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Babylon 5.1
by Rick Norwood

Enterprise is the only quality SF program left on television. It will be back next season.

Enterprise has very good, often beautiful, special effects. It is intelligent, mostly. And it has the gravitas that the other SF shows lack. What it doesn't have is energy. Energy is why I enjoyed the worst episode of Firefly more than the best episode of Enterprise.

The top writers on Enterprise are the two writing teams of Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (aka B&B) and Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (aka S&S). Here is an episode guide to the second season.

Star Trek: Enterprise -- Episode Guide
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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.


2-1 "Shockwave, Part II" (***) by B&B
Stranded in the far future, Archer improvises a time communicator out of clothes pins and bailing wire.

2-2 "Carbon Creek" (***) by B&B and Dan O'Shannon
T'Pol tells a story about the real first contact between humans and Vulcans. As Spock said in "The Enterprise Incident", "Vulcans are incapable of lying." Nominated for a Hugo.

2-3 "Minefield" (***) by John Shiban
Reed is pinned to the outer hull of the Enterprise by a rod through his leg.

2-4 "Dead Stop" (***) by S&S
Enterprise visits an automated repair station. If you have to ask how much it costs, you can't afford it.

2-5 "A Night in Sickbay" (***) by B&B
Dr. Phlox advises Captain Archer that the best way to deal with his lust for T'Pol is to take lots of cold showers. Nominated for a Hugo.

2-6 "Marauders" (**), story by B&B and Michael Vegar, teleplay by David Wilcox
T'Pol kicks Klingon butt.

2-7 "The Seventh" (**) by B&B
T'Pol needs Archer's help against an old enemy.

2-8 "The Communicator" (**), story by B&B, teleplay by Andre Bormanis
Reed accidentally looses his communicator on a pre-spaceflight planet. If it wasn't nailed on...

2-9 "Singularity" (**) by Chris Black
The Enterprise crew loose their minds.

2-10 "Vanishing Point" (**) by B&B
Hoshi has a bad dream.

2-11 "Precious Cargo" (**), story by B&B, teleplay by David A. Goodman
Trip plays Cary Grant to an alien princess's Audrey Hepburn.

2-12 "The Catwalk" (***) by S&S
The Enterprise crew take refuge from a radiation storm.

2-13 "Dawn" (**) by John Shiban
Trip doesn't have enough sense to come in out of the sun.

2-14 "Stigma" (**) by B&B
Vulcans got AIDS.

2-15 "Cease Fire" (**) by Chris Black
Vulcans vs. Palestinians... sorry, make that Andorians.

2-16 "Crash Landing" (**) by S&S
Humans, Suliban, and Tholians fight over a mysterious vessel.

2-17 "Canamar" (**) by John Shiban
Archer and Tucker take a flight on Con Air.

2-18 "The Crossing" (**), story by B&B and Andre Bormanis, teleplay by B&B
Luther Burbank crosses pea plants with yellow flowers and pea plants with white flowers. No, it's the old Star Trek chestnut about the incorporeal aliens in search of bodies. Scotty would get them drunk on Saurian brandy.

2-19 "Judgment" (**), story by David A. Goodman and Taylor Elmore, teleplay by Goodman
Klingons put Captain Archer on trial.

2-20 "Horizon" (**) by Andre Bormanis
Ensign Mayweather visits the cargo ship where he was born.

2-21 "The Breach" (**), story by Daniel McCarthy, teleplay by John Shiban and Chris Black
Ensign Mayweather proves to be an expert on spelunking.

2-22 "Cogenitor" (***), by B&B
An otherwise advanced race discriminates against their third sex.

2-23 "Regeneration" (***), by S&S

2-24 "First Flight" (***) by John Shiban and Chris Black
Archer tells a story about the early days of spaceflight.

2-25 "Bounty", story by B&B, teleplay by S&S and Hans Tobeason
I can't rate it because I watched the conclusion of The West Wing instead. T'Pol goes into heat. The buzz is that I didn't miss much. I'll catch it on the rerun.

2-26 "The Expanse" (***) by B&B
Earth is attacked and a new, post Desert Storm II Enterprise flies off to kill aliens.

Fairly good beginning and ending, long dull middle. The sameness of the shows work against the better ones. I would gladly sit through two really bad episodes in exchange for one really good one.

And that's it until the Fall. Head for the beach. Curl up with a good book.

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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