(written from a Production point of view)
|ENT, Episode 3x20|
Production number: 072
First aired: 28 April 2004
|←||71st of 97 produced in ENT||→|
|←||71st of 97 released in ENT||→|
|←||700th of 728 released in all||→|
| Written By|
Chris Black & David A. Goodman
Two members of the Xindi Council offer to stop the launch of the superweapon if Archer can prove that the Xindi have been manipulated; the crew holds a memorial for their dead shipmates.
Captain Jonathan Archer leads the crew in a memorial for the eighteen dead aboard ship. Afterward, Archer assigns Commander Tucker to write a letter to the parents of Crewman Jane Taylor, a member of his engineering team that died in the Xindi attack. Tucker is initially reluctant, however, and Archer insists that Tucker (and not one of the officers under him) write the letter.
While eating in the heavily-damaged mess hall, Tucker reveals to T'Pol that not only is he having trouble writing the letter, he has not slept since the Xindi attack in nearly two days. Moments later, their meal is interrupted by a nearby explosion. T'Pol and Tucker respond to the emergency and assist in shutting down the damaged systems and summoning Phlox. When Phlox learns of Tucker's lack of sleep, he orders the commander to get some rest. While sleeping, Tucker has a dream where he is confronted by Crewman Taylor in her quarters, who demands to know why he has not written that letter yet. She wants to know why it is so much that Tucker simply remember her. Tucker tries to run from Taylor, but finds the exit blocked. He awakes in a cold sweat, alone in his quarters.
Following hidden instructions left by Degra, Enterprise arrives at a sphere, where it meets with Degra's ship. Degra invites Archer aboard his ship to discuss the bioweapon. Archer attempts to convince Degra and Jannar that what he is saying is true; that the Xindi are being misled by the Sphere Builders. Archer invites the two Xindi aboard Enterprise and shows them the bodies of the Reptilians he stopped from releasing a bioweapon in 2004, as well as the bioweapon itself so the Xindi crew can test it for traces of time travel. He also shows them the scans of the Sphere Builder test subject they rescued several months ago. Additionally, T'Pol and Archer show Degra the information they have acquired on the spheres, which surpasses that of the Xindi in some respects. Degra comments that he is surprised by the detailed nature of the scan, considering that Enterprise is a warship, to which Archer responds that Enterprise was originally a ship of exploration and, if their mission succeeds, will be again.
Meanwhile, one of the warp plasma EPS conduits ruptures out of the ship's hull, necessitating an EVA trip by Tucker and Malcolm Reed to fix it. Reed is forced to operate a shut-off valve extremely close to the venting plasma and nearly dies of overheating, as Tucker is so focused on what he is doing. Tucker rushes Reed back into the ship, where the lieutenant is hurried off to sickbay. Degra expresses his hope that Reed survives, causing Tucker to verbally lash out. Tucker accuses Degra of hypocrisy and asks if "seven million and one" is too many deaths for the Xindi to take. Archer orders Tucker to stop and escorts Degra from the room, but not without Degra pausing mournfully before he exits.
Moments later, a Xindi-Reptilian ship arrives at the sphere, having followed Degra, despite his attempt to mask his warp trail. The Reptilian captain demands that Degra and Jannar dock with his ship so that appropriate action can be taken against Enterprise. Archer begs Degra for some piece of information about the Reptilian ship that would give the still-weakened Enterprise an advantage in the imminent firefight. Degra and Jannar are conflicted. They know that Archer has provided them with compelling evidence of the Reptilians' deceit, but to aid in an attack upon another Xindi ship would be treasonous. Degra's ship leaves Enterprise, but instead of docking with the Reptilian ship, it attacks in conjunction with Enterprise, quickly targeting key systems of the Reptilian ship. Once the ship is disabled, Enterprise stands down, but Degra continues his attack, destroying the Reptilian vessel. Degra tells Archer that to leave the Reptilians alive would only make matters worse for them, as the Reptilians would have reported to the council immediately. Degra provides Archer with coordinates for a subspace corridor that can take him to the Xindi Council planet.
T'Pol confronts Tucker about his problems, and he reveals that it is not Jane's death that's bothering him; it is his sister, Elizabeth. He wants to know how someone so young and full of promise could just die. He has been repressing his emotions for months now, but finally lets go and cries for his sister. Tucker says that he envies the Vulcans, and how they do not feel any emotion. T'Pol tells Tucker that Vulcans feel sadness at the loss of family and colleagues, just as Humans do, but Vulcan emotions can be so strong that they would be overwhelming if they were not suppressed. As such, it is she who envies him. Having finally accepted the loss of his sister, Tucker finally writes the letter to Crewman Taylor's parents.
