3. Vulcan Fury
It wasn’t an awful thought to have a Vulcan on Enterprise. It was, in any case, a terrible thought to make that Vulcan Archer’s first officer. Enterprise was to be a show about mankind’s first jump out into the stars. Rather it’s a show about people connecting into the stars at whatever point Archer’s on the bridge. When he’s not, it transforms into a show about how a Vulcan named T’Pol advised people what to do on their first endeavor to connect and interface with different species.
That is especially absurd in light of Archer’s own disdain towards Vulcans. He sets out on his excursion resolved to have mankind begin doing things all alone. Also, for his first as Captain of Earth’s first warp 5 ship, he makes a Vulcan his first officer. This is senseless.
It is even more senseless when you consider what Enterprise made out of the Vulcans. Missing were the sensible, peace-loving aliens we’ve come to know and love as a component of the Trek universe. In their place were a pack of irate, pointy-eared, close-minded racists with a propensity for murder and threats.
In the show’s last season there was a very late, indifferent endeavor to reconcile every one of this and transform the Vulcans once more into creatures best known for their failure to lie. However, it was too late by then.
Possibly they could have sold the idea of Vulcan rage better if they’d have cast a real actress to play T’Pol, the previously mentioned Enterprise first officer. Rather they cast the celebrated young lady Jolene Blalock. She’s useful when you need to click a photo of a Vulcan female in her underclothing. However, Blalock’s of little use for any other thing.
4. Character Counts
Fortunately Blalock’s absence of ability wasn’t something shared by the greater part of the Enterprise crew.
As it is, Charles “Trip” Tucker III (played by Connor Trinneer) the catfish lovin’ Southern engineer is a pleasure. Trip’s the sort of fellow who escapes with a wink and a nod and charms ladies with his southern drawl. His energy over the conceivable outcomes of their central goal are irresistible and his comical inclination is very welcoming as compared to his Captain’s undeniably gloomy air.
Phlox, the ship’s Denobulandoctor is also likable. Performed with verve for life by the great John Billingsly, he’s a standout amongst the alien crew members ever to appear on a Trek series. His amazingly wide grin merits Emmys. Many episodes could have been written about his complex conjugal arrangements since Denobulans have three spouses, who additionally have three husbands. Obviously, they weren’t written about.
Enterprise figured out how to loop in guest stars as well. Some of them it squandered. A guest appearance by Scott Bakula’s Quantum Leap partner Dean Stockwell was blown on a non-exclusive character unworthy of his talents. Others the show exploited, yet perhaps it wasn’t enough. Jeffrey Combs’ did a splendid execution as the Andorian Commander Shran. He requested that he should be used as a repeating character; however they should have gone above and beyond and figured out how to make him a part of the regular cast. Still others they shoehorned into the show again and again, against all judgmental skills. Temporal Agent Crewman Daniels was a definitive deus ex machina, a pointless character pushed down our throats more than once, whenever the series’ required a reason to engage in yet another futile and gimmicky time travel plot.
Enterprise never really took advantage of its better characters. Enterprise remained by and large consigned to the engine room and Phlox was kept locked away his sickbay pursuing the Tyberian bat.
Despite the fact that none of the show’s better characters, like its phobic genius communications officer Hoshi, or the resolute military man Malcolm, ever truly got their due, their presence brought about great minutes. These succeeded regardless of the tepid episodes being written around them. Trip and Malcolm’s drunken shuttle pod discourse about the flawlessness of T’Pol’s “bum” stays one of the series’ ideal. Trip’s tragic, teary, hand-holding finale to a limp scene which brought about the demise of his daughter was a passionate punch in the gut that lasted long after the credits were over. A couple of immaculate scenes with the great characters it squandered were the best Enterprise gave us.