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ST:E, Anomaly - abates
Brilliant but slightly odd but very nice

Alden Bates
Date: 2005-12-25 18:38
Subject: ST:E, Anomaly
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Tags:enterprise
Happy Halloween!

Anomaly: After Enterprise is disabled by a spacial anomoly, another ship takes advantage of their moment of weakness.

Archer's talking to his dog again. Tsk. Something moves through the ship, throwing food items all over, and knocking Enterprise out of warp.

A moment of silence for the decent version of the theme tune. alas, it passed on before its time.

They find a deralict ship, and Archer and Reed go over with a squad of marines and find a lotta corpses. Trip tries to fix the warp drive.

Wait, that mug of coffee has been falling in slow motion since the teaser? At the speed that's travelling at, it should have hit the ground by now. Cool effect though.

Another ship turns up and teleports some people on board who nick some stuff despite attempts to stop them. Trip conks one, but the others get away and their ship leaves. Phlox reports their prisoner is not originally from the Expanse, while Trip reports that the Osarians took all their spare antimatter - Enterprise will run out within a month.

Archer interrogates the prisoner and gets an expositionary upload.

They track the Osarian ship and find an artificial planet inside a cloak. Archer and co take a shuttle in. No! you fools! It's Unicron! Once inside they search for their pilfered stuff.

Phlox treats Trip for burns and asks about his sleeping. This leads to a gag where Phlox suggests some leeches as an alternative to make Trip agree to try the Vulcan techniques again.

Hoshi finds some Xindi markings in the manifest, causing Archer to interrogate the prisoner some more. This doesn't work well, so Archer sticks him in the airlock and starts the decompression cycle.

Dude. Seriously.

The Osarians apparently have a database downloaded from a Xindi ship, which Archer now wants. They wait for the Osarian ship to come back and attack and pursue. Hoshi hacks into their computer, but the cloaking field disrupts their systems and they have to drop back out.

They lure the Osarians back in, and engage them while Hoshi downloads data. Once she gets 90% of it, Reed disables their ship. They drop the prisoner off in the sphere and continue on their way.

Archer runs up the Xindi database to take a look at. Teh end.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2005-12-25 10:15 (UTC)
Subject: Jeff's View
An important episode, which sets up two major plot arcs over the season. Sadly, one goes nowhere, which makes me wonder why they bothered. The FX on all fronts is top notch, especially (as you say) that frozen coffee mug. Well, Archer suddenly becomes a cold-blooded psychopath, in the famous airlock torture scene. While Archer's reasons could perhaps be understood if he'd been like this to some extent since we first met him, his instant coversion to Mr Torture Guy just rings false. While the scene's dramatic and attention-getting, the latter factor is what is wrong with the whole idea. Torture is not consistent with Archer's character, even taking into account the emotional trauma of the 9/11 Xindi attack and the desperation of the mission the NX-01 is on, and the act just yells 'Attention getting moment'. We have never been given any indication before that Archer would even bluff with an enemy like that. It just doesn't fit, any more than the other notorious misdeed Archer commits later in the season does. And I refuse to believe this was Trek's way of showing that the good guys are bastards sometimes too, because Berman Trek is staunchly conservative and would never criticise the US's behaviour in Iraq, even in allegory. I like the Spheres, but they are waaaay too easy to get into. The show coulda spent a good coupla eps showing us how our heroes managed to unlock the hatch, but that might've been interesting. So, instead, they just blow it open like idiots. Lucky the hatch wasn't booby trapped to detonate the sphere if damaged, you cretins. Despite these gripes, Anomaly's an OK ep. Doe anyone care what I say? I'll stop if it's boring y'all. I'm not trying to sound snippy, I genuinely don't wanna be a bore.
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2005-12-25 10:39 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Jeff's View
You're not boring me. :)
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