"Fight or Flight"
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Story by: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Teleplay by: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Directed by: Allan Kroeker
As they continue their deep space exploration, the Enterprise crew comes across an alien ship where they discover 15 humanoid corpses that seem to have been part of a scientific experiment. The horrific sight inspires Hoshi to panic and demand a return to Earth, but Archer insists on continuing the mission and finding out more about the abandoned dead. Trouble comes calling when the aliens that were conducting the gruesome experiments return and begin attacking Captain Archer and his team. ~ StarTrek.com
"Your intentions were admirable, Captain but nothing can be done for that crew now and if we remain here your crew could be put in jeopardy," says T'Pol to Archer. This reminded me a little too much of Voyager's Seven of Nine and how many times Janeway put her crew at risk and ignored Seven's or anyone else's advice. Archer decides to accept T'Pol's at first which surprised me being used to Janeway these past years. But of course, Archer changes his mind soon enough. Considering that they can't even aim their torpedoes properly and don't have too much experience in defending their ship against attacks it seemed rash to me nonetheless that they would go back to the alien ship. Starfleet ideals aside, it was too reminiscent of Janeway's recklessness but at least Archer took time to change his mind.
Sato's a little too quick at picking up languages somehow. She speaks to the Axanar like she knows the language and all this in a rather short time; a little too contrived for me. Her character nonetheless is believable and while some may be annoyed that she is so wimpy, I find it refreshing. In fact, I find this crew very likable in the fact that they are not so sure of themselves.
I still find there is too much music somehow. The scene with Sato and Dr. Phlox as they observe "Sluggo" and Sato discusses whether she belongs on the ship had no music and it was nice for a change.
The episode overall was quite good. It had a good blend of action and character drama. We actually saw Sato "grow" in this episode. The story was interesting in a low key sort of way and yet was engaging. I especially liked the camera angles and close-ups. This show has a very different look from the other four. The lighting was superb and gave the alien ship a perfectly creepy feel. The special f/x are fabulous much like Voyager's were.
I like the way the humor is subdued and that there is just the right amount of it. As Archer records his log and paces back and forth, little Porthos follows his every movement; so cute.