Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 3 Episode 18

Azati Prime

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 03, 2004 on UPN
9.3
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After getting to Azati Prime, the crew discover the almost complete Xindi weapon is on an ocean planet. Their plan to destroy it calls for someone to pilot the recently acquired Insectoid shuttle on a suicide mission, which Archer decides he will do. However, Daniels brings Archer to the future to tell him that he must instead make peace with the Xindi and convince them that they have been manipulated by the Sphere-Builders.moreless

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  • Best cliffhanger of the show and a Star Trek classic.

    10
    This episode is awesome. All parts of it are awesome. The episode begins at a slow, yet intense pace. It picks up speed nicely as Trip and Travis go inside the field, and it gets to full-blown intensity by the time Archer is captured. The scene where Archer ordered the destruction of the outpost was very well acted by Scott Bakula, who continues to do well in his job of showing Archer's conflicted emotions at what he has been forced to do. T'Pol's breakdown plays out slowly through the episode and is amazingly done by Jolene Blalock. This season has proven that she's not just a pair of walking boobs. The CGI in both the cliffhanger and in the future scenes are great, with lots of details. In the cliffhanger ending itself, it's not just the CG that stands out. The acting, the stunts, and the collapse of the set around them is awesome. The acting is great by all of the members of the cast. My hat's off to the guy who was set on fire. That was probably one of the most intense stunts in Star Trek history. But the best piece of the action in the cliffhanger was the set. When the ceiling of the Bridge caved in, you could tell that they were really tearing up the whole set. The fires on set and the explosions of the hull were great. And this episode ends with what could have been the best cliffhanger ever. If it had been a season finale. It was an awesome episode in general, with a cliffhanger that rivals "The Best of Both Worlds" and "Unimatrix Zero".moreless
  • Archer is captured by the Xindi while the Enterprise is attacked...

    9.0
    After some ordinary episodes, this story puts the show back on track. Archer decides to take on a suicide mission to blow up the Xindi weapon. The audience wonder how the script writers are going to get the captain out of this - and he is captured and tortured by the Xindi - so they can find out what the Earth forces are like. This leads to some great scenes between Archer, the Reptilian Xindi and the other more sympathetic Xindi. Back on Enterprise, T'Pol is upset at the possible loss of the captain and is distracted when the ship is attacked. Again this leads to some fantastic scenes where the crew and the ship are attacked from all sides by the Reptilian Xindi. The final scene where the ship is seen drifting downwards with gaping holes is incredible. Well done to all concerned.moreless
  • Probably the best episode in the entire third series. The scenes where Enterprise is attacked by the Xindi ships is superb...

    10
    * The Enterprise crew find the weapon hidden beneath the oceans of the Xindi world ~ Azati Prime. Trip & Travis go down to the planet in the insectiod ship commandeered in the episode "The Hatchery" and discover the weapon is near completion. Archer decides to pilot the insectoid craft on a suicide mission to blow the weapon up but is taken prisoner by the reptilians who torture him in an effort to get information...



    * Using information he gained during an earlier episode, Archer convinces the reptilians to let him talk to Degra ~ the Xindi-humanoid who has designed the weapon. He creates doubts in Degra's mind about humanity being the enemy of the Xindi...



    * At this point the reptilians and insectoids go it alone and attack Enterprise. Hopelessly outgunned, the Earth ship is all but destroyed...



    * There are some great interactions between the cast in this episode, particularly T'Pol & Archer + the battle between the Xindi ships and Enterprise is absolutely stunning with some great CGI effects...moreless
Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock

Sub-Commander T'Pol

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Linda Park

Linda Park

Ensign Hoshi Sato

Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery

Ensign Travis Mayweather

Rick Worthy

Rick Worthy

Xindi-Sloth

Guest Star

Christopher Goodman

Christopher Goodman

Thalen

Guest Star

Matt Winston

Matt Winston

Daniels

Recurring Role

Randy Oglesby

Randy Oglesby

Degra

Recurring Role

Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald

Reptilian Commander

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: During the battle with the Xindi ships, Commander Tucker states "the starboard nacelle has been hit, we're dead in the water". However, in the following battle scene, Enterprise is moving and dodging enemy weapon's fire, more than could be accounted for by thrusters only.

