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Enterprise review: "Cold Front".
(Episode 11)

Reviewed by Richard Whettestone.
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THE PREMISE: Enterprise finds a transport ship and invites the religious aliens over for a visit to watch an annual bursting star. While onboard, Silik the Suliban shows up and saves the Enterprise, causing Chef Daniels to reveal to Archer that he is from 900 years in the future. Daniels then asks Archer to allow him to hunt Silik down.

"Cold Front"
Written by Stephen Beck & Tim Finch


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Can't talk right now. I'm phoning it in.

So, Braga claims he has this grand continuing story worked out about a Temporal Cold War from the future, and this episode was written by some people named Stephen Beck and Tim Finch? It sounds like not only Braga doesn't have it worked out at all, but that any staff writer can make up the Cold War as they go along.

But hey, Braga took credit. And that's what's important.


Future Guy
Because you failed in your mission with the Klingons, I'm only just now getting back to you more than four months later.

I'm also going to have you undergo intricate and fragile surgery in a room that experiences time distortions.


Future Guy Because you failed in your last mission, I'm removing your enhanced vision to decrease the chances of success in your next mission.

Whatever.


Silik in surgery
No, no. Build Up the Threat.

Silik screwed up last time, so dumb-ass Future Guy has Silik's superior vision taken away, instead of giving Silik more advanced technology to increase his abilities to complete future missions. Instead of making things more difficult for Silik, Future Guy (as well as the writers) should be doing the opposite: making each encounter with Silik more difficult and dangerous for Archer and gang by giving Silik MORE to work with each time, not less to work with than he had the last time.

Imagine if every time the Enterprise was able to defeat the enemy, the enemy came back weaker and weaker! You think the writers would have learned their lesson after making this mistake with the Borg from Voyager, whose each reappearance saw them more beatable than their last appearance.


Reed Because I'm leaving for seven seconds, I leave you in command of the bridge, Ensign.

After all, Klingons may attack at any time.


Captain's Chair
Get out of my Chair, Ensign. It's disrespectful.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY: Reed leaves the bridge, Mayweather takes the Captain's chair, and it's Archer or T'Pol who comes in and sees him sitting in the chair. After all, their response would have been more entertaining than Reed's was.

MORE FUN: When Archer is gone, Travis and Hoshi have mock fistfights aimed at Archer's empty chair.

MISSING LINE: Mayweather in the Captain's chair: "Yeah, I can fly the ship from here."

And Braga and Bakula think the comedy is greater on this show? These hilarious scenes write themselves. They'd have to, because the writers aren't.


Daniels
I'm from the future. I'm here to capture Silik. I can also walk through walls. But I don't want anybody to know.

That's why it's okay for you to tell your friends Tucker and T'Pol about me. I also don't mind if you write it up in a report to Starfleet. I'm also going to walk through walls in front of your Engineering staff. I'm sure it won't create suspicion if they see one of the ship's Cooks ordering Tucker around Engineering.

That's also why even though I knew Silik was going to be here, I still asked where the Enterprise was headed to make it sound like I didn't.

I also want your command codes. Because even though I can walk through walls, I can't hack your ancient hillbilly computer system.


Quantum Leap Time Travel? That's Ridiculous!

MISSED OPPORTUNITY #56: Daniels wanders by to check the damage Silik caused to the conduit, to not only make sure he was onboard, but to make sure the ship wasn't going to explode. Not only would this have added to the mystery surrounding him (since he had yet to reveal anything to Archer or the viewers), but he was on the ship, too, and would have died if it exploded.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY: #90 After losing his super vision that he had been accustomed to for at least four months, wouldn't it have been nice if Silik bumped into at least one wall?


Phlox reading Report? Yeah, I'll give you your stupid report in the morning. Spider-man just captured Doc Octopus in his web again. And Marvel just raised their price another nickel. There's my report you son of a ...

Archer says he expects Phlox's report in the morning after spending the night on the alien ship. Spoken right in front of the aliens, you think they would have been concerned about this new "spy" in their midst who's going to write everything down and tell the Captain all about it. At the least Archer could have pulled Phlox aside and told him in quiet.


Dr. Phlox
Don't look now Doctor, but somebody's eaten all your popsicles.

