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Enterprise review: "Shockwave 2" (Fans 0).
(Episode 27)

Reviewed by Richard Whettestone.
Enterprise

THE PREMISE: The crew wander around aimlessly for 40-some minutes, until someone pushes the Reset Button. Over 3,600 miners stay dead. Janeway smiles.

"Shockwave 2" (Fans 0)
Written by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
(the usual suspects)


Archer and Daniels You not only wiped out the entire Federation, you wiped out all common sense, too.

Even though Archer wiped out nearly 1,000 years of history, Daniels' apartment complex still stands as is, with every room still the same layout, as he pointed his kitchen out to Archer where he just had breakfast 10 minutes ago. Even the library is still in the same spot.


Daniels and Archer My God! The Future is so devastated, these books managed to not fall off these shelves.

Whatever.


Daniels and Archer Christ, Archer, you not only changed the future, you also changed the past!

The library in the future only has books, even though modern libraries today have tapes, disks, computers, copiers, fax machines...

Whatever.


Daniels Then after the Taelons left, we defeated the Atavuses and stole their clothes.

And this is suppose to be casual wear in the future? Because this is what Daniels was wearing when he just had breakfast 10 minutes ago.


Silik and Archer And I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for you pesky kids and that darn mutt. Oh wait, I did get away with it.

The Suliban murdered over 3600 miners and colonists, framed Enterprise for murder, caused Starfleet to recall the ship to Earth, caused the Vulcans to fight with Starfleet over Archer's actions, while they also have repeatedly attacked or threatened other worlds, including the Klingons. After all of this, Archer manages to capture their leader Silik and...

And lets him go?


Admiral If aliens are trying to destroy the Enterprise, I'm sure Archer will call if he needs help.

Enterprise not only misses their meeting with the Vulcan ship, and Starfleet loses contact with Archer and the Enterprise, but the Vulcans find the Enterprise nearby cruising with a horde of alien ships and Admiral Forrest isn't worried in the slightest? Not only does the Vulcans not investigate, but Starfleet doesn't even ask the Vulcans to investigate either. Archer flat-out told Forrest that aliens were trying to frame them for the murder of 3600 miners, and Forrest STILL thinks everything's fine and dandy?

It's bad enough Archer's dumb. We don't need dumb Starfleet Admirals, too.


Vulcan I'm a Vulcan. Don't get logical with me.

The Vulcans want Archer and Enterprise stopped. Archer proves the Enterprise was framed for the destruction of the mining colony and that it was the Suliban who really killed the 3600+ miners. Yet Archer let Silik get away.

And the Vulcans are so damn dumb they didn't think to use that to get Archer removed? He let a murderer get away! The Vulcans had their chance to not only remove Archer and the Enterprise, but to put him up on charges for allowing a mass-murderer to escape.


Romulan I'm a Vulcan. Don't get logical with... Wait, I'm a Romulan. Never mind.

The one book Archer reads the title of, and it happens to be on the Romulan Star Empire, who Starfleet is about to go to war with.

To make matters more weirder, even though the future was destroyed, it stayed on track long enough to not only have humans encounter the Romulans, but they survived long enough to write a book about it. Which means whatever really destroyed the future, didn't happen for decades to possibly centuries after Archer disappeared, but before Future Guy existed which was 200 years before Daniels was born. So whatever destroyed the Earth, basically had nothing to do with Archer.


Future Guy I'm not really from the future. I'm actually two doors down.

Daniels concluded that the bad guys wanted him to transport Archer to the future to wipe out history, even though it wiped out Future Guy as well. Huh?

Why would people in the future give Daniels orders to bring forward Archer, to wipe themselves out too? Huh?

Daniels said the destruction of the planet wasn't supposed to happen, yet apparently the deaths of over 3,600 colonists and miners, the total destruction of the planet's atmosphere, and the prevention of future mining for this valueable mineral resource wasn't really a problem afterall, because they left it destroyed. Huh?

The Suliban wipes out an entire mining colony, pissing off these aliens so greatly the Vulcans had to calm them down, yet they not only accept Archer's story and back off, they don't go after the Suliban for killing over 3,600 of their people. Huh?

Future Guy didn't have technology to travel through time, only to communicate with the past. Yet Daniels' technology Silik operated managed to look and sound just like being in communication with Future Guy. Huh?

