field hospital staffed by Germans. The doctor leads 3 SS men, one of which can't be seen in the light to a recent patient who's been badly burned. This, of course, is Captain Bland. The doctor asks the SS men if they've seen this kind of uniform before. The third SS man steps into the light and, you guessed it, he's a hideous alien. No clue as to what kind, he's not a Xindi or Sphere-Builder, looks vaguely familiar but not really recognizable. TAt first I was really ticked off at this ending,but the more I think about it, it does set up an interesting next season. Still, this is Enterprise, and they are pretty good at screwing things up.

Posted by Frinklin at May 27, 2004 06:06 PM

Nerdy nerdy nerdy.

Posted by: ensie at May 27, 2004 09:27 PM

Yep, and I plan on passing it on to whatever children we have.

Posted by: frinklin at May 27, 2004 11:18 PM

"I hate Illinois Nazis..."

Posted by: mhking at May 31, 2004 08:05 PM
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