Welcome back to Enterprise, this episode is written by Maria Jacquemetton and Andre Jacquemetton. I don't how many of you listen to the Nerdest Podcast.
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Ok, now that I'm done telling you about stuff that have little to nothing to do with this blog but hey whatever. Back to this episode. We start off with Trip and Phlox looking at artwork drawn by kids on Earth. T'pol is not amused. The Enterprise drops out of warp as they come across an undiscovered asteroid.
Trip and T'Pol have dinner together and he clearly gets on her nerves. The relationship they will one day have is a far far way off. It turns out that the Asteroid has minerals that they could use so they decide to send a shuttle out. But before they get a chance Vulcans show up and tell the crew that they are investigating why the humans are interested in the comet. I love how much tension there is between humans and vulcans in this show. Something that none of the other shows in this universe ever had. Archer feels about Vulcans the way that Kirk feels about Klingons but I couldn't imagine him having one for a 1st officer.
Reed and Mayweather are the ones who take the shuttle down to the surface. Trip reports to Archer that T'Pol is speaking to the Vulcans in private. They have Hoshi hack in and find out what they are talking about while Archer sends a message back to Earth. Once again we see just how different this show is than the ones that came before but take place after.
During the questions Trip gets stuck with a question about human waste. He is not happy about it, this is one of the funner scenes of the show. I love the humor that always seems to happen at Trip's expense.
Reed and Mayweather have decide to have some fun and build a snowman but get yelled out by Archer who doesn't want to look bad in front of the Vulcans. Hoshi unlocks the message and turns it over to Trip without reading it. Turns out the letter was a personal letter. He tells Archer and the two of them can't figured out why it was encoded. Trip decides that he has to tell T'Pol because it is the right thing to do. For a species that doesn't feel emotion she sure does get pissed at Trip for reading it. She makes him promise not to tell anyone what it was about.
Archer is getting more and more annoyed about the Vulcans watching them so he asks T'Pol to invite them to dinner. He wants to show them that he has nothing to hide and then to send them away. It seems that T'Pol can't sleep due to a tenison headache. She doesn't want to tell Phlox what is wrong but he encourages her to talk to someone if she can.
Reed and Mayweather finish their snowman and then blow it up so that they can start their drill. The dinner is not going well. The Vulcan doesn't seem to like Archer and keeps trying to make him feel like shit. Archer is clearly getting annoyed. Archer starts talking shit to the Vulcan but Trip tries to cut in and ease the tension a bit. Archer more or less kicks the Vulcan off the ship.
It seems that the explosion that they used to start the drill changed the rotation of the asteroid. Reed and Mayweather only have two hours to finish their work and get off before it's too late. Trip is called into T'Pol room and she asks him what he thinks about the fact that her marriage is about to be called off. Trip doesn't seem to get prearranged marriage. She asks his advice and gets mad when he keeps insulting her people. He tells her that she should do what feels right to herself. He then points out that it seems like she made up her mind and ends the conversation. He tells her that it seems like she doesn't want to get married and leave the crew for a year and she is just looking for an excuse to stay. She doesn't like that answer much.
While heading back to the shuttle Mayweather trips and falls, messing up his knee. Reed gets the core sample and helps Mayweather the long way to the shuttle, leaving the equipment behind. The sun starts to come up as they make their way. The Asteroid starts to melt. They don't have much time left. The whole thing is breaking apart. They make it inside as the ground falls out from under them. They crash inside the asteroid before they can take off and now they are trapped.
Archer takes the helm of the Enterprise so that he can move the ship close enough for Trip to send the grappling hook. The Vulcans call and ask if Archer needs help but Archer sends them away, showing some of that Kirk pride. Only one of the hooks gets a hold of the ship. It isn't enough to pull them out. they are still stuck. They start to lose a hold of the shuttlepod and it falls back to the base of the Asteroid. They rotate out of the sunlight and it starts to freeze again. T'Pol talks Archer into letting the Vulcans using the tractor-beam to pull them out. Archer accepts their help, but only after T'Pol uses Trip's words against him.
T'Pol decides to stay on the ship. Trip acts all smug about it. Seems the romance isn't as far off as I thought. The seeds are already showing.
One of the most important episodes of season one written by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga & Fred Dekker setting up not only the rest of this show but the universe we all know and love. The opening sees a Vulcan monastery being taken over by a group of Andrians lead by Thy'lek Shran, an important character that will come back time and time again.
