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Enterprise review: "The Seventh".
(Episode 33)

Reviewed by Richard Whettestone.
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THE PREMISE: To screw with T'Pol, the Vulcans send her to hunt down a man that the Vulcans had repressed her memories of. Well I'm sure it made sense to the writers.

"The Seventh"
Written by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
(the usual suspects)


Vulcan We've located the evil Menos? Then we better send our most emotionally breakable Vulcan to apprehend him.

Why the hell did the Vulcans believe it was most logical to send after Menos the ONE Vulcan who had repressed horrible memories dealing with Menos?

This is like sending that "I'll Never Tell" girl from "Don't Say a Word" to hunt down Hannibal Lector.


Vulcan That's because we're too busy engaging the Shadow Vessels.

How come the Vulcans are everywhere when the writers want them to be ("Breaking the Ice", "Shockwave 2"), but the Vulcans are missing and the Enterprise is the ONLY ship in the system when the writers want them to be ("Fallen Hero") like this episode?


Doctor Who I've been to Menos.
Lovely planet.

Traditionally, the majority of Vulcan names begin with a "T" or an "S" (Examples: Spock, Tuvok, T'Pol, Savvik, T'Pau, Captain Tavin and Tolaris from "Fusion"). Recently, "V" have begun to come up, such as Valeris in Star Trek 6, or V'Lar in "Fallen Hero". Some rare examples have snuck through due to outside circumstances, such as Mestral being named after the man who discovered Velcro, or Vorik, played by the same actor who played Torik (a spin on the names).

But to have a Vulcan named Menos? Then another Vulcan named Jossen?


T'Pol and Archer Archer, I need someone I can trust to accompany me.


Do you know anybody?


That monstrosity "A Night in Sickbay" where these two horny freaks were having kinky dreams alone defies the "trust" they now have. Let alone all that anti-Vulcan, anti-human stuff going on between the two.

Now if this episode built up that trust, instead of relying on pre-existing trust that already occurred off screen, it would have actually had more value.


Reed "The Seventh?" I've been called that. If you know what I mean.

T'Pol was sent to recapture six rogue Vulcans. The title was suppose to refer to a seventh Vulcan that she had forgotten.

But that forgotten Vulcan was Jossen! Menos was the sixth Vulcan! Yeah, he was the seventh (and last) one left to get, but T'Pol had her memory wiped of Jossen so she didn't even know what number she was on.


Tucker What do you mean if you tell me you have to kill me? Could you just go tell Dr. Phlox then?

Archer refused to even give Trip a hint as to where he was going. Not even a "If we don't make it, I've left instructions for you."?


Tucker Yeah, I'm sorry Admiral Forrest. They just ran off and got killed. It's a real shame though. But hey, I'm the new Captain and we're off to our next mission, so I'll let you know if we ever find their bodies. Out.

And since Archer refused to tell Tucker where they went, Tucker's first order should have been to scan for Archer's shuttlecraft.


Archer in his Captain's Chair You only found him because I was with you. Remember when I found the Vulcan Spy Array? That was great. And remember when I found the Mallurian mining facility? That was great, too.

As soon as they walk in the door, T'Pol glances at her scanner and already knows Menos is there. Gosh, that was easy. Now let's go home.

And to think all these years, no one ever bothered to scan this man up to now.

Why didn't T'Pol scan him immediately after he claimed he was dying?

Why didn't anybody question why this evil man has a family? Or why his kids had pointy ears?


T'Pol My memories of Risa are so emotionally painful, I hope you get laid while down there!

T'Pol has such a horrible experience tracking down Menos on the planet Risa, that it haunts her to this very day.

But yet that didn't stop T'Pol from suggesting Enterprise go there a short while back to relax for a long time. And even after that trip was delayed three times, she was still okay entering orbit and staying awhile. Remember, she had only repressed her memories of Jossen, but still remembered tracking Menos on Risa.


T'Pol in bed with a Vulcan Oh Dear. I suppose I'll have to repress this too.

Besides having T'Pol act uncomfortable on their trip to Risa, as well as having bad unexplainable memories while at the Temple of P'Jem (where she was mindwiped), it would have also added to the show if that Mind Meld she experienced in "Fusion" triggered some of those repressed memories she had here.