    • When Archer is on the Enterprise-J watching the battle outside, one of the ships in the battle appears to be the same design as the Dauntless from the Voyager episode "Hope and Fear".

    • Although they are unheard of through the 23rd and 24th centuries, according to Daniels, by the 26th century, there are Xindi serving on Federation starships.

    • According to Daniels, by the 26th century, the Klingons are part of the Federation.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (after hitting Enterprise with the Insectoid Shuttle)
      Trip: Sorry.
      Archer: No problem. I'll send you the bill.

    • Mayweather: Can I ask you something?
      Archer: Go ahead.
      Mayweather: You're the least expendable man on Enterprise. Why are you doing this?
      Archer: An hour ago, I gave the command to kill three Xindi in cold blood. A month ago I had Phlox create a living being in order to use some of its tissue. Then I watched him put it to death.
      Mayweather: Sounds like you're saying this is some sort of penance.
      Archer: I'm saying I won't order anyone else to die.

    • Trip: What happens if you fail? Are we supposed to just keep sendin' people in 'til there's no one left?
      T'Pol: That's hardly a viable option. We only have one more shuttlepod.

    • (Figuring out the Insectoid shuttle's controls)
      Mayweather: I think I found reverse.
      Trip: Great, but unless we plan to fly in ass first, we'd better figure out how to make it go forward.

    • (In the shuttlepod)
      Travis: Your starting to think like an Insectoid.
      Archer: I'll take that as a compliment.

    • T'Pol: Dismissed.
      Trip: 'Dismissed'?
      T'Pol: Get out.

    • Xindi-Humanoid: We can't forget who the real enemy is!
      Degra: We may not know who the real enemy is.

    • Archer: I've always been much better at avoiding farewells than giving them so I'm not even gonna try. But I'm going to ask all of you to think back to the day when this ship was first launched. We were explorers then. When all this is over, when Earth is safe, I want you to get back to that job. There're 400 billion stars in our galaxy. We've only explored a tiny fraction. You have a lot of work to do. Of all the captains who will sit in this chair, I can't imagine any of them being more proud than I am right now.

    • Reptilian Commander: When can we get underway?
      Degra: Momentarily. Patience.
      Reptilian Commander: Patience is for the dead.

    • T'Pol: He said you're the only one who can end the conflict with the Xindi. You can't do that if you're dead.
      Archer: That's if you accept Daniels' version of the future.
      T'Pol: He's in a position to know.
      Archer: I thought you were the skeptical one when it came to time travel.
      T'Pol: Our recent visit to Detroit has tempered my skepticism.

    • Xindi-Sloth: The last time I saw you like this was when you delivered the first weapon.
      Degra: That one only killed seven million. This one will destroy an entire world.
      Xindi-Sloth: Better their world than ours.
      Degra: That's what I keep telling myself, but the reality is a good number of the dead will be innocents and children.
      Xindi-Sloth: It's best not to think about it.
      Degra: That's difficult when you have children of your own.
      Xindi-Sloth: What we do is for them. For our children's future. Remember that.
      Degra: I wonder how they'll remember us.

    • Reptilian Commander: Is this a preemptive strike?
      Archer: I thought that was your specialty.
      Reptilian Commander: You don't want to know my specialty.
      Archer: Let me guess. Stinkin' up the room.

    • Archer: I'll bet you didn't know this, but at one time most of my world was ruled by reptiles.
      Reptilian Commander: I wasn't aware of that.
      Archer: A comet hit around 65 million years ago. Caused a mass extinction. Most of the reptiles died out. Mammals became the dominant species.
      Reptilian Commander: How unfortunate.
      Archer: Still, the reptiles might've come out on top if it hadn't been for a slight disadvantage.
      Reptilian Commander: And what was that?
      Archer: They had brains the size of a walnut. That's very small. Apparently, it's a constant in the universe.

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