Monday, June 3, 2013

Breaking the Ice

*** (3 stars out of 5)

Snow Day! There's a big comet and apparently it's made of aptly named Ice-illium. Go figure. Might as well be a Snoopy Snow Cone for all it matters, but it gets Reed and Mayweather outside.

Apart from those guys literally playing icebreaker, there's Archer trying to chip away at crusty old cranky pants Vulcan Captain Vanik . Plus Trip embarrassing himself with T'Pol when he discovers she's trapped in one of those standard Vulcan arranged betrothals we've never seen work out well for anyone.

Ordered to watch humans building snowmen, naming them Beowulf, and blowing them up, Vanik the Vulcan would rather be watching anything else. Vulcan Matlock, for example. Archer and Shran understood each other better! Granted they were beating the living crap out of each other, but they were more comfortable with it.

Young Starfleet is also more comfortable with the tractor than the tractor beam- their equivalent is a great big magnet on a string. The Claw chooses who will go and who will stay!

There's a great sequence when the crew answers questions from grade school kids back home.
It seems poop goes into the bio-matter re-sequencer to be broken down into component molecules and recycled into cargo containers or boots. NO WONDER T'Pol thinks these people stink! Poop boots indeed.

"Breaking the Ice" reminds us that our humans are a REALLY likeable bunch, and also that taciturn, cryptic Vulcans, while hard to like and harder to relate to, are good to have around when you're in a jam. And speaking of tasty treats, T'Pol discovers that Trip's pecan pie might just fill the cracks in her heart.

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