Tuesday, April 2, 2013

100 Greatest Moments: Enterprise Edition

I thought it might be interesting to have a look at the Star Trek magazine special's greatest moments from the franchise as they reflect each of the series:

3) Trip becomes pregnant ("Unexpected")
Trip is one of my favorite characters, not just in Enterprise but the entire franchise.  So it's a little odd and perhaps amusing that at least at the moment his lasting legacy is that one time he got...pregnant. (#99)

2) 79. the Xindi probe attacks Earth ("The Expanse")
The fans all seem to agree that the series got much better in its third and fourth seasons.  This moment comes from the end of the second and is the start of a season-long arc.  Enterprise debuted in the fall of 2001, right after 9/11.  Another second season episode has the sad distinction of commemorating the Columbia disaster.  The Xindi arc was meant to reflect a post-9/11 world, something the series at first seemed to avoid.  Some fans in fact criticize the series for not reflecting...other TV series like The West Wing.  Yet if it is to have any legacy at all, this cannot be considered a bad one.  It is perhaps one that will only increase in significance over time.  And for the record, Trip is personally affected by the attack, which cuts a huge swath from Florida to South America, claiming among many others his sister, which is itself part of another arc, concluding only in the final season. (#79)

1) T'Mir introduces Velcro ("Carbon Creek")
T'Mir is an ancestor of T'Pol, and conveniently looks exactly like her!  This odd little bit of storytelling happens to prove that Vulcans came to Earth before the events of Star Trek: First Contact, and that at least these Vulcans didn't react so negatively to humans, which is the defining element of the series.  It's unlikely that the magazine was thinking about that particular element when it chose this moment, but that's where I come in.  You're welcome. (#47)

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