|Series :||Enterprise||Rating :|
|Disc No :||3.5||Episode :||69|
|First Aired :||25 Feb 2004||Stardate :||8 Jan 2154|
|Director :||Michael Grossman||Year :||2154|
|Writers :||Andre Bormanis, Mike Sussman||Season :||3|
|Guest Cast :||
|YATI :||When they first enter the hatchery a door seals behind them and the atmosphere changes to become breathable, prompting everybody to take off their helmets. But when they call Archer he opens the door again and walks in. Everybody inside is still not wearing helmets - hasn't Archer just let a big cloud of unbreathable air into the room? Or did the atmosphere become breathable all over the ship when the door closed, in which case why did Archer keep his helmet on all this time?|
|Great Moment :||I like the Xindi babies. They're so cute!
On a more serious note there's nice character continuity here. We see that Reed and Hayes still have their issues, but after their punch-up there is a growing respect - Reed chewing Hayes out for wasting time on his simulations and then apologising when he sees that the MACO has found a new way to blow stuff up is a nice touch, and you can bet Hayes is impressed that Reed and co. managed to out-think his soldiers and take control of the ship.
Blalock gives her usual good performance, standing up to Archer when she thinks he is in the wrong and then instituting a mutiny after being relieved. I can't quite decide if her getting into the armoury disguised with a wig is cheesy or funny...
|Body Count :||Several MACOs and Starfeeters are stunned in the takeover - at least one presumes the weapons are set to stun. The crew of a Xindi insectoid ship is destroyed.|
|Factoid :||Archer's great grandfather fought during the Eugenics Wars on Earth.|
IMHO, this would have been a much more impressive episode if Archer had genuinely wanted to save the eggs, setting up a real conflict between the characters. You would probably have to tone down the behaviour on both sides, make the whole thing a bit more subtle than an outright mutiny, but that's no bad thing. In going for a more over-the-top storyline the writers have missed a chance to generate all sorts of consequences for future episodes.
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