(written from a Production point of view)
The Enterprise crew must cope with devastating damage to the ship, with another alien ship needing assistance nearby. T'Pol seeks help from Phlox with a personal problem, and dissent grows in the Xindi Council.
On the Xindi Council ship orbiting Azati Prime, Dolim is angered by the rest of the Xindi recalling his ships behind his back. Degra is becoming more and more convinced that Captain Archer told him the truth. Dolim remains unconvinced, but is forced to release Archer by the Xindi-Arboreal councilor.
Captain Archer is taken on board a Xindi-Aquatic ship, and is released back to Enterprise in an escape pod. At least fourteen crew members have died from the attack, and there are further casualties in sickbay. With only one phase cannon and the aft torpedo launcher working as defense against another attack, the captain orders that they should try to find somewhere to hide, just in case the Reptilians come back to finish them off. They head towards a nearby comet dust field for cover. En route, they intercept a smaller ship in distress.
The smaller ship has sustained damage from the spatial anomalies, and asks the captain for assistance. Captain Archer tries to convince the aliens to part with their warp coil in exchange for a supply of trellium-D, but they refuse, as it would knock out their own warp engines, leaving them years away from their home world.
T'Pol begins experiencing withdrawal symptoms, because she has been cut off from the supply of trellium-D by all the damages sustained. She uses an EV suit to get to it, nearly kills herself in the process and injects some into herself, relieving the symptoms.
From the escape pod, Ensign Sato translates some coordinates and a stardate, indicating where Degra will be on that date, three days from now. Unfortunately, it's over four light years from their current position, and without their warp drive the Enterprise will never get there in time. Archer decides to throw the rule book out of the window, and board the alien ship to steal their warp coil.
In the Xindi Council chamber, Degra and the Primate and Arboreal Council members meet with a member of the trans-dimensional species. They question if she had anything to do with sending the Reptilians into the past to build a bio-weapon. She admits to helping the Reptilians in order to keep them and the Insectoids from leaving the Council. This angers Degra, and he questions if Archer's claim that her species built the spheres is true. She deflects the question, angrily demanding that Earth be destroyed for the benefit of all Xindi, and to not summon her again unless all the members of the Council are present. After she leaves, the Primate Council member asks why they should doubt her. Degra insists that they must examine the proof offered by Captain Archer.
After an emotional argument with the captain about the planned attack on the alien ship, T'Pol consults Dr. Phlox, and he is shocked. T'Pol explains how she began to experiment with trellium after their encounter with the Seleya, and how injecting herself with the compound allowed her to access certain emotions, but that she has now become addicted. He decides to help her overcome her problem, and agrees to not tell anyone.
With a boarding party, Archer and Tucker transport onto the vessel, and manage to steal their warp coil while leaving behind three containers of trellium-D as well as other supplies in "compensation". When the captain asks why Archer is doing this, Archer simply states that he has no choice before leaving, knowing that by taking their warp coil the alien crew has been left stranded three years from their home. After integrating it into the Enterprise systems, Archer orders maximum warp speed (now only 3.2), and they set off to meet Degra at the coordinates.
T'Pol and Phlox discuss her residual emotional instability. T'Pol fears that she may never fully be able to suppress her feelings again.
Memorable quotes Edit
"At the very least, we should board their vessel and take them prisoner!"
- - Dolim, after Enterprise is critically damaged
"He will not be harmed any further. You have my assurances."
"That isn't good enough!"
- - Dolim and Degra, on Archer
"I really don't know what's holding us together. But let's hope it doesn't give out."
- - Reed
"A couple of weeks... if we had the parts. We don't. As it stands now, warp drive is out of the question."
- - T'Pol and Tucker
"I thought Insectoid was tough!"
"Almost sounds like music."
"My mother always wanted me to take piano lessons. I should've listened to her."
- - Hoshi and Travis
"Hard to believe we'll ever get this ship back the way it was."
"Just a simple matter of repairs." (Archer glances at him) "Well, perhaps not that simple."
- - Archer and Phlox
"How long have you been a doctor?"
"Nearly forty years."
"And in all that time, did you ever do anything you thought was unethical?"
"I'm about to step over a line, a line I thought I would never cross. And given the nature of our mission, it probably won't be the last."
"Probably not. May I ask what you're planning to do?"
"There could be more casualties."
"I'll be ready."
