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Cast & Crew
Director: James Contner
Story By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
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
J. Paul Boehmer as Mestral
Michael Krawic as Stron
Ann Cusack as Maggie
Clay Wilcox as Billy
David Selburg as Vulcan Captain
Ron Marasco as Vulcan Officer
Hank Harris as Jack
Paul Hayes as Businessman
Originally Aired: Sept. 25, 2002
T’Pol corrects Archer and Trip’s perception that first contact between humans and vulcans occurred in Boseman, MT. T’Pol tells them the story of T’Mir, her great-grandmother and first officer of a survey mission to Earth in the year 1957, shortly after Sputnik is launched. After suffering engine failure, the ship crash lands in Carbon Creek, PA. The crash leaves the captain dead, but T’Mir, and the two remaining crewmen, Mestral and and Stron, unharmed.
Unable to hail a rescue ship, the Vulcans soon make themselves a part of the Carbon Creek community and find jobs and a home. Stron and T’Mir manage to keep a clinical distance between themselves and the human occupants of the small mining town, but Mestral finds them far too fascinating to be an observer.
After finally contacting a rescue ship (and saving the miners with their advanced technology), T’Mir allows Mestral to stay on Earth, informing her superiors that he died in the crash along with the captain.
Berman and Braga must think Star Trek fans have no memory. This same trick of storytelling was used (and badly so) with Voyager’s fifth season 11:59. Heck it was also set in a run-down town, this time called Portage Creek. This was also spun in the second “giant” Star Trek novel Strangers from the Sky by Margaret Wander Bonanno.
The episode had its moments, but those were few and far between. Everything else seemed really predictable and implausible. I know you Tuvok-Two-Step fans probably liked this one, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Vulcans acting out of character does not equal instant humor. Stop trying it!
A tip to Mr. Berman and Braga: Leave the show writing to the writers. You guys stick to producing.
While the backwards dress bit was cute, the high point would have to be the
focus on how Mestral could understand human’s capacity for kindness, despite
our ability for mass destruction. It’s a key principle on which Star Trek is
Could it be the painfully predictable pool match? The forced and poorly acted
kiss? Perhaps the silly velcro bit? You make your own call.
Originality: Not a shred. 1
Effects: One of the reasons for episodes like these is to trim the FX budget.
The crash sequence was OK, but not spectacular. 4
Story: Blech. 2
Acting: Not too bad for guest actors, but not that good either. 3
Emotional Response: Boring. I had to fight to keep interested. 2
Production: Period stuff is hard to do. I’ll give credit where due for this
Overall: Bah! And we were off to such a good start last week! 2
Total: 19 out of 42
- The Vulcans
discuss their dilemma
episode preview (QT, WMP)
observes humans in Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania
tries to maintain a low profile
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This was actually the first episode filmed for Season Two. My guess is the lack
of the main cast and numerous on-site scenes contributed to the out-of-sequence
Next Time on Enterprise (Oct. 1, 2002)
After unwittingly wandering into a minefield in Romulan territory, Enterprise
becomes trapped when struck by an undetonated mine. When Reed takes a space
walk to try to defuse the mine, he inadvertently gets pinned to the outer hull
and Archer must choose between saving Reed or abiding by the Romulans’ orders
to depart immediately. [No video preview available at the time of writing]