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by Rick Norwood

It has been a long time since I've seen a really good television program. Remember when TV was really good? There were fewer commercials then, but more important, the writers were willing to take some chances. For Star Trek, the last sure-fire four-star experience was the conclusion of Deep Space Nine. Remember? For The X-Files it was "Two Fathers/One Sons." Both were more than two years ago. Now The X-Files has ended. But the cliffhanger for Enterprise was pretty good. Maybe there is hope. (Where did I hear those words?) Meanwhile, you can still watch great television on DVD. The fifth season of X-Files, the second season of Next Generation, the first season of Sherlock Holmes, and now Dark Shadows is on DVD -- well, to enjoy Dark Shadows, you had to have been there. Unless you're a Dark Shadows fan already, you probably never will be.

What to watch this Summer? Set the video recorder to record Jeremiah (Showtime Fridays at 10:45), grab a good book (I recommend Tamsin by Peter Beagle), and head for the beach.

Here are episode guides to the last season of The X-Files and the first season of Enterprise.


Episode Guides
| The X-Files, Season Nine | Star Trek: Enterprise |
 

Star Trek: Enterprise -- Episode Guide
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Ratings
Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Enterprise

Broken Bow (I) (***) by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
A Klingon crashes in a cornfield.

Broken Bow (II) (***) by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Enterprise takes him home. The Suliban and the Temporal Cold War slow them down.

Fight or Flight (***) by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
There are some BAD aliens out there. Run away! Run away!

Strange New World (**) by Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman
Hallucinogenic plants.

Unexpected (**) by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
The pooch screws Trip.

Terra Nova (**) by Antoinette Stella
A lost Earth colony resists help from Enterprise.

The Andorian Incident (**) by Fred Dekker, story by Berman, Braga, and Dekker
The Andorians don't trust Vulcans. Wonder why.

Breaking the Ice (**) by Maria Jacquemetton and Andre Jacquemetton
Vulcans shadow Enterprise.

Civilization (**) by Sid Meyers (no, sorry, really by Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman)
Enterprise aids a primitive culture against aliens among them.

Fortunate Son (**) by James Duff
Space traders resist help from Enterprise.

Cold Front (***) by Steve Beck and Tim Finch
Stargazers have a disguised Suliban among them. Temporal Cold War ensues.

Silent Enemy (*) by Andre Bormanis
The Captain plans a surprise birthday party for Reed, to take his mind off the unidentified alien ship that is shooting at Enterprise.

Dear Doctor (**) by Maria Jacquemetton and Andre Jacquemetton
An ethical dilemma arises when one of the two races on an alien planet is dying out.

Sleeping Dogs (**) by Fred Dekker
Klingons resist help from Enterprise.

Shadows of P'Jem (**) by Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman, story by Berman and Braga
Vulcan's don't trust Andorians. Wonder why.

Shuttlepod One (**) by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Berman and Braga realize that viewers can't tell Trip from Reed, and so strand them on a shuttlepod. Now we can tell them apart.

Fusion (***) by Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman, story by Berman and Braga
Emotional Vulcans discover why logic really is a good idea after all.

Rogue Planet (**) by Chris Black, story by Berman, Braga, and Black
Alien hunters.

Acquisition (**) by Maria Jacquemetton and Andre Jacquemetton, story by Berman and Braga
Ferengi in Space.

Oasis (**) by Stephen Beck, story by Berman, Braga, and Beck
Haunted spaceship wrecked on an alien planet.

Detained (**) by Phyllis Strong and Mike Sussman, story by Berman and Braga
A detention center for Suliban.

Vox Sola (**) by Fred Dekker, story by Berman, Braga, and Dekker
Alien cocoons take over Enterprise.

Fallen Hero (***) by Alan Cross. Story by Berman, Braga, and Black
A Vulcan ambassador is accused of misconduct.

Desert Crossings (*) by Andre Bormanis, story by Berman, Braga, and Bormanis
Archer wishes he could help lovable terrorists, but decides that might be a directive against that or something.

Two Days and Two Nights (*) by Chris Black, story by Berman, Braga, and Black
On Risa, the Pleasure Planet, only one crewmember gets laid. Kirk's crew wouldn't have had that much trouble.

Shockwave (I) (***) by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Enterprise really doesn't have much luck helping people. This time a whole colony blows up.

Best new Star Trek writers: Steve Beck and Tim Finch and Alan Cross.


Episode Guides
| The X-Files, Season Nine | Star Trek: Enterprise |

Copyright © 2002 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.


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