C’mon Trip, just get a can of Raid and be done with the little buggers!


Cast & Crew

Director: Michael Grossman
Teleplay By: André Bormanis
Story By: André Bormanis & Mike Sussman

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
Steven Culp as Major Hayes
Daniel Dae Kim as Corporal Chang
Sean McGowan as Corporal Hawkins
Paul Eliopoulos as Crewman #1

Episode Information

Originally Aired: February 25, 2004
Season: Three
Episode: Seventeen
Production: 069

What Happened

When Enterprise stumbles upon a damaged Xindi-Insectoid ship on a barren planet, Archer and the crew search the ship and discover a cache of several dozen Insectoid eggs, but with the nursery’s bio-support failing, Archer becomes fiercely determined to help his enemy’s offspring hatch. As Mayweather and Tucker attempt to learn all they can about the alien ship, Archer becomes consumed with saving the Xindi hatchelings, causing the crew to start raising questions about Archer’s judgment.
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No detours! Bad writers, bad! No coffee for you. That isn’t to say the episode was a complete waste or total filler, it’s just that we’re on a mission here people! Up the stakes every week or you lose the audience. It’s Writing 101

High Point

The final stand-off between the regular crew and the MACOs. An actual surprise!

Low Point

I wonder, why would the Captain be acting strangely? Duh!

The Scores

Originality: Mind control and manipulation. 3 out of 6.

Effects: Bugs! Squish ’em! 4 out of 6.

Story: It ties into the story-arc, but it isn’t necessary for where we’re going. 3 out of 6.

Acting: At least Bakula comes off as convincing, especially in the final scene once the eggs have hatched. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Those little bugs give me the willies, but the story didn’t move or surprise me. 4 out of 6.

Production: Creepy and slimy. 5 out of 6

Overall: Focus Daniel-san, focus! 3 out of 6.

Total: 27 out of 42

This Week on Enterprise (March 3, 2004)

Azati Prime

Enterprise finally arrives at the Xindi superweapon construction site, and despite a troubling glimpse into the future by time-traveling operative Daniels, a determined Archer leaves the ship in T’Pol’s hands as he alone pilots a suicide mission to destroy the huge Earth-bound planet-killer. With Archer gone, T’Pol and the crew attempt to escape enemy territory undetected, but once discovered are forced to make a last stand against multiple Xindi attackers.
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Additional Notes and Comments

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