July 26, 2012
Free Enterprise #7: "Breaking the Ice"
I've written before about how the Vulcans of Enterprise seem a rather unlikeable bunch, and "Breaking the Ice" continues to explore this trend. In "Broken Bow" we discovered that the Vulcans had limited human space travel as much as they could for several decades. Here we discover that, even after allowing the Enterprise to roam freely through the galaxy, the Vulcans are still keeping a slightly paranoid eye on the humans. It works here, because they use the growing tension as an opportunity to develop T'Pol's character arc, and lead her to make a significant choice in whether her primary loyalty lies as a Vulcan or as the first officer of the Enterprise.
Reed and Mayweather finally get something to do - it's only taken seven episodes for the production team to realise the characters are there. Here they not only get the chance to do something productive, but they manage to generate a lot of comic relief as well. They still feel like fairly unnecessary characters, though.
All up, this is an episode worth watching. It's not perfect, but it develops the characters and the narrative nicely and is possibly the first-ever television drama to showcase two grown men building a snowman on the surface of a comet. Four out of the first seven episodes have been enjoyable so far, so Enterprise Season 1 scores 57%.