still pushing this whole "Enterprise event"
thing. Each week the title of the episode is called an "event."
that clever, and it kind of cheapens the episodes that are
actually events. Like season finales, anniversary episodes,
or when T'Pol finally gets it on with the captain (mmm...bad
jazz fusion in the 22nd Century).
was billed as "Enterprise event: The Breach."
The title refers to an alien ship's damaged warp core that
causes some problems on Enterprise. It really has nothing
to do with the episode - I guess metaphorically it created
some "breaches" within the characters, but here
are some titles that would work better
event: Preconceptions Are Bad
event: Preachy Captains In Space
event: Humans Bully Aliens Around
event: Still Ain't Gettin' No Vulcan Love
the best would be something like "Enterprise."
No event or special name because this wasn't a very special
off the bat they confuse the continuity of the Star Trek
timeline, when the Denobulan doctor produces a Tribble,
and explains their procreation habits. "The Trouble
with Tribbles" is probably the most famous episode
of Star Trek EVER. They spend the entire episode trying
to figure out how these crazy furballs are reproducing.
But if the doctor knew all about them a century earlier
then apparently Bones didn't need to do any examinations;
he just liked cutting into cute furry things.
nitpicking. Let's talk about some of the bigger problems.
Captain Archer for example. Dr. Phlox's patient, an Antaran,
refuses treatment from the doctor, because their races have
"serious bad blood." Some war between them three
hundred years before still burns between their people. Dr.
Phlox is an opened minded fellow, but his patient would
rather die than have an evil Denobulan touch his body.
to his medical ethics, Dr. Phlox won't treat any patient
who doesn't want to be treated. But Captain Archer insists
that if a patient can be helped, then he will be helped
- or the doctor will be removed.
Captain forces his ethics onto an alien race. Yes, it's
his doctor, and yes, in the end everything worked out for
the best. But can a captain go around shoving his beliefs
onto everyone? Apparently so, because when his crew on the
surface receives some heat from a neighboring battle he
informs the planet's governor that if they don't back down,
he'll start a war.
yes, the Captain should protect his crew. But an alien government
has the right to fight its own wars. It's their planet.
so maybe that's a 24th century rule, something Picard would
consider. And Enterprise is a show about the pre-Federation
days of mankind's fictional history.
there are some ethical questions that should come to the
same conclusion regardless of what century.
inside the planet's crust Trip, Mayweather and Reed spelunk
to find three Denobulan scientists. Risking their lives,
and a political catastrophe, Trip and crew reach the scientists,
only to find they don't want to leave. Their research is
more important to them. Yes, it was Trip's orders to crawl
through the alien caves, but he does not have the right
to bully these scientists into leaving their life's work.
the message here? That his three day mission is more important
than their six week's research? And just like Archer, Trip
threatens to use violence to solve the situation. He would
rather hog-tie the Denobulans and drag them to the surface
than leave them to their work. Just how moral is that?
this week's "event" was a display of how humanity
must assert itself into the galactic community in order
to be heard. After all, in just a hundred years, all the
neighboring worlds will pledge alliance to a government
founded on Earth by Earthlings. They've got some work to
week's event takes us to the bizarre world of gender. On
The Next Generation we met a race of unisex people.
Next week we'll meet a trisexual people. And of course Trip
will get involved. He's already been pregnant, why not put
him in an out of this world menage a trois?