Star Trek : Enterprise Season 3

I’ll admit it – when Enterprise first came out, I did not like it that much. I was prepared to hate it cause a) I did not really like prequels b) I did not like most of the cast and c) I did not like Scot Bakula at all! So if you do not like the main star, the captain, that didn’t leave Enterprise with much chance did it? The series was being shown in India on Star World (ooh the name matches) and I started watching season 1 at home in Thrikkakara. I liked the pilot, thought it was promising, and settled in to watch the show on a weekly basis. This must have been back in 2004. However the following few episodes didn’t exactly sparkle my imagination & fascination and I slowly lost a bit of interest. If I missed an episode, so what?

I really didn’t give the show much of a chance than I should have; I mean the very first long range Earth ship that heads out to different planets for exploration and meeting newer races and establishing first contact, beyond the clusters close to us. That alone should have made me cheer for the series and jump on board at the very beginning. But yeah – so anyway. I missed a few episodes in season 1 and then season 2 started and I got interested after a few really  good episodes. But as luck would have it, Star World stopped airing Enterprise and for the next 3 years I didn’t give the show much thought. When I started downloading tv series & movies from Torrent in 2009, Voyager was my first preference, then DS9 and the original series and HD copies of the movies. Enterprise was the last option but I did get to downloading it. I watched season 1 & season 2 and then was wowed by season 3!

The season starts with the premise, shown in the very last scenes of season 2, of a weapon by the Xindi, (a hitherto unknown  alien species) that destroys part of earth and kills 7 million people. And they could be back for more. At first they appeared as violent enemies wanting no interaction with humanity, but common ground gradually emerged as the crew of the Enterprise discovered that the Xindi were being manipulated into this enmity by a more mysterious race called the Sphere Builders. The latter group, calling themselves the guardians of the Xindi, have convinced the Xindi that in the future mankind will massacre them all so they must strike first. Being the most experienced team and the only ones capable of going that far that quickly, the Enterprise is dispatched to the Delphic Expanse to find the Xindi. Joining the Enterprise are a group of MACOs, an elite group of soldiers.

What follows is a dark series arc with a lot of deaths, carnage and gloom and very action filled. About 27 crewmen & women from the Enterprise gets killed. The ship gets the living shit kicked out of it a few times and is nearly destroyed herself. The characters are fully fleshed out & developed over this season. T’Pol & Trip start what is a really complicated relationship and they even have sex. The Xindi aren’t really all bad, as the crew find out, and they even build an alliance against the real villains – the Sphere Builders, who are finally destroyed in the end along with the weapon. And do you think that the crew gets to rest after all that? No, as the season ends, Captain Archer is throw into the past and finds himself, along with the rest of the crew right smack down in the midst of World War 2 in an alternative reality, with another alien species interferring with earth’s past and it’s up to our heroes to put things back in order! Really after all this!

As great as season 3 was it really left a void in the show’s epicenter. How do you top that? Season 4 became almost anti-climatic and it never really stood a chance after that. The show was cancelled mid-season but the final episodes were aired and the series was allowed to be brought to a conclusion. Albeit a very unsatisfactory one. But that is a blog post for another day! Season 3, I salute you.

The Perfect Age to Retire

The perfect age to retire is….why, I am stumped! How do you know the age that someone is to retire? At one time it used to be that most government jobs had a mandatory retirement age of 57, which was raised to 60 and if I am not mistaken they are mulling over increasing it to 62. And in other jobs it’s between 62 and 67, depending on the nature of the job and which sector it is in. I have always believed that the age should vary depending on the individual and what kind of job he/she is into and a good check by doctors to advice the employers to give a thumbs up for the person to continue beyond a certain age.

I dunno about what I want to do. I am soon to turn 35. I wish I could retire right now and enjoy life for the rest of my life. But some little thing called money comes in the way. I do not have enough of it and I need a lot more. I want a whole lot more. I crave a huge big pile of it, enough for me to swim in for days. Have you seen Uncle Scrooge with his huge pile of money? I’ve seen cartoons of him jumping in and swimming in his huge stash of cash. In fact whenever someone tells me of a rich older person or huge piles of cash I always think of Uncle Scrooge!

So I have to plow on, work for atleast another 25 years or maybe 30 years. Get my PF and some sort of safety net at the end of that period. So I can comfortably live and not have to worry about money for the rest of my days. And wait for death to come and get me. Sigh! So retire when you want to and not when someone else tells you to. Save some cash so that you can do whatever you want after retirement and still be able to enjoy doing it.

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