Why didn't Silik realize Archer wasn't really Future Guy when he saw ZERO time distortions in the room? Huh?


Tucker We can even play our XBox while traveling at Warp.

In the olden days of the future, Kirk, Picard, Sisko and Janeway could never fire phasers while at Warp, because the beams just get dispersed and phased out over the great amount of space they're hauling ass over. It even says so in Gene Roddenberry's Writer's Guide to the Next Generation. This is why when the Borg would chase after the Enterprise, at best Worf could fire aft torpedoes... and that's it. That's what made it desperate.

But yet suddenly Archer and gang can now fire Phase Cannons while at warp. And the Suliban can too!


Archer Caplowie! Kazam! KaBang!

"Use the Force, Luke!"


I hope I have enough quarters.


Tucker God Damn you're stupid. I could have back-engineered that thing and advanced our technology! I can't believe they gave you a starship!

The Suliban Cell Ships are so advanced, their little two-man pods can travel at warp speed, cloak, and still have enough firepower to bring down Starfleet's most advanced starship. Archer not only has Silik captured in one, but is at the helm of one as well and docks it on Enterprise.

Then he lets it go.


Reset Button The final outcome of the story?


Not a damn thing.



Silik and Archer"Dear Mr.Whettestone,

I read your review about Shockwave Pt.2 and thought I should point out something. You're right about not being able to fire phasers and phase cannons at warp. What makes it worse though is that when Enterprise was getting all shot up in Fallen Hero, Archer orders Reed to fire the phase cannons. He said that they couldn't do it. Something about it would blow up the warp nacelles or something. Yet Trip can fire them and not a darn thing happens. To quote you, "whatever".

One more thing, what happened to the Suliban that Reed, Trip, and T'Pol left Hoshi with? Did Archer just dump them in the cell ship with Silik or what? Guess we'll probable never know. Figures.

Hope this helps,"

- Bryan
September 25, 2002


Those unconscious Suliban that Hoshi was babysitting? I'm still trying to figure out where Mayweather went once they all escaped their rooms. We never saw him again.

- Richard Whettestone.


Admiral "Just found your site while surfing for info on "Enterprise". This is a great site. I find your critiques and observations interesting to read and I mostly agree with them. I definitely agree about T'Pol, by the way and your opinion that no ST series has equaled the original.

I read your analysis of "Shockwave" and it was dead on. Reading your comments on the Suliban's murderous culture, Starfleet and the Vulcan's behavior, and how Archer let Silik go, something occurred to me that did not as I watched. Is it possible that this whole scenario is a political commentary on the two president Bushes and Saddam Hussein? Is it advocating that Bush Sr. should not have let Saddam go and we should now engage in regime change or will future episodes indicate that Archer acted correctly and therefore we should not go to war? Or perhaps it's only meant to engender debate on the subject?"

- Xweetie
September 27, 2002


The purpose of the episode was to wrap up everything in a hurry, because B&B won't commit to a real story or any advanced planning, and to also get a topless Hoshi in the previews to artificially boost ratings. B&B's writing is too obvious to slip an allegory through.

- Richard Whettestone.


Future Guy "Great review, as usual. Just when I think the show can't get any dumber, it does.

As far as Archer letting Silik go? My theory is professional courtesy -- one mass murderer (Dear Doctor) to another...

A couple of additional points to consider:

1. If the Suliban understood the significance of Daniels' quarters well enough to post some guards there on "stake out" then why didn't they just break in and search the place? Must be the same kind of brain-fart that prevented the Ferengi from ignoring the one door on the ship with a big honking lock on it while they were scouring the ship looking for the "vault".

2. Why would Silik assume he could just turn on Daniels' device and contact Future Guy? For one thing, wouldn't it be calibrated to send a signal to Daniels' era and NOT Future Guy's era? If he managed to contact anyone at all, wouldn't it likely be Daniels' superiors? They are supposed to be fighting some kind of Cold War with Future Guy's faction. Logically the device would operate on some frequency Future Guy's faction couldn't detect, or be set-up to heavily encode the transmissions or both. It's not exactly like they'd want to discuss strategy on an open frequency which the opposition could detect.

