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Enterprise review: "Mine Field".
(Episode 29)

Reviewed by Richard Whettestone.
Romulan Warbird

THE PREMISE: Enterprise hits a mine. Then they hit another mine. Archer and Reed have a boring conversation. Then they go home.

"Mine Field"
Written by John Shiban


Archer I knew you liked Pineapples, so I had the chef cook you some eggs. Because they kinda look like pineapples if you pretend.

In "Silent Enemy", Archer sent Hoshi on a mission to find out what Reed's favorite food was (and during an intense battle no less). After discovering it was pineapple, Archer now suddenly doesn't have a clue what Reed likes to eat, so he had the chef cook eggs.

It made sense that Archer, who wanted Reed to feel comfortable with him and loosen up, would cook for him some pineapple breakfast anything, to get him to relax around him. But yet he didn't.

That's probably why the writers missed it. Because it made sense.


Dr. Phlox He's dead, Captain. I'll let you know if there's a change in his condition.

I said in my review of "Fight or Flight" that Enterprise needed more than one Doctor, plus at least one human Doctor. This would not only have been common sense, but also would have added conflict between the two Doctors with completely different views.

So here Enterprise hits a mine, and Phlox is so overwhelmed, he tells average crewmembers what to do, while he puts slugs on injured crewmembers. If the writers really wanted to play up the threat, imagine what would have happened if Phlox was one of the injured?

And yet still no one died in that entire chunk blown out of the hull.


Explosion No, no. Build Up the Suspense!

The Enterprise hits a mine (off screen) and takes major damage. Neither the Enterprise crew nor the viewers know what hit them. Then Travis says they struck an object and they put it on the screen to see a decloaking mine.

But we didn't HEAR them strike the unexploded mine. With the crew in confusion and in a panic as to what happened, listening to another alarm go off after we hear a bang and clang of a metal mass hitting the hull and the silence that follows would have been suspenseful.

That's probably why the Producers and Writers chose not to put it in the episode. Because it would have been suspenseful.


Silik & Archer We're so good, even our Cloaks are cloaked.

Enterprise detects a small cloaked sphere, about the size of a Suliban Cell ship, and no one attempts to make the connection? Yeah, Travis asked if it was a ship. And T'Pol scanned for lifesigns. But they should have done that anyway. After a year of alledged adventures this ship and crew has had, a cloaked Suliban ship would have been your First guess. Instead, it wasn't even brought up as a possibility at all.


Hoshi Sato We also cloaked the Ratings, sir. I bet you can't see them!

In "Balance of Terror", the idea of the Romulans being able to cloak was brand-new. The Enterprise never heard of it before. They even called it an "invisibility shield" and tried to take guesses as to how it worked. Clearly the Earth/Romulan war did NOT involve cloaked ships.

But yet suddenly, 100 years earlier the Romulans have full cloaking technology, Archer and gang know they have it, and their technology is so refined that they were able to cloak hundreds of small mines as well. And because the cloaked mines were rather old, the Romulans now suddenly had this technology much further back than even in Archer's time.


Tucker My God Captain. Their technology is so advanced, they even cloaked the debris.

A Mine Field so old, established all around the perimeter of a world that can be populated, and all the ships that can stumble by, and the Enterprise didn't detect or find not one spot of debris drifting anywhere in the system. Not one single ship ever hit any mines before, and Enterprise just happened to be the first one ever?


Archer I'm stupid. Tell me again. Am I still the Captain?

Archer asks if the Chrono-Beacons are still mounted on the ship's grappler.

Christ, he doesn't know?! It was the installation of advanced technology from the future that allows the ship to see cloaked vessels, and the Captain thinks someone may have removed them without his knowledge? What, for fun?


Hoshi It sounds kinda stupid. I think it's alien. I give up. What is it?

The threat from the Romulans was falsely heightened because the Enterprise couldn't translate the Romulans' language.

Is there a reason why it hadn't occurred to anybody to talk to the Romulans anyway with the hopes that maybe the Romulans could translate their human language? Or T'Pol's Vulcan language? Or Phlox's Denobulan language? Hoshi can even speak Klingon. The Vulcans already knew the Romulans at least existed, which means the Romulans would have had to been in contact with someone else at some point. At the least it would have let the Romulans believe or suspect that they weren't able to communicate and may have bought them time.


T'Pol Nope. Sorry Captain. Didn't recognize a single word they said. I suggest we go now. And quickly, too. I'll set the course for you if you want.

