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Star Trek: Asterisk "Countdown"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S03E23
Air Date: May 19, 2004
Written by: AndrĂ© Bormanis & Chris Black
Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill

Premise
With limited time before the Xindi weapon reaches Earth, the Enterprise crew attempts to stop the Reptilians from activating it. Which makes them the most active reptiles in the galaxy.

Review
If you remember in the last episode, the Reptilians had kidnapped Hoshi. And you may be wondering, out of all the crew members, why would they kidnap Hoshi? Well, along with the Insectoids they have only two access codes when they need three. So, with Hoshi's awesome powers of translation, they hope to decipher an encrypted file with the Aquatic access code. Because language translation is pretty much the same as computer decryption...? Well, obviously, Hoshi doesn't want to help them, anyway, so Commander Dolim, the head honcho Reptilian guy, injects her with parasites that make her compliant.

So, After going over the information they gathered from the Delphic Death Star in the last episode Archer and T'Pol discover how they can disable the Death Stars and so stop the Sphere Builders from turning the Delphic Expanse into an transdimensional wasteland. Using this information to their advantage, they approach the Aquatics and tell them they can save their little section of the galaxy of they help stop the Reptilians and the Insectoids from destroying Earth. After a long, annoying and pointless deliberation in which we learn how much the Arboreals hate the water, the Aquatics finally decide to help out.
And I still have trouble believing they're sentient and not Muppets.
Well, the Reptilians are victorious in obtaining the access codes from the drugged-out Hoshi. Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, Reed and Hayes work out a plan to save her with a boarding party. They bring up the redshirt who died in the last episode and how sorry Reed is to have lost one of Hayes' MACOs. Through this conversation, the two guys make peace and are finally BFFs. Which means that Hayes, king of the redshirts, is about to die. Woops! SPOILER ALERT...

Ok, so here's what happens... They transport over to Dolim's ship and find Hoshi, which is all well and good, but that moment is when the Sphere Builders decide to activate one of the Death Stars and create a barrier of  spacial anomalies around the weapon. This causes the transporter to break, so Trip can only transport two people at a time off of Dolim's ship. They get Hoshi aboard first, but Hayes waits too long. Right as he's being transported, a phaser beam passes right through him. He collapses on the transporter pad and dies in sickbay after sending massive amounts of guy love to Reed.
Here's to Hayes: He wore the red shirt well.
Well, thanks to the random spacial anomalies, the Reptilians and Insectoids are able to get away. But on their way toward Earth, the Insectoids have doubts. Apparently, something about the spacial anomalies was bugging them. [BA-DUM TSSHH] It was too easy. Perhaps the "Guardians," the Sphere Builders, really were manipulating the Delphic Death Stars and Archer's claims were right. But Dolim acts like some of the more mainstream religious extremests I know and, instead of listening to reason, blows the dissenting ship out of space.
I agree that pennance is important to a joyful life,
but I reject the idea that it's neccessary for salvation.
After that, the crew come up with a plan to split up. Archer will take a team to the weapon and disable it from the inside, while Tri'Pol head on their way to a Delphic Death Star to shut it down, as per their agreement with the Aquatics. And that... will happen... in the next episode.

Overall Thoughts
You can tell the season is coming to a close because pretty much every loose end is being tied up. As with the last episode, this can be both a weakness and a strength. Personally, I just think there's way too much going on, but it does make for a pretty exciting episode. Regardless, this is an essential episode to the third season.