Mixed Reception For 'Shadows Of P'Jem'

By Caillan
February 14, 2002 - 12:45 PM

See Also: 'Shadows of P'Jem' Episode Guide

Last week's 'Shadows of P'Jem' was a bit of a mixed bag according from the latest reviews posted online.

While some critics praised the episode's attention to continuity, it failed to capture the attention of others. A round-up of reviewers' opinions can be found below:

  • Reviewer monkee loved how the episode continued the story established in 'The Andorian Incident.' "The two episodes complemented each other perfectly, and are the high point of Enterprise for me so far," she wrote. "I even thought the episode title was perfect!" In the full review, the episode scored 9.5 out of 10.

  • "A laudable exercise in continuity and follow-through which is hopelessly marred by silliness," wrote David E. Sluss at the Cynics Corner. Here's an extract from his review dealing with the portrayal of the Vulcans:

    It's been clear since 'Broken Bow' that these are not your father's Vulcans on Enterprise, but in this episode, only the pointy ears would suggest that these people are Vulcans at all. The Vulcan ambassador displays obvious anger in the teaser, and to a lesser extent the Vulcan captain does later in the episode as well.

    The complete analysis, in which 'Shadows of P'Jem' was given 6.5 out of 10, can be found here.

  • Gisele La Roche at Voyager's Delights and LCARSCom.net wrote that "while this episode has its share of action and is entertaining, it is the possible future storylines that may evolve from what happens here that matter." She also praised the performance of Jeffrey Combs (Shran). "Combs has an undeniably great ability as an actor. [...] I do hope we see him and the Andorians again." The episode was given a grade of B plus in the full review.

  • Over at Television Without Pity, 'Keckler' awarded the episode a C plus grade. Her 13 page recap of 'Shadows of P'Jem' begins here.

  • 'YASA' at TrekPages gave 'Shadows of P'Jem' a score of +68 on a scale ranging from -100 to +100. He particularly liked the use of Archer's character:

    Archer has some good stuff this week. I really, really liked his statement about how the Vulcans weren't going to do the same thing to him that they did to his father. This is yet another reflection on what the Vulcanís problems are. In trying to protect other species, they wind up hurting people in illogical but very real ways.

    The complete analysis is available to read here.

'Shadows of P'Jem' scored an average rating of 7.9 out of 10 in our TrekToday poll. The full results can be found in the Trek Nation episode guide.

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