Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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The Communicator 

Reed and Archer retrieve a communicator left behind on an alien planet, but are captured in the process


James A. Contner (as James Contner)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »




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
Francis Guinan ... Gen. Gosis
Tim Kelleher ... Lt. Pell
Dennis Cockrum ... Alien Barkeep
Brian Reddy ... Dr. Temec
Jason Waters Jason Waters ... Soldier


Upon returning from covertly observing a pre-warp culture, Lieutenant Reed realizes he lost his communicator somewhere on the planet. Archer and Reed return to recover the lost technology, only to find the natives found it first. Captured and interrogated, the crewmen find themselves doing even more damage to the culture, who have scanned the prisoners and know them to be of another race. Meanwhile, Tucker and Mayweather try to figure out how to active the cloak on the Suliban cell ship so they can mount a discreet rescue. Written by Meribor

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Both Francis Guinan (General Gosis) and Tim Kelleher (Lieutenant Pell) appeared in Dark Skies (1996), which dealt with a similar premise of an advance culture visiting a more primitive one. Unlike here, the alien Hive of that series was a hostile force with one of them taking over Kelleher's character of Jim Steele. See more »


When Archer and Reed are back on the planet again, they are being captured and their technological equipment confiscated. Somehow they still all seem to be able to speak in English with their captors. However, the universal translator devices are very small and could have been missed by their captors. See more »


[Lt. Reed has lost his communicator on the planet of a pre-warp civilization]
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed: Captain... my carelessness was inexcusable. I'm prepared for whatever reprimand you feel is appropriate.
Captain Jonathan Archer: How about 30 years in the brig? Or maybe a good flogging?
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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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A Pretty Good Cliffhanger
16 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Reed accidentally leaves his communicator behind on a planet they have visited in disguise. It's a pre-Warp planet and this could have devastating results when it comes to the Prime-Directive, which hasn't actually been named yet. Archer and Reed go down in hopes of hunting the thing down, but there is a war on, and the communicator has been found by a leader of one of the forces. The boys are accused of being spies for the other side, the Alliance, and are imprisoned. It is obvious to these people that they don't fit the physiological profile of others on the planet. Also, these guys get their phase pistols and more communicators. I'm really interested in all the criticism of this series that has been leveled in the User Reviews. Have a little bit of heart and some basic enjoyment. If you were to over-analyze any of the Star Trek incarnations, you could dismantle. Did you know that a transporter has not been invented even now?

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