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Story by: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Teleplay by: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Directed by: Mike Vejar
When Trip is dispatched to assist an alien ship with its power source problems, he is delighted to have a friendly encounter with one of the ship's female engineers. But after discovering that their special moment has resulted in his becoming pregnant, he realizes he's had an unwitting experience with alien sex. Archer and his crew must then try and return the rapidly growing alien baby to its mother. ~ StarTrek.com
I love this show. I was really expecting something "cheesy" when I read the synopsis at StarTrek.com but instead we get this fun, campy episode.
It starts off with a shower scene depicting our, as far as I'm concerned, very sexy Captain (Scott Bakula) when the gravity plating on the ship malfunctions. I like the special f/x of this scene. How did they get a "naked" Archer to bob up and down that way? As with the decontamination gel scene in the premiere, this teaser had my undivided attention. I have to say this it's the best one I've seen in a long time and it's nice to see that they're not forgetting the lady Trekkies/ers. I sincerely hope this trend continues.
Systems on the ship are failing and it is discovered that a cloaked ship has "hitchhiked" onto Enterprise and is following in the ship's plasma wake. They need Enterprise's warp field to keep going. Archer decides to try and communicate with the ship. There's a neat transition here as Hoshi (Linda Park) gets the translator to work and we hear the aliens' language gradually change to English.
Trip Tucker (Connor Trinneer) is sent to repair the alien ship. This part is hard to believe as it seems a bit farfetched that Tucker or any human at this point would know how "any" other ship out there works. Still, that's not the focus of this show. After what seems to be a rather nauseating (for Tucker) decompression cycle, we get to see what the aliens and their ship looks like inside. I like the fact that what we see is actually "alien" looking.
One mistake with this episode however is that the alien ship has holodecks. As we know, TOS had not heard of this at all. It seems to me that introducing this now just wrecks continuity, albeit slightly. The fact that the Klingons get the technology from the Xyrillians adds another glitch. Why would Archer not ask for it too? Another nit is the way the aliens reproduce. Why would the females have breasts when it is the male that carries the baby and grows nipples no less. The fact that the female's DNA is used to create the baby seems odd as well. Why are there males of the species then? I suppose an "androgynous" alien impregnating Trip