Crewmembers are stuck aboard
a sinking Klingon ship.
When Enterprise comes across a wounded Klingon vessel, T'Pol, Hoshi and
Reed take a shuttlepod down to investigate. There they are ambushed by a hostile
female Klingon who hijacks the shuttlepod, leaving the Enterprise
crewmembers dangerously stranded aboard the Klingon vessel. Now it's up to
Archer to take the Klingon under guard and enlist her help in rescuing his crew.
C.A. Voigts' "A View From The
Shuttlecraft" Enterprise Episode
Sleeping Dogs - spoilers involved.
This episode did not impress me. It's not that it was a bad episode… it
just wasn't a good episode either. I felt as if it were written by someone
who had a line from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in mind while writing -
the line being, “I don't know. I'm making this up as I go.”
The plot felt as if it were patched together. The Klingon woman wasn't as
Klingon-like as others have been and I felt the confrontation between she
and Archer could have been much more lively. In fact, the whole show felt as
if the energy level was very low. I never felt drawn to the plot. Perhaps it
was the fact that the previous episode was so good that this episode didn't
have a chance. Even the attempts at humor, usually very well done, were
half-hearted at best and not very funny. The one good thing about the show
was that Hoshi didn't scream - thank goodness that is, apparently, out of
the way. The chance of her being the resident screamer has been, I trust,
greatly diminished and she will emerge, instead, with the heart of a
Introductions: photo torpedoes. One wonders if Starfleet develops them on
their own, if the Klingons and/or Vulcans or someone else gives Enterprise
the technology, or if we somehow “borrow” it from the Klingons.
Great lines: none really stuck out in this particular episode.
Let's hope next week's episode will improve - I certainly hope it's
better than the last episode with Andorians in it.
What does this rating mean?
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Laurie's No-Nonsense Review
Well. . .it was actually kind of a good story. I keep trying to figure
out why this show just isn't taking off and I think it's just that none of
the characters are all that developed. Hoshi is still the most fleshed out,
Dr. Phlox is fun (although still something of a mystery) and Trip has his
moments, but everyone else is just a bit bland.
Anyway, it was a good story with some fun little bits along the way. The
Enterprise was studying a gas giant when their sensors discovered a vessel
stuck in a planet's lower atmosphere. T'Pol, Reed, and Sato went to
investigate, and found that the ship was filled with unconscious Klingons.
Almost. There was ONE conscious Klingon, and she took their shuttlepod,
leaving them stranded. The rest of the show was about the Enterprise trying
to get them back, find out what was wrong with the Klingons, and get the
Klingon chick to trust them. Archer finally convinced the Klingon chick that
it wasn't the Enterprise that attacked them, and she led him back to the
ship to rescue the landing party. After they revived the Klingon ship, its
Captain tried threatening the Enterprise, and Archer threatened back, and he
There were some nice scary moments, like when the landing party was first
stranded on the Klingon ship -- and found the smell so hard to take. Every
time the ship sunk down a little more or the hull started to bend under
pressure it heated things up a bit. And it was cool when the Klingon chick
just came flying out of nowhere. I also liked the bit where Sato and T'Pol
bonded, when Sato said that she envied T'Pol for not having emotions.
(Finally! Usually the Vulcans get made fun of.) T'Pol taught her a little
meditation trick that worked so maybe these two will develop a bit of a
friendship. Someone needs to bond with T'Pol so they can defend her to
everybody else. They need to work on the relationships between these
characters, it'll make all the stories better.
And they've obviously decided to pretend that the Kirk-era Klingons ever
existed. Archer read up on them and said that they had a warrior mentality,
and they had this whole honor thing ("death before dishonor"). .
.of course in the original series, they were just mean. They were cruel
dictators after power and they didn't have any honor at all. They also
didn't have big bones in their heads.
The sexy outfits they had T'Pol, Sato and Reed wearing during their
decontamination were silly. T'Pol, as always, had the most ridiculous one.
Did you see her little underwear?
That's it. I hope we're free of Klingons for a while now.
Land of Laurie
Timothy Lynch's Enterprise Episode Review
WARNING: Let "Sleeping Dogs" spoilers lie.
