Air Date: March 3, 2004
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: Allen Kroeker
Archer tries to kill himself.
No? Not enough? Ok, the Enterprise finally finds the Xindi weapon and Archer tries to go on a suicide mission to destroy it, only to be captured and interrogated. I liked the first premise better, though.
Here's what we know so far: The Xindi attacked Earth with a weapon that wiped out 7 million people and now they're out to make an even bigger weapon that will destroy the entire planet. However, they have been manipulated by trans-dimensional beings that are trying to turn the Delphic Expanse into a place where they can live. Archer manipulated the Xindi in charge of the weapon, Degra, into giving away the weapon's location, wiped his memory and went on to that location, Azati Prime. So, this we know for sure about the Xindi: They're super gullible.
When they reach the Azati system, they need to find away past the Xindi detection grid, so they come up with a genius idea. While they were busy trying to rip Archer away from the Hatchery, they captured an Insectoid vessel. So they decided to use that vessel to take advantage of good ol' Xindi gullibility and pass through disguised as Insectoids. Hoshi programmed the universal translator to speak Insectoid and sent Trip and Travis on their way. It was a little tense finding their way through the detection grid.
|Keep your distance, but don't look like you're keeping your distance.|
I don't know! Fly like an insect!
|That's no moon.|
And then Redshirt Daniels stops by for a visit! He takes Archer to the future and tries to convince him to make peace with the Xindi rather than destroy the weapon, continuing the cycle of violence. But Archer will have none of that. He's determined to kill himself. But Redshirt Daniels is able to convince him to take a Xindi relic with him back to the past.
Well, Archer goes on his suicide mission and finds that the weapon has been moved at the last minute. Which would be fine except it means that the Xindi are waiting for him and he gets captured. And interrogated. I gotta say, though, Archer vs. Reptilian Xindi is pretty hilarious. He makes reference to how reptiles were once in charge of Earth, but they died off because they had brains the size of walnuts. And how, nowadays, we eat some reptiles. All the while, he's avoiding answering any pertinent questions and bravely facing being beaten to a pulp. But when the reptilian says he knows exactly where Enterprise is, Archer gets down to business. He says he's only going to talk to Degra.
It's getting real now. The entire reason they went into the Delphic Expanse is now coming to a head. The weapon is in their sights and there are... five episodes left in the season. Well... obviously there are a few more obstacles to overcome. There's really no way to judge this episode out of the context of the whole season and especially the next few episodes. But it faces some pressing issues, has a bit of action, and continues the overarching plot line rather well, so for that I commend it.