Somebody’s ghost writing for B&B. Nothing else makes sense.
Cast & Crew
Director: Allan Kroeker
Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
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
Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest
Gary Bullock as Klingon Council Member
David Figlioli as Klingon Crewman
Gary Graham as Soval
Daniel Riordan as Duras
John Fleck as Silik
L. Sidney as Klingon Crewman #2
Bruce Wright as Dr. Fer’at
Dan Desmond as Klingon Chancellor
James Horan as Humanoid Figure
Josh Cruze as Captain Ramirez
Originally Aired: May 21, 2003
Episode: Twenty-Seven (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]
Well, that wraps up season two. I think we’d all like to put it behind us. That being said, “Expanse” stands out as a second pilot. The ship has a whole new mission. Several characters have been (or will be) dramatically altered. We’re even adding several new members to the crew by way of marines assigned to the ship.
I must confess to being a little excited about the third season. The show found a purpose, a very dramatic purpose and are running with it full tilt. There’s some questionable material with the brand new race, temporal interference, and so forth, which cannot just be brushed aside. With such a massive library of alien cultures, why reinvent the wheel?
On a final note, I wish they hadn’t gotten rid of Duras. A vengeance hungry Klingon stalking them through the Delphic Expanse would have added some real flavor. But hey, this is Star Trek. Death is never final.
The final fight was awesome, but I have to give kudos to Trip’s dramatic scenes, even his confession that he’d like to see T’Pol stick around.
Quantum dating? Negative age? No wonder hard Sci-Fi authors and enthusiasts hate Star Trek.
Originality: Fiziko pointed out to me the similarities between the expanse and Voyager’s wastelands. That’s undeniable, but the countdown to oblivion aspect certainly adds a bit of drama. 4 out of 6.
Effects: Eat photon torpedoes Klingon scum! The various fight scenes were very cool. 5 out of 6.
Story: Xindi who? Outside of that, the story does push Enterprise forward like a second pilot. 4 out of 6.
Acting: Everyone turns it up a notch this time out. I wish they’d get Kroeker to direct episodes other than finales and pilots. He brings out the best in these guys. 5 out of 6.
Emotional Response: There’s actually a sense of dread and foreboding this time out. You feel Trip’s pain and loss. 4 out of 6.
Production: Not much to speak of. Very little action takes place outside of Enterprise or Star Fleet HQ. 4 out of 6
Overall: This is more like it. It leaves us hungry for the next season. Guys, don’t screw this up. 5 out of 6.
Total: 31 out of 42
- T’Pol surprises Soval
- T’Pol makes a fateful decision
- Archer and Mayweather
- Sparks fly
- 20-second episode preview (QT, WMP)
Next Time on Enterprise (May 28, 2003)
After unwittingly wandering into a minefield in Romulan territory, Enterprise becomes trapped when struck by an undetonated mine. When Reed takes a space walk to try to defuse the mine, he inadvertently gets pinned to the outer hull and Archer must choose between saving Reed or abiding by the Romulans’ orders to depart immediately. [Video Teaser]
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