Counting down to the season finale!


Cast & Crew

Director: Roxann Dawson
Written By: Michael 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
David Andrews as Lorian
Randy Oglesby as Degra
Tucker Smallwood as Xindi-Humanoid
Rick Worthy as Xindi-Arboreal
Tess Lina as Karyn Archer
Tom Schanley as Greer
Steve Truitt as Crewman #1

Episode Information

Originally Aired: May 5, 2004
Season: Three
Episode: Twenty-One
Production: 073

What Happened

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.


Well, I like it when I’m delightfully surprised. I was expecting a rehash of a similar DS9 episode, but got something altogether fitting and pleasent.

High Point

The writers seem to be acknowledging the time flubs with the intentionally unresolved ending. Questions that we would ask, are asked in the dialog.

Honorable Mention: Naming the NX-02 after the Columbia. Classy. Very classy.

Low Point

Lorian’s scenes with Trip bordered on really good. They should’ve played that up a little more.

The Scores

Originality: Been done, but still had some imagination. 3 out of 6.

Effects: Excellent effects as usual. 5 out of 6.

Story: It was interesting to see Archer’s “nothing will stand in our way”attitude come back to bite him by way of their desendents. 5 out of 6.

Acting: Guest and main cast looking good. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Good emotion and humor. Reed turning on the charm to start flirting was very funny. 4 out of 6.

Production: I’m sure debris is hard. Really. 3 out of 6

Overall: A mild detour on the road to the finale, but worthwhile. 5 out of 6.

Total: 30 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (May 5, 2004)

The Council

T’Pol and Reed lead a team on a harrowing mission into one of the mysterious metallic Spheres to obtain vital information about how the Delphic Expanse was created, as Archer and Hoshi approach the Xindi Council hoping that diplomacy can stop the launch of the superweapon aimed at Earth. Meanwhile, with Enterprise about to derail their plans to invade our universe, the transdimensional Sphere-Builders urge key members of the Xindi Council to take drastic measures to undermine the humans’ peace overtures.

The Final Episodes of Season Three

The remainder of the third season goes like this:

  • Countdown (05.19.2004)
  • Zero Hour (05.26.2004)

Additional Notes and Comments

If you’re interested in what’s in TheAngryMob’s review queue, check out my What’s Coming page.