Enterprise "The Communicator" (Spoilers maybe)

For sure, there’s no Federation yet, tho. The season premier showed us that for a fact.

I guess I’m the only one online right now. Rats! I’ll just go look at koala porn for a while, check back later…

I don’t know, a couple things really bothered me about it.

  1. Man, it’s a friggin’ radio, it’s not like it has the entire technical layout of a warp engine, or the history of Earth in it.
  2. Once the alien military figured out that they were aliens they should’ve admitted to it, instead of making up some insane story. “We’re immune to biological and chemical weapons. We also heal faster.” “Ok, take that one and gas him, and take that one and slice him open.” OR “Yes, you’re right, we’re aliens, give us our stuff and we’ll leave, if you don’t our people will fly down here, attack, and get us.”

I’m trying really hard to like this show, but when the episodes could be resolved in the first 10 minutes if the characters weren’t just being stupid I find it really hard to enjoy. A length of string is all it would take to prevent losing your stuff on alien plants. STRING!

Koala porn?
You’re watching Southpark, right?

Spudo, in A Piece of the Action (TOS), they explained that communicators, transporters, replicators, and warp engines were all part of the same basic technological breakthrough. Figuring out one would lead to all of it.

They are exploring the startup of the Federation, so they featured the Prime Directive this week. There usually isn’t a whole show devoted to something, be it cloaks, replicators or holodecks. It’s an effort to connect the program to the other Star Trek series.

Southpark beats both shows this week.
Damn. Kick ass!

I liked this one, particularly because Archer has something to worry him at the end. I wondered about using the transporter, though, too, the whole time. Why not beam everything and everyone up? Or would that have caused too much of a ruckus or begun a cult or something?

Was Malcolm sporting a new haircut? He and the Cap’n looked rather Neanderthal with those forehead appliances on.

In "later " Trek incarnations, don’t our Feds give various reasons as to why they can’t or won’t use a cloaking device? If so, then how can Archer and co. have this one? I’m guessing they’ll be forced to give it up later, or it’ll be destroyed somehow.

NoClueBoy : The pre-warp military folks are very familiar. They’re kind of like 20th/21st century Earth folks, so far.

Cutler–you remember her; she kinda looks like Bjork-- and Phlox burned up the screen when they engaged in a passionate moment of weakness in a conduit when no one else was around!
Whew…

A nitpick: When T’Pol hailed Captain Archer and the general heard it, shouldn’t it have just been alien gobbledegook to him? Still, a definite improvement over recent weeks. Star Trek in all incarnations has always had the whole alien languages thing hopelessly screwed up.

And yeah, I think they did far worse cultural damage than if they’d just said “Yes, we’re aliens from another star system”. It wasn’t like these people weren’t clearly already at the technological and scientific level to begin speculating about extra-whatever-ials and interstellar travel on there own–they already knew enough to know there were no other inhabitable planets in their system*, and the concept of alien life was clearly not foreign to them (heck, they were probably already writing about such things in their local equivalent of a “magazine” with some title like Unbelievable Fantastic Stories of Outer Space and Super Science, complete with garish covers featuring local beetle-browed women in scanty outfits being menaced by alien monsters and runaway robots). As it was, they may have caused a major war down there by inflaming an already tense situation. Thinking about it, I’m not sure if that’s a criticism of the episode, or a criticism of the decision made by the character of the captain. In defense of the episode (if you see what I mean), people do make bad decisions in life or death situations, and at the end they implied that Archer may have realized he might not have gone the best route.

*Which is more than we had figured out at a comparable level of technological development (roughly right around World War II or just before, though with jet aircraft technology a bit ahead of where we were in the immediately pre-atomic era, since at the time we first developed atomic weapons jet aircraft were still pretty experimental, but seemed to be in regular deployment on their planet). Perhaps their system has no nice Mars-like near-miss world or perpetually cloud-covered Venus to fool them into getting their hopes up.

I had a few problems with this episode.

  1. Trasporters! They could have tried to use them or did they really think sending an invisible ship int the middle of the courtyeard and blasting away with phasers was less intrusive and shocking to the population?

  2. What was with the phaser sound effects when the fighters were persueing them. I expected teh sound of bullets firing. These guys seemed geniunly surprised by the particle weapon which they went out of their way to claim was only theoretical.

