Somebody got detention. Find out how and why!
Cast & Crew
Director: David Livingston
Story By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay By: Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
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
Dean Stockwell as Colonel Grat
Christopher Shea as Sajen
Jessica D. Stone as Narra
Dennis Christopher as Danik
David Kagen as Major Klev
Originally Aired: April 24, 2002
The opening teaser show Mayweather and Archer unconscious in a bare room. Both
look bruised. Mayweather gets up to explore their unfamiliar surroundings. He
looks out the door only to spot several Suliban walking around. Apparently their
shuttlepod drifted too close to a restricted area.
The two men soon learn from Colonel Grat, the detention center commander, that
this is where his people keep the Suliban they capture as the wage war against
the Cabal. Archer also discovers (after an altercation with Sajen, a Suliban
detainee) that these Suliban are not genetically enhanced and want nothing to
do with the Cabal. In fact most of them are just normal people trying to live
a normal life.
Appalled by this revelation, Archer confronts Grat about the problem. While
sympathetic to the Suliban’s plight, he feels he’s doing everyone, including
the Suliban, a favor. His reasoning is that once the Cabal capture these Suliban,
they’ll be brainwashed and altered. He urges Archer to stay out of this and
he and Mayweather will be home in a few days.
Drawing parallels between this situation and the one from United State during
World War II, Archer feels it is his duty to help these people escape. Meanwhile,
Grat discovers information about the Enterprise, most notably their two
previous encounters with Silik and the Cabal (“Broken Bow” and “Cold
Front”). He demands that Archer turn over any information or else they
may “miss” their transport off the planet.
Fortunately, Enterprise, has managed to locate Archer and Mayweather’s
position and are moving in to evacuate their friends. Archer tells Enterprise
to hold back while he and Mayweather execute their plan.
What follows is a high-action rescue operation with Trip using a shuttlepod
to blast the camp’s defenses and Reed, disguised as a Suliban, helping the two
detained crewmembers get the Suliban to their ships. Having succeeded, Enterprise
turns tail and leaves the restricted space.
Not too bad really. Good acting turns from everyone save for Montgomery, who
is still trying to figure out his character. It’s the first season, no sense
on ragging on him. Though I had higher hopes for the character. Something along
the lines of young-but-wise since he’s had so much time in space.
Another nice element to the episode was the amount of information revealed.
We now know that not all Suliban are members of the Cabal. We know that another
race is aware of the “Temporal Cold War.” We also know that the Suliban
have no homeworld, no government. Just a nomadic people trying to integrate
into other cultures. Something they were becoming very good at until the Cabal
All told, good dialogue, nice effects, and (finally) a few answers.
Great dialogue pieces between Archer and Sajen. Great depth of emotion and
sorrow for the Suliban’s predicament.
Maybe it was the hype (fan-generated, not UPN) about Dean Stockwell’s appearance
on the show, but I just didn’t think there was much to the episode for him.
Originality: A retelling of Earth’s past. Not really original, but it is a
hallmark of Star Trek. 4
Effects: Cool combat shots of the shuttlepod making a mess of the internment
Story: A good way of moving the story arc along. I’m always for that. 4
Acting: Smart work from just about everyone in the cast. 4
Emotional Response: Nothing too unpredictable, but still a satisfying end to
the episode. 4
Production: The interiors looked all right, but nothing that really stood out.
Excellent work though on Reed’s Suliban make-up. 4
Overall: Good action, gobs of information (by Star Trek standards), and some
standout dialogue and acting. 4
Total: 29 out of 42
Klev and some Suliban children
Grat, in charge of the Tandaran camp
has to restrain a bloodied Mayweather
and Mayweather in Grat’s office
in the Tandaran internment camp
Science Flub of the Week
OK, now I’m just feeling like an ass for creating this section. So far I’m 1 for
3. No noticeable flubs this week.
Featured Star Trek Web Site
Learn more about the Japanese-American Internment camps during World War II:
Relocation Authority Camps in Arizona, 1942-1946 (Univ of Arizona)
Internment in WWII Photo Exhibit (Univ of Utah)
- The Japanese American
- Children of the Camps (Documentary)
Next Time on Enterprise (May 1, 2002)
A strange, symbiotic alien creature boards the Enterprise capturing a few of
the crew members, including Archer and Trip, and cocoons them in its web feeding
off their bodies to survive. With the captured crewmembers’ lives in jeopardy,
Hoshi, under T’Pol’s command, faces her biggest challenge by trying to find
a way to communicate with the lifeform in order to return it to its home planet.