The Great Star Trek Enterprise Rewatch: Shuttlepod One

Whilst returning from a weapons test, Trip and Malcolm discover wreckage from Enterprise. Believing that the ship has been destroyed, the pair resign themselves to having just ten days of oxygen left. But where Trip is certain that they find help in that time, Malcolm is less optimistic, and tensions soon develop between the two men.

I remember really enjoying Shuttlepod One first time around. In fact, I was really looking forward to seeing it again, having often cited it as one of the few things I liked about Enterprise. Imagine my disappointment, then, when I found out that it’s really not all that great.

Oh sure, there are still some one-liners that make me smile – I’ll never dislike the references to “our bearded bodies”, even if it isn’t actually true that your beard and nails continue to grow after you die. But vast swathes of Trip and Malcolm’s dialogue now feel pretty weak, whilst Malcolm’s dream about T’Pol is downright cringeworthy. I appreciate what the writers were trying to do with this episode, but for me the execution just hasn’t withstood the test of time.

Points of Note

  • Malcolm seems to have notched up quite a few relationships whilst at Starfleet Academy.

  • This episode establishes the existence of micro-singularities, which were previously just believed to be a theoretical concept invented by the Vulcans. Of course, singularities both large and small have caused trouble for all the other Star Trek crews.

  • I guess they were worried about being accused of being gay, because Malcolm and Trip should really have huddled together for warmth once the temperature was turned down. Even if they each smelt bad after several days without a shower, there’s no escaping the stench in the confines of the Shuttlepod, and after a little while they would have gotten used to it.

Summary – Shuttlepod One: Trip and Malcolm, trapped in a shuttlecraft.

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