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I’ve been watching Star Trek: Enterprise on Netflix lately, and man, is it uneven. Every time I get sick of the show, they throw me a great episode or a great concept. And every time I’m about to quit it, they throw me a real stinkeroo.

Man, this show has so much potential, but everything needs to be about 20 percent better to succeed. If the writing’s just 20 percent better, or the acting is 20 percent better …

I dunno if they thought they were recreating the legendary original cast, but it’s really no sin to drop characters that suck. I said this in my “Once Upon A Time” post, but it’s plenty true: you don’t have to be a better actor to be in a genre piece, but it’s definitely a specialized skill. And I know if I keep watching, I’ll get to the season finale where the human race is at stake but we’re dealing with Hoshi’s feelings of inadequacy.

Dang, I spend a lot of time writing about TV and movies that I only sort of like. I gotta stop that.

Anyway, I was looking through ST:ENT’s page on imdb.com, and I notice John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) gets second billing, behind Scott Bakula. Phlox is (IMHO) the best character and the best actor on the show, but he also seems to have had the best career post-ENT.

Keep on trucking, you long-tongued polyamorous alien swinger, you.


I feel bad for Connor Trineer, who definitely worked hardest, but at least he seems to pop up on Suits and NCIS and stuff like that.

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3 Responses to “Dr. Phlox wins”

  • Chad Lambert says:

    Couldn’t agree more! I want to love this show. I want it to be the Star Trek of Star Treks, but it just keeps me at arm’s length. I’m about to invest in the Blu Ray release, so maybe it will get better in 1080p.

    Then again, TOS was extremely uneven, too. About 1/3 of that was unwatchable by today’s standards. Maybe we’re overthinking it. Or maybe we’re just too old to buy the cock-eyed optimism or Roddenberry’s vision? I sure hope not.

  • Tom Williams says:

    I tried to revisit one episode that ran on the BBC and shut it off 10 minutes in. I have many fond memories watching it when it first came on but man I can’t stomach it now. It is still enjoyable to pop on an episode of the original series for me, but only for kitch value.

  • Tony Goins says:

    You’re getting the blu-ray of Enterprise? It looks like the show needs to work harder at turning you off.

    That’s a very good point about TOS. Maybe someone should create an “only the good stuff” box set of Enterprise. I’d watch that.


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