The spacial distortions of the Delphic Expanse, and the pirates who prey on distortion victims,
take the limelight in this episode. Overall, this is a much more even and satisfying episode than
the previous one.
The cast has shifted around a bit more, with only one recurring marine carrying over from the
last episode... not that he was a memorable one, and I still don't remember his name. The inconsistency
here is baffling.
On the plus side, we get to discover our first sphere here. More will come of those later,
On the down side, Archer makes good on his promise to do whatever it takes to complete this
mission, and today he decides it takes torturing a captive for information. Blaahhh!!!!
I don't know why TV executives think we want to tune in for that. A Star Trek audience in
particular has tastes of a higher standard. And this is another big nail in the coffin for
setting a series before the time of Kirk and Picard and all the other series. We end up
watching Archer and crew struggle to achieve the primitive 1960's philosophies of Kirk and company,
instead of advancing the Picard-era philosophies into new territory and actually working
to help Mankind better itself, in step with its audience. Star Trek lost too much of its
vital philosophical essence. Though this loss may have been an accidental process during
Deep Space Nine and Voyager, the time period of Enterprise kind of institutionalized it.
Well, if you've made it this far, it becomes clear that Enterprise's latest mission isn't
one that will get wrapped up in a tidy bow in just a few episodes. This plot and its intrigue
are here for the long haul, and developments can and will occur weekly. It's a more successful
formula for modern television, and Trek had finally seen the wisdom of getting on the bandwagon.
Though the next episode "Extinction" will be one of the most irrelevant stinkers that was
ever produced on Enterprise, good and important episodes will continue to get interspersed
with the lesser ones, and quality and relevance will rise to a nice high level by the time
we get to the latter half of the season....
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