Site ColumnsBy Caillan
September 30, 2001 - 8:37 AM
Through inter-galactic espionage that I won't go into here, I managed to watch 'Broken Bow' down here in Australia on Saturday. Here's some quick thoughts:
- Really liked the opening sequence - both the visuals and the music. It really sets the tone for what the series is all about.
- Porthos was most amusing, especially when he jumped up on T'Pol. No sympathies from me, I'm afraid.
- The episode was definitely focussed on Archer, T'Pol and Trip, neglecting some of the minor characters. Mayweather got a particularly poor showing - he didn't really do much more than pilot the ship, which is a pity because Anthony Montgomery gave a good performance.
- Favourite scene - Archer, Trip and T'Pol at dinner. I just loved watching T'Pol trying to saw at that breadstick. Plus Trip got all the best lines - "Grandma taught me never to judge a species by their eating habits."
- The flashbacks were nicely executed - particularly the last shot. When T'Pol appeared on the beach, did anyone else think of Seven in Ransom's mind in 'Equinox, Part II'?
- As villains, the Suliban are a bit two-dimensional. However, the whole 'temporal cold-war' plot means that they'll no doubt turn up again, giving us a chance to find out more about them.
- After the innovation of the opening sequence, it's a pity that the episode's score was so lacklustre. The music really needs to be worked on if this series is to establish itself as 'different.'
- Phlox didn't have much to do, but he was very engaging. John Billingsley's performance hit all the right notes.
- Similarly, I liked Dominic Keating's line delivery - just the right combination of incredulousness and efficiency in one.
- There were some nice humourous moments in dire situations, such as T'Pol banging on the shuttle door as Mayweather tried to scan for her lifesigns, and the warning alarm going off as Trip tried to pilot the shuttle to the Suliban helix. "Travis said not to worry about that one." Hehehe:)
- Overall verdict - a fun action adventure story. Not as good as 'Caretaker' in setting up the characters, but still, a good story. The coming weeks will tell whether the series can maintain its momentum.
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Today's Television Listings
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing The Original Series's 'And The Children Shall Lead' at 10:00am.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing Enterprise's 'Broken Bow, Parts 1 and 2' at 8:00pm Eastern Time.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Starship Mine' at 14:00 GMT, TNG's 'Lessons' at 15:00, and TNG's 'The Chase' at 16:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing Voyager's 'Fair Haven' at 16:00 CET.
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'Turnabout Intruder' at 2:00pm Eastern Time, TNG's 'Preemptive Strike' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'Ties Of Blood And Water' at 4:00pm, and Voyager's 'Unimatrix Zero, Part I' at 5:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Realm Of Fear' at 17:00 GMT, with a repeat at 00:00, and Voyager's 'Macrocosm' at 21:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Germany, Sat.1 will be showing TNG's 'Datas erste Liebe' ('In Theory') at 16:00 CET.