Captain’s log: date unknown
Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong pen the teleplay for this episode from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It first aired on 24 April, 2002 and featured Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula’s co-star in Quantum Leap in his only Trek appearance.
Archer (Bakula) and Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) are captured by Tandarans led by Colonel Grat (Stockwell) and are thrown in a prison camp that is host to a group of Suliban.
The pair soon discover that there experiences with the Suliban they’ve encountered earlier are not representative of the race as a whole, and they also begin to believe that these Suliban are being wrongfully imprisoned.
While the crew attempt to recover their captured captain and helmsman, Grat is intent on interrogating them.
It’s great to see the dynamic between the two, having said that though, I wish they had saved Stockwell’s appearance for later in the series and given him a recurring character, a villain, so we could see these two actors clash again, which would serve as a wonderful counterpoint to their Leap relationship.
There are some great moments in the episode, and I like how it changes our perception of the Suliban, by showing us the extremes that our heroes could have gone to as shown by the Tandaran’s and Grat’s reaction.
Action beats and character beats are balanced fairly solidly in this episode, but it really shines because of the casting of Stockwell, and the geek cred the episode, and the series has because of it.
Captain’s log: date unknown
Roxann Dawson directs this episode from a script by Fred Dekker, which he developed from a story created alongside Brannon and Braga. It first aired on 1 May, 2002.
Hoshi Sato (Linda Park) gets a chance to shine in this story that sees a symbiotic alien come aboard the ship and entrap a number of the crew in its organic web. Hoshi needs to find a way to communicate with it, if she is going to free the trapped officers.
She gets a solid arc in this episode because at the beginning of the episode she has some troubles with a first contact, and is moody over it through the course of the story, upset with herself, and her abilities.
It also sees Archer’s affection for water polo again, and continuity is served by the reveal that movie night is still going on, and this week it is the exemplary Wages of Fear.
I like Hoshi episodes because besides Archer, I think she may be my favourite character on the show. She’s smart, skilled, and so relatable.
The alien is obviously computer generated, but it looks quite good.
The Human Adventure continues next week as I explore of Season One of Star Trek: Enterprise, as I journey through The Complete Series on blu-ray, now available from Paramount Canada.