Air Date: February 11, 2004
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: David Livingston
Enterprise comes across a huge ball of space lava inside of which lives a craggy-faced alien who seems sorta nice... most of the time.
So for anyone who has been questioning the relationship between Trip and T'Pol, here's a great opener for you: Trip performing Vulcan neuropressure techniques on Corporal Amanda Cole. Not T'Pol. And then they kiss and afterwords Trip still denies anything is going on between them. Which is stupid because she's hot. Well, stupid unless he actually likes T'Pol, in which case the thing that was stupid was starting a neuropressure session with Amanda. In either case, there's something really stupid going on here.
Archer got the coordinates to Azati Prime from Degra, remember? They tricked him into giving it up and then made him forget that ever happened. Well, now they're on their way there and they run into a gigantic ball of space lava?
|Or an even more gigantic cooler of orange Gatorade.|
And then there's this lovely little side-plot about Reed being territorial over his command while Hayes is on board with the rest of the MACOs. It evolves over the course of the episode, but it eventually ends up in an all-out fist-fight between Reed and Hayes. Probably one of the best fist fight scenes outside of The Original Series.
So Trip then goes to T'Pol for another neuropressure session and T'Pol expresses a very Vulcan brand of jealousy. She justifies it by making up excuses like it's inappropriate or whatever. We all know the truth. Vulcans have feelings, too.
Back to the craggy alien, when he doesn't feel like being nice anymore, he gets up and attacks Phlox while Phlox isn't looking. Then he walks through the wall. That's right, he is now ethereal. Which makes it really stupid for Reed and Hayes to keep firing at him when the phase beams go right through him. But does that stop them? Noooope.
|Just keep firing until he's corporeal again!|
In the meantime, some plot lines are tied up. T'Pol and Trip had sex earlier and T'Pol blows it off as an experiment. Reed and Hayes get dressed down by Archer for acting like bickering children. And Amanda sits and cries in her quarters. (Nope that didn't happen. But it might as well have.)
Back in sick bay, Craggy deteriorates further. Before he completely disintegrates, he says something pretty interesting: "When the Xindi destroy Earth, my people will prevail." So, great. Now we have another bad guy race. The one that is, apparently, behind the Xindi plot to destroy Earth.
So there are three things happening here: 1) We find out what the Delphic Death Stars are really doing and who's behind it. That's pretty interesting, but, obviously, we still have more to learn. 2) Tri'Pol is breaking down before it ever really begins. Well, now it's just getting angsty and stupid. They're two grown adults. I don't care if T'Pol is a Vulcan, if she likes Trip, she should just admit it. 3) Reed and Hayes. Isn't it cute how Reed is so territorial over the Enterprise? I'm glad they finally worked things out and I'm glad it was because of a fist fight. Good on them. So there are some things to like in this episode, and some things to dislike. Overall, though, it's pretty important to the Delphic arc, so watch it regardless.