Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 3 Episode 20

The Forgotten

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 28, 2004 on UPN
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Enterprise, still trying to recover from the damage from the attack by the Reptilians, docks with Degra's ship. Archer tries to convince Degra that the Xindi's real enemy is the Sphere Builders, and not humanity. Meanwhile, Trip inexplicably can't get through a condolence letter he's been ordered to write to the family of a young female engineer who was killed in the attack.moreless

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  • An superbly-written episode which deals beautifully with the emotions of loss, trust and committment. LeVar Burton directs with care and assurance, and the actors show their superb skills to full effect.moreless

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    In this episode, the writers present us with a badly damaged Enterprise, whose crew are at their limits. They are tired, injured and desperately trying to salvage their ship and their mission.



    Into this mix, the writers provide two main themes: Loss and Trust.



    Trip must write a letter of condolence to Crewman Taylor's parents, and his struggle to face this loss himself, to eventually feel this fully and honestly, provide one main thread of this fine episode.



    In the other, Enterprise has also met with Degra's ship, and Archer begins to present the human evidence of the sphere-builders' and reptilians' complicity and deceit. Degra must decide to go against his own race, to accept that he and the Xindi have been wrong, and possibly duped by the sphere-builders. All that he believed was a lie.



    Degra's courage in facing this culminates in his irrevocable acceptance of a new alliance with the humans, and is sealed with his destruction of a reptillian warship.



    LeVar Burton directs with subtly, power and grace throughout. The actors give their best performances to date, and prove that this series of Star Trek the most mature, honest and realistic of any so far.



    Truly wonderful.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

Bob Morrisey

Bob Morrisey

Reptilian Captain

Guest Star

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane

Engineer

Guest Star

Kipleigh Brown

Kipleigh Brown

Crewman Taylor

Guest Star

Randy Oglesby

Randy Oglesby

Degra

Recurring Role

Rick Worthy

Rick Worthy

Xindi-Arboreal

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: After Enterprise rendezvous with Degra's ship, Trip says that he hasn't slept since the attack, and T'Pol replies that that was two days earlier. However, in the previous episode, "Damage", Degra's message, which was only found following the attack, instructed them to meet him in three days.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Degra: The Reptilians are correct about one thing, Captain. You have an impressive facility for deception.
      Archer: Erasing your memory probably wasn't the best way to earn your trust.
      Degra: Probably not.

    • Trip: Every time I start I hear myself sayin', 'What a fine young woman she was. How... how smart and full of potential.' And I realize I'm not thinkin' about Taylor at all. I'm thinkin' about Elizabeth. So many people dead. I tried not to see her any differently than the other seven million, so I spent the last nine months tryin' to pretend she was just another victim. But she's my sister, T'Pol. My baby sister! I envy you Vulcans.
      T'Pol: You think that the loss of a colleague or a friend doesn't affect us? It does, but if we give in to those emotions, they overwhelm us. You're the ones to be envied.

    • Degra: These scans are remarkably detailed for a military vessel.
      Archer: Enterprise was designed to be a ship of exploration.
      Degra: If we're successful, it will be again.

    • Archer: We're in bad shape. I can't deny that, but we're still in one piece. Enterprise is a tough ship. She took more then anyone could ask her to and then some. And so have all of you. I wanted to say thank you. I only wish I could thank the eighteen crewmen who were lost. Like you, they understood how important our mission is and they accepted the risks. We came into the Expanse not knowing what we'd find. With no one to rely on but ourselves, but we're going to succeed. To accomplish our mission. For everyone on Earth who's relying on us and for the eighteen.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Trip: It'd take at least a thousand starships like Enterprise to blow up an entire planet.
      This is likely a reference to Star Wars: A New Hope. In that movie, upon discovering that the planet Alderaan has been destroyed, Han Solo begins to say that "It would take 1,000 ships with more firepower than I've..."

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