Captain’s log: 12 September, 2152
David A. Goodman pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. It originally aired on 11 December, 2002.
Trip (Connor Trinneer) is at the centre of the story when the Enterprise comes to the aid of a pair of aliens and their mysterious cargo. When the engineer comes aboard the ship to repair a stasis pod, he has to opens the container, and causes a major problem, as it seems the aliens are transporting a woman, Kaitaama (Padma Lakshmi), the local heir apparent.
She believes she has been kidnapped for ransom, and Trip, trapped aboard the ship when it flees the Enterprise concocts an escape plan,
I mean, of course this is a Trip story.
The pair get away in an escape pod, and the tension between the two is high, which will no doubt culminate at the episode’s climax just as the baddies arrive, pursued by Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) and the Enterprise.
This is just a standard story with no real twists or surprises, and is a very recognisable tale. If they had done something else with the story, change it up somehow, it would have, arguably, been more interesting, but instead it’s a one note entry that interrupts the flow of fairly solid episodes so far in the second season.
This isn’t Spock’s Brain bad, but it’s a fairly banal episode.
Captain’s log: 18 September, 2152
Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong pen this episode that first debuted on 18 December, 2002.
A deadly storm threatens the safety of the Enterprise crew so for eight days, the have to take cover in the maintenance shafts of the ship’s warp nacelles. There are problems, as the crew shelters a trio of aliens during the storm, only to learn that they would not be affected by its radiation, and that other members of their race are now aboard Enterprise attempting to hunt them down and claim Enterprise as their own.
This is a great bottle show, using existing and repurposed sets, has some wonderful character moments with all the main cast, and carries on building continuity, one of the films for movie night is supposed to be The Day The Earth Stood Still.
T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) takes part in some of the crew interactions and Archer gets to have some heroics saving his ship from the invaders.
I quite like this episode, and coming on the tails of the previous episode it seems even better. There are some solid character beats, and a well-crafted story to keep the viewer entertained. And the oft-mentioned chef is seen from the waist down as he delivers meals to the crew.
Two days after this episode debuted, Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his crew took their Enterprise to the big screen one last time for Star Trek: Nemesis.
Next week, the Human Adventure continues as I explore more of Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Series on blu-ray, now available from Paramount Canada.