Break out the blue flags people. The Federation’s coming to town!

Babel One

Cast & Crew

Director: David Straiton
Written By: Mike Sussman & Andre Bormanis

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
Jeffrey Combs as Shran
Lee Arenberg as Gral (Tellarite)
Brian Thompson as Valdore
J. Michael Flynn as Nijil
Molly Brink as Talas
Kevin Brief as Naarg
Jermaine Soto as Maco Crewman

Episode Information

Originally Aired: January 28, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Twelve
Production: 088

What Happened

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.


Finally. The origins of the Federation at long last. So far so good, and next week looks even better.

High Point

While bonus points go to having a MACO that didn’t just give in to hormones, the actual high point goes to the overall concept of forming the Federation. This is what the show should have been about…FOUR YEARS AGO!

Low Point

Was anyone surprised to find out the ship was a drone?

The Scores

Originality: Romulans stirring up trouble in disguise. Pretty sure we’ve seen that before. Still it’s consistant with their personality and it’s as good a plot as any to get the four charter members to work together. 4 out of 6.

Effects: That’s one nasty looking ship. 5 out of 6.

Story: A decent story, it just needs a little more emphasis on the Tellarites, up to now they’re a big blank culturally. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Jeffrey Combs is a big part of what makes this show fun. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: I’m just excited to see where this is going. 4 out of 6.

Production: Great sets and shots. 4 out of 6

Overall: A fantastic start to, what I hope will be, a very good story arc. 4 out of 6.

Total: 30 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (January 28, 2004)


Trapped aboard a mysterious drone ship that’s been terrorizing the region, Trip and Malcolm work to outwit the Romulans, who are piloting the vessel via remote control, in order to save their own lives and stop the feuding Andorians and Tellarites from going to war.

Additional Notes and Comments

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