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Babylon 5.1
by Rick Norwood

The third season of Enterprise is the best so far, and season four promises to be even better, despite a budget cut, as Manny Coto replaces the staid and stodgy Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. Berman did a yeoman service in keeping Gene Roddenberry's vision alive for fifteen years, but he has become a stick-in-the-mud. Braga wrote some great scripts in collaboration with Ronald D. Moore, but he is too tame without Ron Moore's input. Enterprise added the words "Star Trek" to the title in mid-season. Here is an episode guide to season three.
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.

3-1 The Xindi (II) (***) by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga (B&B)
The Enterprise begins to explore the Delphic Expanse, searching for the Xindi, who attacked Earth, killing millions.

3-2 Anomaly (***) by Mike Sussman
The Enterprise encounters the spatial anomalies of the Delphic Expanse (largely forgotten about in the second half of the season) and the Spheres that cause them. Archer proves willing to torture a prisoner to gain information, the first indication that humanity in the time of Enterprise is much more like us than like The Next Generation.

3-3 Extinction (*) by Andre Bormanis
Archer and T'Pol mutate into apes.

3-4 Raijin (**) by Brent V. Friedman
Archer proves that he, like Pike and Kirk, is a sucker for alien slave women.

3-5 Impulse (**) by Jonathan Fernandez and Terry Matalas
A ship full of Vulcans mutate into apes.

3-6 Exile (**) by Phyllis Strong
Hoshi plays Jane Eyre to an alien Mr. Rochester. Whatever you do, don't open the door to the tower room!

Enterprise 3-7 The Shipment (**) by Brent V. Friedman and Chris Black
Finally, some progress in locating the Xindi, who turn out to be six mysteriously related races, humanoid, aquatic, reptilian, insectoid, the now extinct avian, and giant chickens. Actually, I can't remember the last subspecies, and so I made up the part about the giant chickens.

3-8 Twilight (****) by Mike Sussman
Archer, unable to form any long terms memories, wakes up many years after the end of the Xindi war. This fine episode made me wish that it wasn't necessary to return to the status quo at the end.

3-9 North Star (***) by David A. Goodman
A space western, with what looks like Pathecolor on the planet and Technicolor on the Enterprise, to good effect.

3-10 Similitude (****) by Manny Coto
The only way to save Enterprise is to clone Trip and harvest the clone for organs. But the clone is just as sentient as Trip is. Manny Coto brings to Enterprise a darker, more realistic vision of war.

3-11 Carpenter Street (**) by B&B
Archer and T'Pol travel back in time to the year 2004.

3-12 Chosen Realm (***) by Manny Coto
Religious zealots hijack Enterprise.

3.-13 Proving Ground (***) by Chris Black
Andorians arrive in the Delphic Expanse.

3-14 Stratagem (**) by Terry Matalas
Archer stages an elaborate hoax to trick a humanoid Xindi into revealing the location of the Xindi super-weapon.

3-15 Harbinger (***) by Manny Coto, from a story by B&B
Resentment builds between Reed and Major Hayes. This aptly titled, character-driven episode foreshadows much that happens in the later part of the season.

3-16 Doctor's Orders (***) by Chris Black
Phlox is the only person left conscious aboard Enterprise.

3-17 Hatchery (*) by Mike Sussman and Andre Bormanis
Archer proves to be an Alien lover. At first, nobody notices the change.

3-18 Azati Prime (***) by Manny Coto, from a story by B&B and Coto
The Xindi War turns out to be related to the Temporal Cold War of previous seasons. From this episode on, the conclusion of the season is essentially one continuous story.

3-19 Damage (***) by Phyllis Strong
Archer proves that he will do whatever is necessary to win the war, even if it means attacking innocent non-combatants.

3-20 The Forgotten (***) by David A. Goodman and Chris Black
Archer tries to convince the Xindi that they are pawns of the creators of the Spheres.

3-21 E2 (***) by Mike Sussman
Archer encounters a future Enterprise.

3-22 The Council (***) by Manny Coto
T'Pol and Reed gather information about the Spheres while Archer and Hoshi try to convince the Xindi council of Earth's good intentions.

3-23 Countdown (***) by Chris Black and Andre Bormanis
The Xindi sub-species begin to fight among themselves over whether to believe Archer or the Sphere builders.

3-24 Zero Hour (***) by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
A race against time to save Earth.

Copyright © 2004 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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