Religious Extremists

Story: Chosen Realm
Written By: Manny Coto
Series: Star Trek: Enterprise
Year: 2004

The Enterprise encounters a group of Religious nuts who worship the Spheres and call the Expanse the “Chosen Realm,” and believe that being scarred by the anomalies is being touched by the creators. My own personal religious beliefs leave me finding it hard to believe anyone can be fundamentalist in their beliefs and still manage space travel. I think religion holds people back, especially scientifically. But that's just an opinion and doesn’t really have any impact on the actual episode.
What does have an impact on the episode is that it is just as boring and forgettable as most Enterprise episodes, even in this decidedly better season. The religious aliens are boring, then they hijack Enterprise, which seems hard as hell to buy when Enterprise not only has Reed’s security teams but also the MACOs on board. Really? A few nuts can take over the whole starship? Really? Hard to swallow.

So I can’t really get behind this episode. I know what they were trying to do, to create an analogue to the Religious Extremists in the Iraq and Afghanistan much the same way that the whole attack on Earth was an analogue for 9/11. I just don’t think this group of writers were suited for that kind of story.

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