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By Jim Smith on 09 November 2005 Comments Off

The final episode of ‘Enterprise’ the intertextually entitled ‘These Are The Voyages…’ has come in for a lot of flack, odd given that the episode’s authors called it a ‘valentine’ to ‘Star Trek’ fans.

By Jim Smith on 13 July 2005 Comments Off

Chock full of great character moments, astounding production design and fantastic special effects ‘In A Mirror Darkly – Part II’ both ruthlessly parodies and sincerely reveres the series of which it is a part.

By Jim Smith on 27 June 2005 Comments Off

We live, as anyone with the slightest grasp on pop culture knows, in an era of Shatner renaissance.

By Jim Smith on 12 January 2005 Comments Off

It’s been a long road, as the (always frankly brilliant) theme song to ‘Enterprise’ goes, but the fifth ‘Star Trek’ TV show is finally something to write home about.

By Stephen Lavington on 05 January 2005 Comments Off

What rocked Shiny’s world in the last twelve months? The answers are unlikely to surprise you.

By Shiny Shelf on 21 February 2003 Comments Off

I come to bury ‘Enterprise’, not to praise it.

By Stephen Lavington on 07 February 2003 Comments Off

It’s ‘Star Trek’ meets ‘Animal Hospital’ as Dr Phlox fight to save SpaceDog (aka Porthos) from a vile alien pathogen.

By Stephen Lavington on 22 January 2003 Comments Off

This week: ‘Enterprise’ tries to lull viewers into a false sense of security with a good episode, but I urge you not to fall for this vile subterfuge!

By Stephen Lavington on 15 January 2003 Comments Off

A rather sparky little episode that nonetheless harks back to the rather hackneyed method of character development pioneered in the first season of isolating two characters in a stressful situation so that they can bond.

By Jim Smith on 14 January 2003 Comments Off

‘Civilisation’ is not exactly vintage Trek. Not a true turkey either, mind you, but certainly little to write home about. Captain Archer and co arrive above a planet which is populated by bumped…

By Stephen Lavington on 10 January 2003 Comments Off

Previously, on shinyshelf’s reviews of Enterprise, we encountered a wannabe gritty, primitive ancestor of ‘Star Trek’ attempting to couple high quality US SF of universal appeal with a fanboy’s in-joke fantasy.

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2002 Comments Off

When an away team find themselves stranded on a seemingly harmless planet during a storm, hallucinations and paranoia begin to set in…

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2002 Comments Off

A lighter and more inventive episode than the last couple, ‘Unexpected’ sees macho man Trip impregnated after an encounter with some hitchhiking aliens…

By Mark Clapham on 29 July 2002 Comments Off

The worst episode of the series so far, ‘Terra Nova’ is earnest, worthy, and various other kinds of dull.

By Stephen Lavington on 25 June 2002 Comments Off

So. The big one. The end of season cliff-hanger. And very impressive it was too, primarily because of the way it tied together three disparate – and often barely hinted at – plot strands into a coherent whole and then threw in a dash of utter lunacy.

By Stephen Lavington on 18 June 2002 Comments Off

Not to be confused with a similarly titled Harrison Ford/ Anne Heche pirate romp this week’s episode sees Archer and his crew toy with the genre of light comedy. It’s a not entirely unsuccessful effort that rattles along nicely.

By Stephen Lavington on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

Utterly dispiriting. A recent rise in quality has acted only to create a false sense of security, before the vicious one-two punch of this episode.

By Stephen Lavington on 05 June 2002 Comments Off

A decent enough episode this, with two curiously disparate story strands. Perhaps an attempt to emulate the stronger continuity of Buffy or Roswell, and not just a case of lazy writing. Despite this another strong instalment of an increasingly

By Stephen Lavington on 27 May 2002 Comments Off

This week Enterprise takes the rather dubious refuge frequently favoured by American TV shows, the Latin title. However, pretentious naming aside, Lone Voice actually turns out to be rather good – and indeed contributes to the impression that t

By Stephen Lavington on 20 May 2002 Comments Off

Shock! A rare sight in these troubled times, an unequivocally good episode of Enterprise. One not just decent in its own right, but which also takes the neglected, and still thoroughly baffling, ‘temporal cold war’ story arc into account

By Mark Clapham on 16 May 2002 Comments Off

Mark reviews the new Trek and likes what he sees…

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

14 January 2002, Sky One

After ‘Broken Bow’ its unsurprising that the series’ first normal episode is a little low key.

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

You can see the pitch meeting for this episode easily enough. One of the writers is sitting across the desk from (Executive Producer) Brannon Braga, and he grins and says excitedly ‘It’s set in a Vu

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

A meteor, a vulcan ship, and a recorded message to a class of school kids – for most of its running time, ‘Breaking The Ice’ is about as low key as it gets. It also *works*, and works well.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

What could be more exciting than a space opera about freight? Almost anything, you might say, and usually you’d be right.

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Finally we get back to the arc set up in ‘Broken Bow’, and learn a little about the ‘Cold War across time’ that everyone was going on about. In this respect ‘Enterprise’ is craftily taking a le

By Mark Clapham on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

At last, a pay off to all those gantries and gunmetal – ‘Silent Enemy’ is the spaceship-as-submarine drama those militaristic sets promised, and has all the atmosphere and tension such a premise de

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

For much of its length ‘Dear Doctor’ is a fairly successful stab at the kind of morality play which some seem to think Star Trek was invented for…

By Jim Smith on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

Gasp! Enterprise demonstrates continuity shocker!

By Stephen Lavington on 15 May 2002 Comments Off

For a show with such great potential, Enterprise seems singularly reluctant to take to the skies. Of course, this is no great surprise.