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Storm Front, Part I

Cast & Crew

Director: Allan Kroeker
Written By: Manny Coto

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
Golden Brooks as Alicia
Jack Gwaltney as Vosk
John Fleck as Silik
Joe Maruzzo as Sal
Tom Wright as Ghrath
Matt Winston as Daniels
Christopher Neame as German General
Steven R. Schirripa as Carmine
J. Paul Boehmer as SS Agent
John Harnagel as Joe Prazki
Sonny Surowiec as German Soldier

Episode Information

Originally Aired: October 8, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: One
Production: 077

What Happened

Having mysteriously survived the destruction of the Xindi superweapon, a battered Archer awakes to find himself back on Earth in the 1940s in the custody of Nazi SS agents, and learns that Nazi-uniformed aliens have successfully helped Germany invade the United States. When he manages to break free of his captors, Archer joins forces with American resistance fighters to unravel the conspiracy behind the occupation.

Meanwhile, believing Archer sacrificed himself to save Earth, T’Pol and the battle-weary Enterprise crew attempt to figure out how to return to their own time. But then a near-dead Daniels appears and informs them that the future has been wiped out by a faction of the Temporal Cold War, the same faction responsible for the altered events on Earth, and they must be stopped.

Review

Here we go again. I think Coto’s got his work cut out for him. He’s got to wrap this arc up and FAST! No one will tune in if this keeps up. Though I imagine there are a lot of fans chewing on the furniture to see Spiner back on Trek. Manny, you promised us certain things. Fans aren’t likely to be as forgiving as they once were.

High Point

So hard to find something. I guess the unintentional humor of T’Pol’s speechlessness at Archer’s return. I imagine they wanted something painful and touching, but let’s face it, Blalock can’t really do that.

Low Point

Why is it when one person is rescued at least one more must be captured. Is it that hard to come up with some other way to instill tension?

The Scores

Originality: Oh look, the crew’s stuck in the past. Again. 2 out of 6.

Effects: Fairly plain, but that’s expected. The P-51s looked cool. 4 out of 6.

Story: Incredibly predictable. 2 out of 6.

Acting: This was dull for the season opener, but there probably doing their best with the material given them. 3 out of 6.

Emotional Response: We know how this will sort out, so why should be care? 1 out of 6.

Production: What can I say, except: Why does upstate New York look more like souther California? 3 out of 6

Overall: I’m not in the mood for this silly Temporal Cold War stuff. Get on with what was promised, a better season covering more Trek history. 3 out of 6.

Total: 18 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (October 15, 2004)

Storm Front, Part II

Archer reunites with his astonished Enterprise crew and learns from Daniels on his deathbed that a radical Temporal Cold War faction threatens to obliterate the timeline. Archer returns to the Nazi-occupied eastern United States of the 1940s, and enlists the help of resistance fighters Alicia Travers and Carmine to destroy a massive time machine under construction on the surface.

Meanwhile, hoping to forge an alliance with Archer, alien leader Vosk releases his captured prisoners Tucker and Mayweather, but this forces temporal agent Silik to emerge from the shadows to pursue his own agenda against Vosk. More from StarTrek.com

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