The Nitpicking Podcast

Where we look at popular television, look at it with jaded eyes, and then tell you everything that's wrong with it.

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Enterprise, Season 3

EPISODE ONE: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 1: The Xindi
[September 26, 2021]
The inaugural episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, the Good Bits. We hope.

EPISODE TWO: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 2: Anomaly
[October 3, 2021]
Pirates and moral conundrums, oh my!

EPISODE THREE: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 3: Extinction
[October 10, 2021]
A highlight worst-of reel of Star Trek: Genesis by way of Identity Crisis sprinkled with the awful ending of the Inner Light and the bad acting of Masks. Though, good news: no salamander babies!

EPISODE FOUR: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 4: Rajiin
[October 17, 2021]
We continue with the worst of Star Trek, this time exploring the Evil Seductress Trope: The Perfect Mate by way of the original series' salt vampire.

EPISODE FIVE: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 5: Impulse
[October 24, 2021]
In which Enterprise attempts to do a zombie movie while completely missing the point of zombie movies.

EPISODE SIX: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 6: Exile
[October 31, 2021]
Sato finds herself in a boring, bog-standard retelling of Beauty and Beast meets Bluebeard by way of Ravenloft.

EPISODE SEVEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 7: The Shipment
[November 7, 2021]
In which the story finally moves forward. In the most annoying way possible.

EPISODE EIGHT: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 8: Twilight
[November 14, 2021]
A weak idea done in a half-hearted way, in which nothing actually happens.

EPISODE NINE: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 9: North Star
[November 21, 2021]
The Enterprise writers say 'Fuck it, we're in the Old West.'

EPISODE TEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 10: Similitude
[November 28, 2021]
For once, the opening theme song is perfectly appropriate for this creatively vacant episode that's somehow WORSE than Tuvix.

EPISODE ELEVEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 11: Carpenter Street
[December 5, 2021]
To fight the Xindi, the crew goes from the 2150s to the 2000s but it feels like the 1970s.

EPISODE TWELVE: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 12: Chosen Realm
[December 12, 2021]
Baby's First Theology leads to Who Watches the Watchers after you take out all the good parts and all that's left is punching.

EPISODE THIRTEEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 13: Proving Ground
[December 19, 2021]
This surprisingly enjoyable episode sees the story finally lurch forward in the return of Star Trek treasure Jeffrey Combs as Andorian Commander Shran.

EPISODE FOURTEEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 14: Stratagem
[December 26, 2021]
This holodeck-without-the-holodeck episode reveals the limits of both 22nd-century technology and Johnathan Archer's ability to lie.

EPISODE FIFTEEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 15: Harbinger
[January 3, 2022]
An episode so badly written, it makes us re-evaluate Voyager as the worst of the franchise. Oh, and Reed and Hayes STILL don't make out.

EPISODE SIXTEEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 16: Doctor's Orders
[January 9, 2022]
The endless slog towards Ezati Prime continues as Doctor Phlox is left all alone in a poor retelling of Voyager's episode One.

EPISODE SEVENTEEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 17: Hatchery
[January 16, 2022]
A potentially interesting situation is completely undercut -- surprise surprise -- by removing the characters' autonomy. Includes guest commentator Jill Neff.

EPISODE EIGHTEEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 18: Azati Prime
[January 23, 2022]
The Enterprise FINALLY reaches Azati Prime only to find out the journey wasn't worth it.

EPISODE NINETEEN: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 19: Damage
[January 30, 2022]
Enterprise carries all of the usual Star Trek baggage, but it does know how to do damage.

EPISODE TWENTY: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 20: The Forgotten
[February 6, 2022]
We end up mildly impressed with this knot of an episode, but we wished they'd planned out the overarching continuity better.

EPISODE TWENTY-ONE: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 21: E Squared
[February 13, 2022]
Yesterday's Enterprise, but make it stupid.

EPISODE TWENTY-TWO: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 22: The Council
[February 20, 2022]
We reach the point in the story the writers should have worked backwards from, but didn't.

