Disjointed thoughts and spoilers follow.
To my annoyance, the VCR had stopped recording “These Are The Voyages” just as Riker and Troi had said “End program” and were walking out of the holodeck. Still, I had seen practically all of the episode, and I was left open-mouthed, and, as Jolene Blalock would put it, appalled.
Character development: six years later, everyone’s the same rank and duty station. Even Porthos looked exactly the same. The only thing that’s really changed besides hairstyle is a couple of extra screens on the bridge. Progress!
What a crummy way for Tucker to die: suddenly and frantically mock-snivelling to a bunch of stupid alien smugglers so he could pull off an arbitrary plan to explode a room?
And this whole episode builds up to Archer’s speech — which they don’t even show. Or was it in those final few seconds where the “Final Frontier” spiel is recited?
It was an okay Next-Generation holodeck episode, perhaps, but that was a pretty pathetic episode of Enterprise. Yuck. Never mind. I’m going to sleep. Here’s Michelle Erica Green’s review of the finale episode, but as far as I’m concerned, Terra Prime was my finale. Now that was some real Star Trek: real conflict, real sci-fi, real character development, a real climax, and no bloody holodeck.
But the Enterprise finale? It belongs right in the dung heap with Star Trek: Generations. I’d let Star Trek V into the canon before either of those pieces of junk.
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