The Wonder Twins of Bad Writing are at it again!


Cast & Crew

Director: David Livingston
Teleplay By: Manny Coto
Story By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga

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
Noa Tishby as Amanda Cole
Thomas Kopache as The Alien
Steven Culp as Major Hayes

Episode Information

Originally Aired: February 11, 2004
Season: Three
Episode: Fifteen
Production: 067

What Happened

Enterprise encounters an abnormally large spatial distortion and rescues an alien from a craft trapped inside. While Archer and Dr. Phlox try to solve the mystery behind the rapidly deteriorating alien, tensions between Lt. Reed and MACO leader Major Hayes escalate into a full-blown brawl. Meanwhile, Trip’s flirtation with a female MACO forces a surprisingly jealous T’Pol to confront her attraction to her fellow senior officer.


Let’s see: Subplots bigger than the main plot. No progress on the storyline. Gratuitous fist fights and sex. Did I really need to read the credits to figure out who’s behind the writing. Who let these guys into the writer’s lounge. We were doing so well!

High Point

Tucker and T’Pol’s “morning after” talk. I could see Blalock barely able to contain herself (hence the coffee mug cover). It was just too cute not to laugh.

Low Point

The whole alien plot line. It made no sense, seemed tacked on and generally got us no where.

The Scores

Originality: There wasn’t much to be original about. 2 out of 6.

Effects: Oozy space orbs. Yum! 5 out of 6.

Story: Was there a story? 2 out of 6.

Acting: The cast does manage to get into this one (maybe they’ve realized their asses are on the line). 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Dull, save for a few moments humor. 3 out of 6.

Production: Nothing new to see here. Move along. 4 out of 6

Overall: Proving once again that Star Trek is in the hands of complete boobs (and I’m not talking Blalock’s). 2 out of 6.

Total: 23 out of 42

Episode Media


This Week on Enterprise (February 18, 2004)

Doctor’s Orders

While Enterprise travels through a section of the Expanse lethal to human neurology, Dr. Phlox must put the entire crew to sleep and handle all aspects of a working starship, but even with T’Pol’s help, the doctor’s skills might not be enough to keep the crew safe when complications arise. With the ship not moving out of the area fast enough, Dr. Phlox must figure out how to start the warp engines without blowing up the ship, while realizing he may not be entirely immune to the region’s radiation himself. [Video Preview]

Additional Notes and Comments

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