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Enterprise review: "Fortunate Son".
(Episode 10)

Reviewed by Richard Whettestone.
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THE PREMISE: Enterprise is dispatched by Starfleet to assist the cargo vessel Fortunate, which has been attacked by Nausicaan pirates. After fixing their ship, Enterprise discovers the acting Captain of the cargo ship is hiding a Nausicaan they have captured, and now intends to attack the Nausicaans head on.

"Fortunate Son"
Written by James Duff.


Nausicaan Because if we told you how bad the episode would really be, you wouldn't have watched it.

The previews made it look like there was going to be some confrontation between Mayweather and Archer, yet none existed in the episode.

It's nice to see the Star Trek's tradition of misleading previews being used to trick the viewers into thinking stuff was going to happen that didn't is still standard procedure on the new series.


Admiral
Captain Archer, we've lost contact with our talented writers. We want you to look for them.

Besides the fact the Teaser was a dud, how did they manage to capture a Nausicaan? The Naussicaans obviously had to board the freighter. The Naussicaans were so adamant in retrieving their man, yet they managed to lose him to begin with? Phlox said there were no bodies outside the ship, but there was Nausicaan debris.

Although it would have destroyed the suspense by revealing the mystery upfront (something that "The Andorian Incident" did in their Teaser), all of this would have made a great action sequence, and would have answered some questions. Instead we get a dud Teaser with some guys who we never saw before playing football.

Whatever.


Hoshi Sato
Sir, our Scanners indicate low ratings ahead.

The Enterprise's scanners are powerful enough to detect the Nausicaan boarding party on the Fortunate, capable of detecting phaser fire between the two parties, capable of detecting the Nausicaan's weapons are weaker than Enterprise's and capable of telling that the occupants of the detached cargo pod were the Enterprise Away Team.

But yet these miracle Scanners couldn't detect the single Nausicaan on the cargo ship to begin with? T'Pol had to wait until she was several rooms away before she detected him.

Even after they talked about the number of Fortunate crewmembers being larger than expected because of children, they never bothered to take a scan. Even after they had the problems of the Andorians in "The Andorian Incident" which caused Reed to insist that using the scanners on arrival of each new location should have been standard procedure, they still don't do it. They're all stupid.


Hamburger I haven't eaten good food in so long, I'm not going to eat yours either.

Travis and Ryan Cross sit down and eat such great food that they don't have on the Fortunate, yet after some words are spoken between the two, Ryan leaves after only taking a few bites.

Whatever. Maybe T'Pol can eat it, since we never did find out if she ate that Pecan Pie from "Breaking the Ice".

And if Travis ate this bagged freighter food all his life, why did he have to think for so long to remember what they called the "mystery meal" food.


Mayweather Boomer = Stupid.

We like to travel at incredibly slow speeds. We like wasting generation after generation on ships so slow, we spend half-decades onboard at a time. As we stated, we don't want Warp Three capable freighers that could knock a five year journey into a six month trip. We don't want our children to have a better life. That's not what we're working for. We want our children to take over the same mundane job we have. That's who we are. That's what we do.


Enterprise cast
There's nothing sadder than a missed opportunity. Except for seven.

Missed Opportunity #1: Vague references were made to the destruction of the "North Star" freighter, which resulted in the deaths of Ryan Cross's parents. Yet Cross wasn't avenging the destruction of the North Star. He was just causing trouble because of the current situation involving the Nausicaans. Even then, he didn't even mention it.

Missed Opportunity #2: Travis says that he would like to try the transporter for himself, because he hasn't been through it yet. And Travis' conversation with Ryan Cross was key to getting Cross to surrender the Nausicaan. Didn't it make sense to have to beam Travis over to talk to Ryan Cross personally? It all fit. Instead we had to painfully watch Travis walk around and give a speech.

Missed Opportunity #3: The one time Enterprise is more powerful than the enemy, and Archer doesn't throw his power around to keep the pirating Nausicaans in line. Instead they're free to pirate some more.

Missed Opportunity #4: Archer fails to get through to Ryan Cross. Then Travis fails to get through to Ryan Cross. But out of nowhere the unconscious Captain suddenly awakes in the battle and takes command of his freighter back, resolving the situation like Travis and the rest of the boomers kept insisting they constantly "handle it by themselves". Come on writers, quit making Archer the hero every time. Have someone else prevail after Archer and crew lose. This wasn't about Travis. It was about the boomers. It would have proven everything Travis had been saying. Plus we wouldn't have seen it coming.

Missed Opportunity #5: The freighter was carrying cargo that was blocking Enterprise's scans. This would have filled the plot hole when Enterprise failed to detect the Nausicaan present to begin with, even though later they seemed to be able to detect everything else.

Missed Opportunity #6: The freighter teaches the Nausicaans a lesson about stealing the cargo when they eject a cargo pod with the Nausicaans on it, which then blows up, possibly even taking out the Nausicaan ship, too. Instead, not only does the ejected cargo pod get wasted on trying to eliminate Archer (as if we were ever in suspense), but the Nausicaans never learn their lesson.

Missed Opportunity #7: After all the raids they've experienced, the freighter must have realized that the Nausicaans had a storage facility somewhere nearby. They plant explosives in the cargo the Nausicaans stole (their plan all along), and explode it. What's better than a super secret Nausicaan storage asteroid? Watching one unexpectedly explode right in front of Archer's eyes. Plus Enterprise has only been in space for a few months. Show Archer what goes on prior to Enterprise's launch. What did these guys do prior to any NX-starships? This may be new to Enterprise. But it's old to the boomers. That was the whole point of them.


Transporter We could hand over the Nausicaan prisoner, but that would be too easy.

We can beam Archer off the Suliban base inside a Nebulae, but we can't beam the Nausicaan off the outdated freighter.


Tucker We could upgrade the cargo freighter's weapons, but that would be the smart thing to do.

So instead we're going to let them go on their merry way so they can get attacked again and again by the Nausicaans who we never stopped from continuing their attacks in the future.


Archer
And Archer pulls back the curtain to reveal... the super secret Nausicaan storage asteroid!

Checkmark: Vulcan Spy Array.
Checkmark: Mallurian mining facility.
Checkmark: Terra Nova Colony.
Checkmark: Nausicaan storage asteroid.


Will Archer's uncanny ability to find virtually anything ever end?


Archer I'd hate to upset the Nausicaans. They might stab me through the heart or something.

Wow! We found the Nausicaan storage facility where they've been keeping all the stuff they've been stealing from humans all these years. And we're more powerful than them and can take back our stuff and scare the Nausicaans from ever attacking human freighters again.

So let's ignore it.


[With that Vulcan Spy Array, I bet the Vulcans knew the Nausicaan storage asteroid was there.]


Mayweather I have a dramatic speech to say, so I'm going to stand up.

You're not Quincy on a rant. And you can't even see the guy you're talking to on the viewscreen or anything. Sit down Travis.


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