"Canamar" finds Trip and Captain Archer on a prison transport vessel. They were discovered on their shuttle and accused of being smugglers by the Enolians who quickly put them on a ship destined for the prison planet of Canamar. But when a pair of prisoners overpower the guards and take control of the ship, it's up to Trip and Archer to get themselves, the guards, and the rest of the prisoners out of this situation safely.
This is literally just Con Air in space. That being said... I didn't mind it too much. The episode goes along at a good clip and (mostly) has a good batch of new alien races to explore. There's a certain tenseness to this episode because of the close quarters of the ship. We get to learn a bit about the Enolians and the out of control smuggling occurring in their system. If there's one theme to learn from this episode, it's probably the issue of false imprisonment on crimes not committed. I like that we spend the majority of our time on the prison ship and don't cut back to Enterprise too much.
My main issue with this episode is the extremely annoying character of Zoumas. He's unnecessary, unwanted, and unfunny. He added nothing to the plot and was really did nothing but eat up screen time as we approached the episodes climax. This would have been a lot better without his inclusion.
Besides this though, an average episode with some good action, more action than you see in most ST:E episodes.
Side Note: After Trip knocked out the Nausicaan prisoner with a wrench but was then recaptured after the failed coup, it seems likely (knowing Nausicaan behavior) that he would have taken his wrath out on Trip and at least beaten him unconscious or injured him in some way. I'm surprised he didn't kill Trip.
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