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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Ensign Travis Mayweather: Never thought I'd see a Y-class running from any ship I was on. When I was growing up on the Horizon, anything that happened on board, you handled yourself. If someone on the crew got into a fight, you just worked it out. You took care of your own. If Starfleet suddenly showed up and told my father what he could and couldn't do on his own ship...
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Things are changing. Ryan's gonna have to figure that out.
Ensign Travis Mayweather: Maybe he already has, and just doesn't like it.
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We need some space police!
21 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, annoying Nausicaan* pirates are attacking an Earth freighter. Soon, Enterprise is ordered to change course to investigate. However, the reaction of the freighter crew is strange and they seem like they don't want any help--even though their ship has obviously been damaged. It's obvious that they are hiding something--and when their secret is revealed, the ship takes off. What is it they are hiding and how will Archer handle it?

This episode brings up an interesting idea with space travel--who will police space? So, if there are space pirates, who is to stop them and how will they punish them? The Captain Ahab-like approach of the acting commander of the freighter is certainly one way! Overall, a rather interesting but not particularly outstanding episode.

*The Nausicaans was a name that was familiar but I didn't at first realize which episodes involved them. My wife looked it up--these were the nasty brutes who nearly killed Jean-Luc Picard when he was a stupid and headstrong Starfleet cadet--which is revealed in one of the final shows of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

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