Damn. I mean, daaaaaaamn!

Azati Prime

Cast & Crew

Director: Allan Kroeker
Teleplay By: Manny Coto
Story By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Manny Coto

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
Matt Winston as Daniels
Randy Oglesby as Degra
Scott MacDonald as Reptilian Commander
Tucker Smallwood as Xindi-Humanoid
Rick Worthy as Xindi-Arboreal
Christopher Goodman as Thalen

Episode Information

Originally Aired: February 25, 2004
Season: Three
Episode: Eighteen
Production: 070

What Happened

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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I know Berman and Braga have credit for the story, but I think it’s safe to say that Manny Coto did the bulk of the writing here. It’s far too much for the wonder twins to have pulled off. It’s that same feeling when you look at certain Science Fair projects, you know the parents helped.

At any rate, this was an awesome episode that hung on for the full duration and left you drooling for the conclusion. All marks of good television. I wish this was earlier or last season, since this shows that Enterprise can actually be enjoyable. Now I just wish I didn’t have to wait nearly two months for the next episode.

High Point

The finale. I fully expected to see the Enterprise blown to bits and be left with that “oh well, we’ll just go back in time and fix it” feeling, but instead we’re left with ominous dread and genuine despair for the state of the ship and crew. Somebody’s learning.

Low Point

T’Pol needs to be a little less emotional, at least publicly. And shame on the production team for teasing us like that when getting on board the Enterprise-J. I think we deserve more than just a graphical display in the background! And, if memory serves, that display looked a lot like some of the concept art for the Enterprise-E for “First Contact.”

The Scores

Originality: Not wholly original, but still interesting. 3 out of 6.

Effects: Nice, very nice! Particularly effective is watching crew members sucked out into space. 5 out of 6.

Story: The pieces are all falling into place now and now things are getting juicy. 5 out of 6.

Acting: Everybody’s on edge and it makes for great tension, though T’Pol’s being a little too emotional in public. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: There’s nothing like thrashing the Enterprise to keep Trekkers on the edge of their seat. 5 out of 6.

Production: Excellent sets and interior work. 5 out of 6

Overall: Everything we wish this show would be on a weekly basis. 5 out of 6.

Total: 33 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (March 10, 2004)

North Star [Originally Aired Nov. 12, 2003]

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.
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On Break and Time Change

Enterprise takes a little break with no new episodes until April 21st. It returns with “Damage” picking up where “Azati Prime” left off. Also, starting next week (March 10th) Enterprise slides back an hour to make room for its new lead-ins, Game Over and (shudder) The Mullets.

Additional Notes and Comments

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