Sep 11, 2020
Enterprise “A Night in Sickbay” (part 1 of 8)
SUMMARY: Captain Archer’s dog gets sick. He uses this as justification to spend the entire episode stalking around the ship, yelling at people, and being an all-around obnoxious, whiny, self-centered asswipe. A prime example of how miscasting, bad writing, and a lack of direction can completely destroy not only a character, and not only a series, but an entire decades-long TV franchise.
Here we are, at long last. Examining in-depth the first Star Trek series in a generation to get its plug pulled: Enterprise. It’s been a long road, getting from TOS to here.
To be exact, it’s been a five-year mission for me. Because five years ago is when I originally indicated that “A Night in Sickbay” would be the first episode of Enterprise to appear in the Agony Booth’s Worst of Trek section, devoted to recaps of horrible Star Trek episodes.
So, with five years of buildup, it’s fair to say this is the most anticipated recap in the history of the site. Can it live up to the hype? Can anything live up to the hype? I’ll be honest: Given the extreme awfulness of “A Night in Sickbay”, I feel I may be in way over my head.
Simply put, this is the worst episode of one of the most cringe-worthy shows of the last ten years. Without a doubt, Enterprise is Star Trek’s most embarrassing chapter. It’s the Galactica 1980 of the Star Trek franchise.