Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 1, Episode 26

Shockwave: Part 1 (22 May 2002)
"Enterprise" Shockwave: Part 1 (original title)

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Enterprise discovers a mining colony of the Paraagans. The crew gets an invitation for a meeting on the surface and a shuttle pod tries to break through the atmosphere. All of the sudden ... See full summary »

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Enterprise discovers a mining colony of the Paraagans. The crew gets an invitation for a meeting on the surface and a shuttle pod tries to break through the atmosphere. All of the sudden just under the shuttle a giant explosion begins and scorches the earth beneath. All 3600 colonists are reported dead. After examination Enterprise finds out plasma leaking from the pod's vents ignited tetrazine in the atmosphere. Lieutenant Reed however ensures he closed the plasma vents before the shuttle went of. After conversations with admiral Forrest of Starfleet Command, captain Archer learns Enterprise' mission is canceled and they must return home, not to return to space for another ten or twenty years. When the ship has altered course, crewman Daniels, a time traveler, pays a visit to captain Archer. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Enterprise coming back to Earth with its tail tucked between its legs... It'll be Soval's crowning achievement! They'll probably give the sonofabitch some gaudy medal and then cart him off to wherever they send bitter old Vulcans to retire.
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Trapped in the Future
21 December 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Captain Archer is invited to visit the matriarchal mining society of the Paraagans, a colony with 3,600 dwellers, and receives instructions with the procedure to be followed to land with the shuttle pod in the hazardous atmosphere of the planet. However, something goes wrong and the shuttle apparently ignites a huge explosion, destroying the colony and killing the entire group of colonists. After the investigation, the crew of the Enterprise finds out that plasma leaking of the shuttle had ignited tetrazine, causing the destruction of the colony. Captain Archer contacts Admiral Forrest and he calls off the mission of the Enterprise. While returning to the Starfleet base with Archer absolutely depressed, the Captain awakes in San Francisco ten months ago, and meets Daniels in his room. The time traveler tells him that the Temporal Accord and the time line that he was supposed to protect had had problems. Further, he guides Archer how to develop technology ahead of time and find evidences of his innocence in a cloak Sulliban cruiser hidden in Paraagan. The skeptical T'Pol does not believe on Archer when he tells that he traveled to the past and Daniels is alive. When Archer meets Silik, he has to take a tough decision.

"Enterprise - Shockwave: Part 1" is definitely the best episode of the First Season of Enterprise. The complex story has a very well developed screenplay, with the most dramatic and surprising situations. Unfortunately, as a common practice of distributors of TV shows, the episode is to be continued and end in the climax of the story. That is the reason why I prefer to watch most of these shows on DVD years later, to avoid the deception of, for example, "Lost". My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Onda de Choque – Parte Um" ("Shockwave: Part One")


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