Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 6

Marauders

5
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2002 on UPN
7.7
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In need of fuel, Enterprise visits a mining colony for deuterium supplies. The crew discovers that the colony is being controlled by Klingon marauders who are regularly pillaging the mined deuterium.

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  • great episode

    10
    The starship enterprise is running low on fuel. They reach a mining colony on a planet rich with deuterium deposits. When Archer fly down to the surface with a team, they discover that the colonists are under the control of the Klingons. The Klingons have been pushing the colonists to work for their own needs. The enterprise crew face a dilemma of leaving the colonists to their own fates or do something to intervene. their need for the deuterium fuel is so great, that they are forced to act against the klingons. This episode is a great episode. The battle takes place on the ground. It's a riveting plot.moreless
  • Guile and Subtefuge wins the day

    8.7
    An episode that weaves several standard ST plot devices together and does a very, good job. The requirement to be there is logical enough for the Enterprise - they need some of their Deutrium and only wish to barter with the workers of the low tech. facility.



    Its a basic help thy neighbour storyline, where the neighbour doesnt want to be helped and starts of being suspicious of Archer and the crew. Furthermore, they are hiding something from the crew also.



    Throw in the inevitable threat this time posed by Klingon marauders and we have the right mix for a good action oriented episode. In this case the threat manifests itselef on the colony in the Bully type-plot, they essentially want virtually all the Deutrium being mined, which is done under impossible circumstances.



    Key the standard push back by the bullied miners, Archer feeling that they must help, getting more pushbacks and then convincing the miners to let them help. Key penultimate 'Rocky training' setpiece where the miners are taught "guerilla" tactics which leads to a final action setpiece where guile and misdirection are the order of teh day against the bloodthirsty Klingons and you can cork it up and serve it up as standard ST: universe fare.



    Still its averages above normal pace, and while the threat never gets beyond being mild - its exciting enough to warrant 45+ minutes of your time.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

Larry Cedar

Larry Cedar

Tessic

Guest Star

Bari Hochwald

Bari Hochwald

E'lis

Guest Star

Steven Flynn

Steven Flynn

Maklii

Guest Star

Mark Correy

Mark Correy

Engineer Alex (uncredited)

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: The Klingon tanker vessel seen in this episode, appears again later in the show as the variant D5 battle cruiser.

    • Nitpick: T'Pol incorrectly refers to the mek'leth as a two-pronged dagger, when it is actually a curved sword with a squared tip, along with another smaller blade extension near the handle. The dagger she is referring to is a d'k tahg.

    • Nitpick: Tessic wasn't aboard Enterprise when T'Pol taught the colonists the Vulcan self-defense tactic. However, when fighting the Klingons, he somehow knows how to do it perfectly.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Blazing Saddles
      The episode may also be inspired in part by the Mel Brooks movie Blazing Saddles. In this movie, a town in the Wild West is physically replicated three miles away to lay an ambush for a band of attackers.

    • Seven Samurai
      This episode may be inspired by Seven Samurai, the influential Kurosawa film. In it, a poor village hires warriors to defend the town against raiding bandits. Although some plot points differ, the similarities are evident. It's interesting to note that instead of seven defenders, there are seven raiding Klingons.

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