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One of the more exciting episodes of this series that I've seen so far.
Captain Archer and Engineer Tucker are arrested for smuggling when
returning from a new encountered planet. Thrown onto a transport bound
for a penal colony, they have seemingly dropped through the cracks. As
the Enterprise figures out what has happened and then pursues the
transport to free them, a couple of prisoners stage a mutiny and take
the ship. In order to stay alive, Archer and Tucker pretend to go along
and be criminals themselves. Things get dicy as the ships of the law
and order crowd pursue them.
It all climaxes in a very good fight between good and bad on a rockin' and rollin' ship headed for doom on the planet beneath.
I often appraise episodes as what they would have been like if expanded to full length movies. This is one episode I would like to have seen done so.
The Enterprise locates the shuttlepod one wandering in the space and
Captain Archer and Trip missing. T'Pol finds that they have been
mistakenly assumed smugglers by a patrol ship while returning from a
visit from a trade post at the planet K'et Enol, arrested and set to
the penal colony Canamar. A government representative comes to the
Enterprise and travels with the crew to release Archer and Trip and
avoid other misunderstandings. However, the prisoner Kuroda and his
Nausican partner escape from their handcuffs, dominate the guards and
take control of the ship.
"Canamar" is a predictable and unoriginal episode, without anything special. Archer uses his intelligence to lure the criminal and control the situation, while the poor Trip has to hear the experiences of the annoying alien. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Canamar"
It seems like every time the crew takes a shuttle out, something bad happens. If they aren't crashing on some mountainous planet, the crew is being kidnapped and placed in one of the nasty prisons the aliens are running. In this one, Archer and Tripp are arrested for smuggling and put on a big clunky transport ship. It is something like the Roman galleys where the men sit on benches with electronic restraints on their wrists. Archer has to use his acting ability to keep the trust of the bad guys, who take over the ship. Of course, they have been victimized by some indifferent bureaucracy.
The show begins with Archer and Trip in custody--on their way to a
penal colony for something they didn't do. While this isn't a bad idea,
this sort of situation has already been done on this same show-- and
more than once. Naturally, T'Pol is working behind the scenes to free
the pair by working with the local government. She is able to convince
them that the pair are NOT smugglers--but by then it's too late--the
prisoners on the ship headed for the colony have rebelled and taken the
ship. And, the most sociopathic among them is now in charge and Archer
is forced to work for him in order to avoid being killed. What's next?
The notion of Archer being in jail is laughable, as he seems to be in this situation too often. But the baddies are pretty exciting to watch and the show worth seeing despite all its weaknesses. Also, while it doesn't speak well of the makeup department, it is funny to watch the annoying guy. If you look closely in a few scenes, you can see that his makeup also has rubber fishing lures dangling off it--bass lures at that.
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