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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Contaminating a Pre-Warp Culture
12 January 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Captain Archer, Reed and Hoshi returns from a period of observation of a pre-warp civilization split in a war. Lieutenant Reed notes that he lost his communicator somewhere in the planet, and together with Archer, they return to a tavern where his scanner indicates the location. However, they are captured by militaries that have found the unknown technology and imprisoned in a military compound. Meanwhile, Trip and Travis try to find the means to activate the cloak of a Suliban ship to rescue their friends in the hostile planet.

I did not like the predictable "The Communicator" episode. The story is silly and the preoccupation of the contamination of a pre-warp culture is not applied when the rescue team fights against the militaries. Further, the capture of Reed with a weapon is worse than lost of a simple communication apparatus. In my point of view, this episode is not well resolved in spite of the explanation of T'Pol in the end. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Comunicador" ("The Communicator")

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