(written from a Production point of view)
Hoshi is contacted by a mysterious telepath, who offers to help Enterprise in its mission... for a price.
T'Pol has been analyzing data on the Delphic Expanse spheres, and has discovered that there must be a second sphere to create the anomaly pattern the crew has discovered. She needs precise measurements of this second sphere, so Enterprise NX-01 sets course for its probable location.
Meanwhile, Ensign Hoshi Sato has been feeling watched and hearing whispers for the past several days, but Lieutenant Reed insists there is nothing. Doctor Phlox thinks she may be hallucinating, but then she is telepathically contacted by an alien named Tarquin who tells her that he may be able to assist the crew in finding the Xindi and their weapon. Enterprise diverts to his planet to talk to him.
Tarquin explains that he can telepathically read objects to learn about their creators, so Captain Archer supplies him with a piece of the weapon used to attack Earth. Tarquin will only work on the condition that Sato stays with him, so Archer reluctantly leaves with Enterprise to examine the second sphere while Sato stays behind. Tarquin talks with Sato and tries to get to know her better, however Sato is disturbed by how much he knows about her. She eventually learns that she is not his first companion: he is long lived and has had four previous companions while living out his exile and he intends for Sato to be his next, she is to stay with him for the rest of her life.
Back on Enterprise, the ship has been unable to approach the sphere because of the severe number of anomalies it is generating. Commander Tucker lines Shuttlepod 1 with trellium, enabling Archer and Tucker to fly inside the cloaking barrier and take the measurements T'Pol requires. They run into a bit of trouble with the sensors and thrusters, but are successful. They set a return course for Tarquin's planet.
Sato tells Tarquin she won't stay. He gives her the book as a parting gift; she thanks him, saying she was hoping to find out how it ended. As Enterprise returns, Tarquin tries a couple of last ditch efforts to trick Sato into to staying with him. First, he tries to telepathically trick her with an image of Archer, but when that fails, he causes the Enterprise's system's, including life support, to shut down and threatens to kill the crew. Sato counters with a threat to destroy his telepathic enhancer, he relents and lets her go. As a parting gift, he provides her with the coordinates of a Xindi colony where part of the weapon is being built.
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Memorable quotes Edit
"My only contact with the outside world has been through telepathy."
- - Tarquin
"Did you bring a phase-pistol?"
"I'll keep it under my pillow."
- - Archer, before leaving Sato with Tarquin
"You often feel isolated even around other people. You don't have to."
- - Tarquin, to Sato
"Archer to the bridge."
"I assume we're getting close?"
"You assume correctly."
- - Archer, contacting T'Pol after his water polo ball gets embedded in the wall while Enterprise heads towards a sphere
"Sometimes I don't know what is worse, being alone or having to bury the people I've come to care about."
- - Tarquin, when Sato sees the graves of his previous companions
"Why would someone want to create a web of crippling anomalies?"
- - T'Pol, on the vast number of spheres generating gravimetric energy in the Expanse
Background information Edit
- In the final draft script of this episode, the scene (numbered 53) showing images telepathically witnessed by Hoshi Sato was described as follows:
- The stained glass windows seen in Tarquin's castle are taken from Shinzon's dining room on Romulus from Star Trek Nemesis. As well, the chairs in the castle were used previously on Ventax II in TNG: "Devil's Due".
- The prop piece of Xindi debris that Tarquin examines has been used before as a cloaking device in DS9: "Profit and Loss" and Neelix's malfunctioning heating coil in VOY: "Live Fast and Prosper".
- The style and the plot of the episode is an obvious reference to the movies and books like Bluebeard, Beauty and the Beast, or Phantom of the Opera, showing the old, lonely genius with unusual abilities, searching for a young woman to bring some light into his existence.
- This was the first episode of Star Trek to air in high definition.
- In 2013, Brannon Braga mentioned that he thought this episode was "pretty crappy." ("In a Time of War, Part Three", ENT Season 3 Blu-ray special features)
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 star Edit
Arakon system; auxiliary power; cheeseburger; cloaking barrier; Delphic Expanse; Delphic Expanse sphere; Denobula; Denobulan; Earth; EV suit; Fiorella's; Fountain Street; hallucination; Klingon language; macaroni and cheese; micro-fracture; oxygen recycler; paranoia; phase-pistol; prefrontal cortex; pizza; Sato, Michio; San Francisco; sensor relay; shore leave; Shuttlepod 1; soba noodles; Starfleet Regulations; Taal, Morianna; tactical alert; Tarquin's homeworld; Tarquin's planet; telepathic amplifier; telepathy; thruster; toast; trellium; universal translator; unnamed dessert; vasodilation; Vulcan root leaf; water polo; Xindi-Arboreal colony; Xindi database; Xindi-Insectoid; Xindi starcharts; Xindi weapon
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