It's painfully clear that Silik didn't understand the technology well enough to recalibrate it. Hell, he didn't even know what the device was until Reed "told" him. What would Archer's chances of contacting Daniels be by simply sneaking into Future Guy's shower booth and turning it on? He *might* find himself talking to Future Guy (maybe) but there's no way he'd ever get a hold of Daniels using that thing.

3. The technology between Daniel's era and Future Guy's era seems to be largely incompatible anyway -- Daniels' technology clearly has capabilities that Future Guy's doesn't. So why would Silik immediately take it to the temporal shower booth to try and make it work? It's not designed to work with that equipment, so it's not like it's going to work better there than any place else.

4. Silik obviously didn't know that Future Guy was (presumably) wiped out by the changed timeline. So if he wasn't going to answer Silik when summoned on his own equipment, why would it be any more likely that he'd respond if Silik had somehow miraculously managed to make Daniels' device work? Archer and Daniels

5. Daniels claimed he could get Archer back to Enterprise because he remembered the spatial coordinates. HUH? I guess the writers forgot that the Suliban invaded the ship and took it to their Helix base. OOPS.

6. Exactly how do a couple strips of millimeter thick copper turn an *audio* communicator into a holographic projector anyway? And even if that were possible, how does Archer hear T'Pol's response with no broadcasting equipment on her end?

7. Archer needs to contact somebody in the past, so the person he chooses is the one person on the ship that doesn't believe in time travel???"

- Regards,
Chas.


All the season premiere conclusions on TNG and VOY always got higher ratings than the finale cliffhanger itself. Except for this episode. For the first time ever in Trek history, Less people tuned in to see how this episode was concluded than who watched the cliffhanger itself. A half a million less.

- Richard Whettestone.


Future Guy"This is for Enterprise.

If Daniels is from the 31st century, trying to fix the 22nd century, why haven't the 29th century Federation Time People already fixed the problem ? Also if Daniels has some sort of temporal distortion field or temporal shielding against the changes in the timeline, why hasn't anyone else got this technology ? If so wouldn't the 29th century Federation also have temporal shielding against changes in the timeline, otherwise they would never know if any changes had been made. Plus temporal shielding was available in the 24th century, as Janeway used against the Krenim in the "Year of Hell". Also on Daniels's Device which showed the timeline, shows that the person changing the 22nd century ("Future Guy") is in the middle at about the 24th or 25th century, well before the 29th century in any case?

One last point about Daniels is if he's trying to stop the changes to the 22nd century why doesn't he travel to where "Future Guy" is and get rid of him and then the timeline would never of been altered in the first place ? Also just to make it more confusing the Klingons (Endgame worst episode ever), Krenim (Year of Hell), Vorgons from the 27th century (Captain's Holiday), etc all have temporal technology?"

- Steven P.
October 1, 2002


Brannon Braga hasn't even watched half those episodes you named, let alone willing to acknowledge that they exist. He prided himself on not having seen TOS.

- Richard Whettestone.


Future Guy"In the season opener of Enterprise this year Daniels said that the 28th century baddie could only talk through time but not travel through it. Since Kirk in the original show travelled through time using the slingshot method twice (once on purpose) and later again in the movie era (Star Trek IV) how stupid are these 28th century types? Maybe they should travel back to the 22nd century to improve their time travel tech? Jeeze! Have B&B ever actually watched Star Trek?"

David W. Griffin
October 4, 2002


Daniels"Decent season premiere, but not great. Not enough of the future setting, and it was a rather abrupt re-entry to the 22nd Century without anything like a ‘good-bye’ to Daniels.

2 things I would have done - one which would have worked with what they showed... at the end of the episode show Archer’s room, and on his desk, between two other books (show) a new one "The Romulan Star Empire" - that would have been interesting to say the least.

2nd -what if they had made this angle reallllly long, a muli-episode arc, with the past being changed by Archer being trapped in the past. They could have even showed a scene from the Next Generation (not with the crew of course) and how Archer’s disappearance changes everything, etc.

Also, the Suliban aren’t really being presented very well I think. Their leader was kind of cool at first, but he seems like a joke in this episode."

- Shiva
September 18, 2002


Klepto Archer pocketing that Romulan book would have given so much potential for stories, problems and dilemmas.

- Richard Whettestone.


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