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North Star

Cast & Crew

Director: David Straiton
Written By: David A. Goodman

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
Glenn Morshower as Sheriff MacReady
James Parks as Deputy Bennings
Paul Rae as Bartender
Emily Bergl as Bethany
Steven Klein as Draysik
Gary Bristow as Stablehand
Mike Watson as Skagaran
Jeff Eith as Cowboy #1
Cliff McLaughlin as Cowboy #2
Tom Dupont as Cowboy #3
Dorenda Moore as MACO #1
Kevin Derr as MACO #2
Jon Baron as Skagaran Boy
Alexandria M. Salling as Skagaran Girl

Episode Information

Originally Aired: November 12, 2003
Season: Three
Episode: Nine
Production: 061

What Happened

After finding thousands of humans on a Delphic Expanse planet living in settlements seemingly straight out of the Old West, Archer gets embroiled in a dangerous cultural conflict once he discovers that the humans are systematically oppressing the alien race that originally brought them to this world. [Video Preview]

Review

And they said you couldn’t have a fantasy storyline without a holodeck (or Q or a transporter accident or …). We’re no strangers to this type of stuff in Star Trek, but Enterprise has managed to skip it. We can argue the merits of this both ways. Star Trek has done this well (Mirror Universe) and done it poorly (Dickson Hill)

Regardless, this was a moderately fun episode, but fails to maintain the pace of the overall story arc. Too many deviations and we’ll just lose interest altogether.

High Point

Wanted for Christmas: One MACO pulse rifle. I swear I’ll leave on stun. No, really!

Low Point

Was there a point to making Bethany 1/4 Skagarin?

The Scores

Originality: While there’s nothing new about the subject matter (the oppressed becoming the oppressor), it does make for decent fiction. 4 out of 6.

Effects: Not much here, but there doesn’t have to be, does there? 4 out of 6.

Story: A standard, but decent outing. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Pretty good, save for our resident bully, who has either watched too many westerns, or not enough. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: The twist about who used to be in charge didn’t exactly surprise anyone. 3 out of 6.

Production: Nice town. And I can actually say that with some degree of knowledge (I used to work in an old west theme park/movie studio) 5 out of 6

Overall: We’re supposed to be pressed for time and we’re losing momentum with this stuff. Stick with the plan guys! 3 out of 6.

Total: 27 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (November 19, 2003)

Similitude

After an accident in Engineering leaves Trip mortally injured, Dr. Phlox attempts to save the chief engineer by creating a “mimetic simbiot” — a clone — of him to harvest neural tissue from it. In its very short lifespan, the simbiot grows rapidly from baby to adult, and surprises the crew with detailed memories of the real Trip’s life. Meanwhile, the accident has left Enterprise disabled and adrift inside a destructive space cloud, so the crew attempts to free the ship before they are stranded forever. [Video Preview]

Additional Notes and Comments

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