Captain Archer orders the crew of Enterprise to save a Xindi-Insectoid hatchery.Captain Archer orders the crew of Enterprise to save a Xindi-Insectoid hatchery.Captain Archer orders the crew of Enterprise to save a Xindi-Insectoid hatchery.
The Enterprise finds a Xindi ship crashed on the surface of a planet, and while the team lead by Captain Archer is investigating, they meet an insectoid hatchery in a compartment protected by heavy and reinforced bulkheads. Reed realizes that the air inside is breathable and the group removes the helmet of the breathing apparatuses, but Archer is hit by a sort of substance on his face and sent to the sickbay. After the examination, Dr. Phlox realizes that no damage was caused to Captain Archer, but the crew notes that he becomes obsessed to save the insectoid offspring claiming humanistic reasons. When he orders to give one third of the supply of antimatter to restart the reactor of the Xindi ship to maintain the life support system of the hatchery, T'Pol questions his command and is confined in her cabin. Then Reed, Trip and Dr. Phlox are successively dismissed, and the senior officers decide that only a mutiny can save the Enterprise. —Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Boy, Some People Are Pretty Upset
While I thought this episode was quite odd, I thought it was OK. There is one factor that floors me involving the creative team. An away crew with full protective suits goes to a place alien to them. As soon as they know the air has the right composition, off goes the suit. They don't wear any gloves when they handle things. They grasp substances that could be toxic, at least unfamiliar. Archer would never have been hit in the face if it had not been for his removing his gear. The only reason I can think of is that you can't have an episode of people walking around in space suits. Yes, the Xindi are producing children, but a true directive would have been to leave well enough alone. It's their world and their process. The issue is what is happening to the Captain and the danger presented by the situation. Their mission trumps (excuse my profanity) other things. There are billions on earth who will die. The belief that earth will destroy the Xindi is wrong--they have been misinformed or have some misguided belief. To bolster them is not in the best interest of the mission, to save earth from them. I know there is some moral dilemma here, but not believing in an after-life, the whole business of sacrificing the lives of an entire civilization is too much.
- Mar 26, 2017
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