With Reed and Hayes fighting over a training program and Trip seemingly making T'Pol jealous, Enterprise discovers a dying alien in pod with technology similar to the Spheres.



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While Reed and Major Hayes are fighting over a new training program and Trip is performing neuropressure with MACO Amando Cole making T'Pol seem jealous, Enterprise finds a pod in a dangerous ever expanding gravimetric field. Inside is a scaled alien dying from cellular decay. He claims he is a prisoner promised his freedom if he cooperated in an experiment. Archer knows there's more to it when it is discovered the pod's hull is of the same material the Spheres are composed of. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Thomas Kopache, who played the test subject here, has portrayed a number of different characters and aliens over the years. He appeared as Mirok in TNG: "The Next Phase", an engineer in TNG: "Emergence", USS Enterprise-B communications officer in Star Trek Generations, Viorsa in VOY: "The Thaw", Kira Taban in DS9: "Ties of Blood and Water" and "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night", and Tos in ENT: "Broken Bow". See more »


In one shot, Dr. Phlox hands T'Pol a dish with handles on the side. In the immediate next shot, T'Pol's hands have completely changed position. See more »


Sub-Commander T'Pol: [about Tucker's clone Sim] He said he had feelings for me.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: He told you that?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Standing right there.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: What the hell was he doing in your room?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Your voice is tensing up.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Oh, now you're the vocal expert?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: I don't need to be an expert to read you.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: I can't believe this. I'm... I'm jealous... of-of myself?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: You're jealous?
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: No, absolutely not. - Ok, maybe. Maybe I am - a little.
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Rivalry and Jealousy
21 February 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Trip seduces the private Amanda Cole performing the Vulcan neuro-pressure technique with her in her quarter and T'Pol feels jealous. Major Hayes proposes a drill of defense to Captain Archer, breaking the chain of command in Enterprise, and Reed becomes upset with the training program of his rival. Meanwhile, the Enterprise finds a pod in a huge expansion field with a slight and erratic vital life signal of humanoid inside. They bring the alien on board and Dr. Phlox realizes that he is dying of cellular decay. When the alien awakes, he tells that he is a prisoner that had accepted to participate in an experiment. However, Archer believes he knows more than that.

I liked "Harbinger" a lot, first because of the jealous reaction of T'Pol to the flirt of Trip and Amanda, and then after her one night stand with Trip. The rivalry of Reed and Hayes also gives funny moments to the episode. Last but not the least, the dying alien gives the action to the good story. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Precursor" ("The Harbinger")

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