It’s baaaaaack. But is it worth the wait?
Cast & Crew
Director: James L. Conway
Written By: Phyllis Strong
Scott Bakula as Captain
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
as Dr. Phlox
Casey Biggs as Illyrian Captain
Randy Oglesby as Degra
Scott MacDonald as Reptilian Commander
Tucker Smallwood as Xindi-Humanoid
Rick Worthy as Xindi-Arboreal
Josette DiCarlo as Sphere-Builder
Originally Aired: April 21, 2004
After brutally torturing Archer, the Xindi unexpectedly return him to Enterprise, which is barely holding together after a devastating Reptilian attack. The captain receives information that some possibly sympathetic Xindi Council members are willing to meet with him, but he must make a rendezvous several light-years away in just a few days. Faced with a severely crippled ship with no warp drive — as well as numerous dead and injured crew members — Archer tosses his ethics aside in a desperate attempt to get the ship back on its feet.
Meanwhile, T’Pol privately turns to Dr. Phlox for assistance with a disturbing secret she’s been keeping for several months.
Well, it’s not what we’ve come to expect, now is it? Admittedly, it isn’t in the same ballpark as similar fare (such as DS9’s “In the Pale Moonlight,” but it’s getting there.
We finally get to see more of the mysterious figure behind the Xindi’s paranoia. And it pays off in the end. All around, very good stuff and hard driven from start to finish.
Acher’s final decision to take the warp coil. Cold and precise.
The amount of time dealing with T’Pol’s acquiring the Trellium-D. It’s wasted time that could’ve been used elsewhere.
Originality: Not sharply original, but it’s newer, edgier ground for the series. 4 out of 6.
Effects: Superb all around. 5 out of 6.
Story: It’s great to watch, but the subplot with T’Pol eats up way too much time in the episode. 4 out of 6.
Acting: Everyone’s believable and worthwhile (even Hoshi!) It’s good to see Casey Biggs (Damar from DS9) back in make-up, if only for a brief stint. 5 out of 6.
Emotional Response: You’re left with an uneasy feeling about the resolution, nothing neat and clean. 5 out of 6.
Production: As usual, very well done. 5 out of 6
Overall: Definitely worth the wait. 5 out of 6.
Total: 33 out of 42
Next Week on Enterprise (April 28, 2004)
After arriving at one of the mysterious, metallic spheres for a clandestine meeting with Xindi weapon designer Degra, Archer attempts to convince the skeptical scientist and another Xindi council member that humanity isn’t their enemy. Meanwhile, as the crew struggles to repair the extensive damage to Enterprise, Trip must deal with the recent death of a member of his engineering team, forcing him to also come to terms with the loss of his sister in the original Xindi attack on Earth. Also, T’Pol must confront the implications of her emotion-provoking substance addiction.
The Final Episodes of Season Three
The remainder of the third season goes like this:
- The Forgotten (04.28.2004)
- E2 (05.05.2004)
- The Council (05.12.2004)
- Countdown (05.19.2004)
- Zero Hour (05.26.2004)
Additional Notes and Comments
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