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Enterprise LogoPresent Tense

 

Cast & Crew

Director: James Whitmore, Jr.
Written By: Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
Sato
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest
Cullen Douglas as Suliban Soldier

Airdate Information

Originally Aired: February 19, 2003
Season: Two
Episode: Sixteen
Production: 042

This WeekWhat Happened

Far beyond where any Earth vessel has ventured before, the Enterprise crew is shocked to find a small craft adrift in space that contains what appears to be a human corpse. Trip Tucker and Malcolm Reed discover the craft holds some strange secrets, and the mystery deepens when the Suliban arrive making claim to the salvage. On top of that, Captain Archer is confronted by the Tholians, who also aggressively try to procure the enigmatic vessel.

Review

At this stage, I’m just thrilled not seeing any alien princesses, shipwrecked engineers, or caves. Even so, the episode holds up on its own. The plot was full of questions, and few were answered. That’s not a bad thing. It’s good to leave the audience hungry, keeps them tuning in for more.

High Point

Rewiring the torpedo. I mean, who hasn’t days like that?

Low Point

The whole Vulcan cross-mating sub-plot. It was interesting at first, but did Archer really need to turn it into a bigotry issue? The episode had enough conflict without it. And I think we’re all agreed on the fact that they’re pushing the Vulcan culture as far as we’ll buy it.

The Scores

Originality: An interesting twist in the Cold War arc. 3 out 6.

Effects: The new (old?) Tholian ships looked impressive. 5 out of 6.

Story: No clean ending here, which leaves us hungry for a little bit more. 5 out of 6.

Acting: The guest cast wasn’t interesting, but the main crew is still in good form. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Some good humor and strong emotions coming from both sides
of the negotiating table. 4 out of 6.

Production: The ship interior was, well, alright. But it was supposed to be dead and lifeless, right? 4 out of 6.

Overall: Another good outing. See what happens when you let people do their jobs Rick? 4 out of 6.

Total: 29 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (Feb. 26, 2003)

Next Time on EnterpriseCanamar

Upon leaving the Enolian homeworld in a shuttlepod, Archer and Tucker are mistakenly arrested and placed on a prisoner transport vessel bound for the penal colony Canamar. Before the error can be rectified, one of the alien inmates engineers a takeover of the transport, leading Archer to engage in a dangerous gambit.

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