"Carbon Creek"
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Story by: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Teleplay by: Chris Black
Directed by: James Contner

Archer, Trip and T'Pol get together for dinner to celebrate T'Pol's first year on the Enterprise. T'Pol tells them a story about how her great-grandmother T'Mir along with three other Vulcans crash landed on Earth in 1957.


So far I've liked how the Vulcans have been portrayed on Enterprise as it gives the species a new spin and room to grow and thus develop. We don't really know "that" much about them after all. They should be less capable of controlling their emotions somehow at this point. But one trend that started with Voyager and perhaps earlier (Star Trek IV: The Voyager Home) seems to be happening here. As we saw in Voyager, Q, Species 8472 and even the Borg were more or less "humanized" and made less and less alien as time went by. This episode begins the same process with the Vulcans. I realize this episode is supposed to be about 20th century Vulcans but it does add to our view of them nonetheless.

I hope we do get to learn more about the Vulcans, the Andorians and other species on the show. I liked how we got to glimpse the inside of the Vulcan ship in this episode. I'd love to see the inside of an Andorian ship as well. Still I hope the species in this show are made to appear as alien as they should be and I hope they aren't too "humanized" along the way.

"Would you like to hear the story?", T'Pol asks Archer and Trip, and a story we get. "Sounds like an old episode of "The Twilight Zone", (brazen advertising for UPN's engaging new TV show........heh) remarks Trip about the story and I have to agree with the "old" part. I know I've seen the story in this episode before, in some form or other and it just made me think of TV shows and how dated they all seem to be these days. Maybe I'm just jaded or maybe the mention of the "I Love Lucy" show (I'm sure most everyone knows about Trek's connection to Desilu) made me think of how old TV seems to be and how TV programs just aren't or maybe can't be? original anymore.

Nonetheless, I like the fact that Berman and Braga are trying to respect continuity and established Trek history while also trying to write an interesting show. It doesn't hurt to shake up the status quo once in a while though. For instance, having the Klingons have ridges makes sense. Some of the TOS history should be overlooked to a point. Even Gene Roddenberry said he would have had the Klingons look more like the modern ones if they had had the technology and money in the 60's. Changing the way things were in the 60's doesn't bother me that much provided that the changes aren't too radical. I mean Trek isn't a religion is it? The Trek bible can be changed can't it if it makes the story more modern and up to date?


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