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Cast & Crew
Director: Allan Kroeker
Written By: John Shiban
Scott Bakula as Captain
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
as Dr. Phlox
Mark Rolston as Kuroda
Holmes R. Osborne as Enolian Official
Michael McGrady as Nausicaan
Sean Whalen as Zoumas
Brian Morri as Enolian Guard
John Hansen as Prisoner
Originally Aired: February 26, 2003
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.
John Shiban returns for another turn at script writing. It doesn’t have the obvious B&B stench, but it doesn’t hit particularly hard either. The writers for TV Guide have it right with their five tips for fixing Trek. Time to take chances and go boldly.
Trip’s comic moments continue to be the high points of these episodes, particularly his argument with Zoumas. On one hand, kudos to Trinneer for great comic timing, but on the other, shouldn’t some of the dramatic moments be showing up here?
If I were on my way to fiery, painful death, I’d probably be a little more upset than Kuroda was.
Originality: At least the crew didn’t try to bore their captors to death with moral debate. 4 out 6.
Effects: Mostly good stuff. The plasma field was a little odd-looking, but otherwise acceptable. 5 out of 6.
Story: It doesn’t forward the overall theme of the show, but it doesn’t detract either. 4 out of 6.
Acting: Good and bad. Trinneer and Whalen were fun to watch, the Enolians were bland and Kuroda doesn’t exude much by way of menace. Bakula also comes off a little childish at the end with his tirade about Enolian justice. 3 out of 6.
Emotional Response: Was anyone all that surprised to find Enterprise crew members in the alien shuttle? 3 out of 6.
Production: I was reminded of prison galleys from Ben-Hur when I saw the interior of the prison ship. Where’s the drummer? 4 out of 6.
Overall: A stable outing, but not exactly a standout piece of work. 4 out of 6.
Total: 27 out of 42
Next Time on Enterprise (March 5, 2003)
Reed accidentally leaves his communicator on an alien planet during a visit, and when he returns with Archer to retrieve the crucial technology, they are captured by soldiers who accuse them of being enemy spies.