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The Shipment 

"The Shipment" is an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise starring Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, and Jolene Blalock. Enterprise follows a lead and discovers a Xindi lab that refines Kemocite, the key ingredient in the weapon being built to destroy Earth. An away team of Archer, Reed and Hayes confront the... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
... Captain Jonathan Archer
... Dr. Phlox
... Sub-Commander T'Pol
... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
... Ensign Travis Mayweather
... Ensign Hoshi Sato
... Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
... Gralik Durr (as John Cothran Jr.)
... Degra
... Major Hayes
... Xindi-Reptilian
... Sloth #2 (as Jack Alsted)
... Sloth #3


Enterprise follows a lead and discovers a Xindi lab that refines Kemocite, the key ingredient in the weapon being built to destroy Earth. An away team of Archer, Reed and Hayes confront the lead researcher, Gralik Durr, who was employed by Degra to refine the Kemocite but was never told what it would be used for. When Gralik realizes it was his research that contributed to the 7 million deaths on Earth, he agrees to help Archer prevent further loss of life. Meanwhile, on Enterprise, Phlox and Tucker study the weapon they seized from the Xindi and find an organic component, a life-form serving as the rifle's power cell. Despite T'Pol's objection, Tucker tests the weapon. Written by Meribor

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Kemocite is a key ingredient used in the Xindi weapon. It was also the substance in the hold of Quark's ship in Star Trek DS9: Little Green Men that caused the ship to travel back in time to the 1950's. See more »


Lieutenant Reed removes a canister of Kemocite from the box on the lab table and shows it to Captain Archer. When he does, there are clearly three canisters to the right of the open spot left by the one he removed and all canisters in the box are aligned perfectly in the same direction. In the subsequent shot of the box, there are now only two canisters to the right of the empty spot, and the canister on the left of the open spot is now rotated at an angle, clearly showing that this scene was done in multiple takes with a different canister being used in each. See more »


[first lines]
Degra: We're preparing to test the weapon on an uninhabited planet in the Calindra system. But we're going to need another shipment of kemocite - at least one hundred kilograms.
Xindi-Reptilian: I'll contact Gralik. If the test is successful, how long before we can deploy the weapon?
Degra: A matter of weeks.
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Nice Elaboration on Xindi Culture, but not much more
22 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

This episode will make little sense to anybody not already up to speed on the 3rd season's Xindi story arc. If you've seen 3/4ths or more of the Xindi stories, you should be prepared for this.

The Enterprise approaches the planet where a telepathic exile claimed that a component of the Xindi's doomsday device was being produced. Archer and a small away team contact the leader of a mining colony on the planet, who turns out to be one of the hairy varieties of Xindi. Some tense moments ensue as the Xindi miner attempts to convince Archer that he had no idea what Degra and his Xindi military customers intended for the material he was shipping out.

The acting in this episode was sub-par, and greatly hindered by the ridiculous hairiness and make-up used for this species of Xindi. Why any creature endowed with so much hair would choose to stuff all of it into tight fitting clothing obviously designed for more or less hairless apes is very difficult to fathom. Althoug the episode does not establish any major plot points in the Xindi arc, it does provide some needed characterization of the diversity of Xindi species.

Not recommended as an introduction to the series, but necessary for making sense of the 3rd and 4th seasons.

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