"Storm Front" Part II
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I have mixed feelings about this episode. I enjoyed it for the most part
but was disappointed at the same time. I think the Temporal Cold War was a
good idea but not for this series. It would have worked very well for a big
screen movie or TV mini-series set in the future with more factions involved
and with more detailed explanations of what was going on. The problem with
having it set in this time period is it interfered with Trek canon up to a
point. Still, with everything being reset (and that was the biggest
reset-button episode yet of any series), the arc becomes almost pointless.
Unlike the Xindi arc where we saw a great deal of character development,
especially of the triumvirate of Archer, T'Pol and Trip, here we see
virtually no growth. It's more of a "Twilight Zone" experience, without any
real mystery (other than trying to figure out who the "future guy" was that
was controlling the Suliban) and without any social or moral commentary.
Honestly however, it's just as well. I doubt I could have endured a
storyline based on what the Nazis were really about. Still, it is an
action-packed episode and it's easy to watch.
We know there are other factions but never get to know them other than
Daniels, the Suliban and "future guy" and of course Vosk and his people. I
suppose along the way, we did find out, via Daniels, that Archer is
important in the formation of the Federation but I can't really think of
anything else that really matters out of all this.
I like the fact that there was attention paid to details like the ship still
being damaged and that bruises on Archer's or others' faces were still
there. The special f/x and visuals were better this time than in part I.
I'm also glad that Bakula's acting is better and that he appears to have
settled in his role. The newsreel was well done. Burr Middleton, the
newsreel narrator, really sounded like a 1940's news announcer and the
newsreel itself had a genuine look to it. There's just something about
propaganda, especially since it's election time in the US right now and that
I'm very engaged in it, that truly resonates with me. I also liked the
montage of historic events at the end. The sight of the World Trade Center
towers with smoke billowing from them and Osama bin Laden struck a chord
with me as well. Mind you, it all went by so fast that I wonder if the
viewer really did see them. It's only when I did my synopsis of this
episode that I really noticed them.
Of course I have questions. Future guy sent Silik back in time, well, had
Silik hitch a ride on the Enterprise so he could go back in time, to steal
the schematics of the time machine that Vosk was building. As he wasn't
able to do anything but project his image in the past, he wanted to be able
to time travel. So is this why he genetically enhanced the Suliban? Was
that his plan all along? I guess that explains why he protected the
Enterprise at other times. He knew he'd need the ship to send Silik back.
Ok, that answers that question...I think.
Daniels' role I can see as he was there to make sure that Enterprise would
stop Vosk and that Archer would survive in order to form the Federation,
although for the life of me, I can't think of or remember why he was there
beforehand in previous episodes. We know what Vosk