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Sleeping
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Cast & Crew

Director: Les Landau
Teleplay By: Fred Dekker

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
Sato
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Michelle C. Bonilla as Bu’Kah
Vaughn Armstrong as Klingon Captain

Airdate Information

Originally Aired: January 30, 2002
Season: One
Episode: Fifteen (Aired out of sequence. Episode 14 follows)

Sleeping DogsWhat
Happened

Enterprise discovers a ship with a decaying orbit in a gas giant. Eager
to help, Archer sends a shuttle down with T’Pol, Reed, and Hoshi (and she volunteered!).
Shortly after arriving, the away team is jumped and gets their shuttle stolen
by a Klingon engineer named Bu’Kah. She doesn’t get far with Enterprise
in orbit. The away team finds the vast majority of Klingons on the ship dead
or dying from some neurotoxin.

Meanwhile the away team is having a difficult time translating and repairing
the Raptor class Klingon vessel. As the ship drifts downward, the atmospheric
pressure become increasingly heavier and threatens to crush the ship. Onboard
Enterprise Archer has no luck persuading his Klingon captive even though
Dr. Phlox has cured her of the toxin.

The atmospheric pressure has now increased so much that a shuttle can no longer
rescue them. Sending the Enterprise herself down, Archer attempts a rescue,
unfortunately even the Enterprise can’t take the pressure. Archer makes
one more plea with Bu’Kah, this time appealing to her Klingon nature and the
species near-fanatical devotion to honor. Rigging a shuttle with reinforcement
beams Archer and Bu’Kah head out, looking for the Klingon vessel.

Having dropped so far into the atmosphere, Reed has rigged the photon torpedoes
to detonate close to the ship, pushing it into a higher orbit. Using the blasts
to triangulate the Raptor’s position, Archer finds and docks with the vessel.
Using the Bu’Kah’s know-how and the repairs Reed’s already affected, they pull
the ship out of gas giant and cure the remaining crew members.

After returning to the Enterprise, Archer receives a hail from the Klingon
Captain. He orders Enterprise to surrender or be destroyed for violating
his ship. Archer tells his opponent to leave with what little honor he has left
of he’ll destroy the Raptor, reminding the Captain that his ship is badly damaged
and has no torpedoes left. The Klingons leave without further incident.

Review

It does feel good to be clean, no? Especially after some of the sewage we’ve
waded through this season. We’re finally giving the crew a change to really
get to know another alien race. Archer has to subvert his instincts at every
turn in order to deal with the Klingons.

I’m starting to like Hoshi despite my earlier feelings. I guess the producers
realized how irritating a character she’d be if she cowered at every new discovery.
She’s eager to prove herself in a tough situation and she handles the stress
of the situation.

One nice thing about the show is that, while some old-school races have changed,
Klingons will be Klingons. Got to love that.

High Point

While I got a big laugh out of a Starfleet captain saying "Remind me to
stop trying to help people," Hoshi and T’Pol’s reaction to Klingon "aroma"
was priceless.

Low Point

The first interrogation scene seemed to drag on a bit too long, though it was
capped off by a funny line.

The Scores

Originality: I can’t think of a similar Trek episode, so hats off the the writers
for giving us something fresh. 4

Effects: Great work. Shots of the Klingon ship, gas giant atmosphere, and the
grappler snag were all done beautifully. The CG targs weren’t too bad either.
5

Story: Good exposition and detail. Kept me interested right to the end. 4

Acting: The trio on the away team was in top form. I wasn’t incredibly impressed
with the guest cast. Not bad, but not much more than the basic stuff. 4

Emotional Response: The spots of humor (three big points by my reckoning) were
fun. There was suitable tension generated by the away team on the Raptor. 4

Production: Top marks for the Klingon interiors. Follows the architecture established
from before, with a harsher, less technical look for the prequel series. 6

Overall: Great episode. Character development and an enjoyable story. 5

Total: 32 out of 42

Stills

From StarTrek.com

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Time

Shadows of P’Jem
(Feb. 6, 2001)

Archer and the crew are disappointed to discover that T’Pol has been ordered
by the Vulcan High Command to leave the Enterprise – and equally frustrated
at her seeming indifference to leaving their ranks. T’Pol’s last mission as
a Starfleet officer, however, proves eventful when she and Archer are kidnapped
by a militant faction on an alien planet and find themselves once again at the
mercy of the volatile Andorians.