MacGuffin in hand, can Archer make it back in time to prevent a galactic war?

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Cast & Crew

Director: David Livingston
Written By: Michael Sussman

Starring
Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Charles “Trip” Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as T’Pol

Dominic Keating as Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery as Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Hoshi Sato
John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Robert Foxworth as V’Las
Jeffrey Combs as Shran
John Rubinstein as Kuvak
Gary Graham as Soval
Michael Reilly Burke as Koss
Kara Zediker as T’Pau

Todd Stashwick as Talok
Jack Donner as Vulcan Priest
Melodee M. Spevack as Andorian Com Voice

Episode Information

Originally Aired: November 26, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Eight
Production: 084

What Happened

Archer, T’Pol and rebel leader T’Pau struggle to reach the Vulcan capital to publicly unveil their discovery of a revered ancient artifact that could revolutionize Vulcan society and topple the corrupt government.

Meanwhile, with help from allies among the Vulcans and Andorians, the Enterprise crew attempts to stop V’Las and the Vulcan High Command from launching a sneak attack upon rival planet Andoria. More from StarTrek.com

Review

The conflict widens, the stakes are raised, and the pressure increases. All the elements you need for a successful Act II.

High Point

V’Los’s final “conspiracy” scene. Thank you Manny! This is going to be fun.

Low Point

Way too rushed ending, but I do understand. There’s a little more to do, but it wouldn’t fill out another hour of TV. It also lends itself to some major tension

The Scores

Originality: OK, it’s not starkly original, but it broadens the overall story canvas. 3 out of 6.

Effects: Capital ships going after each other in fantastic battles. A hint of part of what made DS9 so much fun to watch. 5 out of 6.

Story: We’re left satisfied with the main plot outline, but still yearing for a new plot’s outcome. 5 out of 6.

Acting: Kudos to the main cast as well as Combs and Graham for some great tension. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: The interrogation was fantastic. 5 out of 6.

Production: Great sets, once we get out of the “desert.” 4 out of 6

Overall: A satisfying conclusion to a great arc. More, please! 5 out of 6.

Total: 32 out of 42

Enterprise Schedule

Enterprise (like most shows this time of year) goes into reruns until next year. It returns with pair of stand-alone episodes: “Daedalus” (01.07.2005) and “Observer Effect” (01.14.2005). After that another arc begins with “Babel One” (01.28.2005) and continues with “United” (04.04.2005) and concludes with “The Aenar” (02.11.2005). That puts us at fourteen episodes, one more than was initially ordered by UPN for this season. The remainder of the season still hangs in the balance.

Next Week on Enterprise (December 10, 2004)

Borderland (Originally Aired 10/29/2004 – Score: 31/42)

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.

Additional Notes and Comments

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