Air Date: November 7, 2001
Written by: Maria Jacquemetton & Andre Jacquemetton
Directed by: Terry Windell
The Enterprise finds a comet and decides to stop by and say hi for some reason.
Well, this is quite the bottle episode. Basically we have three elements at work here. 1) There's a comet. 2) There's a Vulcan chaperon. 3) There's an elementary school class. 4) There's a secret message for T'Pol. Oh, that's four elements, you say? Well, two of them are more related to each other than the others. They're really kinda just one element with two parts.
First the comet: The Enterprise is going along its merry way when suddenly Archer orders a stop. Apparently this is the biggest comet ever discovered by a Human. So, while the comet goes along its merry way, Reed and Mayweather go to collect some samples. Because landing on a small celestial body with explosives is always a good idea.
|So, if we do this... we're gonna start a trope, aren't we?|
Then the elementary school class: Mayweather and Tucker are seen in the beginning looking at some children's drawings that had been delivered earlier. But the real fun begins when Archer and the bridge crew record a message back to the class explaining some of the stuff that goes on in space as well as answer some of their questions. Also, Archer, infinite troll that he is, gives Trip a poop question. It's the little things.
Finally, the Vulcan chaperon: Did I mention that this series is ramming the Vulcan vs. Human trust issues into the ground? Yeah, this is part of that. As you can imagine, the combination of encrypted messages and a random Vulcan ship doesn't sit well with Archer. Especially when the Vulcan says he wants to just sit there and observe from a distance. Glaring with a judging stare. Turns out the message that T'Pol got was her parents informing her that if she doesn't return back to Vulcan her marriage to this other Vulcan guy will be called off. So now she has to choose between Humans and tradition. And this random Vulcan ship is her ride home.
Well, there you have it. All these elements combine and end pretty predictably. Probably the most memorable part of the episode is when Mayweather takes the snow from the comet and makes a snow Dalek.
And they all live happily ever after and we all learn a valuable lesson about trust.
This episode really just rehashes everything that every other episode has been about and makes sure you understand: Vulcans and Humans really don't like each other, and Trip and T'Pol are starting to get to know each other. I didn't particularly like it, but the Tri'Pol part of the story seems to be important to the overall plot. So take from that what you will.