Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Captain Archer orders the crew of Enterprise to save a Xindi-Insectoid hatchery.


Michael Grossman


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Captain Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Daniel Dae Kim ... Corporal Chang
Sean McGowan ... Corporal Hawkins
Steven Culp ... Major Hayes
Paul Eliopoulos Paul Eliopoulos ... Crewman #1


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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

25 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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An NX-01 ballcap, worn briefly by T'Pol, is seen for the first time since the first season episode "Desert Crossing". See more »


Because Dr. Phlox has the authority to order Captain Archer to sick bay, it seems strange that the concerned party chose to mutiny rather than exercising that provision. However, Dr Phlox tried to quote Starfleet Regulation 104 section C, giving him authority to medically relieve Archer as unfit for duty. However, Archer threatens both Phlox and Trip with "confined to quarters" and they leave. Now they have no other option but to mutiny. See more »


Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: I think it's time we threw the rule book out the window.
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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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Boy, Some People Are Pretty Upset
26 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

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.

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