Written By: Hans Tobeason and Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
Series: Star Trek: Enterprise
“Bounty” is a disappointing first appearance for the Tellarites on Enterprise. They’ve barely been seen beyond the background since their first appearance in “Journey to Babel”, and since they are supposed to be founding members of the Federation, it seems like having a true first contact with humans would be a good idea...especially since they are such an entertaining argumentative bunch.
I would’ve preferred a real first contact with Tellarites, show them to be the overbearing argumentative people they are and have Enterprise crew come to terms with that, learn to admire these people and learn they really aren’t bad guys...just sort of jerks, jerks they can be friends with! Sadly no one was bright enough to tell that tale.
Oh...and there is a b-plot of T’Pol having some kind of induced Pon Farr whic his there purely because the producers assumed the audience wanted some kind of sexy episode for their hot actress...but Pon Farr has so long been established to be for Vulcan males only. They try to get away with it by making it artificial...but it just felt like a forced excuse for a silly story that served no merit other than to have Blalock act sexy. Lame.
Weak episode all around.
NEXT TIME: Xindi