Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 16

Future Tense

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 2003 on UPN
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Episode Summary


The Enterprise crew find a small craft drifting in space and are surprised to find it contains a human corpse. More questions arise when both the Suliban and Tholians make claims to the craft.

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  • Doctor Who

    It's bigger inside, then outside... LOL
  • Truly awful lazy just bad and nothing really to do with the temperal cold war

    Archer and co find a small space ship

    it turns out to have a human pilot

    and is a time ship from the distant future.

    Unfortunately the tholians and the suliban

    get a tip off about the vessel and come looking for it.

    The two temporal enemies virtually ignore the enterprise

    and focus on each other

    when the tholians are victorious they demand the time ship

    trip manages to activate the time ships beacon

    and those future guys teleport it away just in time

    An episode riddled with plot holes

    pretending to be about the temporal cold war but is just an excuse for a battle and some doctor who references.

    This episode should disapear to where ever the time ship went to

    (up the producers arse)moreless
  • Enterprise handles a hot-potato

    An episode with a simplistic storyline that has little or no bearing to the season timeline. At least not yet.

    Enterprise discovers a 'Temporal' hot potato in the form of a battle-damaged spaceship, of unknown origin. To add to the mystery, readings indicate a futuristic tech and a maelstrom of dna indicating several generations of interspecies breeding - a craft from a possible future?!

    It is while examining the ship that several races turn up to pitch their claim. Queue a classic format one-against-many plot device.

    Outnumbered and outgunned, Enterprise struggles to stay alive as the Suliban and the xenophobic Tholians. Which signals the start of several action oriented encounters, the key one being an entertaining Sulliban assault onboard Enterprise.

    There is a scene where Archer enters the locked room containing future tech to discover its 900 yrs from the future. In my view this isnt used enough... and could be used more to hint at Archer's eventual fate in ST:TOS, as he always seems to be getting into trouble.

    As for the rest of this episode, the crew end up fighting against another foe. For alongside the sequence of space combat encounters, the threat of leaking temporal radiation plays some nasty tricks on the crew, as they begin to experience ever increasing Deja Vu or time loops.

    As the situation inevitably increases the inevitable dilemma of what to do with the ship increases. Do they destroy it? Hand it over to the squabbling factions? Or is there some other way? Ultimately though, you may guess what happens.... for me it was part of an unsatisfactory, yet resonant ending. Made deliberately frustrating by the final twist affecting Archer's preferred path of action.

    And there lies the problem with this episode. A straightforward plot, with a good amount of twists and turns, lots of good scenes that add to the whole experience, but ultimately a plot that has no real consequence to the overall season-arc, which doesnt add anything character-developmentwise, does introduce anything new and ultimately just doesnt matter. The TARDIS like interior of shuttle sized ship could have added more depth to the plot, but because of the CHASE element part of the plot, couldnt be better explored. Which is a shame because I probably would have preferred that, esp. if they'd learned new tech from it! As it was, a decent episode of action based drama and very little else.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Reed: When I was young, I always wanted to build a time machine...see the future.
      Trip: You're probably the kind of person who jumps to the end of a book before you read it.

    • Reed: (entering a ship bigger on its inside than its outside) This gives space exploration a new meaning.

    • T'Pol: (to Archer) There are significant biological differences between the species. It is unlikely we could reproduce. (short pause) Humans and Vulcans.

    • Trip: Wondering about the future and knowing it are two different things.
      Reed: If Daniels came here and offered you a chance to go to the 31st century, you wouldn't take it?
      Trip: Some things are better left a mystery.
      Reed: And you call yourself an explorer.
      Trip: Where's the fun in exploring if you know how it all turns out?

    • Archer: I wonder if they'll [Vulcan High Command] believe that Humans and Vulcans will be swapping chromosomes one day.
      T'Pol: They're more likely to believe in time travel.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Mike Sussman revealed that the original episode idea was much different than what made it to screen. Originally, the story had the Tholians capturing a ship from the future and the Enterprise crew trying to stop them from stealing its technology. The ship in question would've been the USS Defiant from "The Tholian Web". According to Sussman, that story was scrapped due to (among other things) cost. That storyline eventually was used in the fourth season episode "In a Mirror Darkly" (Parts 1 & 2).

    • Originally Titled: "Crash Landing"