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Cast & Crew

Director: Robert Duncan McNeill
Written By: André Bormanis & Chris Black

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
Steven Culp as Major Hayes
Scott MacDonald as Reptilian Commander
Rick Worthy as Xindi-Arboreal
Tucker Smallwood as Xindi-Humanoid
Josette DiCarlo as Sphere-Builder Woman
Bruce Thomas as Reptilian Soldier
Andrew Borba as Reptilian Lieutenant
Mary Mara as Sphere-Builder Presage
Ruth Williamson as Sphere-Builder Primary
Paul Dean as Reptilian Technician

Episode Information

Originally Aired: May 19, 2004
Season: Three
Episode: Twenty-Two
Production: 075

What Happened

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.

Review

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.

High Point

The battle around the weapon. Excellent effects, great action, very satisfying.

Low Point

Hoshi’s brainwashing was way too rushed. My guess (or hope) was that this was going to be the focus of an entire episode, but was one of the pieces dropped when the season was shortened. Not a glaring problem, but it does cheapen the overall effect.

The Scores

Originality: Not very, but with the tense pace and plot you’re not worried about it too much. 3 out of 6.

Effects: Oh. My. God. 6 out of 6.

Story: We’re definitely approaching the climax of a story worth watching. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Park could have gone for more, but she was limited by the script. Everyone else is tight. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: I’m actually bemoaning the fact that I have to wait an entire week. 5 out of 6.

Production: The weapon interiors are very cool. 5 out of 6

Overall: A great episode and a stellar way to lead into the season finale. 5 out of 6.

Total: 32 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (May 26, 2004)

Zero Hour (Third Season Finale)

Aboard Degra’s ship, Archer, Reed and Hoshi work with the Arboreals and Humanoids to chase the Reptilians and stop the Xindi Weapon from decimating Earth. Archer’s plan is to board the weapon and try to overload the power systems, but he’ll need the help of an ailing Hoshi to read the weapon schematics.

Back in the Delphic Expanse, T’Pol leads the NX-01 in an attempt to obliterate Sphere 41 in hopes of disabling the entire network of Spheres. But the crew’s time is limited, as that region of space has a degenerative effect on their bodies, and the furious Sphere-Builders try to tear Enterprise apart. More from StarTrek.com

Additional Notes and Comments

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