After an attack by a mysterious ship, Archers orders Enterprise' return to Jupiter to install phase cannons; Hoshi makes plans for Malcolm's birthday.



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Mary Reed
Madeline Reed
Mark Latrelle


The crew of Enterprise is installing a subspace amplifier when an unidentified ship drops out of warp. No contact is made and the ship disappears as suddenly as it came. But the mystery ship returns and this time it's a lot more hostile; Enterprise is severely damaged. Archer is sick of being constantly left at the mercy of alien ships. Despite the objection of Reed and Tucker who think they can do it themselves, he orders Enterprise to return to Jupiter station to install phase cannons. Meanwhile Hoshi must find out the favorite food of Reed. Archer wants to surprise him on his birthday party. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This episode takes place one week before the previous episode, Star Trek: Enterprise: Cold Front (2001). See more »


When Dr. Phlox allows Ensign Hoshi to view Lt. Reed's medical file and reveals he receives regular injections to deal with his allergy to pineapple (his favorite food), this is a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality, and not even Captain Archer could order Phlox to divulge such information under any circumstances. At the very least, it would get Dr. Phlox's medical license revoked, and, were he a Starfleet Officer, subject to court martial. See more »


[an alien vessel has approached Enterprise but moved off again without making contact]
Sub-Commander T'Pol: I wouldn't take offense. Not every species has motives that can be understood in Human terms.
Ensign Travis Mayweather: Maybe they checked us out and decided we weren't very interesting.
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed: Us? Not interesting?
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References Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow: Part 2 (2001) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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The birth of the 'Phase Cannons'. (Phasers)
11 March 2014 | by (West Springfield, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This episode seems like another common (if not cliché') not-so-nice alien encounter, with menacing looking ship that approaches, but does not wish to speak.

Archer delivers his typical upbeat (and naive) "Hey we're from earth, so wasssaaaaaap!"

The aliens leave the first time w/o incident, but they get trigger happy the second time, and Archer feels his ship is just not prepared to deal with the threats they have been encountering. All they have are fairly wimpy, non-photon torpedoes. The NX-01 left space dock without installing the 3 phase cannons it was supposed to have. As a matter of fact, they only have the parts to build one. Not good.

Actually, that is exactly what IS good about the episode. We get to see the birth of, and the first successful use of Phasers' on any ship called Enterprise.

I really enjoyed the enemy ship basically having their way with the NX- 01, including boarding the ship with impunity; but in the end a power surge during a preliminary test firing (that almost took out most of the ship) is routed into hull plating (early shields)and the phasers' knock out the enemies shields with the first blast. As they move off, Enterprise fires a rear torpedo and disables the enemy ship, forcing it to disengage and limp away.

With the ship now better armed, they continue on their journey, now with a bit more confidence. Great! This is what Star Trek (and life) is all about. Giving 110% to achieve your goals.

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