And for some really good news: According to StarTrek.com, none of the next five episodes have Berman or Braga with any writer credit. This is just too good to be true.

Impulse

Cast & Crew

Director: David Livingston
Teleplay By: Jonathan Fernandez
Story By: Jonathan Fernandez & Terry Matalas

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
Sean McGowan as Hawkins

Episode Information

Originally Aired: October 8, 2003
Season: Three
Episode: Five
Production: 057

What Happened

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.

Review

Alright! Night of the Living Dead meets Star Trek. Just in time for Halloween.

Seriously, this was a fun episode with some real consequences to overall story. The silver bullet to battle the Delphic Expanse’s anomolies turns out to be a death sentence for T’Pol. Ah yes, the cure turns out to be worse than the disease. I’m truly interested in seeing how this shakes out.

High Point

I liked the start of the episode, with an already-crazed T’Pol. It really sets up the tone and a sense of dread as you know what path you’re headed down. Running a close second was the ending revelation that the ore that can save the ship will also kill T’Pol.

Low Point

Nice flying pilot boy. Why does Archer tolerate Mayweather? Why do we?

The Scores

Originality: I can’t come up with a similar episode. Wow, is that a first for Enterprise? Sure, the theme’s been done before, but not within the Star Trek universe. 4 out of 6.

Effects: Pretty cool asteroid field. Made me take a second to figure it out. Sharp effects everywhere else, especially the destruction of the Vulcan ship, Selea. 5 out of 6.

Story: What really stood out was the ending. Sure, they got the ore they needed, but now look at the cost of using it. Devilishly clever. 5 out of 6.

Acting: Blalock gets to cut loose for a change, and she seems to enjoy it. Bakula is earning points for being a harder-nosed captain and surprise of surprises, a MACO with dialogue and a point! 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Kudos all around for creating a tense, well-paced episode. 5 out of 6.

Production: Cool set work for the Selea. If the set didn’t work right, the whole feel of the episode would have fallen apart. 5 out of 6

Overall: Nice, very nice. 5 out of 6.

Total: 33 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (October 15, 2003)

Impulse

From light-years away, a powerful telepathic alien, Tarquin, mentally contacts Hoshi and convinces Archer to let the ensign briefly visit his isolated planet in exchange for crucial information on the Xindi. Video Preview

As a side note, this episode is listed in this week’s TV Guide as one of the 21 reasons to watch TV this week. So they seem to like what they saw.

Additional Notes and Comments

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