EPISODE TWENTY-THREE: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 23: Countdown
[February 27, 2022]
Bangs, flashes, ships firing on each other, and then we just end up where we started.

EPISODE TWENTY-FOUR: Enterprise, Season 3, Episode 24: Zero Hour
[March 6, 2022]
Of all the ways this could have ended, we can at least say we didn't see this one coming.

Kindred: The Embraced

EPISODE TWENTY-FIVE: Kindred: The Embraced, Episode 1: The Original Saga
[March 13, 2022]
Return with us to the 90s, when men were men and women were vampires, as we review the short-lived Aaron Spelling series Kindred: The Embraced.

EPISODE TWENTY-SIX: Kindred: The Embraced, Episode 2: Prince of the City
[March 20, 2022]
The continued adventures (some recycled) of straight vampires in Gayville.

EPISODE TWENTY-SEVEN: Kindred: The Embraced, Episode 3: Nightstalker
[March 27, 2022]
In this episode, on which guest commentator Jill Neff actually spent money, we can't tell who really is the stalker.

EPISODE TWENTY-EIGHT: Kindred: The Embraced, Episode 4: Romeo and Juliet
[April 3, 2022]
In 42 minutes, we see every way this show could have succeeded and every way it definitely failed.

EPISODE TWENTY-NINE: Kindred: The Embraced, Episode 5: Live Hard, Die Young, and Leave a Good Looking Corpse
[April 10, 2022]
Guest commentator Cynthia Taylor helps us understand why the high camp of this series is so bad it's good -- and why we're glad there's only eight episodes. No homo.

EPISODE THIRTY: Kindred: The Embraced, Episode 6: The Rise and Fall of Eddie Fiori
[April 17, 2022]
As we witness the end of Eddie Fiori's dubious leadership of the Brujah clan, our talk with guest commentator Sean McGarry ranges from LARPS to Michelle Pfieffer to Jinx Monsoon.

EPISODE THIRTY-ONE: Kindred: The Embraced, Episode 7: Bad Moon Rising
[April 24, 2022]
We watched the entire episode even though half way through the writers just gave up.

EPISODE THIRTY-TWO: Kindred: The Embraced, Episode 8: Cabin in the Woods
[May 1, 2022]
Drama and consequences arise from a weekend in the woods. As always, the ideas are fine, but the execution is the problem. Also: our feelings on the series as a whole and what's coming next...

Alien Nation

EPISODE THIRTY-THREE: Alien Nation, Episode 1: Pilot, Part 1
[May 15, 2022]
The first part of this double-length pilot introduces us to Neil's old friends the Newcomer Francisco and their irascible Human comrade, Matthew Sikes.

EPISODE THIRTY-FOUR: Alien Nation, Episode 1: Pilot, Part 2
[May 22, 2022]
In the second part of our pilot, the writers try to put in and resolve entirely too much and we're introduced to the unfortunate trope of the last-minute voice over.

EPISODE THIRTY-FIVE: Alien Nation, Episode 2: Fountain of Youth
[May 29, 2022]
An episode about getting older: how it happens, what it means and how you can avoid it.

EPISODE THIRTY-SIX: Alien Nation, Episode 3: Little Lost Lamb
[June 5, 2022]
Buck's story is wrapped up REALLY quickly and Matt and George discover the most literary whorehouse in California.

EPISODE THIRTY-SEVEN: Alien Nation, Episode 4: Fifteen With Wanda
[June 12, 2022]
The platonic ideal of Alien Nation: an interesting social-science fiction plot saddled with an utterly ridiculous and brain-dead police procedural.

EPISODE THIRTY-EIGHT: Alien Nation, Episode 5: The Takeover
[June 19, 2022]
Easily the worst episode so far, leaning hard into the ridiculous policework of a crime-ridden city's vague riot. Oh, and there's mind-control gas.

EPISODE THIRTY-NINE: Alien Nation, Episode 6: The First Cigar
[June 26, 2022]
Guest commentator Sean McGarry helps us understand why this episode is the best argument for a reboot: Ms. Ross will show us the way.

