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by Bob Sassone, posted May 13th 2005 1:02PM
EnterpriseOK, so we've already told you about the new Top Contributors list on the right. You make a great comment in the comments section, get a star. Get enough stars and you get on the list, get a link back to your site, and you're in the running for a brand-spankin' new iPod shuffle this May! But how about this: the 2 hour series finale of Enterprise is tonight. Your one day mission: after the show, write the best review in the comments section below. The best one gets three stars added to their name! Of course, being a Star Trek fan helps, but so does creativity, style, and humor. Tell us what happened in the finale, what it means to the Star Trek world in general, and how you felt about it. About 300-600 words.   

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The finale came across as more of an act of desperation. For the geeks amongst us, I must ask the question, how accurate could a simulation be since holodeck technology did not yet exist in ST:E's time? And how would a simulated T'Pol have ANY insight that wasn't programmed? Load of crap. The two Mirror Universe episodes, however, were great. Aside from the Deus Ex Machina of having the Defiant travel 100 years into the past as well as to the alternate universe, I thought these two eps really rocked. As with the original "Mirror Mirror", you could tell the actors were enjoying being bad guys. Archer's dark brush cut gave him a look that a fake scar just couldn't equal. And a good look at the Tholians, and the Tholian Web were just too cool. Dontcha just love a good geek-out?

June 06 2005 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rat Bastard

The finale was neither really bad or really good. I think most of the comments here echo that. However the finale should have been totally different. If you've read your news, Paramount was in discussion with William Shatner to bring him back for one episode. If there was an episode for Kirk to come back it was this one. And put aside that horrible death in Generations. I like Frakes and Sirtis, but Enterprise should have circled back to the beginning and brought back a TOS character for the finale. Let's hope the proposed movie turns out to be a DS9 or Voyager flick. Let's keep continuity going. I wouldn't mind seeing Jeri Ryan's ta tas again!

May 18 2005 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm 38. I was born the same week that Star Trek debuted in 1966. This only serves to point out that I didnt start watching until it was in reruns in the early 1970's as late afternoon fare. I have watched each of the series, but I am not obsessed with them, so I feel qualified to give what I consider an unbiased opinion. The finale was just a perfect metaphor for the whole series. What could have been great was mediocre and mailed in. What had potential was instead formatted to fit a formula that doesnt work anymore. Hats off the Manny Coto and the new story arcs that he introduced this season. This season was the best of the 4 because of this novel way to tell a particular story. Enterprise was in a tough spot because we all know what will eventually happen, but we dont know the details of how they got there. I have seen several shows lately that got caught between writing episodes that answer the big picture and those that are stand alone episodes. John Doe comes to mind. Really good shows split that difference and get towards the destination without running out of ideas (anybody seen Lost?). ENT had far too many stand alone episodes that were just formulaic and poorly written. The fate of this show was sealed after about 15 episodes of season one. The third season Xindi arc was interesting but too long and then B&B have the story end with ... Time Travel and the Nazi's! Way to send viewers to bed early! Again this season had a resurgence of creativity but it was too late. Viewers like myself discovered that good Sci-Fi writing and story telling can take place (see Ron Moore and BSG!) This finale could have been great, however, when the cancer, known as Berman & Braga decided to script the final, you had to know that is what DOA. What a insult to the viewers to just mail in this episode. What a slap in the face to the cast of this show with their placement as supporting cast for Jonathan Frakes. Jolene Blalock should run for President. She has been right all along and she is a straight shooter. This thing was ruined by poor management. What a disgrace!

