Air Date: February 4, 2004
Written by: Michael Sussman
Directed by: Mike Vejar
SPOILER ALERT: It's a trap! Degra the Xindi is "stuck" with Archer on a "shuttle" "escaping" from "prison" "three years" after "Earth was destroyed."
If you didn't know what was going on, the teaser for this episode would totally throw you for a loop. Degra, the Xindi primate in charge of the weapon, is stuck inside of a shuttle with Archer and they appear to be under attack by a fleet of Xindi insectoids. When Degra says he wants to contact "his people" Archer responds that it's been a long time since any Xindi has taken orders from him.
After they get away from the insectoids, Archer explains that Degra has experienced memory loss due to interrogation techniques that included a sub-dermal worm that made him tell the truth. This technique was allegedly used on him in an insectoid prison camp where he and Archer had allegedly been for the past three years. When Degra asks for proof of Archer's claim, he shows him that they have matching tattoos.
|So they're either cell mates or drinking buddies.|
...and while Degra sleeps, Archer steps outside... and onto the Enterprise. That's right. We've seen Angry Archer, Arrogant Archer, Confused Archer and Regretful Archer, now meet Sneaky Archer. Remember when they found the Xindi test site? Well, turns out they went back there, disabled Degra's ship and captured Degra. They got just enough information off of his computers to know how to trick him, then Phlox figured out a way to erase his short-term memory.
So the plan is to find out where the superweapon is by tricking him into thinking it's already been used. And it seems to be working... until Travis goes and screws it all up!
|Get it together, Mayweather!|
Well, the coordinates are way out of their way, so they have to confirm wether they're correct before they go. So Archer pulls one more trick out of his sleeve. He makes Degra believe that he's adapted their subspace vortices technology or whatever, so they could get there instantly. When Degra believes they're at the coordinates, he gets really angry and that confirms it for Archer. They're on the right trail.
Archer has phlox wipe all the Xindi's memory and puts them all back on their ship. Then they make their way to Azati Prime.
Pretty ingenious plan. It got me going for a while. I just wish there was a better ending for Degra. Erasing his memory and returning him? That does nothing for the story.