"We're in bad shape – I can't deny that, but we're still in one piece. Enterprise is a tough ship. She took more than anyone could ask her to and then some. And so have all of you. I wanted to say thank you. I only wish I could thank the eighteen crewmen who were lost. Like you, they understood how important our mission is, and they accepted the risks. We came into the Expanse not knowing what we'd find, with no one to rely on but ourselves. We're going to succeed – to accomplish our mission – for everyone on Earth who's relying on us, and for the eighteen."
- - Captain Archer, to the assembled crew of Enterprise
"Perhaps you can demonstrate your ability to time travel."
"That might be a bit - difficult."
- - Jannar and Archer
"I'm relieving you of duty. You will go to your quarters and not return to your post before 0500 tomorrow."
"Please don't make me involve Security."
- - Phlox and Tucker, as the doctor orders Trip to take his first rest break in two days
"I could give you two hours."
"I believe the number was six."
"If I'm gone longer than three there may not be a ship here when I get back."
"Four. Not a minute less."
"Done. And remind me never to buy a car from you."
- - Phlox and Tucker, as Trip attempts to negotiate for less time away from his duties
"I assume you were watching the attack – calculating the blast yields. Boy, you must have been pretty damned excited. I mean, that beam cut one hell of a swath through Florida. That's the name of one of the places you destroyed, Florida. Did you actually see the cities burning, the houses, the people being vaporized? You know, I had a sister there..."
- - Tucker, to Degra, before he is cut off by Captain Archer entering the room
"I hope he'll be all right."
"What's one more dead Human to you? You had no problem killing seven million of us, but seven million and one is more than you can stomach?"
- - Degra and Trip, as Reed is taken away to sickbay after returning from their EVA
"I apologize for Mister Tucker."
"I never expected to meet anyone who'd suffered because of what I'd done. At the time, I thought the attack was necessary to save my people."
"I know. Believe it or not, we've had this conversation before."
- - Captain Archer and Degra
"The Reptilians are correct about one thing, captain – you have an impressive facility for deception!"
- - Degra, to Archer
"These scans are remarkably detailed for a military vessel."
"Enterprise was designed to be a ship of exploration."
"If we're successful, it will be again."
- - Degra and Archer
"Every time I start, I hear myself saying what a fine young woman she was – how smart and full of potential. And I realize, I'm not thinking about Taylor at all, I'm thinking about Elizabeth."
- - Tucker, to T'Pol, finally realizing why he is having so much trouble writing a letter to Crewman Taylor's parents
- - Tucker, as he touches a picture of his sister, Elizabeth (last line of the episode)
- This installment was one of the best received episodes from the entirety of Star Trek: Enterprise. Co-writer David A. Goodman said about the outing, "I know that I'm not given credit for writing one of the best [episodes of Star Trek ever] [....] It was a real collaboration [with Chris Black]. We split up the script and we helped each other [....] Writing that script with him elevated that episode for me [....] That was a true one-on-one collaboration with a very gifted writer who was also very confident and understanding of what the rules were for writing for Star Trek: Enterprise." 
- The photograph of Tucker's sister was a photo of the actress portraying her standing on a terrace on the Paramount Pictures lot.
- At the beginning, Archer holds a memorial speech for eighteen lost comrades, but in the previous battle, only seventeen are lost (fourteen counted dead and three unaccounted for), though one more could have died from injuries sustained. The eighteenth could also refer to Crewman Fuller, who was killed in "Anomaly".
- Archer's address to the crew is reminiscent of Kirk's address to the crew of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
- The attack on the Reptilian ship is referenced in "The Council", when Dolim confronts Degra.
Links and references
- Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer
- John Billingsley as Doctor Phlox
- Jolene Blalock as Subcommander 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
- Randy Oglesby as Degra
- Rick Worthy as Jannar
- Bob Morrisey as Xindi-Reptilian Captain
- Seth MacFarlane as Ensign Rivers
- Adam Anello as an operations division crewman
- Jorge Benevides as Private R. Azar
- Solomon Burke, Jr. as Billy
- Jason Collins as Corporal R. Ryan
- Henry Farnam as Damron
- James Groh as Jane Taylor's father (still pic)
- Glen Hambly as a operations division ensign
- Chase Kim as Private R. Azar
- Thomas Kopache as The Alien (photograph)
- Ricky Lomax as Private W. Woods
- Andrew MacBeth as Private E. Hamboyan
- Erin Price as Elizabeth Tucker (photograph)
- Unknown actor as a Xindi-Reptilian Guard (corpse)
bailing wire; Brody; car; chronometric distortion; Degra's ship; Delphic Expanse; Earth; EV suit; EPS control specialist; Florida; genie; hand scanner; imaging chamber; injector assembly; Kamata; Marcel; Rostov, Michael; magnesium; meter; neural pathway; optical subprocessor; pepperoni; pizza; plasma fire; plasma flow regulator; plasma torch; power cell; Saratoga; shield generator; spatial anomaly; spit; subspace corridor; Taylor family; Tucker, Elizabeth; Vulcans; Xindi Council; Xindi-Reptilian warship; warp plasma; warp plasma conduit
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