The Great Star Trek Enterprise Rewatch: The Forgotten

Enterprise gets the chance to convince Degra and Xindi council member Jannar to listen to their side of the story – but are the Xindi really going to be convinced that the Sphere Builders are the real enemy? Meanwhile, Trip is run ragged trying to stop the ship from falling apart, but when Archer asks him to write a letter to the parents of a deceased engineer, he has no choice but to face up to his grief.

The Forgotten lives up to its name somewhat, in that mere hours after watching it, I could barely remember what it was that I had seen. There are lots of character odds and ends packed in here, alongside a main story that seeks to push forward the “Xindi aren’t the real enemy” development. Whilst Jannar is suitably sceptical, as one might expect, Degra’s guilt over killing innocent civilians is such that he jumps at the chance to stop the launch of the second weapon. He even pretty much shrugs off the fact that Archer had his memories erased. Hey, no harm done, we’ll look back on it and laugh, am I right?

Elsewhere, Trip gets the bulk of the character time, as the death of one of his engineers forces him to confront his grief over losing his sister. It’s not a bad idea to explore this, except that it feels so disconnected from his initial loss. We haven’t so much seen Trip struggling this season as we have been watching him enjoying massage sexy times with T’Pol. This could have been a really powerful thread to carry through this season, but, as with T’Pol’s drug experiments, it just hasn’t emotionally landed for me.

Points of Note

  • The Xindi Council scenes rely less on acting than they do on everyone just shouting their lines really loudly. ACTING!
  • Poor Malcolm has to do another spacewalk on the hull to fix something, and once again comes off the worse for wear because of it.
  • T’Pol learns that her trellium experiments may have permanently damaged her emotional control. Oops. She also says that humans are to be envied for their ability to express their emotions, picking up on the theme I was discussing in my previous blog.

Summary – The Forgotten: Hard to remember.

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