Another arc comes to an end.

The Aenar

Cast & Crew

Director: Mike Vejar
Teleplay By: Andre Bormanis
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
Alexandra Lydon as Jhamel
Brian Thompson as Valdore
Geno Silva as Vrax
Alicia Adams as Lissan
Scott Allen Rinker as Gareb

Episode Information

Originally Aired: February 4, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Fourteen
Production: 090

What Happened

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.

Review

Do we need another species added to the canon when we’re missing so many that we know and love?

High Points

  1. I really like Archer and Shran’s interactions and the insight into Andorian culture. Really breathes life into the world.
  2. Interesting insight into the Romulan mind.

Low Points

  1. Cheesy “I love you sis” ending.
  2. Trip, T’Pol: Get over it!

The Scores

Originality: Not stunningly original, but it does fit the rest of the arc fairly well. 2 out of 6.

Effects: A few good shots, particularly the remote ships going after each other. 5 out of 6.

Story: It’s OK. Not sure if the Aenar stuff was rushed or took too long. 4 out of 6.

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

Emotional Response: Archer and Shran are still the key to these episodes. 4 out of 6.

Production: Oh look, caves. Not just any caves, ICE CAVES! 4 out of 6

Overall: It wraps up the arc, but unlike its beginning, it lacks a broad scope. 4 out of 6.

Total: 29 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (February 18, 2005)

Affliction

On Earth, Dr. Phlox is kidnapped by a band of Klingons who are desperate to find a cure for a genetically-engineered virus that threatens their entire race. Meanwhile, Trip begins his new assignment aboard the Starship Columbia as it prepares to embark on its maiden voyage.

But Reed’s ties to a mysterious intelligence organization compromises his allegiance to Archer and Enterprise. Later, T’Pol attempts her first mind-meld in the search for clues to Phlox’s whereabouts.

Additional Notes and Comments

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