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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According to this episode's production report, this installment "explores a premise hinted at in the original Star Trek (1966)." This, more specifically, was in the end of _"Star Trek" (1966) A Piece of the Action (#2.4)}_, when Dr. McCoy confesses to having left behind his communicator on Sigma Iotia II (the "Chicago Mobs of the 1920s" planet), and Kirk jokes it "upsets the whole percentage." "'The Communicator' picks up on this idea, but with a far more serious tone," the production report commented. See more »

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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 »

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[Tucker and Mayweather are trying to activate the cloaking device of a Suliban cell ship]
Ensign Travis Mayweather: This would be a lot easier if there was a button marked 'cloak'.
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References Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow: Part 2 (2001) See more »

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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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