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Story by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Andre Bormanis
Teleplay by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: David Livingston
Enterprise is engulfed by an enormous alien ship. Once inside, the crew discover that their weapons and engines are off-line but that life support is still functioning. Up on the ceiling of the interior of the vessel, vapor-like wisps are flying about but scanners do not register them as lifeforms. Archer, Tucker and Reed take a shuttlepod to investigate. As they walk around the alien vessel one of the wisps enters Tucker and leaves shortly thereafter. The away team returns to the Enterprise and Trip seems to be alright. While Trip tries to get the engines online the wisp takes over his body again. Archer demands that the alien return Trip and release Enterprise which the aliens do. Enterprise's engines however are still off-line and thus the ship cannot leave. Later, the wisps begin to take over other crewmans' bodies. With the help of T'Pol, Archer and crew discover the true motive behind the takeovers. The aliens' ship is deteriorating and they will die unless they can find hosts to live in. It is up to Archer, Dr. Phlox and T'Pol to rid the ship of the aliens before they take over completely.
This episode started off well what with a great teaser showing the Enterprise being swallowed by a giant alien ship. It stayed interesting for quite some time right up until the aliens turned out to be hostile. At this point it became your typical alien invaders storyline and the story lost its intrigue for me as I knew how it would turn out.
It's a wonder that these non-corporeal entities didn't think of taking the captain but then again when they took Trip, the alien in his body didn't seem to recognize his rank. Nonetheless when Reed was taken over he seemed to know where T'Pol's quarters were easily enough.
Still, it would have been so much more interesting if the captain had been taken over and convinced from the beginning that this was a great thing after having been suspicious and angry at the aliens' behaviour. He would then most likely have allowed the other crewmembers to be taken as well or at least talked them into it. Having the lesser characters like Hoshi or Travis be the suspicious ones and then T'Pol discovering that the aliens were hostile would have made for a more engaging episode while giving more screen time to main crewmembers that have been for the most part ignored in this show. Hoshi would have fit well as it would have been believable that she wouldn't like the idea of having her conciousness flying about while her body was being used by a strange entity. I did like the fact that the "crossing" didn't work with Phlox as his character did add a touch of humor to the goings-on.
And humor would have worked well here. The entities could have been overwhelmed by the experience in the bodies of the crewmembers and this could have led to some funny