I always block out that Archer and T’Pol were supposed to be a thing in season 1. The writers literally TIE THEM TOGETHER and there is still no chemistry there.
Ok they DID THAT
I wonder if Blalock and Bakula were really strongly against their character being together? Because these moments, like being tied together, forced to share blankets, T’Pol’s boobs in Archer’s face, are all obviously designed to create romantic tension. But they always play them cleanly with serious dialogue, without glances or emotions or touches.
I feel like that’s either due to acting choices or a lack of communication between the writers room and the directors.
I picture these two as friends and they always come across as friends. It kind of does the opposite of what the writers intend, actually? All those opportunities to sexualize T’Pol and what you get is Archer happily huddling for warmth with a colleague.
Eventually they had to literally write an episode where he explicitly talk about her boobs and it comes across so out of character.
Uhh, I’m watching that Enterprise episode where T’Pol goes through a “premature” pon farr and I hate it.
Spock was angry, moody and slightly violent. T’Pol runs around in her underwear trying to force herself on her crew mates.
That whole thing is a male fantasy. Like, of course she can’t just become reclusive and pissed, she has to become so horny she can’t control herself.
The way they wrote T’Pol is really often unbearably sexist.
The main thing I feel with how they wrote T’Pol is that she is almost always powerless.
Powerless to her urges, to her disease, to the whims of High Command, to mental manipulation, to emotion. Archer can always overpower her, despite her supposed superior strength.
I have written about this before. The writers constantly break her down and sexualize her at the same time, which gives this impression that they fetischize her powerlessness and lack of control.
(I’ve tried to find another word instead of fetischize but that’s the most accurate one I can find.)
Again, that’s a male fantasy. They took a character that had the outline to be strong and independent and broke her into little pieces. Because non-emotional, strong and independent female characters aren’t attractive.
I like parts of Enterprise but it’s almost painful to watch these T’Pol episodes. Jolene Blalock plays vulnerable so well. She’s great at showing how T’Pol breaks. But I hate to watch it.