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Story by: Fred Dekker
Teleplay by: Fred Dekker
Directed by: Les Landau
When Enterprise comes across a wounded Klingon vessel, T'Pol, Hoshi and Reed take a shuttlepod down to investigate. There they are ambushed by a hostile female Klingon who hijacks the shuttlepod, leaving the Enterprise crewmembers dangerously stranded aboard the Klingon vessel. Now it's up to Archer to take the Klingon under guard and enlist her help in rescuing his crew. ~ StarTrek.com
Archer and crew come upon a Class Nine gas giant and decide to explore it. They send a probe and find a ship adrift inside the atmosphere of the planet. T'Pol, Reed and Hoshi are sent to investigate. The trio discover that it is a Klingon ship whose crew is unconscious save for one officer who ambushes Reed and takes off with the Enterprise shuttlepod, leaving our friends stranded on a sinking ship.
The one thing that stood out to me in this episode was the "two-dimensional" nature of Scott Bakula's character, Captain Archer. I know Bakula is a good actor as I've seen him in other productions but in this series so far, save for a few moments here and there, the actor doesn't seem to have a feel for the character he portrays. Needless to say, this character needs more fleshing out. Bakula is perfect for the role but he needs some meaty situation or lines to give him something to work with. Somehow, I don't think he knows "who" he is which makes it difficult for him to express himself. I realize it's early in the series and all of the other actors depicting Captains on the other shows had the same problem at first, but I think this is a serious matter as he is the lead in the show. In fact, I wish the "Dear Doctor" episode had been "Dear Captain" instead.
This aside, I enjoyed the episode albeit it was extremely predictable. The direction seemed out of sync as well although I would say the writing was more at fault here. The predicament Reed (Dominic Keating), Hoshi (Linda Park) and T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) were in seemed more like an inconvenience than a life-threatening situation. Where was the tension? The Klingons (whom I adore) seemed more like set furniture than anything else which is a shame. A little more confrontation with a semi-conscious crew would have added more excitement to the mix.
The scene in the Klingon ship's galley was well done. I didn't know Targs were food as well as pets. We (the fans) know the Klingons well by now but this didn't seem like a rehash somehow. Still, I hope this isn't something that will be repeated. Just like we know that the Vulcans are not the way we remember them from earlier shows and humans resent them, we know this and the Klingons well enough by now. Archer's learning about them and reciting his findings to Tucker was simply repetitious. Which brings me to Hoshi (Linda Park). As a