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73. [ENT] Damage
SCORE: (3/5 stars) So when last we left our intrepid crew (Intrepid crew! I’m gonna have to remember that for when I start reviewing Voyager, since it’s an Intrepid class vessel), they were getting five shades of hell blown out of the hull of their ship. Just when it seems like all is lost, the Reptilian ships pull out, leaving Enterprise floating through space. Most systems are...
72. [ENT] Azati Prime
SCORE: (4/5 stars) After a bit of filler as they slowly build up the season’s arc, we’re finally in it. Shit is going down, Charlie Brown. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! Expect serious cliffhangers from here on out as we ramp up to the end of the season and conclusion of the Xindi arc. They’ve...
71. [ENT] Doctor's Orders – SHORT REVIEW EDITION
SCORE: (2/5 stars) So I’m gonna do a thing where episodes that feel like filler, with no major plot significance or strong moral message, I’ll just do short reviews on. It’s not that I hate you guys, I love you, but it’s hard to MST3K something when it’s not bad, just bland. That being said, it’s the Doctor Phlox show, with special guest Porthos! While passing...
70. [ENT] Hatchery
SCORE: (2/5 stars) Today we review Hatchery. “But wait, ChronoTrek!” you say, sitting on the edge of your seat and sipping your iced raktajino. “Surely you’re mistaken, Hatchery aired after Doctor’s Orders! Aren’t you mixing up the order?” Astutely observed, my Klingon coffee connoisseur, but you’ve fallen for one of the classic blunders: never go up against a Trek nerd...
69. [ENT] Harbinger
SCORE: (3/5 stars) In this episode we have three plotlines with not a lot of crossover, so I’ll address each one separately. Trip’s practicing his Vulcan neuropressure on one of the MACOs, a female Corporal Cole. While I’m certain Trip would insist that he’s being a perfect gentleman, it’s obvious she’s interpreting it as sexual overtones, and gives him a...
68. [ENT] Stratagem – SHORT REVIEW EDITION
SCORE: (4/5 stars) [sorry about the short review, entirely my fault for not writing this until an hour before deadline] Degra, the architect of the superweapon, wakes up in a shuttle being attacked. He doesn’t know how he got there, or why he looks aged, or why his copilot is not only friendly to him, but human. And not only is he human, he’s Archer. Archer explains that...
67. [ENT] Proving Ground
SCORE: (4/5 stars) IT’S ANDORIANS AGAIN!!! When Enterprise attempts to traverse a dense pocket of anomalies, they’re nearly ripped to shreds until a tractor beam saves them. It’s Shran! He and his crew are here as a gesture of goodwill to the humans (and a rude gesture to the Vulcans), and have offered to help them stop the Xindi Superweapon! This is entirely the whole reason...
66. [ENT] Chosen Realm
SCORE: (4/5 stars) We’re a world rocked by religious violence, and it’s been increasingly notable since September 11th. Interfaith and even intrafaith conflicts create massive bloodshed and hold us back as a species. Heck, this whole Xindi plot is directly inspired by the events and aftermath of the World Trade Center destruction. So since they’re on the topic anyway,...
65. [ENT] Carpenter Street
SCORE: (3/5 stars) It’s not unusual for shows with heavy special effects, costumes, sets and makeup to run low on budget now and again. So there’s usually a few cost-cutting episodes here and there. They’re not necessarily a bad thing, some of the most creative works arise out of limitations. Sometimes though, you can get so into cost-cutting measures that the story just ends...
64. [ENT] Similitude – SHORT REVIEW EDITION
SCORE: (4/5 stars) [This will be the last short review as NaNoWriMo is now over. Regular length reviews will start back up on Sunday.] Trip makes a modification to the engines that should allow them to cruise stably at Warp 5. It works, until they fly straight into a magnetic cloud that gums up the works and causes an explosion in the engine room that puts Trip in a coma. He’s suffered a...