Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2, Episode 8

The Communicator (13 Nov. 2002)
"Enterprise" The Communicator (original title)

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Upon returning from covertly observing a pre-warp culture, Lieutenant Reed realizes he lost his communicator somewhere on the planet. Archer and Reed return to recover the lost technology, ... See full summary »


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Upon returning from covertly observing a pre-warp culture, Lieutenant Reed realizes he lost his communicator somewhere on the planet. Archer and Reed return to recover the lost technology, only to find the natives found it first. Captured and interrogated, the crewmen find themselves doing even more damage to the culture, who have scanned the prisoners and know them to be of another race. Meanwhile, Tucker and Mayweather try to figure out how to active the cloak on the Suliban cell ship so they can mount a discreet rescue. Written by Meribor

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Having beamed a communicator into a prison for Archer previously, no one even suggests beaming out the communicator this time. However it was explained that the exact location of the communicator was unknown and unable to be located on sensors which explains why it couldn't be beamed back. See more »


Sub-Commander T'Pol: You don't have to leave technology behind to contaminate a culture.
[Archer hands her a PADD, upon which she prepares to leave]
Sub-Commander T'Pol: You were willing to sacrifice your life to protect them. I would not have expected that.
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Lt. Reed is uncharacteristically dumb in this one.
26 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Lt. Reed is a rather 'spit and polish' sort of officer. So, the fact that he'd realize that he'd forgotten his communicator behind when they did a covert mission to a more primitive culture is pretty strange. Regardless, he and Archer go back to retrieve it and are, in fact, retrieved themselves. It seems that security folks on the planet found the communicator and now they want to cross-examine these two 'spies' that they captured. This involves a bit of torture as well as possible execution. Can they be captured and can they get rid of all traces of their presence to reduce how much they contaminated this pre-warp culture?

This is a decent episode--exciting and worth seeing even if it did seem implausible that Reed could be this stupid.

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