B&B are back! About the only thing that makes this episode pallatable is by watching it and then watching “The Hulk.”

Carpenter Street

Cast & Crew

Director: LeVar Burton
Written By: Manny Coto

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
Matt Winston as Daniels
Leland Orser as Loomis
Michael Childers as Strode
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Xindi-Reptilian #1
Erin Cummings as Prostitute #1
Donna DuPlantier as Prostitute #2
Billy Mayo as Officer #1
Dan Warner as Officer #2

Episode Information

Originally Aired: November 26, 2003
Season: Three
Episode: Eleven
Production: 063

What Happened

Ex-crewman Daniels, a temporal agent from the future, appears on Enterprise and sends Archer and T’Pol back in time to 2004 Earth, to learn why three Xindi-Reptilians have been detected in the timeline where they’re not supposed to be. Using 22nd-century technology, Archer and T’Pol scour Detroit, Michigan, and locate an abandoned factory where the Xindi are developing a biological weapon with the help of a local medical worker. [Video Preview]

Review

“Make the bad writers stop, Mommy!”

Time travel’s overused in Trek, but it has been done well. Both seriously (TOS’s “City on the Edge of Forever”) and humorously (Star Trek IV and DS9’s “Trials and Tribble-ations”). This one lacks both humor and drama, merely content to drop T’Pol and Archer into the past to collect some aliens and tangle with a morally-deficient medical technician.

High Point

So few to choose from. Ordering fast food. I can’t imagine what people of the future will say when the study what we used to eat.

Low Point

So many to choose from. Off the top: Selecting a car to steal. Did anyone doubt they’d end up swiping the nice shiney truck?

The Scores

Originality: Bio-Terrorism, Time Travel, and Abducted Humans. Was there anything original here? 1 out of 6.

Effects: Other than phasers, were there any effects? 2 out of 6.

Story: Out out-of-synch is this week’s episode? We’ve changed weapons-of-mass-destruction, detoured to Earth of the past, and then end it without a real resolution. 2 out of 6.

Acting: Loomis makes for a suitably slimy henchman, but everything else is coated in B&B dialog. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: There are some laughs, but they’re forced. 3 out of 6.

Production: Behold! Detroit of the future! Ya know, next month. 2 out of 6

Overall: It’s no wonder they buried this episode the day before Thanksgiving. I think Paramount hoped no one would see it. 2 out of 6.

Total: 17 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (December 3, 2003)

Anomaly (Originally aired Sept. 17, 2003)

The mission to find the Xindi takes a treacherous turn when Enterprise is crippled by inexplicable, destructive spatial anomalies that distort the laws of physics. With systems down, Osaarian pirates board the ship and and raid it of valuable supplies. The crew captures one of the marauders, and Archer’s sense of morality is tested when he interrogates the prisoner. [Video Preview]

Enterprise goes on vacation for the next month and a half. New episodes won’t air until January 14th with “Chosen Realm

Additional Notes and Comments

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