Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 4 Episode 17


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 2005 on UPN

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

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  • The initial premise seems like it will be an awkward 43 minutes, but it turns out better then expected. It still is a stranger episode.

    You all know what it feels like, the dialogue and the acting and the scenario all fall through and you want to change the channel, or fast forward with Tivo or DVR. I like to call it the 'Cringe Factor.' That is what I felt when I read the premise of this episode. I got an image of all the men swooning over the Orion women and behaving like high schoolers fighting over girlfriends. Suffice it to say, there was hardly any scent of 'cringe factors' in this episode. That doesn't mean it was great, but at least watchable.

    The Orions so far have kept to what their mythos have established, which is more or less the gangsters of space, along with being into heavy slave trading. Their appearance in 'Borderland' was interesting, setting up a cold relationship between Humans and Orions. Not quite enemies, but certainly not friendly. The events of Borderland are referred and Archer is clearly hesitant to trust the Orion captain. But like the best starfleet captains, he sees an opportunity to improve relationships by accepting a dinner with the captain. This is where the Orion Slave Women come in as entertainment and sets up the story in general.
    Most of the episode is a long setup showing the slave girls getting more and more influence over the male crew, and interestingly enough the women are getting headaches as a defense mechanism. Only T'Pol and Trip are kept safe because of their strange mind link. This is really one of the best parts subplots and can be used in place of the primary story. Joleane Blalock does a good job of presenting an emotionless Vulcan finding herself attracted to a human, and the passionate moments are sidenotes of emotion.

    One scene that works rather well is Mayweathers talk with Reed in the gym. Mayweather as a character has much unused potential as being extremely experienced. Anthony Montgomery's acting has been spotty at times, but he makes good use of that scene. The eventual peculiar disruption of the crew behavior comes well, playing it a breaking point of anger.

    But as a whole the episode doesn't seem to have a point. There is little drama in the real plans of the Orions, and their cultural revelation just makes sense instead of being a surprise. All it has is a series of respectable scenes, no serious 'cringe factors' and a continuation of Trip and T'Pols relationship.