Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2, Episode 26

The Expanse (21 May 2003)
"Enterprise" The Expanse (original title)

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An unknown probe fires on Earth from space, cutting a swath from Florida to Venezula. Everything in the path of the attack was destroyed, resulting in the deaths of seven million humans ... See full summary »

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An unknown probe fires on Earth from space, cutting a swath from Florida to Venezula. Everything in the path of the attack was destroyed, resulting in the deaths of seven million humans including Tucker's baby sister Elizabeth. Enterprise is recalled to Earth for upgrades to the ship and to take on military crewman. Silik give Archer a message from the future about Earth's latest enemy. The Klingon Empire gives Duras another chance to capture Archer. Enterprise heads for infamous and dangerous Delphic Expanse. Written by Meribor

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At the end of the second season (May 2003), Paramount announced that "Enterprise" would undergo a major "redirection" in hopes of boosting ratings. The new 9/11-influenced story arc included a revival of the "Starfleet Marine Corps" idea, in the form of the Military Assault Command Operations personnel, called MACOs. (pronounced like the shark in dialog). Major cosmetic changes for T'Pol (including a new hairstyle and wardrobe, and the introduction of more emotion into her character) and a revised version of the controversial theme song were also introduced. See more »

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When the canyon left by the Xindi weapon is seen in Florida it only has a small amount of water in it. The bottom would be below sea level and as the canyon extends to the ocean it would be full of sea water. See more »

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Sub-Commander T'Pol: Are you confident with your decision, Doctor?
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Sub-Commander T'Pol: To remain on Enterprise. Crewman Fuller just told me a shuttle's on its way with 200 snow beetles.
Dr. Phlox: They could be for my replacement.
Sub-Commander T'Pol: There isn't a doctor in Starfleet that would have the slightest idea what to do with them.
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Season-ending cliffhanger succeeds, but scores low in originality
5 June 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

"The Expanse" assembles a mystery and a cliffhanger to predictably end the second season of Enterprise. An automated weapon which Archer believes to be a Xindi probe enters Earth-space and cuts a swath from Florida to Venezuela,killing millions. Archer is contacted by an emissary from the future and told that an invasion is being prepared in the Delphic Expanse - a region of space which the Vulcans, and seemingly everybody else, are terrified of. Meanwhile, the Klingon fugitive subplot is kept alive as Enterprise is pursued by Klingon Birds of Prey (this is really just added to provide some additional action in an otherwise sedate episode, since it has no bearing on the central plot), and Enterprise is refitted with better hull plating and antimatter torpedoes (completely scientifically absurd, but the franchise hasn't really been very concerned with science since DS9 so who cares).

The acting is a touch above the average for this series. The script allows Conner Trinnear to capitalize on American emotions surrounding the 9/11 attack on the U.S.A., as he turns in one of his finest performances during this series. Jolene Blalock also does a very nice job with one of T'Pol's more complicated early interpretations (this character has one of the best arcs in the series, and becomes much more interesting in the 3rd and 4th seasons). However, the script does not just follow franchise formulae, but almost plagiarizes the film Event Horizon in its exposition on the Delphic Expanse.

Entirely predictable, but worth watching because it sets up a good Season 3 opener "The Xindi", and an excellent story arc within the expanse itself.


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