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Director: Allan Kroeker
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
Joanna Cassidy as T’Les
Michael Reilly Burke as Koss
Ada Maris as Captain Erika Hernandez
Gary Graham as Soval
Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest
Joe Chrest as Bar Patron #1
Jim Fitzpatrick as Commander Williams
Jack Donner as Vulcan Priest

Episode Information

Originally Aired: October 22, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Three
Production: 079

What Happened

As the Enterprise crew revels in a heroes’ welcome on Earth, Trip joins T’Pol on a trip to planet Vulcan, excited to visit her home and be introduced to her mother T’Les. But when T’Pol becomes obliged to reconsider marriage to former fiancé Koss, the future of their relationship is put in question. Meanwhile, Archer must defend some of his morally questionable decisions during the Xindi conflict before a Starfleet Command panel of inquiry. Later, Phlox experiences prejudice against aliens while taking shore leave on Earth with Malcolm and Travis.

Review

To me, this really marks the beginning of Season Four. The Storm Front episodes were merely there to tie up loose ends left over from old management.

I was really hoping for a better, but all-in-all it wasn’t bad. It was good to see the crew getting back to their homes and lives (to an extent) and not just warping off as if the last year had never happened.

I have a gut feeling about this season. Based on the next two arcs, we should be seeing some serious Trek ground work introduced and that’s the track we’ve been asking for all along, isn’t it?

High Point

The first debriefing scene. Why couldn’t this have been the basis for the episode, rather than Archer getting some “shore leave” in the mountains. Serious ethical breaches took place last year, not just the Vulcan ship, but there was torture and the abandoning of an entire crew (both of which are just mentioned).

Low Point

Xenophobia and bar fights. Talk about throw away stuff.

The Scores

Originality: Weddings and tribunals. Eh. 2 out of 6.

Effects: Hardly any for a dialogue heavy episode. 4 out of 6.

Story: It’s a bridge piece, necessary, but not all that exciting. 3 out of 6.

Acting: There’s some meat on this one for the cast to work with. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: I did like that T’Pol got married. No, it doesn’t end her and Trip relationship, just makes it more…interesting. 4 out of 6.

Production: Cool, Vulcan (is that an oxymoron?) 4 out of 6

Overall: The stink of old is gone, but what will it be replaced with? 4 out of 6.

Total: 25 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (October 29, 2004)

Borderland

After a dangerous group of genetically engineered humans called “Augments” escapes from their secluded planet intent on causing all-out war between Earth and the Klingons, the Enterprise crew is called into action and Archer enlists the help of criminal genius Dr. Arik Soong, the scientist responsible for creating the Augments.

While searching for the Augments in the Borderland — the volatile region between the Klingon Empire and the Orion Syndicate — Enterprise crosses paths with a band of ruthless Orion slave traders, who kidnap T’Pol and eight other crew members off the ship so they can be sold at auction, forcing Archer to enact a risky rescue mission with Dr. Soong’s help. More from StarTrek.com

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