My apologies for being so late. I fell ill the last few days and didn’t get to finish my review. But here you are!
Cast & Crew
Director: Winrich Kolbe
Teleplay By: Andre Bormanis
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
Jane Carr as Mary Reed
Guy Siner as Stuart Reed
Paula Malcomson as Madeline Reed
John Rosenfeld as Mark Latrelle
January 16, 2002
Enterprise encounters a new alien vessel. After several attempts to
communicate with it, it warps away without responding. A second encounter leaves
Enterprise bruised and beaten as well as two crewmen in sickbay (when
the aliens entered the ship through the shuttlebay.
Archer, frustrated at their inability to defend themselves properly, turns
the ship around and heads for Earth, hoping that they can install phase cannons
(which were missed in her rushed launch). Trip and Reed insist they can install
the cannons without Jupiter station’s help and begin mounting the two they have,
and building a third.
After installing the forward two cannons, they commence a test, leveling a
large mountain. Reed suggests there was a power overload somewhere in the system.
T’Pol finds a power reading from the shuttlebay. Upon closer investigation,
it appears the ‘silent’ aliens have planted a device for monitoring the Enterprise
and her crew. Using onboard sensors, Archer sends them a message warning them
not to underestimate humans and destroys the device.
The Enterprise runs into another (or the same) alien ship, this time
they are outwardly hostile. After a feeble attempt with the repaired phase cannons,
Archer orders an overload of the cannons, similar to the test file situation.
Scoring some solid blasts with cannons and torpedoes, the alien ship flees.
Archer decides not to pursue, and orders Enterprise back to her original
heading, away from Earth.
Yep, that was it. There was also a subplot regarding Reed’s birthday and Hoshi
contacting everyone she could find that knew him throughout his life. The only
thing we learn is, like us, no one knows him at all.
I was eager about this one, since I like Reed’s character. Sadly we didn’t
get much meat on this bone. The main story was fairly trite on top of things.
A little more information on the aliens would be nice. Enterprise was
sent out as Earth’s first real exploratory ship, and they’ve done very little
I’m still holding out hope for this show, but more and more frequently I’m
starting to think my father-in-law is right: “So, when do you think Enterprise
will get canceled?”
The re-editted “Archer Film” was cool, but some logical explanation
for why the aliens don’t speak would have been a lot better (and more Trek-ish).
Hoshi’s subplot was cute, but the pineapple cake finale was pretty lame.
Originality: Eh. The silent treatment was interesting at first, but without
some follow-through, it’s just not interesting. 3
Effects: The aliens looked well-done, except for their design. Anyone else
think “Mars Attacks!” when they first showed up? A high point in effects
for the phase cannon effect destroying a mountain. 5
Story: Dry and tasteless. I was hoping for a bit more action, and more depth
about Reed’s character. 3
Acting: Hoshi’s improving as is most of the cast. A good example was the dinner
scene. Sure the writing’s cliché, but the actors came off convincingly
Emotional Response: About the only tension we can get in Trek any more is when
subordinates start arguing with the captain. And even that felt forced. But
at least we can see some spinal development from Trip and Reed. 3
Production: This was an all-on-ship episode. Interesting lighting (for the
alien boarding) but not much else. 3
Overall: I don’t like alien-of-the-week episodes. Go somewhere with these enemies,
or else. 2
Total: 23 out of 42
has her work cut out for her, sleuthing at Archer’s request
and Trip work with the new phase-cannons
toasts the success of Trip and Reed
at the controls
contributes to the discussion in the Situation Room
and Trip inspect the new phase-cannons
and Mayweather on the bridge
Reed, Malcolm’s sister
Doctor (Jan. 23, 2001)
When is compassionate medical treatment the wrong thing to do? Dr. Phlox draws
on his Denobulan past to address ethical issues in “Dear Doctor.”
Shades of the “Prime Directive?”