3)The convient return of the Suliban craft. Gee it was just sitting in a cargo bay all that time!!! Since “We rescued Klang” according to Tripp. You mean they had that since this pilot episode?

How many times could they have used that craft or its technology to resolve past episodes? Now it convieniently returns for this one. Will it be used instead of the Shuttlepod from now on? Seems to me that a craft with a cloak and can take more of a beating would be a better asset to use now that they fixed the bugs. Who wants to bet it won’t show up again until its convienent?

  1. They closed off possible stories in the future. By having them adhere to a basic Prime directive they don’t give the future seasons any potential stories in which they screw up the development of a planet without thought, meaning to do well and end up messing up the works. They need a gradual learning curve not an instant one!

This is the beginning, we know for a fact the Horizon will end up going to Iotia and giving radio technology and technical manuals (A Piece of the Action). They will land amongst them and it will happen after the Federation is formed (Note the Iotians always refered to them as Feds.) Now are we to believe that Archer and crew were more noble or smarter than later crews.

For Drama to work they have to make blunders and learn from the mistakes, what mistakes will they create if they already have a pseudo Prime Directive.
An ok Episiode with some sloppy writing which can really hurt future episodes.

But they DID screw with that planet’s developement! They planted the ideas of
(1) genetic enhancement
(2) energy weapons
(3) cloaking or stealth technology
(4) the existence of aliens (did none of those paranoid unethical guys notice T’Pol’s ears? Their surveillence cameras did, provided they have them)
(5) whatever they were able to glean from the communicators during the short time they had them.

Quite alot of contamination if you ask me.

And don’t forget this:

BTW, who was in charge of Enterprise while every major character 'cept Hoshi babe and Doc Galaxy were on planet?

BTW, who was in charge of Enterprise while every major character 'cept Hoshi babe and Doc Galaxy were on planet?

Chef.

“Transport those little crackers up before they hurt somebody!”

Phlox is probably ahead of Hoshi in the chain of command.

No, Hoshi is a commissioned line officer (if only a lowly Ensign) but Phlox is just a staff officer (if that, I don’t think he’s actually commissioned).

So it’s all Hoshi, baby! Bring on the Wasabi and soy sauce! I’m getting me some Japanese!

I made the mistake of watching Enterprise before West Wing again tonight. There were more good lines and more excitement in the pre-commercial teaser for West Wing than there were in the entire episode of Enterprise.

This sucks. Why in the world are they airing such a badly-written show when there are thousands of people the world over dying to write for them? How can they take a capture/interrogation/prison break story and make it boring?

They’ve got a capable cast, good sets, and a good special effects department, and this is all they can think of to do with it? Weak plotlines that barely even seem to interest the earnest, if somewhat dumb, characters.

Time for the producers to fire the writers, all of them, and start taking spec scripts. Maybe then we’d see a spark of originality out of this series.

<sigh>

Yes, fire all the writers, better yet, cancel the show - too much violation of the Canonical Directive. Can’t have that. There’s the Bible, the Koran, and TOS.

INFIDELS !

Anyhow,

My Take ™

Another Fine Episode ! ™

  • A great shoot-em-up at the end, even though they didn’t need Hoshi, and we’ve seen she’s quite the riflewoman, and a helluva Bat Catcher.

  • Somewhat lacking in sex this time, although it seemed they were setting us up for some good gratuitous Decon Action at the beginning. (I bet West Wing doesn’t have a decon chamber)

  • T’Pau continues to evolve her eyebrow technique - there is no doubt left in my mind she will be shown to be an ancestor of Spock, who brought the raised eyebrow to high art.

Hmmm what Else… ™

  • Oh - of course they couldn’t use the transporters, as that would contaminate the culture. Although it would have been cool to see them beam out of a hangman’s noose, it would have been even better if they shot the rope out with a phase pistol, just like Clint
    Eastwood did. Hoshi could have done it, no doubt.

  • If I had a cloaked arm, I’d go around and give everyone the finger.

I liked this episode a heck of a lot more than the previous two, simply because it didn’t have a “clean” ending. The fact that they screwed up badly and ran away, leaving a huge mess behind, is a significant improvement over the previous neat-and-tidy climaxes.

