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Title : Borderland Rating : 3
First Aired : 29 Oct 2004 Stardate : 17 May 2154
Director : David Livingston Year : 2154
Writers : Ken LaZebnik Season : 4
Rating : 3.3333 for 3 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Ben Rating : 3
Review : Out of the frying pan, into a new three-story arc for the intrepid crew of the Enterprise. No rest for the weary I guess. Not a bad beginning to the story, though I thought the Augments seemed a little tribal for being such highly intelligent group. Not to mention the ridiculous artfully-torn spandex uniforms they wore. The scene with Malik announcing his attack on Archer was a little much. But...Spiner was great and this arc looks promising.
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 3
Review : I'm beginning to like this new Enterprise. We're getting a string of decent episodes, and they're finally beginning to get the 'feel' right. Having eliminated a lot of the dross from the last three years, they begin producing decent episodes that develop on ideas that date back to TOS and TNG. We see an exaggerated version of Khan and his people here, aggressive and rebellious, but without his steady, calculating mind. Khan liked to plan things carefully, only using force when needed, these people use force first, but use it hard. Dr Soong made an interesting character as well. I suppose he must be an ancestor of Data's creator, and you get some idea of the drive behind creating a better form of Human that might lead to that. Maybe he's yet another mad scientist, but I hardly ever thought of Data when watching him (which says a lot for Brent Spiner). The Orion slave traders did indeed seem like padding, although it made for a dramatic half-hour and gave Soong an excuse to send his message. Still, it might have been better to come up with something else and add one scene of him sending a message from the ship. Verdict, a decent episode. Enterprise is getting more like Star Trek.
Reviewer : =NoPoet= Rating : 4
Review : I feel compelled to start adding my own reviews on DITL as I think some episodes of Enterprise are being under-valued. Borderland is a hugely entertaining episode of Trek crammed with in-universe references and the continuity I feel Star Trek generally lacks. The depth of continuity is good, rewarding long-term fans, but it feels so effortless I cannot understand at all why Bermaga seem to constantly chuck continuity out of the window. Brent Spiner is amazing and the episode finishes on a high. We finally get to meet male Orions and we see some of the galactic politics that only really came alive in DS9. Long live Manny Coto - if ENT had carried on for the full seven seasons, I think it would have got better and better.
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