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

Alden Bates
Date: 2006-01-04 18:41
Subject: ST:E, Harbinger
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Tags:enterprise
Harbinger: Enterprise rescues an alien from an anomoly/Trip has a massage porn affair with a MACO/Reed and Hayes have a dispute.

Previously on Enterprise, season 3 happened. Trip is cheating on T'Pol by having massage sex with one of the marines, Corporal Cole. Then they snog and she promises sex next time.

That pre-credits teaser gave little indication about what's actually going to happen in the episode, apart from possibly a b-plot involving a love triangle and/or sexings.

Archer tells Reed that Major Hayes wants to train Reed's security. Reed's sceptical that he can learn anything from the MACOs.

Phlox tells T'Pol that Trip is giving Vulcan neuropressure to Cole. So this episode's going to be Reed/Hayes conflict and T'Pol being jealous? Hayes and Reed argue for a bit and decide on Tuesdays and Fridays for the training sessions.

Meanwhile Mayweather complains that the stars keep moving. T'Pol says there's a gravational disturbance, which turns out to be a huge blobby anomoly (they're visible now?!) with a wee bullet-shaped spaceship trapped in it. When they extract the other ship, but not before a dunking. Inside the rescued ship, they find an alien in some life support device. The alien is quite irritated at being rescued and demands to be taken back to his ship.

There's a MACO training session, which leads trip and Cole to makeout fighting, which makes T'Pol jealous. Mayweather gets beaten up a bit. Hayes is annoyed when Reed stops the training session because Mayweather's bleeding.

T'Pol talks to Trip re the neuropressure he's doing on Cole, and suggests he use a bit more discretion. Then they find out some more technobabble about what the alien was doing.

Cole goes to T'Pol for massage sex and reveals she and Trip grew up in the same part of Florida. Funny, she doesn't have the same accent.

Hayes shows Reed up at target practice and Reed looks embarressed. Trip suggests they declare a truce, and Reed enquires about Trip and Cole and whether there's anything going on.

In the B-plot, the alien tells Archer he comes from a "transdimensional realm". He was a prisoner given his freedom if he took part in an experiment. Also, he start fading out of existence.

Trip has another massage porn session with T'Pol and suggests she's jealous of him and Cole. Then she tells him Sim told her he fancied her. After Trip gets mighty confused by the conversation, T'Pol snogs him and then they have sexings.

Meanwhile, in the B-plot, the alien attacks Phlox and then starts wandering through walls.

In, er, this must be the C-plot, Reed and Hayes have a testosterone matchfight. Hayes wins, but then the fight spills out into the corridor. It's fortunately interrupted by a tactical alert.

They pursue the alien, who heads for engineering and sticks his arm in the warp core. Er, is it safe to fire weapons so close to the engine? Reed does something to the magnetic containment which zaps the alien.

Trip and T'Pol have post-sexing, post-alien discussion. T'Pol claims it in was in the name of research. Riiiigght.

Archer tells Reed and Hayes off for fighting and tells them to settle.

Archer returns to sick bay and interrogates the alien some more, who says something about Xindi and then vanishes. Teh end.

Three plots! For when two don't generate enough material!
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2006-01-05 08:39 (UTC)
Subject: Jeff's View
What a truly awful episode. The 'mystery alien' plot thread aside, there is nothing of note here at all. The Reed/Hayes subplot is a painfully obvious way to artificially create tension and character conflict where none should exist. There's no reason (either in terms of narrative or simple logic) why Reed reacts the way that does, and he simply comes across as a childish, paranoid bully. Not a very good look for one of the show's main characters, to say the least. We don't want them to be 'always get along with everybody' cyphers (as Travis and Hoshi are), but we also don't want them to be completely unlikable! The scene where Archer rages at the duo to grow the hell up is well played, but I fail to see what Hayes did to justify the captain's anger. Hayes showed extreme restraint with Reed, and I think we all felt relieved when he finally belted the nasty little shit. The idiotic massage/sex triangle plot strand is beneath contempt. Nuff said.
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