May 17 2005 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think you'll see a certain amount of disagreement on the success of the last episode because some will see it as the end of a series and others will see it as the end of the Star Trek franchise (even if only temporarily). As the end of Enterprise the series, it failed on almost all counts. As the end of the Franchise, it worked a little better, but not a lot. In general the show felt hacked together and rushed. The plot of Riker needing to consult with Enterprise personnel through the Holodeck interface seemed unplausible. Riker's character was strong enough not to need that counsel. I think it would have been better if Riker was teaching at some academy and they were celebrating a holiday of the founding of Starfleet with a story-behind-the-story kind of plot. Almost something like a Freedom of Information Act revelation of what really happened in the days leading up to Archer's historic speech. That would have given some reverence to Enterprise. By having only three TNG characters (Data by voice) involved, it gave the feeling of "these are the only people we could get." If the whole crew of TNG were present, it would have given a bit more of a feeling of legitimacy to it. As a series ender for Enterprise, this episode was insulting. By introducing the TNG plot the writers were basically saying Enterprise was so bad it didn't deserve it's own send off. That's really sad because in the fourth season, Enterprise really delivered quality TV with the kinds of stories that the previous series had done. Killing off Trip was pretty pathetic, too. And he died in a hallway by blowing himself up because no one else on Enterprise would be able to do anything to save Archer. Sloppy writing and a slap in the face to the fans. Hey, maybe Enterprise didn't have a lot of fans, but they were there, and they cared about the show. The worst was the lead-up to the end. The promise of this great speech that Archer was going to give. This thing of hisotrical importance that laid the groundwork for the rest of the Star Trek universe. We waited with the promise of hearing the speech, and then nothing. What a lame cop-out. It felt like the writers were saying, we can't be bothered to spend the time writing the speech. Just trust us, it was good. They had the chance to write something that would end Enterprise on a high-note. They even could have done it in a way as to pay homage to all the Star Trek's in a way the cheezy TNG plot didn't, but the wimped out. Shame on the writers. And now for what turned out to be the surprises of the episode: the things they got right. Riker & Tori commenting on the lack of an aquarium in the captain's quaters. The integrity of Archer responding to an honorable request by a questionable friend. The little hat tips to the other series. The Star Trek intro voiced by three captains. And finally, the hug that Archer gives T'Pol right at the end. In classic fashion the human captain expressed what the Vulcan friend wanted to say but couldn't. That was a nice piece of writing.

May 16 2005 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Not Bitter

I am still spraying air freshener in my TV room because of the stench "These are the Voyages" left. The Shat man could have come in and taken a dump & it would have been a much more fitting final show than the tripe B & B delivered. Riker 10 years and 20 lbs older just wasn't convincing, and killing Trip was just a complete waste of what could have been a Mccoy like character. The TNG sequence was just a sad reminder of what once was before those in charge of Trek started smoking crack. Star Trek needs a new brain trust.

May 16 2005 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Not Bitter

I am still spraying air freshener in my TV room because of the stench "These are the Voyages" left. The Shat man could have come in and taken a dump & it would have been a much more fitting final show than the tripe B & B delivered. Riker 10 years and 20 lbs older just wasn't convincing, and killing Trip was just a complete waste of what could have been a Mccoy like character. The TNG sequence was just a sad reminder of what once was before those in charge of Trek started smoking crack. Star Trek needs a new brain trust.

May 16 2005 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Loren Javier

Enterprise should have stopped when it already was ahead on Friday night. "Terra Prime" would have been a much more fitting conclusion to Enterprise than "These Are The Voyages" and I'll tell you why. In "Terra Prime" we learned something about each of the characters -- that they are all capable of growth. For example, Hoshi Sato, timid at the beginning of the series, is now capable of commanding the Enterprise while all the officers are away. Malcolm Reed no longer sees the Black Ops team he was part of as a threat -- his skills have exceeded the teacher. Phlox joined Enterprise on a whim, but in the end, he found family. And, most of all, we saw the most tender interaction between Tucker and T'Pol as they mourn the death of their genetically engineered child -- something we haven't seen between them in the entire time we've watched them play cat and mouse with each other. Instead, "These Are The Voyages" leaps forward 6 years since the "Terra Prime" incident and, suddenly, the characters have somehow regressed. All of them hold the same positions that they started with. But, the most disappointing was, after seeing the beautiful scene between T'Pol and Tucker that leads you to believe that there's hope between them, this episode implies that they broke up shortly after "Terra Prime." "These Are The Voyages" ended up being some kind of cartoony TV show (or holodeck program) for Ryker and Troi. Now, don't get me wrong, I love those two and I love the fact that they reference the Pegasus incident, but I just didn't think they belonged there. They took away a lot of dramatic moments by continuously fast forwarding through the program. Finally, I felt Tucker's death was both pointless and out of character. How many times had the crew been in similar situations? Yet, he chooses the last episode to blow himself up to save Archer. The man was a smart guy. You'd a thought they would have at least come up with something a little more dignifying if they truly wanted to kill his character off by the end. I'm actually sad that not only Enterprise is off the air, but that a beloved 40 year old franchise will be at dock for awhile. I was just starting to get into Enterprise. I just feel that "Terra Prime" (which had a very similar ending to "These Are The Voyages") would have been a much better finale.

