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Cast & Crew
Director: David Livingston
Written By: Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
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
Chris Wynne as Dr. Moninger
Bonita Friedericy as Rooney
John Short as Drake
Adam Harrington as Researcher
Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest
Jim Fitzpatrick as Commander Williams
Mark Chadwick as Male Tarkalean
Nicole Randal as Female Tarkalean
Paul Scott as Foster
Originally Aired: May 7, 2003
An arctic research team on Earth discovers debris from an alien vessel, nearly a century old, buried in a glacier along with the bodies of two cybernetically enhanced humanoids. Once those beings are thawed for investigation, they come to life and abduct the scientists and their transport vessel. Enterprise is called to intercept, but Captain Archer and his crew find these cyborgs to be an intractable, insidious enemy. [Video Teaser]
And to think, I passed on the chance to have someone else review this one.
On one hand, by itself, this episode was fun to watch. At least until yet another continuity error comes up. Then it just becomes an insult to Star Trek and its fans. To make matters worse, B&B don’t even have writing credits on this one. Someone else is to blame, and Sussman and Strong should know better!
Starfleet gets way too much information about the Borg. The nannites, the assimilation, even the time period on when they’d return. Don’t you think they’d plan a little better for their arrival?
A tie between Phlox’s dismay at underestimating the Borg and Archer’s remorse at having to suck two infected aliens into deep space.
Anything and everything having to do with continuity with the Star Trek timeline.
Originality: It’s the Borg. While thrilling to see, they are still just the Borg. 3 out of 6.
Effects: As always it looks great. 5 out of 6.
Story: Complete disregard for continuity spoils this outing from the beginning. 1 out of 6.
Acting: Phlox and Archer are both very good. 5 out of 6.
Emotional Response: You mean other than raw frustration? 2 out of 6.
Production: The interior shots of the arctic transport were suitably eerie. 4 out of 6
Overall: An obvious attempt to get the fans back by using a popular villain. Can’t you guys come up with something more original? 1 out of 6.
Total: 21 out of 42
- Reed confronts one of the beings
- The mysterious cybernetic beings
- 20-second episode preview (QT, WMP)
Can’t get enough of those assimilating aliens? StarTrek.com has a complete Borg Culture dossier for your reading pleasure.
Next Time on Enterprise (May 14, 2003) *Double Feature*
While Enterprise is investigating what appears to be a dark matter nebula, Archer receives news that A.G. Robinson, his old rival in the early days of the NX test program, has died. During a shuttlepod mission into the dark matter phenomenon, Archer reminisces to T’Pol about the time he and Robinson were pilots competing for the honor of being the first to break the Warp 2 barrier.
A Tellarite bounty hunter captures Archer intending to turn him over to the Klingons for a substantial reward. Meanwhile, T’Pol is infected with an alien pathogen that unleashes her primal Vulcan urges.
Additional Notes and Comments
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