Here you go kids!
Cast & Crew
Director: Robert Duncan McNeill
Story By: Daniel McCarthy
Teleplay By: Chris Black & 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
Henry Stram as Hudak
Mark Chaet as Yolen
D.C. Douglas as Zepht
Laura Putney as Trevix
Jamison Yang as Crewman
Originally Aired: 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.
Remember when I mentioned last week about character-building episodes? Same applies here. Where was this last season? Or earlier this season? Who’s running this show? Oh, wait…
Phlox’s talk to Hudak about his children. Good writing combined with good acting. It’s not Emmy stuff, but it’s a nice reprieve from the past season.
I don’t about you, but if someone’s taking pot shots at my crew (underground or in flight) their going to get a formal complaint by way of a torpedo. Why’s Archer such a sissy?
Originality: Not stunningly so, but at least it’s something. 3 out of 6.
Effects: The CG cave interior was adequate. 3 out of 6.
Story: Not enough detail about Denobulan history. We seem to have to take their atrocities on faith. Come on, we can take it. 3 out of 6.
Acting: Billingsley is really under used. 5 out of 6.
Emotional Response: Some nice drama, both in sickbay and in the caves. 4 out of 6.
Production: Been missing caves? Now they’re making them in "freaking huge" and "claustrophobic" sizes. 3 out of 6
Overall: Adequate episode. Too bad they’ll probably forget all about the backstory here in a week’s time. 4 out of 6.
Total: 25 out of 42
Next Time on Enterprise (April 30, 2003)
While studying a star in the early stages of going supernova, Enterprise encounters a race called the Vissians. The two crews get along famously, until Trip Tucker gets a little too curious about a member of the species’ third gender — a nameless individual called a "cogenitor." [Video Teaser]
Additional Notes and Comments
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