Welcome back to Star Trek, today is such a Star Trek day for me, over on the movie review channel I just reviewed the film The Captains! http://www.blueroofproductions.com/movies/the-captains Such a great doc!
Ok so lets start in on this episode, right off the bat we meet Elizabeth Cutler, a character that will pop up from time to time on the show. The crew discovers a new M-Class, Archer and Trip want to head down and explore but T'Pol puts out Vulcan protocol. Seeing as the Prime Directive does not exist Archer blew her off and gathered his people to go Planet side, even bringing Porthos so that he could run around and stretch his legs. T'Pol is not amused by any of it. The captain and his team are late returning to camp due to having so much fun exploring. T'Pol keeps her team over night in order to do more research while Trip and Mayweather stay on the planet to go camping and enjoy the night air.
A horrible storm hits the camp ground as Trip and Mayweather deal with a bug in their tent. The planet side crew moves inside a nearby cave for shelter. Reed wants to go down to pick them up but T'Pol points out that it would not be easy for them to land a shuttle in the storm so Archer orders it be placed on standby until it passes.
The crew forget the food at the campsite, how do you forget the food? Nothing is more important than food! Nothing! While Mayweather goes back to retrieve it he spots someone out in the storm. No one believes him. The other crew members start seeing people hiding out in the shadows in the back of the cave. He runs out into the storm. Something or someone on the planet is messing with their heads.
Trip and Mayweather go out in serech of the crazed crew member while T'Pol goes further into the cave looking for what they might have seen. Leaving Cutler alone in the cave by herself. When everyone returns she tells Trip that T'Pol has been talking to the shadow people. Things are getting tense. The crew member that ran out of the cave tells of Archer when they finally get a hold of him. He doesn't trust them. Archer has to break off his rescue, the shuttle can't land in it.
The crew is running out of water and Trip pulls his blaster out on T'Pol to keep her in check. She has sold them out after all, well not really but they are clearly going crazy. Reed tries to teleport the crewman up into the ship but due to the weather leaves and sticks were beamed up with him, leaving him near death.
T'Pol is starting to get emotional as well. It took a bit longer but she is just as affected by whatever is doing this to them. The doctor saved the crewman that was beamed up. It turns out that there is some kind of chemical that is causing them all the problems. It makes them paranoid, Trip won't believe him, but he does obey the order to lower his weapon. T'Pol at least understands that she is also affected by this and can try to stay in control of herself. Not long after she stops speaking English and goes back to speaking Vulcan.
It turns out that the chemical that is affecting them is toxic, the crewman on the Enterprise is dying and it doesn't look good for those on the surface of the planet. They need to get to them ASAP but have to wait 9 hours for the storm to pass. While speaking to Archer T'Pol speaks English again. Archer tells them that she is sending them an antidote. She falls back into Vulcan and Hoshi translates and Archer tries to talk Trip down but he won't do it. So Archer spins a tale to him, Trip buys it. He lowers his weapon and T'Pol shoots him on stun. She then ejects everyone with the cure.
Morning comes and everyone slowly starts to wake up, clear headed. Trip apologizes and T'Pol puts it on the pollen and lets it go. The crewman beamed onto the ship is going to be fine. The shuttle comes to pick them up and everything is going to be fine. At the end of the day there was no real harm done and everything ends on a happy note.
This episode was a cool look into the head space of the crew and helped move forward the different character arcs.
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