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The Council

Cast & Crew

Director: Roxann Dawson
Written By: Michael Sussman

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
Sato
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Randy Oglesby as Degra
Tucker Smallwood as Xindi-Humanoid
Rick Worthy as Xindi-Arboreal
Scott MacDonald as Reptilian Commander
Josette DiCarlo as Sphere-Builder Woman
Sean McGowan as Hawkins
Bruce Thomas as Reptilian Soldier
Andrew Borba as Reptilian Lieutenant
Mary Mara as Sphere-Builder Presage
Ruth Williamson as Sphere-Builder Primary
Eric Lemler as Helm Crewman

Episode Information

Originally Aired: May 12, 2004
Season: Three
Episode: Twenty-Two
Production: 074

What Happened

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.

Review

Getting down to the wire and the episodes are getting better at holding the tension. There’s no set path for this week’s episode, almost like latter-season DS9. And that’s a good thing. The conclusion ramped up the stakes and made things “personal” so to speak.

Timeshredder made a good point in an email. Why are the good guys good looking and the bad guys likewise, ugly? Sure, I like The Wizard of Oz and all, but can we have a little more complexity in Star Trek?

High Point

The last 5 minutes. Tense, fast and incredibly cool.

Low Point

Can you all say “Redshirt?” Sure you can boys and girls.

The Scores

Originality: Trying to talk your way out of a fight is a hallmark of Star Trek. Not original, but it’s one of the reasons we watch it. 3 out of 6.

Effects: Sweet! 6 out of 6.

Story: The two-pronged story worked well, especially for upcoming episodes where splitting the crew up is necessary. However, Degra’s demise was an obvious plot twist. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Really well done. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Those last 5 minutes left me going, “No, no, no. There’s gotta be a little more time left…” 5 out of 6.

Production: Xindi archetecture and the sphere interiors are well done. 4 out of 6

Overall: I’m glad to see everything speeding up to the finale, though we’re going to be cussing out the TV when we’re handed the cliffhanger in a week. 5 out of 6.

Total: 31 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (May 19, 2004)

Countdown

Archer and his new allies among the Xindi Council attempt a full-scale assault on the superweapon being deployed toward Earth by the rebellious Reptilians and Insectoids, before a kidnapped and brainwashed Hoshi can decrypt the weapon’s encoded arming mechanism and unleash its devastating power. Meanwhile, T’Pol and Trip hatch a plan to destroy a Sphere which they believe will disrupt the entire network of Spheres responsible for the Expanse’s spatial anomalies, bringing the transdimensional “Sphere-Builders” directly into the fray.

The Final Episode of Season Three

  • Zero Hour (05.26.2004)

Additional Notes and Comments

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