Part one of our double feature.
Cast & Crew
Director: LeVar Burton
Written By: John Shiban & Chris Black
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
Keith Carradine as Robinson
Michael Canavan as Vulcan
Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest
Victor Bevine as Flight Controller
Brigid Brannagh as Ruby
John B. Moody as Security Officer
Originally Aired: May 14, 2003
Did John Shiban forget how to write after he left X-Files? I mean, on one hand, this is sort of what we’re looking for (historical fiction), but it’s told so poorly and so predictably, that it just doesn’t matter. We know just how everything turns out; from the new engine’s a success to the fact that those last two charges will somehow, remarkably, find the dark matter nebula.
Um… We finally figure out what Tucker’s nickname means?
Right before every commercial break, they try to leave us with a mini cliffhanger. We know Robinson lives, we know the engine works, and we know the project succeeds. Where’s the suspense?
Originality: Go rent the “The Right Stuff.” 3 out of 6.
Effects: Visually stunning, but ultimately pointless. 5 out of 6.
Story: It’s nice to get some backstory, but it’s just not that interesting. 2 out of 6.
Acting: Keith Carradine wasn’t too bad as a guest actor. He was actually giving it some effort. Everyone else seemed to be coasting. 4 out of 6.
Emotional Response: Utterly, painfully, predictable episode. 1 out of 6.
Production: I did like the fact that the NX-Alpha and Beta looked like an upgrade to Cochrane’s Phoenix. Someone’s paying attention. 4 out of 6
Overall: In the end, we gain nothing, we lose nothing. 3 out of 6.
Total: 22 out of 42
Next Time on Enterprise (May 21, 2003) *Season Finale*
A probe from an unknown alien source unleashes a devastating assault upon Earth. Enterprise is recalled, and along the way home Captain Archer acquires information that the perpetrators come from a region of space known as the Delphic Expanse — a place where very bizarre things happen, and from which few ships that enter ever return. Starfleet must now decide whether to risk sending the NX-01 into the Delphic Expanse to prevent a possible second attack. [Video Teaser]
Additional Notes and Comments
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