With all the new laws congress is inacting, I could just come over there and make you click “Read More” but it’s so much more satisfying when you give yourself over to me willingly.
Muhahahaa! :::ahem::: Sorry, too much Mtn. Dew today.
Cast & Crew
Scott Bakula as Captain
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
as Dr. Phlox
October 24, 2001
The Enterprise is ordered to check out the long-lost terran colony of
Terra Nova. Shortly before communication was lost 70 years ago, heated words
had been exchanged between the colonist (who wished to be left alone) and Earth
(who wanted to send more colonists).
What the Enterprise finds, is an abandoned colony and no trace of the
colonists. Only some primitives that want the landing party dead. After a brief
firefight, Reed is captured and the remaining members of the landing party shuttle
back the ship to regroup, but they don’t go empty-handed. T’Pol managed to scan
one of the primitives and discovered that they are human.
According to sensors, the area around the colony is highly irradiated, and
Archer is dead set on figuring out the cause. He returns to the planet with
Phlox to recover Reed and make contact with, what he hopes to be, the decendents
of the original colonists. The Novans (as the call themselves) take Archer and
Phlox to Reed, where he can be treated. Phlox reveals that Jamin’s mother, Nadet,
is dying of lung cancer. Archer offers to take Nadet and Jamin back to Enterprise
where she can be treated. The leave Reed again (poor fellow) and return to the
ship. The Novans aren’t particularly fond of humans. They don’t see themselves
as human, and blame humans for the ‘poison rain’ that drove them underground.
Tucker and T’Pol think the have the solution to the ‘poison rain’ problem.
A large asteroid hit Terra Nova not long after tensions built between Earth
and the colony. The radiation was so intense that only young children, who could
build up an immunity to it, would survive. A recovered communications log shows
that the colonists assumed the asteroid was a weapon of somekind, and the Earth
was hell-bent on wiping them out.
After curing Nadet, Archer shows her an old picture file. In it it shows a
woman with a child named “Bernadette.” Archer asks if this could be
her. Another problem shows up when Phlox tells them that the underground water
supply has become contaminated and they need to move. Jamin and Nadet both refuse
to see the truth and are shuttled back to the surface with Archer and Mayweather.
The shuttle lands on an unstable portion of cave and drops several meters down.
Once they get out, the find an injured Novan, Akary. Working together, Jamin
and Archer free the pinned man. Seeing the risks that Archer took, Nadet realizes
that they are one and the same and asks Jamin and the others to believe her
when she says that she’s one of the humans.
Alright! An episode that you can sink your teeth into. A nice blend of action
and drama on this one. Everyone contributed well to the overall storyline, even
Hoshi. T’Pol gives us a hint of what’s to come with her abbreviated ‘Prime Directive’
speech. A lot of people hate that directive, but T’Pol reminds us that it is
there for a reason.
One major piece that I didn’t like was the ending. We assume the Novans were
moved, but what next? Did they leave them supplies? Technology to learn from?
Communications equipment to get in touch with long-lost relatives? Loose ends,
gotta hate ’em!
I particularly liked the way Archer is show as a compassionate man, determined
not to lose a crewman, and desperate for each and every mission the Enterprise
takes on to be a success. There’s a lot of pressure put on a captain and I really
like the way he shows it in his face and mannerisms.
Was that supposed to be scales, mud, or I don’t know what on the Novan’s faces?
Kind of cheesy really.
Originality: Not quite like anything my memory. 4
Effects: Really bare-bones on this one. Just the standard stuff. That is to
say, nothing bad, but nothing out standing either. 4
Story: I was really into this one, start to finish. Even my wife, who usually
doesn’t watch these, had me tape the last 15 minutes when she put the little
one to bed. 5
Acting: Bakula is great! Good supporting cast as well. I’d really like to see
Erick Avari in more stuff, rather than stereotypical characters. 4
Emotional Response: No real suspence here, but I was very interested in how
the story would play out in the end. 4
Production: Styrofoam caves and rusty colonies. The ‘pinned man’ set was well
constructed, however. 3
Overall: Enterprise is starting to fit together. Kudos to LeVar Burton
for directing a bang-up episode (as he usually does). 5
Total: 29 out of 42
Stills & Video
20-second episode preview (MOV, 1Mb)
Archer and Lieutenant Reed run into trouble on Terra Nova
Jonathan Archer offers a helping hand
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed held hostage on Terra Nova
The Andorians return for the first time since TOS, and they mean business.
A bit of a Halloween treat for old school Trekkers with “The