The Xindi story arc comes to an end. Or does it?

Zero Hour (Season Finale)

Cast & Crew

Director: Allan Kroeker
Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga

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
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
Matt Winston as Daniels
Mary Mara as Sphere-Builder Presage
Ruth Williamson as Sphere-Builder Primary
Jeffrey Combs as Shran
Gunter Ziegler as Doctor
J. Paul Boehmer as Officer
Zachary Krebs as Andorian

Episode Information

Originally Aired: May 26, 2004
Season: Three
Episode: Twenty-Four
Production: 076

What Happened

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.

Review

Excellent episode save for the very end. Was that necessary? We tied up some loose ends, got to see the Andorians and some cool fights. My question is, how are they going to reconcile this one? Enterprise didn’t do anything special. Are the Aquatics effected? The Andorians?

High Point

Must I pick? OK, the destruction of the spheres. Tense acting and great effects.

Low Point

For a moment I’d forgotten that B&B had written the episode. That was, until the “twist” ending. Damn, it was all going so well. By the way, that was a Reman at the episode closing (since virtually no one watched Nemesis, I figured some clarification was in order).

The Scores

Originality: Straight forward “Save the World” plot. 3 out of 6.

Effects: Very cool. 6 out of 6.

Story: A fairly satisfying end to the whole arc, and the twist (however far-fetched) will have us tuning in next Fall. 5 out of 6.

Acting: I like Shran. I really do. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Very tense, right through to the end. 5 out of 6.

Production: Excellent as always. 5 out of 6

Overall: A bang-up finale. I’ll be waiting with baited breath for the outcome. 5 out of 6.

Total: 33 out of 42

Next Time on Star Trek: Enterprise

That’s it folks. Enterprise goes into Summer rerun mode till Fall. When it returns, it will be on Fridays. More info on Season Four will be posted here as I get it. Have a great Summer everyone!

Additional Notes and Comments

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