"Dead Stop"
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Story by: Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong
Teleplay by: Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong
Directed by: Roxann Dawson

With the ship in need of repairs, Trip estimates that it can only reach warp 2 or 2.1 and this places Jupiter Station a decade away. The subspace antenna for the transceiver array is also damaged and has only a short range so Archer directs Hoshi to send a general distress call. A Tellarite freighter responds and gives Enterprise the coordinates to a nearby automated repair station.

When Enterprise arrives, the station reconfigures itself so that the ship can fit inside the docking berths and adjusts the atmosphere accordingly. The cost for the repairs, 200 litres of warp plasma, seems a little too good to be true but the repairs will take less than two days so the Captain agrees to the terms. Archer suspects that all is not quite right however and it turns out he's right.

We have a winner! Although we know Mayweather will not really die in the end, this is the only predictable thing about this episode. The directing, acting, writing, music and special f/x are all more than excellent.

Roxann Dawson (Voyager's B'Elanna Torres) does a super job directing this suspenseful episode as well as doing the station's computer voice. Everything is timed just right and the pace is perfect. Scott Bakula says his lines with conviction as do all of the cast but then again the lines are meaty. I especially liked: Dr. Phlox to Reed: "It's unethical to harm a patient. I can inflict as much pain as I want." after treating his leg injury. I'm starting to like the doctor. He has a nice wry, slightly twisted sense of humor. I hope they keep giving this edge to his character. Another good line which adds a nice touch of continuity with the previous episode: Archer to Reed: "You've made it clear to me that you think discipline aboard Enterprise has gotten a little lax. I'm beginning to agree with you." after Reed and Trip tried to break into the station's computer room and were embarrassingly teleported by the station to the Enterprise bridge. Reed looked so small there <g>.

In fact, there's lots of continuity within this series and it makes for a refreshingly coherent storyline. We certainly see enough instances in this episode: the squeak in the Captain's quarters from "Fight or Flight", the scratch on the hull from "Broken Bow", Hoshi mentioning the bodies from "Fight or Flight", Archer asking Mayweather for breakfast as he has Reed and perhaps others and of course Reed and his injured leg and the damage to the ship from "Minefield" as this episode takes place four days after the incident at the Romulan minefield. We have more continuity in the relationship between Malcolm and Trip. I like how the two get into trouble and I loved it when Archer reprimanded them for it.

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