With a finite number of episodes ahead, the path to the Federation is becoming clearer.

United

Cast & Crew

Director: David Livingston
Teleplay By: Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Story By: Manny Coto

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
Jeffrey Combs as Shran
Lee Arenberg as Gral (Tellarite)
Brian Thompson as Valdore
Geno Silva as Vrax
Kevin Brief as Naarg
Molly Brink as Talas
J. Michael Flynn as Nijil
Scott Allen Rinker as Pilot

Episode Information

Originally Aired: February 4, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Thirteen
Production: 089

What Happened

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.

Review

This just burns. Enterprise gets back to its Trek roots only in time to be shown the door.

High Points

  1. The final shot of the Enterprise leading a fleet of alliance ships. Please tell me we get to end the series with the signing of the Federation charter. If not, I will be so pissed.
  2. Humans actually singled out for doing something better than other races? No way. I thought we were the Special Ed group of the galaxy.
  3. The locker room banter between Trip and Malcolm. It’s nothing special, but it does convey the fact that the crew is coming together, forming a bond.
  4. Hoshi and Travis looking for the loophole. Also, not much by itself, but it gets the whole crew involved in the action. It was a regular occurance on other Trek series to have secondary characters bail out the primaries. It shows that they’re smart too and are devoted to their superiors.

Low Points

  1. Can we lose the cheesy ass “Give a little bit” part of the promo? I can take the theme song, isn’t that enough?
  2. The revelation of the pilot’s identity. It’s not so much a low point, just something I say coming (though the specifics weren’t there). I just have a bad feeling about where this is going with regards to next week. Hopefully I’m wrong.

The Scores

Originality: “You must fight me to honor our ways.” Damn that gets old. 2 out of 6.

Effects: That’s still one nasty looking ship. Also the beauty passes from Trip and Malcolm’s point-of-view were very cool. 6 out of 6.

Story: A decent story with some good dialogue. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Combs and Bakula have a great thing going with their characters. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: You can feel the bond between Shran and Archer and it isn’t forced. 4 out of 6.

Production: Great atmosphere inside the Romulan maurader. 4 out of 6

Overall: An OK story, but the payoff is huge. 5 out of 6.

Total: 30 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (February 11, 2005)

The Aenar

Archer visits Shran’s icy homeworld to find an Andorian subspecies called the Aenar, to determine their connection to the marauder destroying ships in the region.

Additional Notes and Comments

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