Star Trek Enterprise: My new favorite?

I spent the last little while speeding through Star Trek Enterprise at the rate two, three and sometimes five episodes a day, and what I’ve come to realize is that — despite being a show I fell away from after its first season and didn’t pick back up until 16 years later — it just might be my favorite installment of the Trek franchise.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I grew up on The Next Generation in the late 80s to mid 90s. It has characters and episodes that I adore to this day. But it has a bunch of episodes I don’t love. Like, Worf’s cool and all, but Klingon honor gets real tedious, real fast. And please don’t throw me in an oil slick, but I never cared for Tasha Yar. And much as I adore Data, I’ve got to be in just the right mood for “Law & Order: Starfleet (Does Data deserve rights? Y/N)?”

On Enterprise, however, there’s not a single character I don’t like, and only a handful of episodes that risk losing my attention. Plus, I just really like what it brought to the franchise. Well, most of what it brought.

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“IT” floats downhill

2017 it posterThe latest adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” manages to do an interesting thing. It draws on different aspects of the novel than the miniseries that came before, making it seem like a more faithful adaptation that separates itself from its predecessor, but it also has notes of familiarity that fans of both the book and the miniseries can enjoy.

Unfortunately, it’s not a great movie. It’s not a bad movie, either! The story shuffles along from point A to B as Pennywise the Dancing Clown terrorizes and murders the children of Derry, Maine. Its scares are good and its humorous moments worth some laughs, and the the virtues of moving the setting from the 1950s to the ‘80s — and being an R-rated 2017 film rather than a prime time 1992 TV miniseries — add to the experience.

It’s just missing a lot of heart.

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Star Trek Enterprise: E2 (3.21)

So, what started as a general attempt to catch up and keep up with Mark Watches (because sometimes it’s nice to have more than myself to talk to) has become a full-on Star Trek Enterprise binge. And E2 (alternately E-squared) might just be not only one of my favorite episodes of Enterprise, but one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek ever.

It’s one of those that I watched it, immediately wished for fanfic and then was still thinking about it the next day. Unfortunately, still thinking about it the next day does bring some of its problems into sharper focus.

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Teen Wolf Tuesday: After Images (6.13)

“Who’s the little fear demon? Come on, who’s the little fear demon?”

“Don’t taunt the fear demon.”

“Why? Can it hurt me?”

“No, it’s just tacky.”

-Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) and Xander (Nicholas Brendan), Buffy The Vampire Slayer, “Fear Itself”

I try not to compare and judge Teen Wolf to other supernatural teen shows, but I couldn’t stop the above Buffy exchange from jumping full-force into my brain while watching “After Images.”

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