Take your beautiful minds off the Oscars and do a little jungle boogie with the Enterprise crew.
Cast & Crew
Director: Allan Kroeker
Story By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Chris Black
Teleplay By: Chris Black
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
Stephanie Niznik as Woman
Conor O’Farrell as Buzaan
Eric Pierpoint as Shiraht
Keith Szarabajka as Damrus
Originally Aired: March 20, 2002
En route to their next destination, the Enterprise encounters a small
planet where none were thought possible. A rogue planet, one without a star
to orbit, that has managed to develop an ecosystem of its own has intrigued
the crew and they move in to investigate.
Upon closer inspection, the crew finds a small craft on the planet surface,
one that does not respond to hails. Archer, T’Pol, Hoshi, and Reed take a shuttle
to the surface to investigate. They quickly stumble across a group of hunters.
These people use the planet for game hunting, albeit for only short stints so
as not to destroy the ecosystem.
Reed, intrigued by their techniques, asks to join them and Archer allows him
to do so. That night Archer sees a beautiful woman who calls his name. Before
he can reach her, she disappears. Assuring him that it was probably nothing,
the hunters begin their quest for some game.
While hunting, one of the alien hunters is injured and they accept Archer’s
offer of medical attention onboard Enterprise. The doctor discovers some
residue from the hunter’s mysterious attacker. Apparently the game they seek
are shapeshifters. Archer is contacted again, this time he learns a little more
about the shapeshifters, they are intelligent and are on the verge of extinction.
Pretending to be out of the loop, Archer gets the hunting party to divulge
it’s secret, that they can scan for a chemical released by the shapeshifters
when they are frightened. Asking for Dr. Phlox’s help, Archer gives the shapeshifters
a masking agent, making them once again virtually undetectable.
The hunter’s, once again on the losing end, fall back to their ship and depart.
I’d have to call this episode good, but not really good. The premise was old
hat, but watching the characters solve the dilemma at hand was interesting.
Reed’s desire to join the hunting party was a great example of how "Federation
ideals" haven’t totally taken hold yet.
What really made this one stand out was the solution. Instead of the high-minded
"this is wrong, we are right" sorts of speeches we are used to from
Star Trek, the crew gets right down to it and fixes the problem, leaving the
hunters in a lurch. Maybe after they lose a few hunting parties, they’ll think
twice about messing with the inhabitants.
"I promise I won’t kill anything." Funny!
The scene where Archer finally confronts the mystery woman. Kind of a letdown.
Originality: Been here, done this with the Herogin in Voyager. 3
Effects: Pretty good shots of the planet itself and the shapeshifters. Come
a long way from Odo’s morphing. 5
Story: It became pretty predictable, but the ending caught me off-guard in
how the crew does not tell the hunters what’s been done to keep them from detecting
their prey. 4
Acting: The mystery woman was bland, but the hunters were a passable group.
Emotional Response: Not much of one, but I was delightfully surprised in the
Production: The jungle was well-done and set the appropriate mood. 4
Overall: Better than most, but not by much. 3
Total: 25 out of 42
- A bright
light distracts Archer
episode preview (QT, WMP)
can’t believe his eyes
makes his way through the thick brush of Dakala
- Is she
real or a hallucination?
Next Time on Enterprise (Mar 27, 2001)
When the Ferengi, a group of intergalactic thieves, stun the Enterprise crew
and try to rob the ship, it’s up to Trip to work covertly to stop them. After
the Ferengi awaken the Captain to force his assistance in pillaging his ship,
Trip secretly reveals to Archer that he has inadvertently escaped the effects
of the noxious gas and they work together to try to surreptitiously thwart the
robbery and save the crew.
Guest stars include: Ethan Phillips (Neelix from Voyager), Jeffery Combs
(Brunt/Wayoon from DS9), and Clint Howard.