Enterprise is sent to help the freighter Fortunate after an attack. Its first officer, Ryan, is hiding something however.



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Nausicaan Captain
Charles Lucia ...
Captain Keene
Nausicaan Prisoner
Daniel Henson ...
Boy (as Daniel Asa Henson)
Elyssa D. Vito ...


Admiral Forrest orders Enterprise to turn back to answer a distress call from the cargo freighter Fortunate. They have been attacked by Nausicaan pirates. Upon entering the vessel, captain Archer learns first officer Matthew Ryan has taken over since the captain was injured in the attack. He seems very reluctant to accept any help however and Archer must insist before Ryan agrees on Phlox examining the captain and engineers making repairs. Ryan seems to hide something and T'Pol will soon find out as she detects an alien life form. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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21 November 2001 (USA)  »

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This episode was directed by LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »


The end-of-transmission screen from Admiral Forrest references the signal as relayed from Relay: Echo 1/Transponder 4. A Relay that hadn't been deployed yet. See more »


Sub-Commander T'Pol: The Earth cargo ship: "Fortunate". Y-class freighter. Maximum speed warp 1.8. Crew complement 23.
Ensign Travis Mayweather: Not counting newborn babies.
Captain Jonathan Archer: Ensign?
Ensign Travis Mayweather: I grew up on a J-class. A little smaller, but the same basic design. And one thing I can tell you is that at warp 1.8, you got a lotta time on your hands between ports. That's how my parents wound up with me.
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Do you have any helpful information on this vessel beyond its... recreational activities?
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Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Lesser Effort/Moderately Entertaining
9 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise is asked by Star Fleet to investigate the silence of a space freighter. In the opening, we see it attacked by Nausicaans, known as space pirates. They follow the pattern of the bad guys being ugly. The captain of the freighter, Fortunate, lies unconscious in their sick bay. His second in command happens to be a man whose family was killed while on board a freighter. He has spent his whole life in this line of work. Unfortunately, he is consumed with revenge and has taken on of the invaders hostage. He routinely beats him, forcing him to give up defensive codes. When the Entriprise away team comes on board, this man is resistant to their interference, knowing that their scanners will find the Nausicaan. Soon, he traps the away team, sends them off in a pod, and goes off to attack the pirates. Archer realizes that this will lead to the deaths of either the crew of the Fortunate or a herd of Nausicaans. This is really heavy handed and moralistic. The conclusion is really unacceptable when one considers what this guy did.

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