- - Archer and Phlox
""We can't try to save Humanity without holding on to what makes us Human." Those were your words to me."
"I'm no happier doing this than you are, but we're not going to make a habit of it."
- -T'Pol and Archer, the former reminding the captain his own words during the events on the Seleya.
"We've had our share of disagreements, but you've never taken it out on my desk before."
- - Archer, to T'Pol
"You're stranding us three years from home. Why are you doing this?!"
"Because I have no choice!"
- - Illyrian captain and Archer
"You did the right thing."
"It seems the longer we're out here, the more I have to keep saying that to myself."
- - Tucker and Archer
Background information Edit
- The archival version of this episode's final draft script was submitted on 24 May 2004. The script included a scene that is not in the episode. It took place in the inspection pod, with T'Pol and Tucker touring Enterprise after the Battle of Azati Prime. The script also detailed the horrific T'Pol seen in a nightmare by describing her as "the spitting image of the homicidal Vulcans seen in 'Impulse'." Also, the scene between Phlox and Archer in the captain's ready room was slightly different, Phlox initially mentioning that Porthos kept eyeing a Droxin field mouse in sickbay. In response to Archer saying (later in the scene) that a line he intended to cross would probably not be the last one, Phlox replied, "Sometimes you have to draw a line... sometimes you have to step over one... ethics are not the only consideration," instead of merely responding, as he does in the final version of the scene, "Probably not."
- The actions of the crew here are reflected back to their own encounter with piracy in "Anomaly".
- As a result of the Xindi attacks, fourteen members of the crew are dead and three are unaccounted for, probably the ones flying into space in the previous episode.
- This episode contains the first mention of stardates in the series. The stardate is communicated to Enterprise by Degra.
- Casey Biggs (the Illyrian captain) is better known for playing the recurring character of Damar in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Three of his co-stars in this episode are also former Deep Space Nine guest stars; Rick Worthy played Kornan in "Soldiers of the Empire", Scott MacDonald played Tosk in "Captive Pursuit" and Goran'Agar in "Hippocratic Oath", whereas Randy Oglesby played both Ah-Kel and Ro-Kel in "Vortex" and Silaran Prin in "The Darkness and the Light".
- Dorenda Moore plays one of the MACOs who participate in the incursion to the Illyrian starship; however, her character is referred to as "Parsons" and not as "S. Money", a character already established in the season.
- Among the items from this episode which were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay was the costume of stuntman Eric Norris, which was previously worn by a background actor in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Alliances" and by actor Bob Rudd in the VOY episode "Nightingale". 
Links and references Edit
Main cast Edit
- Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer
- John Billingsley as Doctor Phlox
- Jolene Blalock as Sub-Commander T'Pol
- Dominic Keating as Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
- Anthony Montgomery as Ensign Travis Mayweather
- Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi Sato
- Connor Trinneer as Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Guest stars Edit
- Casey Biggs as Illyrian Captain
- Randy Oglesby as Degra
- Scott MacDonald as Dolim
- Tucker Smallwood as Xindi-Primate councillor
- Rick Worthy as Jannar
- Josette Di Carlo as Sphere-Builder woman
Uncredited co-stars Edit
- Geneviere Anderson as an operations division ensign
- Solomon Burke, Jr. as Billy
- Zane Cassidy as a MACO
- Mark Correy as Alex
- Daphney Dameraux as an operations division ensign
- Kevin Derr as Kelly
- Josh Holt as Masaro
- Ricky Lomax as W. Woods
- Andrew MacBeth as E. Hamboyan
- Dorenda Moore as Parsons
- Eric Norris as an Illyrian
- Paul Sklar as R. Richards
- Jeff Smolek as an Illyrian
- Pablo Soriano as an Illyrian
- Scott L. Treger as a Xindi-Reptilian
- Curtis Wong as an Illyrian
- Breezy or Windy as Porthos
Ansara; antimatter; cometary dust cloud; Delphic Expanse; diamagnetic field; drug addiction; Earth; emergency power; EPS grid; evasive maneuvers; exhaust manifold; force field; Illyria; Illyrian; Illyrian starship; impulse power; injector system; Jaina; kilometer; kiss; maintenance request form; O'Malley; Osaarian; paranoid; phase cannon; piano; Piral; plasma injector; Seleya; stardate; stun grenade; trellium-D; Trenia; Vulcans; warp coil; withdrawal
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