'Horizon' Review Roundup

By Caillan
April 20, 2003 - 8:04 AM

See Also: 'Horizon' Episode Guide

Was "Horizon" par for the Trek course or an engaging diversion from the usual fare? Here's a look at what onine critics had to say about the episode:

  • Bill Williams at TrekWeb said that although "Horizon" had some good character moments for Travis, overall it was an "empty version of TNG's 'Family'". Here's an excerpt from his review:

    The resolution to the alien pirate crisis seemed too quick and too pat. Had Travis' family been placed in serious jeopardy, then it would have added some much needed risk to the story. Everything about this "A" story just felt too rapid. Furthermore, the promised dramatic tension hinted at in the previews for this episode never comes to light, and the so-called "decision" of whether or not Travis should leave Starfleet is handled in just a few seconds at the end of the third act.

    In the full review, the episode was given a score of 3 out of 10.

  • Over at StarfleetCom.net, Gisele La Roche though "Horizon" was a "pleasant episode", especially since it showcased the talents of Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather). "I'm not all that fond of character-centric episodes (not to be confused with character-driven) but this one did develop Mayweather's character somewhat. We see that he has learned a great deal by being on Enterprise." Read more at this page, where the episode was awarded a B minus grade.

  • "Non-Event Horizon" was the title given to 'Captain Mac's' review at Trek5.com, which criticised the performance of Anthony Montgomery. "I was hoping this episode would give actor Tony Montgomery a chance to break from his token 'aye, sir' dialogue and show his stuff, but 'aye, sir' seems to be the range of his acting. The tree in my front yard is less wooden." In the complete analysis, the episode was given a score of 2 out of 5.

  • "For some reason, I tend to really enjoy these types of stories," wrote C.J. Carter at ScoopMe!, who described "Horizon" as "a great respite from the standard Trek formula". Here's an excerpt from her review:

    We get to know more about Travis almost through osmosis -- and this really shows the skill of the writer. Though there is quite a bit of talking, it doesn't feel like we're having to endure reams of exposition in order to learn about Travis' life. (Not at all like Reed's lengthy talk with Archer on the hull in "Minefield".)

    Read more of Carter's opinion here.

  • 'Keckler' at Television Without Pity gave the episode a B plus. Her 12-page recap starts here.

Further information on "Horizon" is available in the Trek Nation episode guide.

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