Air Date: April 23, 2003
Written by: Chris Black & John Shiban
Directed by: Robert Duncan McNeill
Dr. Phlox faces his most deadly threat yet: centuries old racial prejudice.
When Hoshi goes to deliver the mail to Phlox (because even electronic mail is hand delivered on Archer's Enterprise), Phlox introduces the communications officer to a tribble (YAAYY!) which he promptly feeds to a reptilian carnivore (WHAT!? D:). And there would be no more tribbles until The Original Series. Meanwhile, Phlox reads his mail and discovers that the Denobulan Science Academy wants Enterprise, the closest ship available (obviously), to pick up some Denobulan geologists that have been caught on a planet and given three days to evacuate due to a xenophobic regime change.
So when they get to the planet, they find several different alien ships departing and a general announcement from the new government is sent to every ship to leave the area immediately. One ship that hasn't gotten very far tries to request access back to the surface because their warp core is about to explode. The xenophobic government representative says basically "not my problem!" and leaves the ship's crew to die in the vacuum of space. Good thing Enterprise is there!
Before sending a team to pick up the Denobulan geologists, he saves the crew of the nearly exploding ship. on board that ship is an Antaran by the name of Hudak. And it turns out that Antarans don't really like Denobulans very much. So when Phlox offers to treat him from deadly wounds, he refuses, preferring to die than be treated by a Denobulan.
So, while Hudak expresses all his racial angst, Archer sends Reed, Mayweather and Trip down to the surface to find the Denobulan geologists inside a deep series of caves. And then they spend the next hour or so navigating through the caves and chatting about random stuff that has nothing to do with anything. And then Mayweather breaks his leg which is OK because him staying behind means we get to watch the Reed/Trip bromance bloom a little more while not having to endure Mayweather's... Mayweatherness.
|"Go on without me! Let me die!" "...Okay!"|
On the planet, Trip and Reed find the geologists and the geologists refuse to leave, but Trip yells at them because of all he's been through to find them and then they finally agree to come along... that's all. OH! Also, this is also where we find out that Denobulans are natural wall-climbers. They don't climb up cliff faces... they basically run up them.
|That or there were a lot of radioactive spiders in that cave|
And they all lived happily ever after and learned a valuable lesson about racial tolerance.
There was a tiny gem of awesome in this otherwise mediocre episode. John Bilingsly's performance was superb. Of course, it wouldn't have meant as much without the story leading up to it, but there was just so much unnecessary crap - so much rough surrounding the diamond - that it almost makes the episode not worth it. But if you want to see Mayweather break is leg and random Denobulans run up walls, give this episode a shot!