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Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 1 Episode 16

Shuttlepod One

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 2002 on UPN
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Episode Summary


Tucker and Reed set out on a mission in a shuttlepod, as Enterprise is busy investigating an asteroid field. Disaster strikes while the pair are away, leaving the shuttlepod damaged and the warp drive inoperable. They manage to make it back to the rendezvous coordinates only to discover that Enterprise has apparently been destroyed. With the ship seemingly no more, the pair are left abandoned in the middle of nowhere with only a few days of air remaining.


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  • Let the oxygen flow!!!

    What in the smurf just happened? I tried to register so that I could post my first review, and it turns out that I'm already registered. What in the Sam Hill is going on in this website? Anyway, this episode... Great canon entertainment, lol. I agree with the above viewer, that the 45-minute claustrophobic set was genius, and I couldn't imagine stuffing those cramped quarters with two better actors. Watching them argue about ladies from San Francisco and Kentucky bourbon was a laugh every line. The T'Pol tension release was awkward and trippy, but other than that this episode does rank in the top twenty of the whole star trek franchise.moreless
  • My thoughts on Shuttlepod One

    I just loved this episode. It is probably one of my favorites. I love the interaction between Trip and Malcolm, and how much it reveals about these characters. I feel that Trip was fairly easy to know, but Malcolm was made such a mystery for so much of the season. Not even his family knew what his favorite food was. This let you really see into the man's character and get to know him a bit better. I loved the humor of the episode. That was just great. I swear I spent almost as much time laughting as I did enjoying the story line. It was just such a wonderful episode.moreless
  • Love or hate Enterprise, this episode is an instant "Must See" for any fan of Star Trek.

    I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of Enterprise, but this episode is among my top 5 of all time favorite Star Trek episodes.

    I won't go over the plot, or the emotional aspects of this show as a few other reviewers have already laid it out nicely already.

    What makes this episode so memorable for me is that just about the entire episode takes place inside one of those cramped shuttle-pods as Trip and Reed try to come to terms with what's happened to them. Any show that can spend 45 minutes in one set (a very small set at that) with nothing but dialog back and forth between the two characters and still leave the viewer on the edge of their seat the entire time has gotta be special.

    And trust me... it is. If for some freak reason you've never seen this episode, do yourself a favor and watch it. WATCH IT NOW!moreless
  • Trip and reed share a near death experience

    While in a shuttle pod Reed and trip find the remains of the enterprise scattered on a asteroid.

    Reed quickly comes to the conclusion that they are doomed.

    The shuttle pod travels at impulse power and would take too long to reach the nearest comms relay and call for warp powered help.

    Tucker on the other hand is more optimistic and belives they will make it or encounter one of the many races they have met scince the mission began.

    Reed countinues to be a fatalist,writing letters of goodbye to loved ones and musing about his life.

    With the air running out

    the duo decide to get drunk.

    This is when the enterprise hails them

    but will it arrive in time?

    A good two hander

    They both assume polar opposite positions about thier situation.

    Trip is kind of in denial and reed might aswell already be dead .

    The best part was thier switch around at the end.

    Trip trying to kill himself to save air

    and reed refusing to let him with phaser drawn.

    Perhaps he has hope after all.

    The tpol dream was stupid and not really funny

    But i do agree that tpol does have a nice bummoreless
  • great episode

    This episode revolves around Trip and Malcolm. It's a really great episode. It's a story about survival. Trip and Malcolm are inside a shuttlepod trying to get back to the enterprise while investigating an asteroid field. As as soon as they get back to where they thought enterprise would be waiting for them, they see the wreckage of the enterprise. They struggle to survive with the very limited amount of oxygen they have left inside the shuttle pod. It's a really good episode, they space effects is just awesome. I really enjoyed watching this episode, I had a good time, it's a really well made episode.moreless
Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock


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 (6)

    • Nitpick: When Malcolm begins to shave his face, Trip tells him that there is no point in doing it because hair continues to grow after death. This is in fact an urban myth. Hair, like fingernails, does not continue to grow after death; it is just the flesh shrinking to reveal more of what's underneath.

    • Nitpick: Malcolm's choice of emergency ration is sea bass. It is stated in "Silent Enemy" that Malcolm probably dislikes fish.

    • Trivia: This is the first of two episodes in which no scene take place on the bridge. The other is "Carpenter Street".

    • Nitpick: After Trip tells Malcolm to get some sleep, Malcolm replies that he doesn't want to waste oxygen sleeping; however, humans consume less oxygen when sleeping, not more.

    • Mission Date: 09 November 2151

    • Nitpick: Trip drinks his drink and puts down the empty cup. He then gets up and lights a candle; however, his glass has moved positions and is full again.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Malcolm: (Trip and Malcolm are sat on the floor, drinking, together) Hey, what do you think of T'Pol? Huh? Do you think she's pretty?
      Trip: T'Pol? Are you serious?
      Malcolm: Well, she is a woman, you know.

    • Malcolm: Well, tinker all you like. I've got a copy of Ulysses here. I doubt I'll even be halfway through it by the time the ship gets back.
      Trip: I'd rather realign every microcircuit on this shuttle than try to wade through that baby.
      Malcolm: British schools have a core curriculum. It serves to provide a well-rounded education. Sometimes I think you North Americans read nothing but comic books and those ridiculous science fiction novels.
      Trip: I'll have you know that Superman was laced with metaphor. Subtext layered on subtext.
      Malcolm: If only Dr. Cochrane had been a European; the Vulcans would have been far less reticent to help us. But, no, he had to be from Montana. Probably spent his nights reading about cowboys and Indians.
      Trip: I don't recall any Europeans figuring out how to build a warp engine.

    • Malcolm: (Trip and Malcolm are sat on the floor together, drinking. The radio can be heard crackling in the background) Does that sound modulated enough for ya?
      Trip: Modulated?
      Malcolm: The radio, or is it just the galaxy giggling at us again?
      Trip: It can giggle all it wants. The galaxy's not getting any of our bourbon!

    • Trip: Which way?
      Reed: Which way to what?
      Trip: Echo 3. Which way to Echo 3?
      Reed: I told you it's too far!
      Trip: Do you know which way it is or don't you?
      Reed: Navigation is down.
      Trip: That's not what I asked you!
      Reed: Do you want me to guess?
      Trip: You come from a long line of Navy men and you've got a real good memory, look hard at those stars and tell me which way to go!

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