Another B&B-less episode. Feels good to breathe clean air again.

The Shipment

Cast & Crew

Director: David Straiton
Written By: Chris Black & Brent V. Friedman

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
John Cothran Jr. as Gralik
Jack Alsted as Sloth #2
Sam Witwer as Sloth #3
John Eddins as Xindi Reptilian
Steven Culp as Major Hayes
Randy Oglesby as Degra

Episode Information

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

What Happened

After infiltrating a Xindi-Sloth plant that synthesizes vital explosive materials for the Xindi super-weapon, Archer, Reed and MACO Major Hayes capture and interrogate the plant foreman, Gralik, who upon learning of the Xindi council’s attack on Earth, establishes an uneasy alliance with Archer.


I don’t know why I liked this episode. It was fairly uneventful and tame. I guess it had more to do with the fact that we actually got some info on the Xindi. Backstory, that has been woefully lacking up till now, was delivered in healthy doses in this episode. And we got some very interesting tidbits, especially regarding the sixth Xindi species, the Avians.

High Point

The Xindi revelations. Good stuff that drives the story forward, bigtime.

Low Point

Major Hayes needs to add more to episode, which I think he can. Make him more aggressive to offset Archer’s cautiousness. That leaves us with better scenes.

The Scores

Originality: This is primarily a bridge piece, nothing too stunning. 4 out of 6.

Effects: Simple, but affective. 4 out of 6.

Story: Enjoyable, if tame. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Bakula is working out better, and the guest cast is working out well. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: There’s no sense of urgency, more like annoyance that things are moving faster. 3 out of 6.

Production: Yeah, it’s a cave, but with fire in it. 4 out of 6

Overall: Again, it’s a bridge piece that does help the overall flow out. 4 out of 6.

Total: 28 out of 42

Episode Media


Next Time on Enterprise (November 5, 2003)


After Enterprise is assaulted by severe spatial distortions, Archer loses the ability to form new, long-term memories, causing him to wake up each morning unaware that any time has passed since the day he was afflicted. Despite the crew’s best efforts to keep him involved in decisions, it becomes clear over time that they can’t continue to function in this manner, leading T’Pol to become his caretaker and Trip to take command of the ship. [Video Preview]

Additional Notes and Comments

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