Web Review Says Pilot Is A 'Wonderful Beginning'

By Caillan
September 21, 2001 - 1:10 PM

A new review posted online today said that the Enterprise pilot looks to be the best Trek beginning yet.

Awarding 'Broken Bow' an A minus, Science Fiction Weekly's Kathie Huddleston said the episode was "a wonderful beginning for Enterprise, as it lays out the long-standing disagreement about human space exploration between the hot-headed and temperamental humans and the logical and condescending Vulcans."

In her analysis, Huddleston praised the depiction of the characters. "What really makes the Enterprise universe unique is that the characters feel more human," she wrote. "They get nervous, they make bad judgments, they're funny, and some of the time they don't know what the heck they're doing."

The review also paid tribute to the cast, stating that "Scott Bakula inhabits the character of Jonathan Archer as though he's always played it." Although Huddleston noted that the catsuit-wearing Vulcan T'Pol brings back memories of Seven of Nine, she said that Jolene Blalock "is more than suited to the task of being the antagonist in the group." Connor Trinneer (Charlie Tucker) and John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) were also commended for their performances.

Huddleston did have a few reservations about the pilot, citing T'Pol's catsuit and un-realistic plot contrivances. "And there are the standard little Star Trek-type odds and ends that require the ability to seriously suspend belief in order to enjoy the story," she added.

Despite this, the overall reaction was very positive. "This series feels like a winner," the review said. "It has a great cast, the story has been well developed, there's humour, and it's all very satisfying in the end."

'Broken Bow,' written by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, premieres on UPN on Wednesday, September 26.

The complete analysis, which also includes a synopsis of the episode, can be found here at Science Fiction Weekly. Thanks to Hallbjorn Gudjonsson for this!

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