Warm Reception For 'Cold Front'By Caillan
November 30, 2001 - 10:38 AM
See Also: 'Cold Front' Episode Guide
Enterprise has ended its first set of new episodes, and according to online reaction, the series has ended the year with a bang.
Five new reviews of 'Cold Front' have been posted online, with the majority of critics agreeing that the episode was a worthwhile follow-up to the temporal cold war storyline.
- "This was a great episode that made me look forward to the continuation of this storyline," wrote Section31.com's 'Quinn'. "Daniels gave us reason to question his identity (even if he's a good guy, there are still a lot of questions about him: his race, his home planet, his superiors). The ominous feel of the episode made you really wonder if anything we saw is true (the last shot, in particular)." The full review, in which the episode was awarded a score of 9.5 out of 10, can be found here.
- CJ Carter at ScoopMe! enjoyed the episode's subplot as much as the main storyline. Here's an extract from the review:
While the time travel story was captivating, the group of spiritual pilgrims visiting the Enterprise was a nice diversion. What was surprising was how ill-matched Phlox was in their company. In comparison to the humans on the ship, Phlox comes across as intelligently wondrous and inquisitive with a folksy mellowness. But with the celebrants he was loud and just didn't quite fit in.
To read more, head over to ScoopMe!.
- Although Jacqueline Bundy ultimately enjoyed the setting-up of long-term plot arcs, she had some reservations about the episode. "The choice of camera angles in a few of the scenes was awkward. Particularly when Silik is fighting with Archer," she wrote in her review at the Trekker Newsletter. "The cramped atmosphere of that scene and frankly bad fight choreography made that sequence fall entirely flat. I was not impressed with Robert Duncan McNeil's direction of this episode." In Bundy's complete analysis, the episode was awarded a score of 7 out of 10.
- 'Captain Mac' at Trek5.com thought that 'Cold Front's' special effects and acting were excellent, but only gave it 4 out of 5 because of problems with scientific accuracy. Here's an extract from the review:
After an interesting chase scene involving Silik becoming invisible and Archer running through walls, we end up in the shuttle launch bay where Silik opens the bay doors and jumps out. Now, this scene stretches one's credulity to the max. First off, there are apparently no safety protocols as anyone can open an airlock while a room is still pressurized.
The full review can be found here.
- At the other end of the scale, TrekWeb's Steve Krutzler thought the episode was very average, awarding it a C plus grade. "'Cold Front' desperately tries to win with the X-Files formula of crisscrossed conspiracies and ambiguous endings," he wrote. "While doing this well, it's unable to spin its web in a suspenseful, dramatic, hour of television." To read more, head over to TrekWeb.
Further information on 'Cold Front' can be found in the TrekNation episode guide.