What marketing boob is behind these trailers? Someone needs a bitch-slapping, badly!

Ra-Jiin

Cast & Crew

Director: Mike Vejar
Teleplay By: Brent V. Friedman and Chris Black
Story By: Paul Brown and Brent V. Friedman

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
Sato
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Nikita Ager as Rajiin
B.K. Kennelly as Alien Merchant
Steve Larson as Zjod
Dell Yount as B’Rat Ud
Scott McDonald as Xindi Reptillian
Ken Lally as Security Guard
Tucker Smallwood as Xindi Humanoid
Rick Worthy as Xindi Sloth
Randy Oglesby as Degra

Episode Information

Originally Aired: October 1, 2003
Season: Three
Episode: Four
Production: 056

What Happened

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.

Review

Let’s see: A sex slave and a bare-fisted brawl. All we’re missing is that fuzzy-focus lens (which we nearly had) and we’d be back in TOS. And that’s not really a bad thing.

All that and ::GASP:: we moved the overall plot forward. Again, we’re abused by the trailer, which didn’t do this episode justice. For one, it wasn’t all seduction and sex. For that matter, the part with Hoshi was just plain funny.

As a side note, did anyone else notice the number of “producers” attached to this episode. Two “creative producers” and at least four more “producers,” “co-producers,” and “co-executive producers.” Sure too many cooks spoil the soup, but methinks Paramount doesn’t trust B&B with anything more important than a moist towellette. Could that be the winds achangin’?

High Point

As I mentioned above, there was something definitely funny and reminiscent of The Naked Now in the line “I speak several languages.”

And for those that thought trading for spices was dumb, I’ll simply quote R. Lee Ermey: “Pick up a textbook you lowest common denominator!”

Low Point

When someone shoots a green blob and it sticks to the wall behind you and it keeps on pulsing, here’s a tip: RUN!

The Scores

Originality: Sex slaves aren’t exactly new territory for Trek, but she was used in a slightly different way. Expect Ra-Jiin to return later on. 4 out of 6.

Effects: It wasn’t an effects heavy episode, but they seem to make even the routine stuff look good. 5 out of 6.

Story: The overall story is shaping up nicely with the revelation of a “bio-weapon.” Slightly more insidious than just a big laser beam. The episode itself, doesn’t stand out too much. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Nothing stellar, but it didn’t suck either. 3 out of 6.

Emotional Response: It was funny where it was trying to be and serious where necessary. The writers are definitely edging up the tension overall. 5 out of 6.

Production: Floating cities? At least it wasn’t a cave. 3 out of 6

Overall: At last, plot movement. Sure it’s glacially paced, but at least I want to stick it out and see how it turns out. 5 out of 6.

Total: 29 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (October 8, 2003)

Impulse

Boarding a damaged Vulcan vessel adrift in an asteroid field, Archer and his team discover that the remaining crew have mutated into violent, zombie-like creatures. When T’Pol begins to succumb to the mutation, the crew must fight their way out before they lose her forever.Video Preview

Additional Notes and Comments

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