In space, no one can hear a theme song…


Cast & Crew

Director: David Straiton
Written By: Mike Sussman

Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Nathan Anderson as Sergeant Kemper
Ryan Honey as Guard
Ken Lally as Security Guard
Sean McGowan as Hawkins
Julia Rose as McKenzie
Robert Rusler as Orgoth
Kenneth A. White as Engineering Crewman

Airdate Information

Originally Aired: September 17, 2003
Season: Three
Episode: Two
Production: 054

What Happened

The mission to find the Xindi takes a grim turn when Enterprise is crippled by inexplicable, destructive spatial anomalies that distort the laws of physics. With systems down, Ventaxian pirates board and raid valuable supplies from the ship. The crew captures one of the alien marauders and a determined Archer interrogates the prisoner.


It’s funny. I can almost always tell whether or not an episode is written by B&B or not. That doesn’t imply that it’s good, but I can tell the difference.

There are some improvements. Bakula is getting better at being angry, but there isn’t a real urgency to the episode when there really should be.

High Point

Phlox is a miracle worker. Not only did he find Archer’s balls, he reattached them! The airlock sequence was very well done, but would have been better if it had been left out of the preview. Stupid marketers.

Low Point

The MACOs again. Use ’em or lose ’em. This is getting silly.

The Scores

Originality: Nothing stunning, but there is a twist with Archer’s behavior. 3 out of 6.

Effects: As always, great stuff. 5 out of 6.

Story: Like I said before, no real urgency when there needs to be, either from the stolen supplies or from the Xindi threat. 3 out of 6.

Acting: Bakula’s improving little by little. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Give me drama! 3 out of 6.

Production: Nothing stellar, but at least we’re spared the sight of caverns and the like. 4 out of 6

Overall: Step it up boys, you’re losing the patient. 3 out of 6.

Total: 26 out of 42

Episode Media


Next Time on Enterprise (September 24, 2003)


On a mission to investigate an abandoned Xindi vessel on a jungle planet, Archer, Reed and Hoshi succumb to a virus that mutates them into a primal life form. Video Preview

Additional Notes and Comments

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