Apparently this is a Star Trek spin-off. I didn’t know either.
Cast & Crew
Director: LeVar Burton
Written By: Andre Bormanis
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
Philip Boyd as Com Officer
Roger Cross as Tret
Daniel Dae Kim as Corporal Chang
Troy Mittleider as Palmer
Brian J. Williams as Alien Decon Agent
Originally Aired: September 24, 2003
Their ongoing quest for the Xindi leads the Enterprise crew to a tropical alien world where Archer, Reed and Hoshi are exposed to a highly contagious virus that transforms their bodies and minds into those of the long extinct alien inhabitants of the planet.
Despite what I thought going into the episode (i.e. a horribly misleading trailer), I liked this one better than most. Overall, it showed imagination and some creativity. I think we were all expecting to see “Threshold” from Voyager and got something closer to “Inner Light” from Next Generation. And if you’re going to rip off old Trek, do it from the best.
And you thought peaches were only good for watching sexy women eat. We’ll show you!
The ending was a little lame. The ship’s been in service for how long and they never think to use the transporter?
Originality: Despite what we were shown on the preview, the fact that the mutation was designed to restore an alien race was quite clever. Something we haven’t seen on Enterprise. 4 out of 6.
Effects: The alien civilization and the internal body transformations were cool. 5 out of 6.
Story: At least the story didn’t dwell on the process of transformation (which has been done to death), but rather, on the consequences and the why. 4 out of 6.
Acting: I can see Burton’s directing queues for this one: “Scott, squat down and run about. No, no! More ape-like. There you go!” 3 out of 6.
Emotional Response: Guys running around with flamethrowers always make me a touch edgy. It added a nice amount of tension to the story. 4 out of 6.
Production: Caves? But at least the make-up was interesting. 4 out of 6
Overall: While the episode was interesting, it didn’t forward the overall plot of finding the Xindi. It could have been shelved for later or run last season. Get to the story that was promised over and over this summer. 4 out of 6.
Total: 28 out of 42
- Archer is turned into an alien creature
- Reed is transformed into an alien species
- Archer is infected with a virus
Next Time on Enterprise (October 1, 2003)
Rescued by Archer from an alien bazaar, a captivating slave girl, Rajiin, uses her erotic, hypnotic mental powers on the crew to steal data on humans for her Xindi overlords. But when her deception is discovered, Archer throws her in the brig, forcing the Reptilian Xindi to storm the ship, weapons blazing, to spring her free.
Meanwhile, Trip and T’Pol initiate a dangerous experiment to insulate the ship from further destruction from strange physical phenomena in the Delphic Expanse.Video Preview
Additional Notes and Comments
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