Something smells familiar.
Vulcans have a very acute sense of smell - we should ask T'Pol if the
recent relationship development between Commander Tucker and Malcolm Reed
smells like something we've seen on Star Trek before.
Being that she's
a thoughtful Vulcan, she'd tell us that good stories are built on conflict
and relationships between characters. But then, maybe, she'd look in
her Vulcan database and remember the oddly familiar relationship between
the engineer and the doctor on Deep Space Nine. Of course, the
producers can't create a Trek show without there being similarities.
This is a spin off, after all. Things like space aliens, computers going
haywire and green skinned sex slaves are going to come up. And even
some individual episodes are going to reflect earlier shows. But Shuttle
Pod One could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship, just
like on DS9. The engineer O'Brien HATED Dr. Bashir in the first
season, and by the last episode they were crying into their synth-ale
about having to be away from each other.
"Oh, I'll miss
you ever so much Dr. Bashir - how will I play holo-Alamo without you!?"
Now this could
be a miss prediction. Much like the Vulcan data bases, it's supported
by a weak theory. But by the end of this episode, Trip and Malcolm were
calling each other friends and drinking a healthy dose of bourbon -
which makes for the best space buddies.
Another week has
gone by, and of course another time we've seen T'Pol dancing around
as a Vulcan sex symbol. But this week she kept her breasts out of the
captain's face. And that's about as much character development we got
from the rest of the crew. Sure, Trip and Reed chatted about how everyone
is doing on the Enterprise, and everyone got at least one line on camera.
But it probably
wasn't worth the six hour round trip to the make up chair for John Billingsley
to be transformed into Dr. Phlox and say two lines. Then again, he's
on national TV, as an alien super star, does he really care if he had
to have six hours in a chair for two hours worth of work? Probably not.
And better still, he didn't have to put his breasts in anyone's face.
Well, at least not ON camera. Not to say that Billingsley has put his
breasts in anyone's face to get a job - not that he has breasts -