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Cast & Crew

Director: Mike Vejar
Written By: Rick Berman
& Brannon Braga

Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Julianne Christie
as Ah’Len
Randy Oglesby as Trena’L
Christopher Darga
as The Klingon Captain
Regi Davis as Klingon 1st
TL Kolman as Alien Man
John Cragen as Crewman
Drew Howerton as Steward
Mike Baldridge as Dillard

Original Airdate

October 17, 2001

What Happened

After finding a stealth ship hiding in their warp wake, the Enterprise
make first contact with the Xyrillians, a friendly race of beings that need
the Enterprise to repower their engines. As their ship’s proximity is
causing failures all over Enterprise, Cmdr Tucker is sent over to held
speed the Xyrillians on their way (and do a little cultural exchange while there
at it). He makes a close friend of Ah’Len, a female engineer who takes care
of Trip and shows him some of their more interesting technology (including a
holodeck and a telepathic ‘game’).

After returning to the ship, Trip discovers a small growth on his arm. According
to the doctor, it’s a nipple and Trip’s pregnant. Needless to say Trip’s a little
confused, having not engaged in anything he would deem sexual. He figures out
that the telepathic ‘game,’ which involved him sticking his hands in some mystic
pebbles with Ah’Len, could have been the cause. For the next few weeks Trip
must conceal his ‘condition’ from the crew while they seach the vast reaches
of space for the Xyrillians.

Locating a familiar warp signature, the Enterprise finds the Xyrillians,
this time piggybacking a klingon battlecruiser. Archer contacts the Klingons
and explains to them why they are having trouble and that they need to talk
with the Xyrillians. The Klingons, of course, simply shoot first and snag the
Xyrillians into a tractor beam. After some negotiating (including some ‘exaggerations’
from T’Pol and the promise of a holodeck demo) Trip and two Klingons board their
ship. The Klingons are impressed with the holo-technology and demand two units
to be installed. Trip finds Ah’Len and explains the problem. She expresses her
apologies, stating she didn’t know this could happen.

The embryo is moved to a new host and Trip returns to Enterprise. Archer
thanks the Klingons for their help and he is told where he can go stick his
thanks (in a way on a Klingon can).


Well it was different than the last two episodes, going for more humor and
less suspense, but the same old problems are there.

First, we don’t know or care about these characters enough to find Trip’s predicament
that funny or sad or anything. We need more plot-based episodes and fewer character-driven
ones until the cast can lock down their characterization. Second, if it weren’t
for the Klingons at the end, would anyone have recognized this as an episode
from the Star Trek universe?

The plot was cute, but it’s been done before in Junior.
This sort of storyline would have been funnier with a more established character
(imagine Worf in this predicament).

I did like the interaction between Trip and Ah’Len. Trip’s an awkward diplomat,
but a brilliant engineer and his role as the first human to meet Xyrillians
was well done. He’s frank and honest, making the exchange of ideas clear and
truthful. I’d like to see more of these situations where humans can learn more
about the universe around them.

High Point

Archer trying to work with Klingons. You, me, and the guy down the street know
what Klingons are all about, the crew of the Enterprise hasn’t a clue.
They are just being friendly humans, making their way through space. And Klingons
are…well…KLINGONS! We know what’s brewing for humans and Klingons, but how
we get there will be a most interesting journey.

Low Point

I just can’t help but scoff at the holodeck set. Gag me!

The Scores

Originality: Not very. 2

Effects: Zero-G showers? Spiffy effect, I hope to see more stuff like this.

Story: An interesting twist adding Klingons at the end, but the rest of the
story was a bit weak and poorly paced. 3

Acting: Trip and Ah’Len are convincing in their parts, as is the Klingon captain.

Emotional Response: None really. We don’t have an emotional investment in these
people to care that much. 3

Production: The alien ship looked a little odd. Almost like some bad sets out
of ‘Land of the Lost’ (I seem to remember iridescent rooms in that show). 2

Overall: A better outing than last week, but I’m really hoping for more.

Total: 21 out of 42

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