And like I said, "Enterprise" really needed to give us a big story we'd never heard about, with races we would need to discover, so that the audience and the protagonists could finally be on the same page, rooting for answers and discoveries together. And to any fan who wants to point to "Carpenter Street" , I will point to "Azati Prime" and my review of it in rebuttal. As for how this all ends, interpretation amongst fans seems to have run rampant before all the facts came in, but we'll get to that part when we get to it Even with all the Xindi and Klingon politics going on, the episode also brings us Sillick and his mystery informant from the future - the first appearance of them that I'd seen since season two began.
Even though they only inhabit one short sequence, we do thankfully see something new here.
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Archer formally meets the mystery man, they converse, and new information is brought forth. This is the very thing that "Shockwave" didn't do. And once done here, we waste no more time on this bunch, and move on to our many other areas of interest. We don't, however, learn who this future guy is.
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I found it hard to believe that such a mystery was being dragged out for more than two seasons At best, it now seems like the future guy is simply meant to be a hidden power wielder and string puller, like the original idea behind the smoking man on the X-Files, only his latest manipulation is designed to help Archer rather than hurt him, so sides appear to have changed here, at least temporarily.
He rattles off some stuff about how events are not going the way he thinks they should anymore, as though his present has magically changed, or something It's not convincing, but thankfully it doesn't really have to be to make this story work. Perhaps it no longer matters what his temporal perspective might be.
This story is firmly rooted in Archer's present, with no time travel truly evident anywhere in it, and the story is better off for it. Without knowing mysterio's identity or future situation, there's no reason to try to invest in his motives. Our real motivation comes from having seen real places like Florida, Cuba, and Venezuela devastated, while Trip is asked to be a much more wounded character than his usual affable self.
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All this is grounded in Enterprise NX's present day, and these are better, more tangible stakes. I do enjoy all the scenes with Forrest and Sevol, and with Archer and T'Pol actually able to stand next to them in a room and have scenes together, outside of flashbacks. T'Pol's situation on Enterprise is examined from several angles today, including comparison with Phlox, all of which was fairly satisfying.
Some of the conflict does seem artificially forced though.
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The Vulcans seem to want to champion doubt against any proactive steps that Humans want to take to solve their problems, instead of a reasonable course of confident diplomatic conflict-resolving stances. Equally, Archer and Trip seem to be foreshadowing a kind of aggressive stance which is philosophically far less ideal or palatable than what most Star Trek audiences are accustomed to from their captains and crews. Arguably, perhaps there should be room for that in this time period, but it just doesn't manage to feel natural or smart under the Braga-Berman pen.
And the fourth and final season of Enterprise , with its peek at the origins of the United Federation of Planets, was possibly the most entertaining and well written of the four. And with good reason. The episode was one of the best of the first two seasons and really gave the cast a chance to stretch their acting muscles a bit, Scott Bakula in particular. To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
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