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Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Breaking the Ice 

Enterprise discovers a comet which contains the very rare element eisilium. Then unexpectedly a Vulcan ship arrives. Captain Vanik tells they're interested in human behavior.

Director:

Terry Windell

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Capt. Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Cmdr. T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lt. Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
William Utay ... Vulcan Capt. Vanik
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Enterprise encounters an unusually large comet and Enterprise follows the phenomenon. T'Pol finds the comet contains a very rare element even Vulcan scientists haven't yet examined. Just when Reed and Mayweather are to disembark to drill and retrieve some of it, a Vulcan ship, the T'Mur arrives. and its captain says they're interested in human's curiosity about the comet, but Archer doesn't believe it. Especially not after Tucker discovers a coded message has been sent to T'Pol from the Ti'Mur. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Trivia

This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for its visual effects, but it lost out to Enterprise's pilot serial, "Broken Bow". See more »

Goofs

Captain Archer addresses a message to 'Fourth Grade' students in an Irish school. This is the US grade system, in Ireland the equivalent is 'Third Class'. See more »

Quotes

Ensign Travis Mayweather: I hope I never see snow again.
[on the prospect of breaking through a cracked ice layer]
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Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Free to Choose
10 November 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The Enterprise finds an iced comet with the rare mineral Eisilium in its core. Captain Archer sends Lieutenant Malcolm Reed and Ensign Travis Mayweather in the shuttlepod to collect samples 20 m beneath the crust using a portable drilling rig. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is observed by a Vulcan ship and the Vulcan Captain Vanik believes the humans are arrogant and prideful. When the Enterprise discovers an encrypted message from the Vulcan ship to T'Pol, Ensign Hoshi Sato gives the translation of the message to Trip, and he sees that it is a personal letter. The ashamed Commander seeks T-Pol and asks her to forgive him. Later she calls him to discuss the subject. When the drilling team is trapped in a hole in the comet, Captain Archer accepts the offer of help of the Vulcan vessel.

"Breaking the Ice" is the best title of an episode that I have recently seen. This title is related to every situation disclosed in this episode: refer to the surface of the comet; refers to the relationship of T'Pol and Trip, and also to humans and Vulcans. The wise T'Pol has lesson of human free will and uses it to define her destiny. I believe the respect among the humans in the Enterprise and T'Pol will increase. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Quebrando o Gelo" ("Breaking the Ice")


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7 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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