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Captain Archer and T'Pol meet T'Pau in the sanctuary of the Syranites
in the Forge and T'Pau denies the accusation of bombing the United
Earth Embassy. Captain Archer and T'Pol are arrested and sooner he
discovers that Syrran has transferred the mind essence a.k.a "katra" of
Surak to him before dying. T'Pau decides to transfer the "katra" to her
in a dangerous ritual but she fails. Meanwhile the Enterprise is
unsuccessfully trying to rescue Archer and T'Pol. Commander Tucker is
contacted by the Administrator V'Las and ordered to leave the orbit of
Vulcan. Further, V'Las has the intention of bombing the sanctuary of
the pacifists Syranites in the Forge and does not want that the
Enterprise witnesses the attack.
"The Awakening" is another engaging episode of this excellent last season of Enterprise. The similarity of Administrator V'Las with the Lord of War is amazing, and the Forge might recall Afghanistan or Iraq, with historic treasures hidden in caves. The Enterprise heading to Andoria seems to be the promise another excellent show. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "O Despertar" ("The Awakening")
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
After last week's opening part of this story we find Captain Archer and
T'Pol in the custody of the Syrranites. Here they meet T'Pau, the woman
who Archer still believes caused the explosion at Earth's embassy, not
surprisingly she protests her innocence. When she learns that the
spirit of Surak, the founder of Vulcan logic, has been passed to Archer
she performs a ritual to move that spirit into herself but it turns out
that Surak has decided to remain within Archer. While Archer is busy
with the Syrranites the Vulcan High Command is ordering Enterprise to
break orbit and leave Vulcan... so they can attack the Syrranites' base
in secret. As the attacks begin Archer takes T'Pau and T'Pol with him
to find a mythical Vulcan artefact which Surak has revealed the
location of. As the episode ends Enterprise is seen heading to Andoria
in order to warn them of a potential attack by the Vulcans.
This is a gripping episode which has plenty of tense moments and a well handled death scene where Jolene Blalock does a fine job as T'Pol, managing to show both restraint and subtle emotion when her mother does. Guest stars Kara Zediker and Joanna Cassidy are good as T'Pau and T'Pol's mother T'Les, both acting well and showing that it is possible to look good without wearing a revealing costume. The episode sets things up nicely for next week's conclusion of the three part story which I'm looking forward to.
This episode is a continuation of the previous one. In the first
episode, the Earth embassy on Vulcan is bombed--and the trail to the
culprits leads to a mystical Vulcan cult, the Syrrannites. By the end
of the show, you've learned several things--that the Syrrannites are
NOT responsible but were set up AND Soval has learned the truth and
was, as a result, thrown off the High Council!
At the beginning of this second part, Archer somehow KNOWS how to find the Syrrannites. Their hiding place is well hidden but somehow he goes right to it. How? He has the essence or soul of Surak inside him-- the father of logic and niceness in the Vulcans. At first, the Syrrannites don't believe this but through a mind meld they learn the truth. What's next? See the show...I don't want to spoil anything.
This episode is exciting start to finish and is definitely worth your time. It is a wonderful look at the future of the Vulcans--how they so quickly changed from duplicitous and nasty to swell folks who truly embrace logic. Among the best written of the shows AND it has some really cool corpses in the tunnels late in the program! See this one.
In these three "Vulcanian" episodes of Enterprise.
Back in Carbon Creek, Vulcans acted like Vulcans. Here, in the middle episode of this arc, they are squabbling teenagers with too much Vulcan- Sex-Juice, whatever the hormone is called on Vulcan, on Earth we call it something like "Testosterone".
These "Vulcans" and even their new "Surak" all act as if they are in the midst of Pon Farr and participating in the "Kalifi" part of "Kunat- Kalifi" - In other words, the raging kill-each-other stage.
Even the Vulcan Officials on the planet act this way. Sorry, I just didn't believe it.
Vulcans are not HUMANS. In these episodes, they are acting very much like humans, using deceit and treachery - Even offering violence and Destruction of the Enterprise, not to mention trying to destroy a whole group of their own people on the surface.
And this is supposed to be T'PAU. In The Original Series, this character was played by Celia Lovsky and she actually ADOPTED All of Nimoy's Vulcanian Mannerisms. She was a Vulcan's Vulcan. Here, played by Kara Zediker (Who was "The Golden Hind" in one episode of Hercules: Legendary Journeys, because Kevin Sorbo's wife could not get down to New Zealand at the time) she shows none of the GRACE and AUTHORITY of Celia's T'PAU.
Even the name, T'PAU has to be yelled out loud, and spelled with all capital letters, if you think of how she was in The Original Series- She was a Human, or rather Vulcan Exclamation Mark - This was a person to take very seriously- And In that episode, Starfleet backs way down for her.
I do not believe that this is the same T'PAU. This is rather, T'Pau: lower case T'Pau. Kara has NONE of the Earned Authority we grant the older version, and it is not enough to explain this away as a "younger version" - Because even a younger version would at least have the same accent!
I'm surprised Andre Bormanis would write this episode, he was one of the main science consultants for Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. I don't fully blame him, it was the Direction. Roxann Dawson, although being exemplary on a few Voyager episodes, fails to make us believe in any of this.
T'Pol's mother "T'Les" is in these episodes, Joanna Cassidy. Had she played the character more like "Zhora" from Blade Runner, I would have believed it more.
So I give this episode 15 points for the effects as usual, but I give the episode -7 points for the masticating of traditional Vulcans.
Because I do not believe ANY of the so called Vulcans in these episodes. Vulcans, especially female Vulcans have a beauty and a Grace and a solemn charm, like the Elves from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. Vulcans should be more like Galadriel or Elrond, and less like Gimli- Or Azog the Destroyer as they appear here!
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