10/25/11

Star Trek: Asterisk "Carpenter Street"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E11
Air Date: November 26, 2003
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
Redshirt Daniels takes Archer and T'Pol back to the year 2004 to go after a reptilian Xindi who's picking up Human genetic information.

Review
You know it's going to be a good episode when the teaser of a Star Trek episode starts off in modern times. Of course, that might just be my love of time travel talking. The central figure of this episode is named Loomis, and when we first see him, he's walking into his apartment in Detroit, Michigan, 2004 A.D., and receiving a phone call from a clandestine figure who asks about his "selection." When the phone call ends, the figure is revealed to be a reptilian Xindi.

Loomis proceeds to pick up a prostitute. Don't worry, it's not what you think. He's not actually going to have sex with her. Just going to knock her out with chloroform and then inject her with a needle. When she's out, he takes her to a creepy abandoned factory where he's apparently keeping several other bodies who are out like lights with the help of some hospital equipment. When the prostitute is all hooked up, he picks up a suitcase full of money and heads out. Loomis is clearly a doctor of ill repute.

That's when Redshirt Daniels arrives! Yay! Archer is feeding Porthos when Daniels shows up and tells him about some Xindi being spotted where they shouldn't be. Archer naturally thinks he's talking about the Delphic Expanse, but Daniels corrects him - they're in Detroit, Michigan 150 years ago. Not the Space-Ghetto, the Earth-Ghetto.
I roll on 8 Mile like it ain't no thang.
Daniels wants Archer to check it because for some reason he can't, so Archer decides to bring along the one person on the Enterprise who doesn't believe in time travel: T'Pol. After putting Trip in charge, he dons his 21st century apparel, opens a door and is suddenly transported to 2004.

The best thing about time travel episodes (and movies) is how awkward the future people are with modern technology. This is apparent when Archer and T'Pol attempt to steal a car. The first car has a boot, the second car has a guard dog, the third car is juuuuuuuust right. Except that when he turns it on, the radio blares. So they take this truck and eventually find they need fuel. To get fuel, they need money. So Archer goes to the nearest ATM and hacks into it. If anyone's keeping track at home, that's two felonies so far.
Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta'.
So, back to the main plot line, Loomis goes and picks up some more victims and then T'Pol finally gets a lock on Xindi bio-signs. It's the abandoned building Loomis had been at before. Not long after they arrive, Loomis comes with his latest victim. He hooks the guy up and when he leaves, Archer and T'Pol follows him to his dingy, ghetto apartment. When Archer knocks on his door, Loomis tries to escape, but Archer breaks down his door and comes after him. So, add "breaking and entering" to the list. When Archer and T'Pol finally catch up to Loomis, he assumes they're cops, and (after being punched by Angry Archer) agrees to help them take down the "terrorists." Archer says he'll be his final "victim."

On the way there, they stop by Burgerland because Loomis is hungry. After a hilarious scene dealing with the drive-thru, they move on...
"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." "WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE THAT
 A LARGE FOR JUST 43 CENTS MORE?"
Loomis hooks Archer up in the abandoned factor and then Archer waits for the Xindi... After one of the Xindi takes a blood sample from him and leaves, he gets up to explore. He finds their bio-reactor in which they can make a biological weapon. So then he goes for their temporal beacon so they can't get back to their own time. He takes it out and then the Xindi are on to him. They grab their virus and run and Archer runs after them.

T'Pol takes Loomis along to help Archer, but, like a good henchman, Loomis betrays her. As soon as the Xindi come out of the building, Loomis honks the horn to give up their position. When he attacks T'Pol with a knife, that's when she sets her phase pistol to stun, shoots him and catches up with Archer. They run up to a roof where the Xindi attempts to use the weapon, but they take him out just in time. They take the weapon and the Xindi back to the future and that's it for them.

Loomis, on the other hand, is left in Detroit to deal with the cops who bust him for six bodies who are still hooked up to IVs in an abandoned factory. His explanations about lizard people and ray guns doesn't really go over very well.

Overall Thoughts
All the love goes to time travel episodes! I mean... the more I learn about Redshirt Daniels' theory of time, the less it makes sense... unless, of course, there's some kind of arbitrary rule system that the future time travelers follow. Regardless, the basic idea of having Archer and T'Pol roll around 2004 Detroit and deal with modern conventions is great! Now we just have to figure out why the Xindi are trying to make a second biological weapon against the Humans.