The fifth episode is written by Brannon Braga and Rick Berman. The episode starts off in the most annoying way possible, well for the characters. It must be such a pain in the ass to be in the middle of a shower when gravity turns off and the water floats away. Poor Archer falls hard to the ground as it turns on. The early days of Space travel seem like such a drag. I wish I could go!
The ship keeps having more and more problems. Tucker is sure that he can handle it but as it gets worse he orders them out of warp. T'Pol figures out that something is messing up their warp field. They fire behind themselves and find a cloaked ship following in their wake. They are the reason that all of their systems are having problems. Archer calls them and asks them to move away from their ships.
The cloaked ship does as it is told and tells Archer that they are having problems with their engines. They were trying to use the Enterprise to make repairs. Tucker goes over to the other ship to help fix their engines. He is going to be stuck there till the work is finished. He isn't to thrilled with the idea.
Tucker goes into a room that is filled with gas and starts to freak out. He has to stay in here for 3 hours before he can enter their ship. It is how they decontaminate people. Trip does not handle this well. He keeps calling and complaining to Archer. I love Trip but he is a bit of a diva.
He makes it onto the ship and it is amazing! They have animals swimming through hallways and everything. Very cool. He has a hard time getting use to the environment. He can't focus or breath right on the ship. It turns out he just needs some sleep. Archer orders him to take a nap and if he still feels like this than he can come home. Reluctantly he agrees. When he wakes up he feels more normal. It seems that the captain was right.
The ship grows food all over the ship. That is very awesome. These creatures don't drink water, that's weird. The female engineer feeds Trip, the two of them start to build a connection, maybe too strong a connection. Trip thinks he's Kirk hooking up with aliens and what not. True Kirk won't be born for another hundred years or so but still.
Trip finally starts to work and is loving it over there. He loves that they have grass growing on the ship, almost as if they are Andalites. If you don't know what Andalites are than you have never read or seen Animorphs and I feel sorry for you.
The woman shows Trip their holodeck, something that humans will not get until The Next Generation about 200 years after this. It takes some getting use to for Trip but he loves it. There is nothing I would want more than a holodeck, it would make playing as a kid so much more fun.
She plays a game with him, you just put your hands in weird crystals. She doesn't tell him anything more than that. She really should have told him more! The two of them put all four of their hands into the crystals and start to see inside each others minds. It is very weird and creepy. There good time is cut short by their work finishing.
Trip goes back home, he loved it over there. He was almost sorry to come home, almost. The trip over there made him remember why he set out into space to begin with. He loved it and can't wait to get back out there into the void and see what else there is to learn.
Once back on the Enterprise he starts to feel weird. Doctor Phlox asks him if he had sex over on the other ship, Trip tells him no and the doctor informs him that he is pregnant. It's JR. all over. He isn't the father, he is just a host for the baby. T'Pol starts digging into Trip and tearing him down. Phlox tells him that he had to do something in order to exchange this much DNA. He tells him about the game they played. Phlox says that is most likely how it happened.
They can't seem to find the ship, without it they don't know how to get the baby out of Trip. He is getting more and more moody. They tell him that he might have to give birth to the baby. He is due in another 5 weeks or so.
They finally find the ship, it is hiding in the wake of a Klingon ship. The Enterprise hails them but they attack in return. Archer tells them about the ship and the Klingon's orders them destroyed, Archer doesn't accept that. T'Pol tells the Klingons about how Archer and the Enterprise saved the Klingon empire. They are in his debt and owe him this. Archer has to tell them about how Trip has been impregnated, the Klingons allow him to come with them.
They manage to transfer the baby to anther host and the aliens give the Klingons the hologram technology. The Klingons tell Archer that their debt is paid. They have nothing more to say to each other. This was a fun episode that shows what classic Star Trek can be when done right.
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