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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[Tucker has decided to tell T'Pol that he'd accidentally read a personal letter of hers]
Captain Jonathan Archer: You might want to take a phase pistol with you.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: I might need one.
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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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