In brief: Watchable for a few character moments, but telegraphed and
Enterprise Season 1, Episode 13
Written by Fred Dekker
Directed by Les Landau
Brief summary: A Klingon vessel in distress puts an away team in a tenuous
There's been a back-and-forth quality of Enterprise shows lately. After
"Cold Front," which put everyone squarely in the middle of deeply
weird events, we got "Silent Enemy," which was decent but nothing
particularly ground-breaking. There then came "Dear Doctor," which
was about as meaty an episode as we've seen. If the pattern holds, that
would make "Sleeping Dogs" okay, but not particularly novel.
To put it mildly, the pattern's holding.
So far as I can tell, "Sleeping Dogs" is an episode that exists
to satisfy some fans' need for Klingons, and not for much else. There are a
few moments that give us something unique to this crew, but a very small
batch -- the rest is Generic Enterprise Episode #53 merged with Klingon
We begin with Archer and company investigating a class-9 gas giant. Since
he's never seen a gas giant of this particular type before, Archer decides
it's worth staying around ... and before long, an automated probe finds a
ship stranded in the atmosphere of the planet. Hoshi, Reed, and T'Pol head
down in a shuttle to investigate.
Once there, they quickly find that it's a Klingon vessel and that
everyone appears to be unconscious. T'Pol urges a hasty departure (since the
Klingons would view their arrival as an invasion), but Reed and Hoshi want
to stay and help. Before long, the one conscious Klingon on board ambushes
Reed and takes off in the shuttlepod, leaving the team stranded in a ship
that's sinking ever deeper into the atmosphere.
The feeling here should probably be one of desperation; at the very
least, there should be a sense of oppressive tension in the air.
Unfortunately, having dark lighting is not enough to darken the tone
substantially; I never felt much of a threat from the situation, which tends
to blunt the drama right off the bat.
What we get instead, both on the Klingon ship and on the Enterprise, is
"everyone discovers things about Klingons that they didn't know, but
longtime fans already do." They're a warrior race; they value honor;
they consider everyone an enemy until shown otherwise; they prefer freshly
killed meals and consider gagh a delicacy; they consider signs of weakness
grounds for attack. Gee, any Klingon stereotypes we've missed?
Not only that, but there's an awful lot being told to us here rather than
shown. Archer decides to read up on Klingons in the Vulcan database and just
*tells* Trip about two-thirds of what I said in the previous paragraph.
Telling instead of showing is a spotty enough technique when the information
is *new* to the viewer; when it's basically Klingon 101 which a lot of fans
would already know, it's almost terminally dull.
On a related note, there seemed to be a number of moments which were
present for little reason other than to appeal to the trivia-minded:
Mayweather's "well, I looked up the schematics, and this is a Raptor-
class vessel" comes to mind as a strong example. What useful
information did that provide Archer at the time? He doesn't know much about
the Klingons as it; he won't know the difference between a Raptor-class
vessel and a rerun of _Viper_. Fans who are into ship classes, though, are
spared the speculation. Now, I'm hardly one to object to neat trivia facts
sneaking into shows: sometimes they're quite interesting. However, when said
facts interfere with the actual pace of the show, they're in the way, and
that moment among others qualified.
On a character level, things were somewhat more positive, though there
wasn't much time spent on characterization. Hoshi, however, is having an
interesting time of it. As far as Hoshi goes, this episode is a sequel to
"Fight or Flight:" while she did everything but fake an illness to
avoid going over to the alien ship in the earlier episode, this time she
feels she's "found her space legs" and actively volunteers for the
mission. Just by itself, that's a distinct plus.
Her conversation with T'Pol about wanting to bury her feelings sometimes
was an interesting one as well. T'Pol's actual "take my hand"
calming technique felt like it suffered from iffy execution (in that I
wasn't sure whether she was simply calming Hoshi with words, with something
telepathic a la a very low-level meld, or something else), but I'm intrigued
by the implications. So far, the human we've seen have been very opposed to
Vulcans, which given their history up to this point is understandable.
