Archer and Xindi Degra are in a shuttle. With Degra having memory loss, Archer tells him they escaped together from a prison and the Insectoids took over power after destroying Earth.


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Archer is traveling in a Malosian shuttle with the Xindi Degra, constructor of the Xindi weapon. It appears Earth already has been destroyed and the attack on Earth was used as a decoy by the Insectoids to take over the power. Degra seems to be having memory loss and Archer tells him both were cell mates in an Insectoid prison. They worked together to escape from the prison, are hunted by them and are now looking for a shelter. Is Archer really telling the truth? Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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An interesting variation on "36 Hours".
5 April 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Another reviewer is right--this episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise" is very similar to the James Garner film "36 Hours". In "36 Hours" an Allied officer has been captured by the Nazis and they try to convince him that the war has been over for some time and that he's not a prisoner but living in an Allied camp. But he IS a prisoner and the plan is to get him to relax his guard and betray what he knows about the pending invasion of the continent. Well, this is pretty much the set-up for this Trek show--as the crew of Enterprise is trying to convince someone that reality ISN'T what they think.

When the show begins, Archer and Degra (the guy who created the Xindi super-weapon) are on a shuttle. Degra has no idea who Archer is nor how they got there. So, Archer gives him a fake back story about how they both were prisoners in a Xindi Insectoid prison and that they both just escaped and Degra's amnesia will soon pass. So why are they doing all this? Because they want to know where the place is where they're constructing the super-weapons so they can destroy them.

Despite this being a recycled idea, it was very well made and exciting throughout--and is well worth seeing. Very detail-oriented and well thought out and one of the better episodes of the series.

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