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Cast & Crew
Director: LeVar Burton
Written By: Chris Black & David A. Goodman
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
Randy Oglesby as Degra
Rick Worthy as Xindi-Arboreal
Bob Morrisey as Reptilian Captain
Seth MacFarlane as Engineer
Kipleigh Brown as Crewman Taylor
Originally Aired: 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.
A solid episode for the second week in a row. See what happens when you take the keyboard away from total morons and let some people with heart and passion write an episode? The drug subplot’s been relegated to just that, a subplot. It doesn’t need to be at the forefront. Trip is finally coping with his sister’s death and the crew is coming to understand just how dangerous this mission is. This is what the show needs: A real sense of danger and suspense.
I don’t mind dream sequences, especially when they’re handled like that. Good dialogue and genuine emotion.
Trip’s confrontation with Degra. Seemed a little pouty to me.
Originality: Nothing stunningly original, but that doesn’t mean it’s not well done. 4 out of 6.
Effects: Pretty green fire. 5 out of 6.
Story: The story allows for some interaction and some deeper character development. 4 out of 6.
Acting: Once again, everyone’s in prime form, though I’d like to see more of the cast in each episode. 5 out of 6.
Emotional Response: There’s plenty of heart-felt moments that don’t get too overdone. 5 out of 6.
Production: Messy and unpleasant. Got slivers of DS9 on a few shots. 5 out of 6
Overall: This is good stuff. Finally! 5 out of 6.
Total: 33 out of 42
Next Week on Enterprise (May 5, 2004)
While on their way to face the Xindi Council, Archer and crew encounter a twin NX-01 manned by their own descendants, who warn that the subspace shortcut they intend to take will throw them 100 years into the past, ensuring Earth’s destruction.
The Final Episodes of Season Three
The remainder of the third season goes like this:
- The Council (05.12.2004)
- Countdown (05.19.2004)
- Zero Hour (05.26.2004)
Additional Notes and Comments
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