In the twentieth episode of the fourth season of Enterprise, THIS IS A PAINFUL EPISODE BUT IT WAS ALSO SO GOOD. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to watch Star Trek.
Trigger Warning: For discussion of consent, xenophobia, and racism.
MY GODS, THIS WAS?????? Yâ€™all, what if that was my entire review? Just nothing but question marks? Because holy shit, I was not ready for the consistent escalation of â€œDemons,â€ especially not that ending. As messy as this fourth season has been at times, this is an episode that deals with the ramifications of the whole show. Weâ€™ve seen just how much space travel affects Earth society, and in the wake of ALL OF SEASON THREE, a new wave of xenophobic terror has washed over certain parts of the populace.
And this episode is just barely a metaphor, which is why itâ€™s so effective and creepy. I havenâ€™t always been a fan of how Enterprise has dealt with post-9/11 politics â€“ their views on torture are still uncomfortable to me â€“ but WOW, THIS WAS SO REAL. Itâ€™s an amalgamation of much of what we saw unfold in the early 2000s, and which has made a new resurgence in the last couple of years. Well, itâ€™s never really went away, of course; it just changed form. The targets might be different, but the goal is the same: the preservation of some mystical â€œproperâ€ race, or â€œproperâ€ form of an American.
Of course, because this is a metaphor, all the pieces donâ€™t fit in precisely the same way to its real-world counterpart, but I appreciated that this episode tackled just how extreme people like this can get. I admit that I still donâ€™t see how that child factors into all of this, and more than anything else, thatâ€™s the mystery that hangs over â€œDemons.â€ The cold open introduces us to the first Vulcan-human child, which is something that we know wonâ€™t be stigmatized as much in the future. But that child represents something terrible to the people who are in Terra Prime, who believe that Earth belongs to humans and humans only.
So why? Why did these people ostensibly steal DNA from both Tâ€™Pol and Tucker to create this child if they hate the idea of human hybrids so much? It makes no sense to me! Everything else at least has some basis in their prejudicial framework. They believe that non-humans should be banished from Earth, so as not to â€œtarnishâ€ the legacy of humanity, because… that is something that happens? Apparently? I suppose this is where I also have a problem with white supremacy or xenophobia on a purely logical level. Obviously, I have a much more personal issue with this as a non-white person, but how is allowing aliens on Earth diluting humanity? Humans are still humans, and just because theyâ€™re interacting with people unlike them doesnâ€™t make them less human. But thereâ€™s little value gained in dissecting this sort of logic or belief because in the end, many of these people could never be convinced otherwise. Itâ€™s interesting to note that none of these characters really try to argue with the Terra Prime members. Instead, theyâ€™re mostly in shock! And who can blame them? After spending four years galavanting the universe, expanding their knowledge of existence, and making close friends with non-humans, this type of ideology is completely bewildering to them. Itâ€™s non-sensical!
Iâ€™m interested, then, to see what Travis is going to say to Gannet. Thereâ€™s a chance she really wasnâ€™t a spy, but I donâ€™t really believe her all that much anymore. Plus, I need to know what truly transpired because it will influence how I feel about her behavior. Was her pursuit of Travis genuine, or was it all a ruse so she could get him to let his guard down? The latter would be… yeah, that would be super gross, and it would change how I thought of her! The same goes for Travis, who looks suitably pissed and confused once Archer levels the accusation at Gannet. UGH, IS SHE A GIANT BIGOT OR NOT? Was she set up? I canâ€™t quite tell, but my gut tells me she was working for Terra Prime.
And if thatâ€™s the case, this is going to be a nightmare. This episode begins with the greatest hope for the Federation weâ€™ve seen since Enterprise began. Indeed, we are really close to its formation, and Iâ€™m wondering if the series finale will end on that point. It seems like a logical conclusion, right? This is probably a three-parter thatâ€™ll give us the bridge between this show and The Original Series, but yâ€™all. I still need to know one thing:
WHY THAT BABY??? I still donâ€™t even have a theory???? Why would you create something you 100% believe is an abomination??? Oh my god, but also: look how excited Tucker was to know he had a daughter. So, I need the show to answer this for me, but I am requesting that he get to raise her regardless because I HAVE FEELINGS FOR Tâ€™POL AND TUCKER BEING PARENTS.
The video for â€œDemonsâ€ can be downloaded here for $0.99.
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