The complexity of their decision makes this the season's best show so far, says Sunny Lee
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The crew can’t decide who the enemy is

Finally, they did it. The writers of this week’s ”Enterprise,” Steve Beck and Tom Finch, provided the season’s first truly compelling episode. Until now, each show has been wrapped up in an agreeable but ho-hum way. But ”Cold Front” was more complicated, with an ending that was both intriguing and unsettling.

This week, Captain Archer and his crew had to determine who the real enemy on board might be: Silik, the Suliban, who prevented Enterprise from blowing up into cosmic kibbles and bits even though he was first introduced as a villain, or Daniels, a man posing as one of the ship’s crewmen who alleges that he’s really a member of a time-traveling goodwill organization from the future.

Ultimately, the crew members can’t find an easy answer. They all decide that Silik is not to be trusted. However, there are some lingering doubts: No one knows the Suliban’s real motives. This entire race is, after all, from the elusive future, which raises questions about how the present may or may not determine the future, and vice versa. For instance, historically speaking, the Suliban are archrivals to ”Enterprise,” and they’ve been pegged as the recurring villains in the series. But because they’re taking orders from an unknown power in another time, the Suliban’s intentions toward the ”Enterprise” are somewhat mysterious. Perhaps, as a result of some twisted time-warp logic, they could even be friends.

If Silik’s the bad guy, why did he repeatedly tell Captain Archer that his unwelcome presence on the ship was for their own good? And, what does he know that the Enterprise crew doesn’t? Because the answers to these questions were never supplied, the tension is mounting — which will keep many of us tuning in to see what happens next.

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