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Observer Effect

Cast & Crew

Director: Mike Vejar
Written By: Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

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

Episode Information

Originally Aired: January 21, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Eleven
Production: 087

What Happened

After Hoshi and Trip contract a deadly virus while exploring a planet, two ghostly aliens possess the bodies of various Enterprise crew members to observe humanity’s reaction to imminent tragedy. As the aliens secretly jump bodies to observe, Phlox strives to cure the stricken pair, but with his efforts failing, Archer must make a difficult decision in order to shield the rest of the crew from this growing biohazard.


Not spectacular, but definitely better than last week.

High Point

The revelation of who the “observers” were. Nice touch.

Low Point

I despise these “erase everyone’s memory and start over” endings. Do they not teach “Deus Ex Machina is very bad writing” anymore?

The Scores

Originality: Nothing new about contagious outbreaks, but the overall effect of having observers breaks it up. 4 out of 6.

Effects: Another nearly effect-free episode. 3 out of 6.

Story: Another aptly title episode, but the story ended a little flat. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Well acted. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: The ending sucked most of emotional investment out of the episode. 3 out of 6.

Production: Hey look, the decon chamber has a bathroom. But where’s the decon gel? Hmm? 4 out of 6

Overall: A solid episode and a nice nod to the larger body of Trek lore. 4 out of 6.

Total: 27 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (January 28, 2004)

Babel One

Ordered to transport a delegation of argumentative Tellarites to a peace conference with the blue-skinned Andorians, Archer and the crew find themselves drawn into a confusing, dangerous situation when a secret Romulan vessel begins attacking ships on all sides, including Enterprise.

Additional Notes and Comments

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