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Story by: Andre Bormanis
Teleplay by: Andre Bormanis
Directed by: James A. Contner
Admiral Forrest calls on Enterprise to reverse course and investigate a planetary phenomenon some 30 light years away. As they will be near his father's ship, the E.C.S. Horizon, Mayweather asks captain Archer for some leave. On the way there, Mayweather finds out that his father died several weeks past and must deal with this and his brother Paul who is now the captain of the cargo ship. Paul is on edge as he wasn't ready for the captaincy. Travis tries to upgrade some of the systems on the ship but Paul doesn't appreciate his brother's help. Later, the cargo ship is attacked by pirates and Travis' upgrades come in handy as it helps them defeat the pirates. Meanwhile on Enterprise, T'Pol tries to avoid but ends up reluctantly attending a horror movie night as Archer's "date".
This is the first time I've ever checked to see who wrote the musical score (Mark McKenzie) for an episode of Enterprise even though I've noted the music before like in last season's "Desert Crossing". It certainly was unique and not once did it remind me of any other Star Trek show, in particular Voyager, as other episodes of Enterprise have. Good work!
I have to wonder how it must have been for Travis growing up on a cargo ship. As a boomer he was born and raised there but I have to say it doesn't look much like home or at least a home for a child. It also makes me wonder how a person can survive for any length of time without sunshine or fresh air. I also expected to see children on the ship but to be honest I'm glad we didn't see any. It does however explain Travis' fondness for the "sweet spot" of a ship, especially Enterprise's. He must have explored that cargo vessel from top to bottom.
It is here in this location that we get one of the most poignant scenes of the episode. Archer tells a teary Mayweather that when he was choosing a helmsman for the ship he had some problems deciding. He tells him he got a letter of recommendation from Travis' father: "He said... he'd never met a more natural "stick and rudder" man in his life and I'd be a fool if I didn't choose you. When I saw how you handled yourself at the helm, I knew he was right." Travis wasn't aware of this and replies: "I wish he had told 'me' that". Mayweather's father wasn't too happy that Travis had chosen Starfleet instead of following in his steps as the Horizon's captain.
I also liked the f/x in this scene what with Archer and Travis upside down and "floating" to the ceiling of the ship. It looked very real. One thing though, I wish Mayweather had been more forthcoming to captain Archer at the end when he asks Travis how things are on the ship. After noticing how the cargo ship seemed to have some damage Archer asks: "You're sure everything's alright?" to which Travis responds "Never better, sir." I suppose he didn't want to