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Enterprise review: "The Council".
(Episode 74)

Reviewed by Richard Whettestone.
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THE PREMISE: Degra dies, T'Pol name-drops, another nameless crewmember bites it, Hoshi is abducted, writer Manny Coto pockets another paycheck and thank god it's almost over.

"The Council"
Written and never checked for plot holes by Manny Coto


Xindi Boo! Hiss! We're going to destroy Earth! Boo! Hiss!

Thanks for making that shallow threat in the Teaser. Again. Because it's been at least a couple of episodes since Enterprise opened or closed with someone twirling their mustache and talking about destroying Earth or the Enterprise. Because we forgot they were even in jeopardy.


Phlox It's okay Captain. I had a redundant conversation with Tucker all about how we must communicate with the Xindi Council. So all the viewers are now up to speed. No reason for you to be on the set now.

Thanks. Because us viewers who have desired continuity for so long are so dumb we can't follow your attempt at a story-arc that we need to be reminded of what the characters are doing and where the story left off.

Even though you had already revealed it in that ''Previously on Enterprise...'' segment that opened the episode.


Degra Even though we had no clue as to the number of human ships in the Expanse, we know the Klingons full well.

Archer said he once stood in front of the Klingons during a trial. Degra reminded him that the Klingons weren't trying to destroy his homeworld at the time.

And Degra knew who the Klingons were and that they weren't trying to destroy Earth... how?


Manny Coto Whether I have a legitimate pre-planned story-arc or I make up crap as I go along and falsely claim it's a story-arc, I still get paid no matter what. Foreshadowing? What's that?

The Xindi never made any mention of the Sphere Builders before until "Damage", the exact episode where the Sphere Builders show up out of nowhere to meet the Xindi for the first time.

The Xindi never made any mention of picking up scans of other Earth ships until "E2", the exact episode where the alternate timeline Enterprise started showing up throughout history out of nowhere.

Now we get yet another episode where suddenly the Sphere Builders are considered Gods and have been manipulating the Xindi for over a century out of nowhere, in the exact same episode where Degra has a one-on-one confrontation with a Sphere Builder for the first time.

This isn't a pre-planned story-arc. It's having each episode backpeddle to insert some extra event into each previous episode that wasn't there to begin with.

It's odd how ''Babylon 5'' was able to build up to the first appearance of the Shadows over a half a season until the first Shadow Vessel appeared, even though no one had heard of J. Michael Straczynski before. Even when they made stuff up on ''Deep Space 9'' the Dominion were referred to in three separate episodes before their first appearance. Yet a decade later, B&B and Manny Coto all claim to be hot sh*t, yet their ''story-arc'' seems entirely based on last minute introductions that are then claimed to be part of the big picture, even though it came out of nowhere until whatever alien-of-the-week script comes along that puts it in after the fact. Failed attempts at foreshadowing on shows like ''Sliders'' and ''Voyager'' pulled it off better than here.

Foreshadowing? Continuity? Pieces that fit the puzzle? Clues that the watchful viewers can pick up on in advanced? You won't get it here.


Phlox reading I see in my script that every scene T'Pol and Tucker is in it says ''Stock Footage'' after it. I suppose it makes sense. Nothing new is added so why not cut the budget?

The quick flashbacks of each Xindi when Degra is talking to Archer was good. But why is it they didn't have enough footage of the Cricket Xindi that they literally had to loop the three seconds of footage to expand it into five? The last two seconds was a reversed shot of the first three. Science-fiction viewers who are accustomed to watching special-effects spotted this immediately. But why don't they have any more than three consecutive seconds of footage of these guys?


Reed and Archer Sir, we lost another MACO. His name? They had names? Really? Because I've been numbering them.

Not only does another crewmember we never saw before gets killed, but Reed whines about it. Then the advertisement for next week's episode tells us "Some will not Return".

Now I highly doubt that. This is the exact reason why a show like this needs much more main characters than just seven. Because you know they'll never kill off the main seven and any guest-star crewmember beyond that will never be featured without it seeming forced and out of place.


I shall miss number four. He was a good number.


T'Pol The needs (quality content) of the many (the fans) outweigh the needs (weekly paychecks) of the few (B&B) or the one (Manny Coto).

T'Pol does some name dropping of old Star Trek II catch-phrases in an attempt to try to please fans and trick them into thinking this show is part of legitimate Star Trek history. These writers don't seem to understand that every time they do something like this, they just rub it in to the Star Trek fans and we hate them more. The show will never be accepted as Star Trek because it's just too stupid and the damage that it inflicted to the other series by throwing away the decades of history each one built onto eachother can't just be accepted no matter how many times they quote Spock or name-drop other races.

Moral of the story: These producers and writers need to be fired, Enterprise needs to be canceled and the show needs to be decanonized. The needs of the tens of millions of pissed off Star Trek fans who had to abandon Trek because of this show outweigh the personal greed, ego and resume of the writers and producers of this show and the few tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands who worship it. The simple needs of the many is the fact that decanonizing Enterprise WILL bring back MORE Trek fans than the SMALL number of Enterprise fans it will alienate and might drive away.


Degra Well I suppose it made sense to the writers. Thank God I was killed off this show.

The Xindi use their advanced technology to recreate the holographic illusion of the Sphere Builder in the Escape Pod the Enterprise had of it. Degra flat-out says their Xindi holographic technology is far superior to the humans' holographic technology.

We were also reminded in this episode that the Xindi have no way of getting into the Spheres, and has never found a way in before. Yet in this same episode T'Pol uses Enterprise's weaker technology to locate a vent on the Sphere concealed by more advanced holographic technology while the Xindi with more advanced holographic technology couldn't detect it at all and didn't have a clue, even after they've studied the Spheres for decades.

Whatever.

Did Manny Coto even read his own script twice?


Degra Hello. This is Degra. I'm dead now, so if you'll leave your name and number, my crew will get back to you once they realize they still work for my ghost. Thank you.

And as further proof that the writers and producers had no pre-planned story-arc, Degra's immediate replacement doesn't appear to have a name at all. Archer referred to him as ''Degra's Ship''.

We won't mention that he was played by a black actor (Tucker Smallwood!!!! Yeah!!! Simper-Fi!!! Hoo-Rah!!!). I'm sure the fact that the other Xindi's names were mentioned on screen but the black Xindi's wasn't has nothing to do with him being black. He seems to be credited as "Xindi Primate". Yeah, no racism here kids.

After all, it's not like there's any history of their mistreatment of black actors or characters on this show.




Mayweather


Reed and Archer You had a space battle and I wasn't invited? I hate you!

Poor Reed. He missed the space battle because he was in a minivan making his way back home. They were good special effects and the battle raged on and on...

... right up until it suddenly stopped off screen so the last shot can be nothing but the superweapon and Reptillion ships intering the vortex without one glimpse of Enterprise or any other ships that pulled back off screen and stopped firing off screen.

I don't recall any such scene with that order being given or even why, but apparently that's what they did because the fighting suddenly ended off screen without an explanation just before the superweapon took off.


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