'Oasis' Pronounced 'Predictable' By CriticsBy Caillan
April 10, 2002 - 7:42 AM
See Also: 'Oasis' Episode Guide
Even the presence of Rene Auberjonois (Ezral) couldn't save 'Oasis' from being anything more than conventional, according to online reviewers.
Highlights from four new analyses of the episode can be found below:
- Bernd Schneider at Ex Astris Scientia found the episode extremely slow and derivative. "'Oasis' may not have been quite the worst, but was the least remarkable episode so far, as it is the most blatant case of plot recycling, much more so than 'Terra Nova' or last week's 'Acquisition,'" he wrote. "The extent of originality in the episode amounts to zero. Absolutely every aspect of the story, every dialogue and every facet of the guest characters is something that we have seen several times before." In the full review, 'Oasis' was awarded a score of 1 out of 10.
- Also in the 'predictable' camp was monkee at monkee's place, who felt the Ezral/Liana relationship was more interesting than the actual episode. Here's an extract from her review:
How sentient were the holograms? Were they running constantly - sleeping, working, playing, and eating holographic food? When was Liana told the truth about the 'people' around her? How did all of this work? This would have interested me a lot more than watching Archer and crew figure out what I already knew. And it would have given the story more depth and meaning, too.
The episode scored 7.5 out of 10 in the full article, which also includes a review of the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum.
- Over at First TV Drama, Richard Whettestone thought T'Pol's actions were out of character. "I said it before in my review of 'Unexpected,' T'Pol teasing Trip about getting pregnant from the Xyrillians is out of character for any Vulcan," he wrote. "Even Spock wouldn't have done this, and he is half human. T'Pol immediately doing this so early in the show (Episode 5) was a terrible disaster in character and writing. Even after being with these guys for nearly a year, it's still out of character when she does it again in this episode." Go here to read more.
- 'Keckler' at Television Without Pity gave 'Oasis' a C plus. Her 14-page recap starts here.
Further information on the episode can be found in the Trek Nation episode guide.