It not only would have been continuity, and keep the viewers' interest up, but it would have had a big pay off here. But instead, none of the above happened.

Not only will this foreshadowing happen on my show, but foreshadowing was a big player on "Babylon 5". How come I can plot this out, and J. Michael Straczynski can plot this out, but B&B can't plot out anything even with a decade and a half of Trek experience behind them?


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

Archer is standing in a restaurant and actually suggests to Mayweather that they try to find some food. You're IN A RESTAURANT! What "try"?

The Officials put acid on the parking lot and don't bother to put up a sign.

The Officials put acid on a parking lot PACKED WITH VEHICLES!

Menos knocks over a table, AND THE WHOLE DOCKING PORT EXPLODES!


T'Pol I'll Never Tell-lll.

Cracked like a Nut!




And it will never be mentioned again.


Archer All right Menos! You evil ruthless sonabitch! One move and I'll phaser your brains out! Give me a reason! Come on! Give me a reason!

Ignore the above statement. The fact is Archer was rather melancholy about capturing Menos. He didn't search him. He didn't even escort him back to the shuttle. He even allowed the emotional cripple Vulcan to take over. It was almost like Archer was in on it.


Tucker Then the Captain left me in charge, and everybody got the runs, and it was real gross! You should have been there!

And once again Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, the sole writers of this episode, writes their nineteenth consecutive episode that includes "potty humor".


Then I shoveled it up, put it in the matter replicator, and replicated a Spiderman DVD! I liked the part where he was hanging upside down. That was Cool!


Admiral Forrest I'm sorry to hear Archer died. I can't believe we gave him a starship. But how's that diarrhea problem going, Captain Tucker?

Even though it contradicted established history, B&B insisted on including endless scenes of Archer having "live" communication with Admiral Forrest. But this time, he neither receives a transmission nor receives a recorded message. The Admiral gives him the sports scores second-hand through a Vulcan starship Captain.

I'm sure B&B meant it to play out as a joke on Trip, but they should have written it as a joke on the Vulcans by Forrest.


T'Pol's Mind Meld Because I recently learned of a new technique to explore other Vulcan's memories, I therefore choose not to.

T'Pol was emotionally pushed to her limits by the mind meld in "Fusion".

T'Pol was emotionally pushed to her limits because of her repressed memories in this episode.

T'Pol is forced to make a decision clouded by her emotions in this episode.

Yet the writers didn't think to have T'Pol push herself to her most emotional extreme by triggering a mind meld on Menos to try to understand if he is lying or not?


Mayweather Lordy, lordy, Cap'n, I found me the hidden bio toxins! Well doggy!

The evil and ruthless Menos is so cunning, even untrained human Ensign ship pilots can locate his concealed contraband when the actual experienced and trained Vulcan huntress herself couldn't find it.


Vulcan T'Pol survived? Damn. Off to Plan 'H'.

Everything was in place to make it look like the Vulcans themselves were trying to screw over T'Pol. They sent the ONE Vulcan with repressed horrible memories of Menos to hunt down Menos. It all fit. That's probably why the writers missed it. Because it fit.

So instead, the writers are trying to claim it's SUPPOSE to make sense that they would send this crackable nut to hunt down the very person she has repressed memories of. And she's backed with those wretched humans, too! Yeah, that's most logical.


Tucker Archer survived? Damn. Off to Plan 'H'.

It's good to have you back, Captain. Just give me a few minutes to get my stuff out of your Ready Room.


Mouse It's Willard! It's Willard!


But who was Jossen?

Apparently the writers thought it wasn't important to explain the man T'Pol killed.


T'Pol
T'Pol.

Subject: "The Seventh" - fair enough...

"Gotta give 'em two points:

- This episode had at least the modicum of a cliff-hanger at the beginning - making this the first episode to do so.

- Michael Westmore actually had to do some work in this episode, creating a bunch of alien head faces that actually (gasp) look alien (either that, or someone else did the make-up for this episode).

Love your 'reviews' of the show - most of the time it's worth more for me to check out your reviews before I decide if I should watch the episode on my PVR."

- Harry Z.
November 7, 2002


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