2nd from the last. Next week it all comes to an end!


Cast & Crew

Director: LeVar Burton
Written By: Manny Coto

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
Peter Weller as John Frederick Paxton
Harry Groener as Nathan Samuels
Eric Pierpoint as Harris
Peter Mensah as Greaves
Patrick Fischler as Mercer
Adam Clark as Josiah
Steven Rankin as Colonel Green
Johanna Watts as Gannet Brooks
Tom Bergeron as Coridan Ambassador
Christine Romeo as Khouri

Episode Information

Originally Aired: May 6, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Twenty
Production: 096

What Happened

On Earth for a historic Starfleet conference to ratify the coalition of planets, Archer and the crew uncover a plot by a radical xenophobic group of humans called Terra Prime, led by Paxton, who want to put an end to the increasing number and influence of aliens on Earth. Meanwhile, although T?Pol contends she has never been pregnant, she and Trip learn that Terra Prime has information about their child. Later, a female reporter from Travis’ past pursues him for a story.


3rd from the end and it’s showing. Or maybe it’s just me, knowing that only two more episodes are left and there’s nothing in pipe after that. Anyway, we’re treated to an uber-creepy villain, a decent, if well-trodden, plot, and the beginnings of the Federation. Enjoy it while it lasts.

High Point

  • Peter Weller creeps the hell out of me. Good casting choice.

Low Point

  • “Hey we haven’t seen each other in four years, but let’s swap bodily fluids.” I’m no prude, but doesn’t this type of writing bother anyone else?

The Scores

Originality: Nothing new to Star Trek about tackling racism, but it seems to have lost some of its bite along the way. 3 out of 6.

Effects: A flying building? Someone’s been watching too much anime. 5 out of 6.

Story: I’m sure the writers were trying for a more 9/11 approach to xenophobia, but it really doesn’t come off. Still a decent story, but not as much punch as I’d like. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Weller is creepy as all get out. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: There’s a little tension with the baby, but it’s really not enough to get you on the edge of your seat. 4 out of 6.

Production: Lunar sets are nice and dirty. 5 out of 6

Overall: I get the feeling the cast just isn’t into this anymore. They aren’t really trying too hard for their perfomances. I can’t say I blame them. 3 out of 6.

Total: 29 out of 42

Enterprise’s Final Episodes

Friday’s it gang!

Next Time on Enterprise (May 13, 2005)

Terra Prime

In the first steps towards the foundation of the Federation, Captain Archer and the crew must stop Paxton, a well-armed, radical human isolationist leader, who is threatening to destroy Starfleet Command unless all aliens leave Earth immediately.

These are the Voyages…

Six years in the future, an emotional Captain Archer and the crew return to Earth to face the decommission of Enterprise and signing of the Federation charter, ratifying the newly-formed alliance of planets they helped forge.

Additional Notes and Comments

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