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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An ice comet with a diameter of 84 kilometers would have next to no surface gravity. There is no way Travis would of fallen down and hurt himself. There is also no way their shuttlepod would of fallen into an ice crevasse. The gravity on a comet that size would be something like 1/100th earth sea level. See more »

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[T'Pol asks Tucker's advice on whether she should accept a prearranged marriage on Vulcan or stay on Enterprise]
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: What do *you* wanna do?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: That is irrelevant.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: No, it's not, it's very relevant. Do you wanna go back and marry this guy, spend a year with him, ten years, a hundred years, or do you wanna stay on Enterprise?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: I have an obligation.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: You've got an obligation to yourself. You spent the last year around Humans. If there's one thing you shoulda learned, it's that we're free to make our own ...
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Free to Choose
10 November 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise finds an iced comet with the rare mineral Eisilium in its core. Captain Archer sends Lieutenant Malcolm Reed and Ensign Travis Mayweather in the shuttlepod to collect samples 20 m beneath the crust using a portable drilling rig. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is observed by a Vulcan ship and the Vulcan Captain Vanik believes the humans are arrogant and prideful. When the Enterprise discovers an encrypted message from the Vulcan ship to T'Pol, Ensign Hoshi Sato gives the translation of the message to Trip, and he sees that it is a personal letter. The ashamed Commander seeks T-Pol and asks her to forgive him. Later she calls him to discuss the subject. When the drilling team is trapped in a hole in the comet, Captain Archer accepts the offer of help of the Vulcan vessel.

"Breaking the Ice" is the best title of an episode that I have recently seen. This title is related to every situation disclosed in this episode: refer to the surface of the comet; refers to the relationship of T'Pol and Trip, and also to humans and Vulcans. The wise T'Pol has lesson of human free will and uses it to define her destiny. I believe the respect among the humans in the Enterprise and T'Pol will increase. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Quebrando o Gelo" ("Breaking the Ice")


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