I suppose it's plausible that the Romulans changed every single word in their entire language to prevent T'Pol from recognizing anything of it at all in any way.

And monkeys might fly out of Archer's ass.




Which might actually raise the ratings.


T'Pol Yeap, they're Romulans all right. They've got a giant Winnie the Pooh painted on their hull and everything.

In "Balance of Terror", Lieutenant Stiles knew they could recognize the Romulan ships because they had a giant bird of prey painted underneath their hull, as they did 100 years earlier during Archer's time of the upcoming war. I guess the Enterprise writers missed that one. It's a good thing their animators caught it.

Wait. The Enterprise animators appear to have missed that one too. The ships were only just green. Never mind.


Dr. Phlox I'm not a Doctor. Nor do I play one on TV.

It took two attempts at getting Hoshi to the bridge before Phlox finally came up with the brilliant idea to have the injured linguist onboard try to translate a foreign language from Sickbay. The viewers caught this idea five minutes before the characters did.

It's a shame when the writers have to purposely write the characters as stupid in order to create a jeopardy.


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

Enterprise manages to dodge every mine in the field except for two. And the second of the two they happen to hit manages to be the ONE defective mine that doesn't go off when they hit it?


Reed Quick, Captain! Don't let the Narcs see you with that!

The spacesuits are so strong and durable, it's used in heavy space walks for major repairs and resealed two major punctures in the leg to prevent loss of air, but are so light and sensitive, you can inject a hypospray through the arm and it can reseal without it resealing the hypospray to it.

It would have been more realistic AND dramatic to have Reed ball his head off the whole time in pain. It certainly would have been less boring than happy drugged Reed talking about his Uncle.

And how exactly did Archer's spacesuit have the resealing option when Picard's spacesuit did NOT have the resealing option in "First Contact", forcing Worf to tie a Borg shield-generator coil around his leg to stop the air leaking out?


Reed And it's the same leg the Terra Nova colonists shot me in, too! I hate you!

When Reed is pinned on the hull by the mine, he suggested cutting off his leg but he believed the Chef would cook it and serve it to the crew.

What the f*ck kind of Chef do they have on that ship?


Romulans If we fire on their ship, we risk injuring our spy we planted onboard.

The Romulans cloak their mines so they obviously want people to die. They don't care about the crewmember trapped on the hull. Yet they voluntarily provide ample time for Enterprise to leave the area alive - after the Romulans knew full well the Enterprise scanned and dismantled a Romulan mine equipped with a cloaking device.

To add to it, as they left, Enterprise managed to miss every single mine in the area, clearly proving to the Romulans that they can detect them and therefore are a threat. Remember, in "Balance of Terror" the experimental Romulan ship wiped out Federation outposts to test their defenses and to see if they can. But yet the Romulans don't believe the Enterprise were trying to do the same and lets them go alive?

And the Romulans scanned the Enterprise so closely to count the number of crew as well as detect that a crewman was trapped by the mine and that they were preparing to detach the hull with the mine. Yet they didn't detect that one of the lifeforms was a Vulcan, or someone with readings very close to that of a Romulan?


Archer in Spacesuit Unbecoming of a Starfleet Officer? But I pee in my spacesuit all the time!?

1- Reed has two major punctures through his leg. And he has to pee. Now what happens when your pee hits your open wounds? Reed should have peed and screamed his head off when that stinging pain hit him. Too bad we didn't see that.

2- Reed bitches about how bad it is to fraternise with superior officers. It would have been great if Reed attempted to pee in his spacesuit, only to not be able to go because Archer is standing right there.

3 - Archer should have told Reed it's okay, because in the olden days of space travel, Astronauts used to pee in their spacesuits all the time.

4 - There's no gravity in space. Reed pees in his spacesuit, it would have been great if it started floating all throughout his suit, even possibly into his helmet. Not only would this have been great, but once rescued and they remove his spacesuit, more hilarious scenes could have played out.


Romulans My God their Captain's stupid. I can't believe they gave him a starship.

You've got only 10 to 20 seconds before the mine detonates. What do you do? Do you cut the top and bottom of the mine's leg at the same time to free your trapped crewmember?

No. You cut one side first, then take the same amount of time to cut the other side. Thereby putting your life in greater jeopardy.

It's not like Reed was unconscious and couldn't cut one side himself. And Archer already made one trip back inside, and anybody inside could have easily made a trip outside to drop off another cutter or help out. It's a shame when the writers have to purposely write the characters as stupid to create a jeopardy.


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