Don't mind me, just doing some musing about Star Trek Enterprise. :-)
Have you ever watched a deleted scene on a DVD and went, "Why did they cut that out??" Happened to me last night. I've been watching all of the new "extras" on the Blu Ray set and last night was the commentary on Shuttlepod One with Connor Trinneer (Trip), Dominic Keating (Malcolm) and the director of the episode David Livingston. That episode is still my favorite one, so I was excited for new commentary. And it didn't disappoint.
If you haven't seen the episode, Trip and Malcolm believe that Enterprise has been destroyed with no survivors. They're trapped in the shuttlepod, which is running out of air. They're only going to survive for another day or so. While looking for rations, Trip comes upon a bottle of bourbon that Archer had put in there for some reason. He and Malcolm start drinking and talking.
At this point Connor says that he was disappointed that the story Trip told about meeting Archer for the first time was cut out. And David said he hated to do it, since it was such a great character moment for both Trip and Archer, but the episode ran long. Then Connor says that at least the deleted scene has been put on the DVD.
And after watching that deleted scene I'm with Connor - it was awesome and should have been left in. Trip tells Malcolm how he and Archer met, that Archer used to come down to the Florida Keys once a month (where Trip was from) and that Trip was teaching him how to scuba dive. And that of course Archer excelled at it, no matter what Trip asked him to do, even leading them out of a cave at night when Trip got them lost, and Archer had never even been in that cave before. So Trip decides to kind of get even with Archer and leads him to a giant hole, telling him to reach in because there are beautiful starfish in there. What's actually in there is a giant moray eel named Waldo. [snort] Archer reaches in, Waldo clamps down on his arm (his dive suit protected him) and Archer pulls the entire eel out of the hole ("I'd never seen that eel's tail before," Trip says) pushes against a point under the eel's jaw and the thing lets go. Trip, of course, was dumbfounded that Archer even knew how do to something like that. But instead of being mad, Archer thought it was awesome.
And here's where my Trip/Archer slashy heart stood up and did freaking backflips…
Trip says with a faraway look in his eyes, "He took me out to dinner that night. Steak, lobster…" and he trails off with such love and longing and sadness in his voice. Nearly broke my heart. The whole story was told with fondness, not irritation that Archer kept showing Trip up at every turn. I was so disappointed that they cut this because Trip and Archer were the only two who knew each other before Enterprise launched. They'd been best friends for eight years. So Trip of anyone was grieving the most.
What really irritates me is that they cut this scene and instead kept in the scene where Malcolm is talking about T'Pol's ass. Seriously?? You keep something stupid and superficial like that and cut out an emotional scene when the two of them are reminiscing, thinking all their friends are dead and they themselves are dying?? ARGH! I kind of wish I'd never watched the deleted scene!
But on the other hand….another plot bunny has been born. Heh, heh. :-)
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