Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 1, Episode 8

Breaking the Ice (7 Nov. 2001)
"Enterprise" Breaking the Ice (original title)

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Enterprise discovers a comet which contains the very rare element eisilium. Then unexpectedly a Vulcan ship arrives. Captain Vanik tells they're interested in human behavior.

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Enterprise encounters an unusually large comet and captain Archer orders the crew to follow the phenomenon for a couple of days. T'Pol finds out the comet's surface contains eisilium, a very rare element that even Vulcan scientists haven't yet closely examined. Just when Reed and Mayweather are sent to drill to retrieve some of it, the Ti'Mur, a Vulcan ship arrives. Vanik, its captain, tells they're interested in human's curiosity about the comet, but captain Archer doesn't trust it. Especially not after Tucker discovers a coded message has been sent to T'Pol from the Ti'Mur. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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[Archer is reluctant to accept Vanik's help to save Reed and Mayweather out of an emergency situation]
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Vanik expects you to refuse his offer. He sees Humans as arrogant, prideful. Why not prove him wrong? You can save them, or you can let your pride stand in the way. You're Human; you're free to choose.
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Oh those crazy Vulcans!
20 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very mundane episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise". This does not mean it's bad but not a whole lot happens in this one. The Enterprise finds a comet and decides to investigate it up close--so close, in fact, that they land a shuttle on it. However, the Captain is surprised to see a Vulcan ship nearby that just seems to be watching them. Captain Vanik says he's not spying on them, but it sure looks like he is--especially because the Vulcans ALWAYS seem to be doing that! At the same time, a coded letter than T'Pol sends makes some of the crew wonder where her loyalties lie.

This episode just reinforces how sneaky and distrustful the Vulcans are on this series--a major plus for "Star Trek: Enterprise". In the other Trek shows, they are dull and ultra-nice--so it's a nice chance to once again see how duplicitous and nasty they were when they first began interacting with the smelly and stupid humans.


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