Hoshi's admitted to envying T'Pol in some ways, however, and if she really
does take T'Pol up on her offer to learn some emotional control, we could
see a human "falling under the Vulcan spell." That would offer
some interesting sources of conflict if it goes far enough; as I said, it's
The rest of the characters fared less well. Reed gets a cold which
appears to serve absolutely no dramatic function (and no, becoming
light-headed in engineering doesn't qualify, as given the heat and the
evident dehydration he could easily have been affected anyway), T'Pol gets
to do very little other than bark orders or object to the plans of others
(not counting her scene with Hoshi), and Archer gets stuck trying to swagger
like a Klingon. (He also, after his first meeting with Bu'kah in sickbay,
asks others to "remind me to stop trying to help people," which on
the heels of his actions in "Dear Doctor" is a *terrible*
sentiment.) Bu'kah gets to do little more than embody Klingon stereotypes,
and Michelle C. Bonilla does not exactly do a stellar job in the role.
And, of course, there's the calculated sex appeal. Let's make the outfit
*inside* the environmental suits nearly skintight, so as to put our three
stranded folks on best display (and setting up at least one shot that
*really* emphasizes Jolene Blalock's figure over the content of the scene).
Let's put the three of them in the "skimpy-outfit decontamination"
setting, despite the fact that Archer apparently doesn't need to go through
it despite having been on the same ship. [I suppose we can be thankful that
at least we didn't have the "let's smear this baby oil ... er,
decontamination gel ... on each other" portion of the scene.]
All in all, this seemed a fairly low-energy episode: the direction was a
bit too flat, most of the actors seemed as though their hearts weren't
really in this ... most of the show just sort of plodded along. The show
gets some points for not really doing much "wrong" per se and for
the Hoshi material, but for the most part this is all pedestrian at best.
-- Reed's weapons interest is still in full swing; I did like the bit
where Hoshi translates something as 'photon torpedoes,' and Reed's attitude
is basically, "Ooh, what are THOSE?" He's a kid with a new toy,
but that's okay. :-)
-- There are some nice visuals here and there in the gas giant,
particularly when Archer and Bu'kah's shuttle comes into range of the
-- "That was ... amazing." "When we return to the ship,
I'll teach you how to do it on your own." Okay, so it's about T'Pol's
calming techniques -- but wow, is that ever dialogue that "slash"
fanfic can put to good use.
-- The actual "what's affected the Klingon crew?" question was
resolved perfectly well; both the problem and the Klingon reaction to it
made a fair amount of sense.
-- Hoshi heads off to the galley to find water for Reed, but T'Pol says
that she shouldn't go alone and accompanies her. Okay, but that means you've
left the self-described light-headed and dehydrated one alone; *real* bright
-- The "detonate torpedoes to create a shockwave" was a
perfectly decent solution as well, though I'll admit that I initially
thought they were firing it to gain altitude simply based on Newton's Third
Law. (The whole action/reaction thing, see.) The shockwave is probably a
-- Obvious dialogue of the week: Reed says that the ship will be crushed
in a few hours tops, to which T'Pol responds, "Then we better
hurry." It's those keen insights that make Archer keep her around,
-- The pressure is at one point stated to be "15,000 GSC." I
guess one way to avoid being yelled at for spotty science is to use units no
one understands. :-)
-- Vaughn Armstrong gets to play another Klingon, for those keeping
That's pretty much it. "Sleeping Dogs" isn't really a bad
episode, but it's certainly one I'm in no hurry to see again. Those who love
any and all Klingon material will likely be somewhat more entertained than I
was, but this was just too by-the-numbers for me.
So, let's wrap up:
Writing: I'm trying to think of surprises. I'm not coming up with any. It
basically holds together and has good Hoshi material, but that's all.
Directing: Not *nearly* tense enough given the circumstances; a bit too
blase. Acting: Other than Michelle Bonilla, no real complaints.
OVERALL: 5: watchable, but very pedestrian.
Archer and T'Pol are caught in a civil war?
Tim Lynch (Castilleja School, Science Department) email@example.com
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Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief Engineer Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating as Lt. Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi Sato
John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox
Michelle C. Bonilla as Bu'kaH
Stephen Lee as Klingon Captain
Teleplay By: Fred Dekker