Tucker and Archer tell T'Pol they want to visit the monastery that was just taken over. She is against it at first but Archer over rules her. Phlox points out to T'Pol that Vulcans and humans are not that different. Something that she doesn't much care to hear. We learn that the Vulcans here don't have technology so the Enterprise is showing up unannounced. There are a great many rules for dealing with them but Archer and Trip decide that it is worth it.
The Vulcans pretend like nothing is wrong but T'Pol notices that things seem to be out of place. She has a sharp eye. Archer doesn't accept the goodbye gift and starts walking around looking for clues. The Vulcan looks annoyed, something that is a weird fit on Vulcans. Archer sees the Andorian hiding, he points him out to Trip. The two of them attack the man and take his phaser from him. Too bad their are more of them. Now Trip, Archer and T'Pol are prisoners as well.
It seems the Andorian's have never heard of Earth or Humans before. Shran doesn't trust Archer or the others. He makes a claim that this monastery is really a surveillance planet that is being used to spy on them. The three of them think that they are crazy and trust the Vulcans. That is a mistake if I ever heard one. It seems that the Vulcans and the Andorians don't like each other. There is a treaty in place but the Andorians believe that the Vulcans are breaking it by spying on them and that is why they are here. The Vulcans think that they will just leave when they don't find anything. They tell Archer that him showing up has only made things worse.
The Enterprise is in orbit and Reed finds out that another ship is in orbit. He is also starting to worry about the fact that the crew hasn't called in yet. He starts talking about what should be standard procedure for Earth ships. Something that will come to pass.
Archer keeps trying to tell Shran that he doesn't work for the Vulcans but he doesn't want to hear it. Instead he keeps beating the captain up. Shran calls the Enterprise and tells them that the captain is their prisoner he then breaks the communicator. Breaks all of them. Reed orders a shuttle-pod to be made ready, despite the fact that he was told doing that would mean the death of his 3 superior officers.
Archer tells the Vulcans that if they can't call the ship soon than Reed will storm the planet. The Vulcans tell him that there is an old transmitter below them. It might be able to call the ship. Things are starting to look fishy with these guys if I do say so myself!!!
Trip goes down below to try and get it working so they can call the ship to tell Reed to stay put. Trip finds an even deeper passageway but the Vulcans take him away from that to an old transmitter. The Andorians come to check in on them in the middle of the night but lucky Trip and his guide make it back in time.
Archer wants to have a team teleport in but T'Pol points out the fault in the logic. The two of them get into an argument about it. We see a bit more of Archer's dislike for Vulcans shine through. Trip calls into the ship and tells the crew what the situation is like on the planet. He tells them to sit tight.
Trip tells them there is stairs leading down the old room but the Vulcans say that it is blasphemy to go down there. The Andorians are starting to think this is all a waste of time but Shran is holding his ground. He is sure something is here he just has to find it. Archer tells him he needs to speak to him alone, he has information for them. Archer starts talking about nothing to buy time. The Andorians want none of it. He gets a tiny figure and manages to drop it in the mouth formed into the wall to see if it leads to the back rooms that Tucker found.
Trip finds the figure, their plan can work! Reed leads a team onto the teleporter and beam down to the planet. The Andorians detect it but see no signs of anything. T'Pol tries to play it off but Shran is having none of it. He leaves his men behind to watch them. Reed gets his team in place. The Andorians detect more humans on the planet but before they can find out where they are Reed makes his move. One of the Andorians keeps hitting on T'Pol but Archer puts a stop to it.
Archer and Trip take out the Andorian guarding them while Reed takes out the rest. Shran and a few others escape into the tunnels. The Vulcans blame Archer for everything that happened. Telling him that this is a place of peace and that violence is not welcome there. The Andorians go into a room that the Vulcan who goes with them won't let them go into. Archer goes anyways. A firefight starts out in the middle of all the stuff that the Vulcans were worried about destroying. That is when Reed spots a mechanical door and Archer goes to open it.
He yells for a cease fire and calls Shran over. It turns out the man was correct. The Vulcans have been using this location to spy on the Andorians this whole time. T'Pol is in shock, Archer orders her to take all the images he can but the Vulcan threatens to shoot Archer. He doesn't stay conscious for long. Archer orders T'Pol to give it to Shran. He then tells the Enterprise to let them go. Archer is not happy with the Vulcans right now and the Andorians are now in his debt.
T'Pol feels a great sense of shame in her people, you can see it all over her face. She didn't think her government was capable of something like this and it hurts her to learn the truth. Such a great episode that leads to so many great things. And Shran is such a great character, I always enjoy it when he shows up.