Flat Foreheads

Story: Divergence
Written By: Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Series: Star Trek: Enterprise
Year: 2005

Just as mixed as the first episode, this one furthers the plotline set up in "Affliction." It quickly wraps up the forced cliffhanger from the previous episode, and then goes back to the silly Flat forehead Klingon plot.
We also get the Section 31/Malcolm plot is expanded, and we learn Section 31 wants the Klingons to afflict themselves with the virus, knowing it will weaken them. Plus Tucker on Columbia and eventually returning to Enterprise. Pointless plot line.

It all boils down to the virus being stopped in stage 1, with the change of appearance and some minor changes in neural patterns (excuses for the different kind of Klingons in TOS).

I didn't much care for this two-parter. It feels like one episode stretched into two. A lot of the side stories feel overlooked, and the main plot wasn't as needed as some fans would've lead you to believe. The performances also felt a little like Season 1 or 2 quality, and not the level that most of Season 3 and Season 4 had been.

Definite misstep.

NEXT TIME: Gifts from the Syndicate