May 15 2005 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Fartleberry

Did anyone notice: Vulcan green, copper based blood; Human red, iron based blood. Don't these writers read their briefing/continuity documents anymore? The past few episodes seem to have had a "and we're outta here, available on DVD feel to them". Kinda liked the last five minutes though.

May 15 2005 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only part of this finale that I liked was the Picard, Kirk, Archer reciting of the mission statement. I love Jonathan Frakes, but man - he is getting paunchy. The subplot just didn't flow for me. I too, was not able to adopt this Trek. I never missed a TNG or Voyager, but could rarely remember when Enterprise was on. Prequels, sometimes are best left to books. I will be truly saddened if this is the last Trek on television. Certainly our market is large enough to attract another producer sometime soon.

May 14 2005 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, it's all finally over. The NX01 has flown her final mission and I'm sorry to admit that I'm relieved. Despite my devotion to previous Trek series', I never fell in love with Enterprise. It was as if another person had put on my best friend's clothing and pretended to pass themsleves off as him. I suppose the finale ended as good as we could've expected for this series. While it wasn't great, it wasn't entirely awful either. Personally, I felt the greatest moments were the recreations of the Enterprise D, my first and truest love. I've seen every TNG episode dozens and times, and seeing NEW footage of the EntD, footage I haven't completely memorized, was utterly captivating. This being said, I'm trying to figure out what the Riker/Troi subplot offered this story. There was never a burning question about how Riker came to his decision in "The Pegasus". I'm afraid that this "flashback insight" didn't do much to contribute to either story, despite the pleasant scenes with Riker as Chef. Instead, I see it as a blatant attempt to use the popularity and reputation of TNG to boost the final ratings, and mask the ho-hum plot of ENT. I was alarmed by the sudden shift ahead in time. The finale takes place six years ahead in the future, and the NX01 is ready for the scrapheap. What's happened in those six years? We have invested four seasons in these chararcters only to have seemingly awaken from a coma, without any hint of the past. This story seems a hackneyed attempt at glossing over the Trek timeline, e.g. the Romulan Wars. I'm reminded of the child who spitefully knocks the pieces off of a gameboard because they are losing. Rick Berman and Brannon Braga have lost this game, and want to take their ball and go home. John Billigsly (Phlox) proved again that he was one of the strongest, and underused characters in the series. His delivery regarding his first days aboard Eneterprise was moving and heartfelt. As if in contrast, Scott Bakula failed to provide any emotion. Despite his stunning work on Quantum Leap, he just never seemed to fit into the role of Jonathan Archer, and appeared to phone in his final performance. Ultimately, finishing the series with the forming of the Federation was a fitting concept, albeit clumsily executed. Having Archer talk about his speech for the entire episode, and then never actually HEARING it was both a dissapointment and an insult to long time fans. Rick Berman and Brannon Braga have driven the final nail into the franchise's coffin. The original Trek was all about stories that paralleled the current events of the day. It's a shame that in OUR day, a story about the unity of all races couldn't have been delivered in a more poignant and compelling manner, living up to the ideals and spirit that Gene Roddenberry lovingly crafted into his creation many years ago.

May 14 2005 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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