Reviewers Look At 'Shuttlepod One'

By Caillan
February 20, 2002 - 11:01 AM

See Also: 'Shuttlepod One' Episode Guide

Five new reviews of Enterprise's 'Shuttlepod One' were recently posted online, with the majority of critics praising the episode.

A round-up of all the latest comments can be found below:

  • "This first Reed-centric episode turns out to be worth the wait," wrote 'Hercules' at Ain't It Cool News. "One appreciates especially the installment's attention to texture and detail: Tripís first-rate defense of the literary merits of Action Comics; the subtle clues we get about Earth circa 2151." 'Shuttlepod One' was given a score of 3.5 out of 5 in the full review.

  • Star Trek: Hypertext's Jamahl Epsicokhan also seemed to enjoy the episode, calling it "a triumph of acting over plot, and of characterization over foregone conclusions." Here's an extract from his review:

    This isn't a great episode, but it's definitely a good one, elevated by performances that hit their marks. The premise is a contrivance based on a number of plot conveniences, but so what? This story has that secret ingredient - conviction - necessary to make the drama work and transcend the details of the plot. It's called suspension of disbelief, and the story sold it to me just fine.

    In the complete analysis, the episode was awarded 3 out of 4 stars.

  • Gisele La Roche at Voyager's Delights and praised the performances of Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed) and Connor Trinneer (Charles 'Trip' Tucker). "Their facial expressions, the way they moved their bodies and even their voice inflections were top-notch," she wrote. "Perhaps the most powerful and turnabout scene occurs when Tucker suggests that maybe one of them should go into the airlock (and die) which would leave more air for the one left and increase his chances of being found alive." 'Shuttlepod One' was given a B plus grade in the full review.

  • Over at Television Without Pity, Strega disagreed with the other critics, giving the episode a D grade. The site's 10-page breakdown starts here.

  • Ralph Mayrell at R!World was also disappointed in 'Shuttlepod One.' "I felt that the constant screaming, raving, and yelling of Malcom and especially Trip was excessive to nth degree," he said. "It was supposed to be "powerful" acting, but it came off as cheap and fake. There was little real emotion and lots of pretend posturing." Go here to read more.

'Shuttlepod One' scored an average rating of 7.4 out of 10 in our TrekToday poll. The full results can be found in the episode guide.

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