Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Enterprise has been in the Delphic Expanse for six weeks and have yet to get any intel about the Xindi. Strange anomalies affect the ship, sending cargo flying violently through the bays, ... See full summary »


Allan Kroeker


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Richard Lineback ... Kessick
Stephen McHattie ... Alien Foreman
Tucker Smallwood ... Xindi-Primate Councilor
Randy Oglesby ... Degra
Rick Worthy ... Jannar
Scott MacDonald ... Commander Dolim
Marco Sanchez ... Corporal Romero
Daniel Dae Kim ... Corporal Chang


Enterprise has been in the Delphic Expanse for six weeks and have yet to get any intel about the Xindi. Strange anomalies affect the ship, sending cargo flying violently through the bays, pockets of atmosphere losing gravity and other incidents defying the known laws of physics. T'Pol helps Trip's insomnia with an intimate Vulcan therapy. Archer and Trip find another race of Xindi imprisoned in a mine. Written by Meribor

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The Xindi-Insectoid was created via motion capturing, whereby an actor in a special suit acts out a performance, and the creature is later digitally painted over it. The special effects team was won over by the technique after seeing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), who was also realized in this way. See more »


Given the density of liquid platinum (19.77g/cm^3) the price for Archer's visit to the Xindi laborer weighed over 25 pounds and (at the cost of platinum in 2003, when the episode was filmed) worth over $190,000. Judging from the ease with which he was able to lift the container and wave it around, it seemed a lot lighter. Furthermore, the melting point of platinum is over 3,000°F, which would make a container of liquid platinum hot to hold. See more »


Sub-Commander T'Pol: The Doctor injected you with a placebo. He sent you here because he wanted me to persuade you to try Vulcan neuropressure. As I predicted, it was a pointless exercise.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Why didn't he just ask me?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: He did. You refused.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Oh, so this... whole thing was just a setup?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: The Doctor knows how intransigent you can be.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Intransigent?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Unwilling to compromise.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: I know what it means. But it just so happens, it's not true. I'm as willing to compromise as anyone else.
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Then take off your shirt.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Beyond (2016) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Finally ... initiates a story arc worthy of the series' potential, but.....
9 July 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

In terms of plot and acting, The Xindi is one of the best episodes of the Entire Enterprise series. It does not suffer very much from the series' chronic plot recycling tendencies and offers a few scenes with intense evocation by Bakula, Trinnear, and even the usually understated Keating. The use of marines for a rescue op is also nice innovation and is carried out very well. Though on a whole the episode is better than average, it is not without the usual Enterprise problems (see last paragraph)

A lot goes on in 'The Xindi' and several story arcs and subplots are set up for the third season of Enterprise. A mysterious council consisting of several different alien species - at least a few of which are Xindi - appear to be pulling the strings of the recent Xindi attack on earth, but the Enterprise's crew has learned next to nothing after 6 tense weeks in The Delphic Expanse. Finally, a Xindi slave-laborer is located on a mining planet and Archer offers him freedom for the coordinates of his home planet. Can't say much more without a spoiler, but I will say that the ending of The Xindi is, if nothing else, unconventional for the Star Trek franchise.

On the negative side:

* Enterprise's in-house writing team, and the director of this episode once again felt it necessary to ask Jolene Blalock to take her clothes off for another pointless, drama-less and gratuitous nude scene, and came up with an excuse worthy of a teenage boy under the influence of hormones as a plot device.

* There is one major plot element which viewers have seen almost as many times as they've turned on their sets - Captain Archer gets involuntarily detained (sorry - having reviewed a few episodes of Enterprise, I have run out of synonyms for 'kidnapped').

* The Expanse, which has driven an entire crew of Vulcans to insanity and murder, and is built up as a cross between the place that the original crew of The Event Horizon went and Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel in New York, after six weeks with the crew of the Enterprise, has only managed to throw some storage containers around in a cargo bay and put Archer in a bad mood?

* Porthos does not appear.

All considered - these minor quibbles should not prevent you from watching one of the series' better key episodes.

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