EPISODE FORTY: Alien Nation, Episode 7: Night of the Screams
[July 3, 2022]
Alien Nation firing on all cylinders: a surprisingly good Halloween episode that merges the personal with the police procedural.

EPISODE FORTY-ONE: Alien Nation, Episode 8: Contact
[July 10, 2022]
A solid episode about family, memory, home, the past and how the future is determined by our choices and where we come from.

EPISODE FORTY-TWO: Alien Nation, Episode 9: Three to Tango
[July 17, 2022]
A feel-good episode about murder. Lots and lots of murder.

EPISODE FORTY-THREE: Alien Nation, Episode 10: The Game
[July 24, 2022]
An excellent episode about George's past where the police procedural and the personal work together, though it does veer into melodrama.

EPISODE FORTY-FOUR: Alien Nation, Episode 11: Chains of Love
[July 31, 2022]
Guest commentator Jill Neff joins us for this tour of 90s digital dating, murder and homophobic hijinx.

EPISODE FORTY-FIVE: Alien Nation, Episode 12: The Red Room
[August 7, 2022]
This episode tries to answer the question how much trauma can you fit in one Newcomer man? The answer is way too much.

EPISODE FORTY-SIX: Alien Nation, Episode 13: Spirit of 95
[August 14, 2022]
Like a good episode, this one grapples with larger questions: politics, the efficacy of voting, and the possibility of change. But that's where any similarity with a good episode ends.

EPISODE FORTY-SEVEN: Alien Nation, Episode 14: Generation to Generation
[August 21, 2022]
We found our head canon much more interesting than this episode's attempt to use a mystic curse to bring everyone together.

EPISODE FORTY-EIGHT: Alien Nation, Episode 15: Eyewitness News
[August 28, 2022]
What starts out as a possibly interesting take on a precursor to reality television ends up collapsing into a mess of judgemental pontificating with no clear point. But, Angela Bassett!

EPISODE FORTY-NINE: Alien Nation, Episode 16: Partners
[September 4, 2022]
Two-thirds potential, one-third flub as George is accused of stealing drugs and another father figure inevitably ends up disappointing Matt.

EPISODE FIFTY: Alien Nation, Episode 17: Real Men
[September 11, 2022]
We're joined by guest commentator Cynthia Taylor as we examine thie episode of gender stuff, done either very well or very badly. You decide!

EPISODE FIFTY-ONE: Alien Nation, Episode 18: Crossing the Line
[September 18, 2022]
A serial killer, ANOTHER trauma from someone's past, and flashbacks to characters you couldn't possibly care about all add up to a strong contender for the Worst. Episode. Ever.

EPISODE FIFTY-TWO: Alien Nation, Episode 19: Rebirth
[October 2, 2022]
Narrative Scrapple: three after-school specials shoved into blender and then poured into a bad and boring episode.

EPISODE FIFTY-THREE: Alien Nation, Episode 20: Gimmie Gimmie
[October 9, 2022]
A morality play plot about material acquitision that's all motion and no movement.

EPISODE FIFTY-FOUR: Alien Nation, Episode 21: The Touch
[October 16, 2022]
A not-so-greatest hits, The Game by way of the First Cigar, in which we encounter trauma but this time Cathy-flavored!

EPISODE FIFTY-FIVE: Alien Nation, Episode 22: Green Eyes
[October 23, 2022]
Our run of not-so-great episodes ends on a cliff-hanger with the unfinished story of yet another purist plot that will need to be finished in the first Alien Nation film: Dark Horizon.

EPISODE FIFTY-SIX: Alien Nation, Extrasode 1: Dark Horizon, Part 1
[November 11, 2022]
This week, we cover the first half of the TV movie that kinda-sorta picks up where the series left off and kinda-sorta gives it a conclusion.

EPISODE FIFTY-SEVEN: Alien Nation, Extrasode 2: Dark Horizon, Part 2
[November 20, 2022]
We cover the second half of Dark Horizon in which Ahpossno finally does something and the second plot is resolved. Oh, and stay tuned for our PODCAST FINALE next week!

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