Back from the abyss, Enterprise debuts a new episode, thankfully not written by Berman and Braga.
Cast & Crew
Director: James Contner
Written By: John Shiban
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
Tim Glenn as Med Tech
Elizabeth Magness as Injured Crewmember
Originally Aired: Oct. 2, 2002
While investigating a newly discovered Class M planet, the Enterprise
takes severe damage from a cloaked mine. While trying to assess the damage,
another mine attaches to the ship hull. Its proximity sensor is offline, so
it does not detonate. Lt. Reed, the only officer trained to disarm bombs, goes
out to try and disarm or detach the explosive.
Meanwhile, a Romulan ship decloaks and orders them out of the system, but with
Hoshi in Sickbay, the crew do not understand the message. Reed continues scanning
the mine when another magnetic limb is deployed and anchors itself to the hull,
right through his leg. Archer goes out to help. Working together, they start
to disarm the mine. All throughout, Archer tries to get to know the closed-off
armory officer. We discover the reason he didn’t join the Royal Navy like his
forefathers, he’s afraid of the water.
Unable to fully disable the explosive, Archer concocts a plan to separate the
hull plating, cut Reed free, and use shuttlepod hatches to shield themselves
from the ensuing blast. The plan works, and Enterprise escapes just before
the Romulans return to attack.
Before anyone freaks out about continuity and all that, this episode handled
the Romulans just fine. In the TOS, all they establish is that the Federation
has never seen a Romulan, not a Romulan ship. In fact, there’s a war between
the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire sometime before TOS begins.
To help further, the writers establish that the magic cloak probe can’t see
through their cloak (at least on the ships).
So, here we are with a MUCH better episode than last week. I really enjoyed
this one, especially the ability to get to know Lt. Reed. Effective character
depth and sufficient tension to make it all worthwhile.
The HMS Clement piece was nice and dramatic. Now if only T’Pol’s "Carbon
Creek" story could have been as brief.
The hull plating detachment looked so incredibly bad. Icky blue screening!
I’ve seen so much better from these guys.
Originality: The bomb defusing thing’s been done, but that wasn’t really the
point here, it was getting to know Reed’s character. 3
Effects: I was enjoying the effects right up until that cheesy hull plate detachment.
Kudos otherwise. Anyone else note the detail of the ship interior through the
blast hole on the port side? 5
Story: Good character driven piece that allows us a pretty deep look into one
of the series’ most enigmatic characters. It also marks John Shiban’s (formerly
of the X-Files and The Lone Gunmen) first "Enterprise" episode. Nice
Acting: These two have some pretty good chemistry, especially with their different
characterizations. I think we’ll see these to paired more often. 5
Emotional Response: I was into this one start to finish. 4
Production: That was one wicked looking mine and the hull set was convincing.
Overall: Much better than last week. But even so, the episode stands out on
its own. 4
Total: 29 out of 42
comes to the aid of a struggling Reed
finds himself in a precarious position
episode preview (QT, WMP)
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The Romulans are coming, the Romulans are coming!
Next Time on Enterprise (Oct. 9, 2002)
Enterprise, in desperate need of extensive repairs, docks with a mysterious,
high-tech, automated space station that inexplicably and amazingly fixes everything,
making it almost too good to be true. While waiting for the repairs to be completed,
the Enterprise crew searches the unmanned space station and discovers its unique
and horrifying power source.