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Story by: Andre Bormanis
Teleplay by: Andre Bormanis
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe
Attacked by an unidentified enemy ship, the crew struggles to get their new phase canons operational. Meanwhile, Archer realizes that no one knows Reed well enough to give him a personalized birthday gift. ~ StarTrek.com
While deploying a subspace amplifier, Enterprise encounters an alien ship which does not respond to hails. The unknown aliens later return to attack the ship and prove to be worthy "silent enemies". Meanwhile, Archer wants to celebrate Reed's birthday by having a special dinner for him but does not know the armory officer's favorite food. He orders Hoshi to find out what Reed likes to eat.
This show's got everything and yet something's missing and I don't mean in this particular episode. I love the cast and characters. There's just the right blend of action although the younger set might like more. The special f/x are great. Overall the stories are good but something's missing. I'll get back to this later.
We learn more about our crew in this episode. For one thing, Trip and Reed are heterosexual as we find out that Malcolm was infatuated with a waitress at some restaurant and Trip has a girlfriend named Natalie. This may not seem important but if you read the newsgroups, someone is always wondering if there will ever be a gay character on Trek. So it seems it won't be these two although I suspect Trek will catch up to modern times soon enough in this regard though I doubt very much it will be a main character.
Secondly, Reed's character is fleshed out somewhat here. We already know that he is fond of his job as armory officer; he loves to blow up things and loves his weapons. He is a stickler for procedures. Now we find out he is a very private person, so much so that his parents, family or even his best friend don't seem to know him very well. He has allergies and loves pineapple. He is shy and reserved and I might add that (ok, I am female after all) I found him particularly attractive in this episode. He looks mighty fine. I have a soft spot for introverted, cute geeky guys I guess. In fact, I find all the male characters in this show quite appealing save for perhaps Dr. Phlox and Mayweather. Dr. Phlox is a little too weird and Mayweather, well, he's a kid, cute as a button but a kid.......heh.
The ship finally gets some kick-ass weaponry in the shape of phase cannons. It's about time and I love the way they are introduced. Necessity is the mother of invention they say and this seems to be the motivation for the development of this series and it makes sense. Now if