Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 3


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 02, 2002 on UPN
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Whilst attempting to explore a new planet, Enterprise triggers a cloaked mine. While the crew deal with the resulting damage, it's discovered that another mine is stuck to the hull. During Reed's attempt to disarm it, a spike is driven into his leg, trapping him out there. While Archer goes out on the hull to help him, the rest of the crew learn they are in a minefield belonging to the Romulan Star Empire, who demand Enterprise leave or face destruction.


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  • Not enough of the Romulans, but a very watchable episode

    I like Malcolms character. Its his awkwardness that makes him one of the more realistic characters, because he has flaws.

    The episode is basically your get out of trouble - not of your making type episode, with some character development focused on Malcolm and the Archer. Most of is played out on the hull of the starship as they try to defuse an attached mine.

    If this alone doesnt carry enough drama or threat to the crews wellbeing, then the ever present threat of the cloaked Romulan warbird(s) adds to the nervous situation that they and the crew must face - as the clock clicks down before the Romulans open fire.

    Some good bonding takes place developing the relationship between the capt. and Malcolm, while we get to see some nice efforts of a battledamaged Enterprise and the past Romulan spacecraft.

    A good if predictable ending sees this episode rise to a low 9s score.

    Worth the watch just to understand the Malcolm character more, and his relationship to Archer. However, youll probably be more interested in the glimpses we get of the early Romulan star empire.moreless
  • Romulan Space Tactics

    A lot of Romulan Space Tactics are made obvious in this Episode:

    1 All their ships (even the Romulan Warbirds) are designed to safely navigate through their own minefields. Bulky ships designs are avoided.

    2 Some of their ships may be giant industrial replicators for generating cloaked mines (the romulan Warbirds has a lot of empty space between their upper and lower hulls).

    3 Romulans deploy cloaked mines around systems they claim.

    4 Their mines have a yield of about 0.25 kT which corresponds to a severe blast radius of 435 m (Severe 'Thermal Radiation' of 355 m). All their mines are positioned so as not to cause a chain reaction (Every Mine is positioned more than 500 m apart). It is obviously for this reason that Starfleet and many other spesies in the Alpha Quadrant design their ships to be able to navigate through minefields like this one (Large bulky ship designs are avoided & streamlined ship designs are encouraged).

    5 They have & employ different cloaking devices (with different technologies). Their ships also appear to have technologically superior cloaking devices compared to the Suliban Ships. (Other spesies probably brought, traded or stole cloaking technology from the Romulans.

    6 Everything in the Romulan Star Empire is cloaked.

    7 The Romulan's Prime Directive would definitely offend many other spesies in the Alpha Quadrant.moreless
  • great episode

    The Enterprise approaches a planet that they plan to explore. But their enthusiasm goes away when they trigger an invisible minefield left there by an alien race. The Enterprise receives a serious hull damage after they hit a mine. To make matters worse, one of the mines attaches itself on the hull of the starship ready to detonate itself. Reed attempts to disarm the mine, but he fails to do so when the mine seriously injures him. The Enterprise is threatened with total destruction if they do not remove the mine. This episode is so exciting from start to finish, it's a really good episode. The writers came up with a really good episode.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

Timothy Glenn

Timothy Glenn

Med. Tech

Guest Star

Elizabeth Magness

Elizabeth Magness

Injured Crewmember

Guest Star

Mark Correy

Mark Correy

Engineer Alex (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: As they leave the hull plating, Archer and Reed are moving on different vectors, which the explosion would only have exacerbated. There is no way they would have been picked up at the same point in space at the same time.

    • Goof: When Archer reinserts the relays, there are six in total. All six are out, only four are heard being inserted, but the next shot shows all six fully in.

    • Trivia: This episode is the first Enterprise episode to feature the Romulans. The crew never see their faces as the original Trek episode "Balance of Terror" states that no human saw a Romulan until that point.

    • Nitpick: Archer mentions to Lt Reed that England made it to the World Cup that year. However, the World Cup of Soccer/Football has been held every four years since 1930 (with the exception of 1942 and 1946). Although it's possible that by this time in the future the schedule may have somehow been changed, following the existing schedule, there would not be a World Cup in 2151 (or 2152).

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Reed: (Archer is about to give Reed an anesthetic) I hope that's an anesthetic.
      Archer: Phlox's own recipe.
      Reed: Ahhhh.... Please sir, may I have some more?

  • NOTES (1)

    • In issue 106 of Star Trek Monthly, John Shiban stated that the episode would've just featured "unknown aliens". However, this changed during a staff meeting when (according to Shiban) Brannon Braga suggested using the Romulans instead.


    • Oliver Twist:
      Lt. Reed said, "Please sir, may I have some more?" when Captain Archer gives him a hypospray for the pain in his leg. This, of course, is a reference to the classic novel/movie, Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens.