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Star Trek: Enterprise 4.6 FAQ

What’s it called?
“The Augments.”

Who’s responsible?
Teleplay is credited to “Enterprise” superstar Mike Sussman (“Twilight,” “E2,” “Home”).

What does TV Guide say?
“Malik’s rash proposal to safeguard the Augments from Starfleet interference leads to a rift with Soong as the Enterprise cautiously enters Klingon space in dogged pursuit.”

Does Archer survive last week’s sweaty-palm, impossible-to-predict-the-outcome cliffhanger?
Such a stupid cliffhanger. Eliminate the “previously” clip package, the theme song and the first handful of commercials and the cliffhanger is neatly resolved two minutes in.

Any word on how most of us missed the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s?
(bitterly) No.

Any action on the Trip/T’Pol front?
A teensy bit. About a third of the way through the episode, newlywed T’Pol accuses Trip of avoiding her. He offers no denial.

The big news?
There’s a nice chunk of continuity that goes absolutely nowhere. An invisotexted excerpt: “The ship carried many of our brethren. Including Khan Noonian Singh.” “Botany Bay is a myth. There’s no evidence it ever existed.”

What else is TV Guide not telling us?
Malik decides to reassume leadership after he discovers Soong is manipulating the Augment embryos to make them more docile. Malik also hopes to use deadly C12 germs to wipe out an entire Klingon colony and speed along a Klingon-Human bloodbath.

Besides “Space Seed,” which earlier “Star Trek” stories does “The Augments” remind one of?
The final act is so similar to “Wrath of Khan” you half expect Malik to start spewing “From Hell’s heart I stab at thee…”

What’s good?
There’s a couple extremely fleeting but eye-catching CG visuals: one depicting Archer’s escape from C12; another dealing with Malik’s final disposition.

What’s not so good?
Much like the season-launching alien-Nazi arc, the Augment storyline rattles close slowly, and with alarming predictability. It's a bit shocking to observe that the guy behind “Twilight” wrote this installment.

How does it end, spoiler-boy?
“I’ve been thinking. Perfecting humanity may not be possible. Cybernetics. Artificial lifeforms …” “Goodbye, doctor.” “… I doubt I’ll finish my work myself. Might take a generation or two …”

Herc’s rating for “Star Trek: Enterprise” 4.6?


The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:
***** better than we deserve
**** better than most motion pictures
*** actually worth your valuable time
** as horrible as most stuff on TV
* makes you quietly pray for bulletins

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