B&B are back. But is it as bad as we’ve feared?
Cast & Crew
Director: David Livingston
Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
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
Bruce Davison as Menos
Richard Wharton as Jossen
David Richards as Dockmaster
Vincent Hammond as Huge Alien
Coleen Maloney as Vulcan Officer
Stephen Mendillo as Vulcan Captain
Originally Aired: Nov. 6, 2002
T’Pol is ordered by the Vulcan High Council to retrieve a rogue operative, Menos, who is suspected of selling weapons materials. The catch is that he’s evaded T’Pol once before. Menos, it turns out, is easily captured, but acid washing of the landing pad prevents T’Pol, Archer, and Mayweather from returning to the ship.
While marooned, Menos begs to be released, saying he’s no criminal, but a simple family man that didn’t want to go back to Vulcan. T’Pol, conflicted by repressed feeling’s of guilt (she killed one of Menos’ associates 17 years ago), doubts herself and their entire mission.
Setting the bar ablaze, Menos escapes. While searching his ship, Mayweather discovers a hologram masking Menos’ hiding place. He slips out, but T’Pol shoots him before he can get away. Mayweather finds a secret stash of weapons material, proving that Menos was a smuggler after all.
You know what? For a B&B episode, it wasn’t that bad. Sure, Bruce Davison (X-Men, X-Men 2) holds it together for the most part, but by and large it was a much better piece of work than any of their previous outings.
That is not to excuse them from all blame, as the plot on this one wore a little thin around half-way through and the ‘twist’ at the end was no surprise.
On a final note: I shouldn’t be too surprised, but Paramount is wont to do this: Reuse items, props, etc. from the movies in production. Anyone else notice the Reman in the bar?
There is now a genuine trust between Archer and T’Pol and several scenes (particularly the one outside the bar) that make this evident. One thing the successful series have used is a familial relationship between crew mates. Something Voyager severely lacked.
The additional “we found the bad guy’s stuff” revelation seemed pointless. I mean he was hiding behind a holographic wall. I think we now know he’s a bad guy.
Originality: Not truly original, at least it is for Enterprise. At least it didn’t resemble A-Team. 3 out 6.
Effects: Fairly light on effects, but what there was looked clean. 3 out of 6.
Story: A nice delve into T’Pol’s background. And to think we wouldn’t see any of her fancy footwork again! 4 out of 6.
Acting: I live Davison. He’s a good villain. Blalock’s performance ranges from good to silly. 4 out of 6.
Emotional Response: I enjoyed the bond that’s forming between Archer and T’Pol. Trip’s foray into Captainhood was good for a laugh as well. 5 out of 6.
Production: There was the Reman cheat, otherwise, it was an OK production. 4 out of 6.
Overall: A better job than last week. Hopefully this is the last B&B episode for a while. 4 out of 6.
Total: 27 out of 42
- Archer confronts T’Pol
- Archer makes a new acquaintance
- T’Pol and Archer strategize
- Mayweather, Archer and T’Pol
- Mayweather on alert
- 20-second episode preview (QT, WMP)
Next Time on Enterprise (Nov. 13, 2002)
Reed accidentally leaves his communicator on a pre-warp alien planet during a visit, and when he returns with Archer to retrieve the crucial technology, they are captured by soldiers who accuse them of being enemy spies. Meanwhile, Trip and Mayweather use the cloaking technology of the damaged Suliban Cell-Ship they had previously captured in an attempt to rescue Archer and Reed before they are executed.