And they say you can never go home again…
Cast & Crew
Director: James A. Contner
Written By: Andre Bormanis
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
Corey Mendell Parker as Paul Mayweather
Nicole Forester as Nora
Adam Paul as Nichols
Joan Pringle as Rianna Mayweather
Philip Anthony-Rodriguez as Juan
Ken Feinberg as Alien Captain
Originally Aired: April 16, 2003
When Enterprise reverses course to go investigate a planetary phenomenon, Ensign Mayweather takes the opportunity to visit the cargo ship where he was born and raised, the E.C.S. Horizon. But his father, the ship’s captain, just recently died, and Travis finds that things at home haven’t been the same since.
I should go back and count the number of times I’ve had to say "At least it didn’t completely suck," or something like that, because I know I’ve had to say it a lot over the past few years.
In truth the episode does build upon Travis’ character, but this episode would have probably fit better within the first season and not the second. Sadly, we’re just not interested in him at this stage, nor does the storyline draw you into him any more.
One nice bit was Archer’s lead-in as to why he didn’t join the Cargo fleet. My guess is that’s covered later this season by "First Flight" (May 14th).
The last Frankenstein discussion. Training video, ha!
Travis and Paul’s scene in the cargo bay, arguing over command policies. Poorly acted and whiney.
Originality: Problems with the folks at home isn’t anything new. These stories are meant to flesh out the character’s past. 3 out of 6.
Effects: Good work, but nothing spectacular save for the melting planet. 4 out of 6.
Story: Not really sharp, but adequate. 3 out of 6.
Acting: Probably the worst aspect of the episode. Most of the guest cast seems wooden and uninteresting. 3 out of 6.
Emotional Response: There are some laughs to be had at T’Pol’s expense. 4 out of 6.
Production: Cool it’s the Defiant, er Equinox, er Fortunate, er Horizon bridge. 3 out of 6
Overall: This is what baseline for the series should be. 4 out of 6.
Total: 24 out of 42
- The Mayweather family is reunited
- Travis takes the helm
- Paul Mayweather serves as Horizon’s new captain
- Rianna Mayweather
- 20-second episode preview (QT, WMP)
Next Time on Enterprise (April 23, 2003)
Enterprise is asked to evacuate a group of Denobulan geologists from a world that has been taken over by a militant faction, and since they are located deep underground, the effort requires some treacherous spelunking by the rescue team. Meanwhile Phlox faces a dilemma when another evacuee, an Antaran afflicted with a fatal dose of radiation, refuses to be treated by a Denobulan because of very old bad blood between the two races.
Additional Notes and Comments
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