We’re baaaaack!

My apologies for listing the preview of Nemesis as being during this episode. It was not. It was shown during “The Twilight Zone.” According the official web site, the new trailer will be shown starting tomorrow before showings of “The Four Feathers.”

Enterprise LogoShockwave,
Part II

Cast & Crew

Director: Alan Kroeker
Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga

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
John Fleck as Silik
Matt Winston as Daniels
Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest
Gary Graham as Soval
Keith Allan as Raan
Jim Fitzpatrick as Commander Williams
Michael Kosik as Suliban Soldier

Airdate Information

Originally Aired: Sept. 18, 2002
Season: Two
Episode: One
Production: 028

Shockwave, Part IIWhat
Happened

For a recap of last season’s cliffhanger, “Shockwave, Part I,”click here. If you’d like to recap the entire first season, click here.

Picking up where we left off, Enterprise is surrounded by Suliban cell ships, all with their weapons pointed straight at her warp core. Instead of destroying them, T’Pol manages to talk Silik into searching the ship. When they fail to find Archer, but do find the remnants of temporal shift, the Suliban put the crew under house arrest and pilot the Enterprise themselves to the Suliban Helix.

Meanwhile, Archer and Daniels are still trapped in the 31st century. According to their research Archer departure has led to a catastrophic alteration of the timeline (including the erasure of the Federation from history). Unable to transport Archer back, Daniels constructs a temporal communicator from the gear the captain just happens to have with him.

Trip has managed to work the door chime into a makeshift communicator to talk with the rest of the crew. T’Pol, under Silik’s watchful eye, is tortured into revealing what little she knows about Archer’s disappearance. She is returned, understandably shaken, to her quarters. Archer uses his communicator to talk with the disoriented T’Pol and manages to work out a plan.

The crew organizes a breakout plan, which puts Hoshi into a revealing situation. They manage to knock out their captors and Reed grabs a device from Daniels’ old quarters. He’s caught by the Suliban and beaten pretty soundly. They take the device and Silik uses it to try and contact his 28th century employer.

While Reed was distracting the Suliban, Trip sets the Enterprise‘s core to overload. Unable to shut it down, the Suliban tow it away from the Helix. Meanwhile, Silik is caught off-guard by Archer, who uses the time portal (conveniently
activated by the Suliban) to return to his own time. Using some rather un-Starfleet tactics, he kidnaps Silik and uses him to keep the Cabal from following the Enterprise. With data disks in hand, Archer and company are cleared of any wrong doing, and are reinstated, much to Vulcan High Command’s displeasure.

Review

Sweet lord it feels good to have some fresh Trek in my life. And what a way to come back. Good mix of action and suspense with some enjoyable dialogue thrown in for good measure.

It’s becoming apparent that the cast is finding their niche with their characters. Everyone was smooth and comfortable with their parts.

High Point

Archer: “Romulan Star Empire? What’s that?”
Daniels: “Um, you probably shouldn’t read that.”

Well placed shot at us nitpickers. Bravo.

Low Point

T’Pol’s reaction after being tortured turned into a comic device that didn’t really mesh. The outrage we might have felt against the Suliban was quashed a little too abruptly.

The Scores

Originality: Nothing that original, but still enjoyable. 3

Effects: Great work. Pyrotechnics display for the pseudo-core breach was great to watch. 6

Story: Excellent use of getting various elements across to the viewer. 4

Acting: Everyone’s back and in full force. I still don’t much care for Daniels, but he may grow on me. 5

Emotional Response: I was hanging in there to the very end, determined to see our intrepid crew through. The final showdown between Starfleet and the Vulcans was top notch. 5

Production: Great set design from the new jeffries tubes to the ruined future Earth. 5

Overall: Welcome back kids!!! 5

Total: 33 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (Sept. 25, 2002)

Next Time on EnterpriseCarbon Creek

T’Pol tells Archer and Trip a story about her great-grandmother T’Mir and three other Vulcans who made first contact with humans after crash landing in a small Pennsylvania town in the 1950s. T’Pol’s story shocks Archer and Trip because her account is much earlier and very different from what history books reported. [No video preview available at the time of writing]