Still, the writing throughout has been rather pedestrian. I hate to keep comparing it to “Firefly,” which has some of the best writing on television right now, but I can’t help it.

For example: If a character on “Firefly” had somehow managed to cloak part of his arm, I’d expect something better than just “put a glove on it.” Specifically, I suggest the rest of the characters would make a point of standing on the other side of him so they wouldn’t have to be creeped out by the cross-section. “No, dude, don’t turn around! Keep your arm pointed away. All those muscles and blood and stuff, that’s gross. Ewww.”

And once again, I felt bad for the guy playing Mayweather. Didja notice, during the last getaway at the end, when Archer was starting to panic, and Malcolm holds up a thingie and says, “are you looking for this,” the Mayweather character’s sole reaction is to smile faintly and make a tiny shake of the head: oh, what a wacky guy, that Malcolm. Okay, back to driving the pod and sitting as still as a piece of furniture.

Gripe, gripe, gripe.

In a perfect world, this episode will be the beginning of the long arc that leads to the Prime Directive. If I were the producer, I’d have them go back to this planet in the third season, and realize just how significant their negative impact really was. The militaristic culture, thinking the Alliance is leaping ahead technologically, decided they have to attack now before there’s no hope. Of course, the Alliance had no such technology, and it was an unmitigated slaughter; the result is a spiral into unrestrained bloodshed and global chaos. Archer and the rest of the crew realize the magnitude of their mistake, and try to intervene, but of course they’d just make things even worse, and inadvertently cause the deaths of millions. Agony and introspection follows, and a painful realignment of priorities resonates throughout the rest of the show. The overarching theme, then, becomes the maturation of the human species.

Dark? Yes. Just the kick in the ass this show needs? I think so.

But way too ballsy for this blandly predictable franchise? No doubt.

15 years.

Nice “escape” scene-- I was waiting for the black van to come crashing through some boxes.

Let’s see. Villians that get to be really stupid and incredibility poor shots ten minutes prior to the end of the show. Check.

Heros are perfect shots- but no one dies. Check.

Car hits trash cans and does one of those half flips. Nope.

Thousands of rounds expended from enemy machine guns to no end- except some sparks here and there. Check.

Guards who cannot actually “guard” anything. Check.

Last minute flaw in plan, which is fixed “in the nick of time” Check.

Attempt at humor after the rescue. Archer patting his jacket in this case. Check.

Moral lesson shoved down our throat in the most heavy handed manner possible. Check.

Barely believable disguises which fail (prior to the last ten minute lobotomy rule), leading to eventual capture. Check.

Mr. T. pitying some fool. Nope.

So close-- just 2 questions away. But, the season is not over yet.

Another stinker-- 3.5 out of 10. :mad:

Bad guys as bad shots; see also Andromeda.
They should’ve winged somebody.

Last minute flaw in plan; that’s drama, Dude. It also might prevent using the Sulliban ship every episode or as a quick fix. I hope so, at any rate.

I didn’t think the moral lesson was shoved anywhere. I thought it somewhat ambiguous. One hopes this is about developing the prime directive during the run of the series.

Better than Spock’s Brain, worse than The City On The Edge Of Forever.

Why were they worried about the aliens seeing cloaking technology when the aliens managed to cloak an entire CITY? :slight_smile:

Seriously, when Hoshi was trying to find the lost communicator, the map on her screen was of a dense city laid out on a grid pattern. When they showed the military base on the map, it was clearly also in a city – it was in the middle of one block, surrounded in all directions by other built-up blocks. (In fact, I thought at that point that the men in green were cops and not soldiers, and the building was just a regular police station.) They even had Hoshi SAY there were over 100,000 people in that part of the city (and that they could have taken a train there from the bar where they lost the communicator). And IIRC the alien general referred at least once to “this city”.

But when they actually showed the military compound as the rescue party approached in the Suliban pod, there were mountains some distance away and strictly fields of grass inbetween! WTF?!? :confused: The budget was too short to draw in a few buildings around the compound?!? You don’t have to draw an entire city to give the impression of being IN a city, for pete’s sake!

A minor point – dare I say a nitpick – but if they can’t be consistent even WITHIN an episode, then…