Now if B&B could just read the thoughts in my mind!


Cast & Crew

Director: Roxann Dawson
Written By: Phyllis Strong

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
Maury Sterling as Tarquin
Philip Boyd as Com Officer

Episode Information

Originally Aired: October 15, 2003
Season: Three
Episode: Six
Production: 058

What Happened

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.


It’s nice to see the story moving forward consistantly for the past few weeks. Really nice. A little predictable in places, but enjoyable nonetheless.

I loved the ending. Fifty spheres! It explains the Expanse and gives us an out at the end of the story-arc to explain why it doesn’t exist later on in the Star Trek timeline. Nice one.

High Point

“We can still launch without the starboard thruster, right?” I love creative engineering.

Low Point

So you’re stuck all alone with a guy who hasn’t had a ‘companion’ in over a century. Wandering around in a short skirt and high heels does not constitute a wise course of action. Don’t you think?

The Scores

Originality: Sure, getting something for a high price is nothing new for fiction, indeed it’s a core feature. 3 out of 6.

Effects: I was all set to give it a perfect score, but there was something off about the shuttle’s crash on the sphere. 5 out of 6.

Story: It moves Hoshi’s character forward and gives a little insight into who she is. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Park turns in a useful performance this go-around. Most likely Dawson’s influence here. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: There’s really no sense of danger, but it does set a definite mood. 4 out of 6.

Production: Tarquin’s home was a nice set piece. Ten times better than any old cave! 5 out of 6

Overall: Moving forward on the plot and enjoying ourselves along the way. 4 out of 6.

Total: 29 out of 42

Totally Useless Trivia

Exile will be the first Star Trek episode screened in HDTV. Too bad they’re so friggin expensive that no one will be able to appreciate it.

Episode Media


Next Time on Enterprise (October 22, 2003)

The Xindi (Season Three premiere repeated from September 11th, 2003)

Fear not, a new episode will appear on October 29th, The Shipment.

Additional Notes and Comments

If you’re interested in what’s in TheAngryMob’s review queue, check out my What’s Coming page.