"Fortunate Son"
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Story by: James Duff
Teleplay by: James Duff
Directed by: LeVar Burton

The Enterprise crew is dispatched by Starfleet Command to assist Fortunate, a human freight vessel that has been attacked by Nausicaan pirates. On arriving, they are surprised to find that Fortunate's crew is resistant to Archer's efforts to help them and determined to seek revenge against their attackers, no matter what the repercussions. ~ StarTrek.com

Another low-key and formulaic episode again but as last week's "Civilization" gave us a hint at the precursor of the Prime Directive, this week's episode touts Starfleet principles. Unfortunately it comes off as a bit preachy but we do find out that Starfleet and Enterprise communicate regularly it seems. A little bit of continuity here, which is nice, in that Admiral Forrest mentions the comet from "Breaking the Ice". It's good to see that Earth is still in the picture and I hope we get to see it and what is happening there in future episodes. We get a cameo of Porthos as well. Glad to see the little pooch is still around. One thing that I found funny was how the Nausicaans are dressed. Did they get those outfits from a thrift shop? A small nit: T'Pol at the beginning of the episode states that the crew complement for the freighter is twenty-three. When they reach the ship, she says she reads twenty-four bio-signs. I guess the extra crewman is the Nausicaan. Later however we see three kids on the ship. What about them?

The story begins with Enterprise being sent by Starfleet to investigate what is happening with the "Fortunate", an Earth cargo vessel. The freighter is being attacked by Nausicaan pirates and this seems to be something that happens frequently. This time however the Captain (Keene, played by Charles (Chip) Lucia, TNG's "Man of the People", the one where Troi turns into an old lady) has been hurt and his first officer (Ryan, played by Lawrence Monoson) is in charge and has captured one of the pirates. He wants revenge and interrogates the prisoner to the point of torture to get the shield modulation codes of the Nausicaan ships presumably to go after them.

Enterprise arrives, finds the freighter disabled and Archer, Reed, Phlox and Mayweather take a shuttlepod to the ship. Ryan initially refuses any help from Archer and crew. With Archer's insistence, he allows them to help in the repairs of the ship. While taking a "valve assembly" to be repaired to Trip on Enterprise, Mayweather and Ryan spend some time together. We find out that there are three more NX starships on the drawing boards.

There is an interesting interaction between our boomer Travis Mayweather and Ryan. Mayweather is clearly excited about being on Enterprise. Ryan it seems resents boomers who have joined Starfleet. He asks Mayweather why he "abandoned his family". Travis is naturally

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