Here we go again!
Cast & Crew
Director: James Contner
Story By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
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
Francis Guinan as Gosis
Tim Kelleher as Lt. Pell
Dennis Cockrum as Alien Barkeep
Brian Reddy as Dr. Temec
Jason Waters as Soldier
Originally Aired: Nov. 13, 2002
After losing his communicator on a pre-warp planet, Reed, along with Capt.
Archer, return to retrieve it. They are captured, accused as spies in a tense
cold war. After several attempts to explain away their "differences"
they are sentenced to death, so their bodies can be examined.
The two are eventually rescued by their crewmates using their stolen Suliban
cell ship. They recover their lost technology, but T’Pol reminds Archer that
the contamination has already been done.
This episode may stand out in the grand scheme of things if (and only if) they
come back to explore the cultural contamination. Part of this series’ biggest
contribution to Trek lore will be to rationalize and define the Prime Directive.
Sadly, by itself, this entry is just plain dull. Everything came off as a little
too cliche in a few too many places.
Trip cloaking his hand. It was a nice break from the rest of the episode.
Why are all interrogators portrayed the same way? If this is what reality’s
like, always tell the truth when questioned. They’ll never believe you.
Originality: There was a nearly identical fourth season TNG episode along the
same lines, First
Contact (not to be confused with the movie). 3 out 6.
Effects: For a pre-warp culture, those were some cool looking fighters. 5 out
Story: It’s an important piece in the road, just not handled well. 4 out of
Acting: Reed and Archer were good, but their scrapping the bottom of the barrel
when it comes to the guest cast. 3 out of 6.
Emotional Response: No surprises, just a bit of humor when Trip accidentally
cloaks his hand. 3 out of 6.
Production: They went on for several minutes about the architecture and then
they show us…what? 3 out of 6.
Overall: Just because we need to cover certain topics doesn’t mean you have
to do it so poorly. 3 out of 6.
Total: 24 out of 42
- Reed and
Archer find themselves in a bind
and Reed make their way disguised as locals
episode preview (QT, WMP)
Next Time on Enterprise (Nov. 20, 2002)
On a "typical" day on Enterprise, the crew finds their routine tasks
turn into uncharacteristically strange obsessions over trivial matters. The
crew’s increasingly erratic and often humorous behavior includes: Archer’s preoccupation
with writing the preface of a biography about his dad; Trip’s fixation on adjusting
the Captain’s chair to perfection; Hoshi’s obsession with her cooking; and Reed’s
concern with a Tactical Alert.