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Cast & Crew
Director: David Straiton
Story By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Andre Bormanis
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
Clancy Brown as Zobral
Charles Dennis as Trelit
Brandon Karrer as Alien Man
Originally Aired: May 8, 2002
After giving a helping hand to Zobral and his ship, he invites Trip and Archer
to his homeworld (a vast desert planet) so he can repay the favor. Not anxious
to delay their trip to Risa (again), Archer acquiesces and heads to the desert
After being wined and dined like kings, Archer and Trip are invited to join
a local game called Geskana (think lacrosse with energy balls). Meanwhile, T’Pol
(in command of Enterprise) receives a call from the local government.
It appears that Zobral and his men are terrorists and that they should extract
their men immediately or suffer the same fate as the criminals.
T’Pol contacts the away team, apprising them of the government’s request. Archer
decides to get out, but before he has a change Zobral pleads with him to hear
his side of the story. Apparently the planet suffers from an oppressive caste
system, which was supposed to be abolished. After hearing the legend of Capt.
Archer the "Suliban Savior," he decided that this was the man to lead
Archer, who really doesn’t want to get involved, says no. But before he and
Trip and leave, the government begins shelling the terrorist compound. Hiding
in a bunker, Trip and Archer discuss the matter further, solidify Archer’s feelings.
He would like to help, but Enterprise can’t jump to the aid of every
oppressed civilization in the area. They need to explore. After the bunker collapses,
the two make a run to the surface, grab water canteens and make for open desert.
For the next day they make slow progress across the desert, Trip taking the
heat the worst. They finally make it to a run down shelter for shade and water.
Zobral, who apparently escaped the shelling, makes it back to Enterprise.
He pleads for their help, but is told the true story of the Suliban liberation
(see Detained). T’Pol and Reed manage to convince him to help them recover their
lost crewmates, since he put them in danger in the first place. Using Zobral’s
knowledge of the planet’s sensor grid, Reed pilots a shuttlepod down to commence
a search for the captain and engineer.
Archer and Trip are located on sensors both by the shuttlepod and the local
government at the same time. The two manage to evade the long-range shelling,
long enough for Reed to blast the cannon. They are rescued just in time and
returned to their ship. Zobral apologizes for the misunderstanding and goes
back to fight his own battle.
I must be going through "Dune" withdrawal, because I kept waiting
for sandworms. :)
This wasn’t a standout episode, but it does fit a lot of pieces together from
the past. Enterprise is earning itself a reputation throughout the quadrant.
And good or bad, it’s coming to bear on the crew.
Archer’s coming to the difficult point in being a starship captain. Sometimes
you just have to say no. It’ll be nice once we see how policy is made, and is
that policy going to come from Archer or Earth?
But why should we worry? Next time we’re going to Risa!
While I know some of the ladies out there had their own reasons for enjoying
the shirtless Geskana match, it was cool to see the crew get out and enjoy themselves.
Seems like previous crews have been, unrealistically clean.
It sort of fits into a flub, but since when does boiling water remove dangerous
chemicals and not just microbes? But, in Archer’s defense, I’d drink the nasty
water rather than wait for dehydration to set in. Choice of evils baby. (Thanks
for the idea Fiziko)
Originality: I wouldn’t call it real original, but it wasn’t boring either.
Effects: Not too many to speak of. There were some sloppy blue screen shots
in the desert (mostly during the match). My guess is this was shot on the beach
(closer to the studio) instead of the open desert. 3
Story: I do like the fact that the Enterprise is becoming famous and
it’s coming back to haunt them. It’s a great way to deal with mankind’s first
major foray into deep space. 5
Acting: Clancy Brown is a fun sort of character actor. Fiziko pointed out to
me that he was also on "Earth 2" which I didn’t catch more than the
first two episodes. But he’s great here, giving all sorts of gusto to his performance.
Emotional Response: None really, except for a few chuckles here and there.
Production: Nice sets for both Zobral’s and the abandoned settlement. Alien,
yet recognizably desert dwellings. 5
Overall: A fun little story, with the hintings of what’s going on outside of
Enterprise. This adds a great amount of depth to the setting. 5
There! A #4-free review. Happy Alexius?! Also note the daring use of both
capital and lowercase letters for the first letters in words.
Total: 29 out of 42
with two of his men
and Trip make their way through the desert
takes shelter from the deadly desert
helps the heat-stricken Trip across the desert
and Trip hide from the bombardment above
and Archer take a break from playing Geskana
and Archer in their desert gear
Completely Useless Trivia
Clancy Brown is no stranger to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre. He’s appeared in several
such shows and movies including:
- "Earth 2" as John
- "Starship Troopers"
as Career Sergeant Zim
- "Superman" (animated)
as the voice of Lex Luthor
- "The Adventures of Buckaroo
Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" as Rawhide
- "The Shawshank Redemption"
as Captain Byron Hadley
Featured Web Sites
Survival Primer – For the next time terrorists maroon you and a buddy
on a hostile desert planet.
Survival Guide (from Amazon.com)
Next Time on Enterprise (May 15, 2002)
Another Double-Feature! One new and one old.
When the crew takes shore leave on the famous pleasure planet of Risa, Archer
has a mysterious encounter with an alien woman; Hoshi has a surprising romantic
rendezvous; Mayweather has a rock-climbing accident; and Trip and Reed go clubbing
only to end the evening as unwitting victims of robbery. Meanwhile, Phlox stays
on board the Enterprise with T’Pol to take his annual 48-hour hibernation and
exhibits some uncharacteristic oddities when they have to wake him up after
an injured crew member returns from shore leave.
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.