Dr. Phlox scanned at least one of the aliens onboard Enterprise with an imaging device that even "examines your genetic structure", as he clearly stated. The next day, Archer has such a hard time tracking Silik he even asks Phlox how many aliens stayed behind on their ship. Although Silik theoretically could have changed his visual appearance, Archer didn't even bother to ask Phlox which aliens were scanned so he could think about eliminating some of them as suspects.


Archer and Silik
You may be genetically enhanced, but I can suck a vacuum and come out with a sore throat less severe than Mr. Smith had after he went to Washington.

Well that may be, but I can fall in space, even though there isn't any gravity, and land right into my own ship.




Whatever.


If you want, I can help you write that report to Starfleet.

After all, besides the fact that they won't believe you anyway, they don't trust us Vulcans at all and you'll probably put the future at jeopardy, too.

I wouldn't be surprised if Starfleet sends a boarding party to confiscate Daniels' room and relieve you from command. And don't forget to dot the I's.

T'Pol


Tucker You missed the Neutron Blast, Captain. It was cool! I'm sorry you almost died in the vacuum of space, though.

Not one word was given about that Neutron Blast the religious aliens were watching from the Enterprise's windows. Oh wait, it wasn't that little spark they showed was it? The aliens didn't make a pilgrimage to see that, did they? Because I was far from impressed.


T'Pol
We can detect alien transport ships in a nebulae, but we can't locate advanced technology drifting in space at close range ejected right out of our own ship's bay.

Especially advanced technology that leaks Tachyons.


Clock
It's 1:55 or Mickey Mouse is giving me the finger.

There was a Deep Space 9 episode ("Dramatis Personae") where Sisko's mind was taken over by an alien, and he built an alien clock. Although the clock made frequent appearances in the background of his office, and a Sisko action figure even came with it, it was never brought up again. In fact, Sisko didn't even know how to work it.

Here we have alien pilgrims board the ship, at the same time Silik shows up to mysteriously save it (plus Daniels is present), and Archer is given a clock which once again he doesn't know how to use.

Time Travel? An alien clock? A connection?

Probably not. B&B and the writers have missed so many opportunities before (the entire series called "Voyager" comes to mind), but I wanted to mention that I saw it in case it actually comes up again. I also want to point out that Phlox took genetic scans of the aliens who gave him the clock (which Archer conveniently forgot when looking for Silik among the aliens, proving the missed opportunities).


Braga and Berman
You've been watching too much Babylon 5. Try some Voyager. Then you'll enjoy Enterprise much more.

So, Daniels has been hiding on Enterprise as a crewmember for more than four months just to capture Silik, and the Producers couldn't have worked him into other episodes? Yeah, like I'm in suspense when a guy I never saw before shows up out of the blue and reveals he's from the future.

So, Daniels is from 900 years in the future and he didn't once complain about the hillbilly living conditions onboard?

So, Daniels knew Silik was going to be onboard Enterprise four months after launch, but couldn't make an attempt to capture him in "Broken Bow" when multiple Suliban were onboard the Enterprise and were being chased by armed security?

So, Archer doesn't even bother to ask Daniels' bunkmate if he ever noticed anything odd about Daniels at any time during the nearly five months they slepted in the same room? We neither saw his bunkmate nor did we ever learn his name.

Archer believes that what is in Daniels' room is so important, he locks it up, yet shares his information with Tucker and T'Pol?

Daniels' roommate never complains about his property being locked up? The guy now only has what he's wearing.

Because of the major ramifications of a Temporal Cold War, once he had Tucker and T'Pol in the know, the outcome should have been Archer's decision to fake a story concerning Daniels "accidental" death onboard to report to Starfleet. Besides the character development (What?! On Enterprise?!?!), it eliminates the future problems of Starfleet knowing what's going on.

So, Archer never asks Dr. Phlox to review Daniels' medical history (before or after his death). Everybody onboard must have went through a check-up prior to coming onboard. Right?

So, Tucker never bothered to take detailed scans, or any scans, of the Engineering room where Silik killed Daniels? For Pete's sakes Daniels exploded. Besides the radiation there should at least be a mess.


Admiral Forrest
Because you're obviously a nut, we're relieving you of your command, Mr. Archer.

Or...

We absolutely believe your story about a Temporal Cold War, which is why we're recalling you to Earth, changing your crew, and I will be accompanying you on your future missions.




Pick One.


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