And so begins the final episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise…

Bound

Cast & Crew

Director: Allan Kroeker
Written 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
William Lucking as Harrad-Sar
Cyia Batten as Navaar
Derek Magyar as Kelby
Crystal Allen as D’Nesh
Menina Fortunato as Maras
Christopher Jewett as Crewman #1
Duncan K. Fraser as Crewman #2

Episode Information

Originally Aired: April 15, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Seventeen
Production: 093

What Happened

After Archer forges a deal with the Orions, the trader presents the captain with a gift — three alluring Orion women who proceed to seduce all the men on board except, mysteriously, Trip.

Review

And so we slide into the final episodes of Enterprise. Will we end with a whimper or a bang? I can see Manny was going when he wrote this one, setting up the Orion Syndicate to be a grander enemy. Unfortunately we’ll never see the fruits of his vision.

High Points

  1. Green babes in bikinis! I mean, what’s not to love?
  2. The final reveal as to who’s in charge and who are the slaves. Cool and unexpected.
  3. Babes! Green ones! Sorry…

Low Points

  1. Cmdr. Kelby. Doesn’t he know the whiney roles have all been assigned?
  2. The final scene with Trip and T’Pol seems a little too awkward and uncomfortable. It was cute when it started but left you cold in the end.

The Scores

Originality: Pretty girls seduce the crew. Never been done. Right? 2 out of 6.

Effects: Limited effects save for a little fight. Still sharp, but it’s telling that their budget’s been slashed and very few shots are being done. 5 out of 6.

Story: If the series was going on, this would have been a lot cooler. Making the Orions out to be a larger and more dangerous threat than ever before. As it stands it doesn’t do much for the overall canon. 4 out of 6.

Acting: I wish I could have been on the set to hear the staging directions: “OK, go over to Scott and act slutty. No, no, more slut, less seductress. OK, more seductress now!” 3 out of 6.

Emotional Response: No real tension, but I got a good laugh at trip phasering the entire bridge crew. Also the reveal at the end was cool. 4 out of 6.

Production: Hey look, the weight room! 3 out of 6

Overall: Decent episode that would have been better if it set up a longer-term arc. 4 out of 6.

Total: 25 out of 42

Enterprise’s Final Episodes

The schedule as of writing:

  • In a Mirror, Darkly (04.22.2005)
  • In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II (04.29.2005)
  • Demons (05.06.2005)
  • Terra Prime (05.13.2005)
  • These are the Voyages… (05.20.2005)

Next Week on Enterprise (April 22, 2005)

In a Mirror, Darkly

In the mirror universe, Commander Archer mutinies against Captain Forrest in order to capture a future Earth ship found in Tholian space.

Additional Notes and Comments

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