Captain’s log: 18 February, 2152
Micheal Dorn directs this episode that was written by Chris Black from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It debuted on 15 May, 2002, and sees the crew of the Enterprise finally arrive at Risa.
We follow a couple of stories for those who get shore leave, Trip (Connor Trinneer) and Reed (Dominic Keating) go out to ‘broaden their cultural horizons’ and end up getting rolled for everything they have. Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) plans on doing some rock climbing. Hoshi (Linda Park) wants to put her linguistic skills to use and has a bit of a romance while Archer (Scott Bakula) and Porthos just want to relax… but you know they won’t.
The vacation doesn’t play out for anyone in a relaxing way, as they all get pulled into events around them that leave them in various states of upset.
Cutler (Kellie Waymire) makes another welcome appearance (sadly her last) in this episode. And Doctor Phlox (John Billingsley) is roused from his annual forty-eight hour hibernation cycle to treat an injured Mayweather.
Archer’s story ties in with things that happened earlier in the season during the episode Detained, and also ties in with the Suliban arc. And despite Reed and Trip’s intention to have a tryst or two while on vacation, it’s Hoshi that ends up getting lucky.
And Billingsley gets to show Phlox’s comedic side once he is roused from his hibernation.
It’s not a horrible episode by any definition, in fact, it’s bit of a breather before we get thrown into the season finale while showing us the arcs, friendships, and characters that have developed over the course of the season.
Captain’s log: February 2152
Berman and Braga pen the season cliffhanger, Shockwave, that debuted on 22 May, 2002 and brings the Suliban and the Temporal War to the fore as Archer and the crew of the Enterprise find themselves caught up in troubling, potentially disastrous events.
The Enterprise is recalled to Earth when they apparently cause the destruction of an alien colony. Crewman Daniels (Matt Winston), the temporal agent from the 31st century returns to reveal that the Suliban are interfering with the Enterprise’s mission, attempting to sabotage them, and that they are responsible for the colony’s demise, and not the Starfleet vessel.
Once they realise the Suliban are responsible, and with some help from Daniels, Archer seeks them out, but gets more than he bargained for. Silik (John Fleck) demands the captain surrender himself to them, but when Daniels intervenes whisking Archer to the 31st century, the Suliban fleet prepares to destroy the Enterprise.
We are left with a cliffhanger that sees Archer and Daniels surveying a post-apocalyptic vista that wasn’t supposed to happen, and the reveal that the captain is now marooned in the far distant future.
The Human Adventure continues next week when I begin season two of Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Series on blu-ray, available now from Paramount Canada.