Air Date: April 24, 2002
Written by: Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
Directed by: David Livingston
When Travis wakes up in a jail cell, he has no idea where he is or where he got there. Because, apparently, standard practice for the Tandarans when attacking a trespassing shuttlepod is to knock out the pilot and passengers before bringing them in for questioning. A quick search, however, leads him to discover that they are in the middle of some sort of colony of Suliban. They look around some more, but it doesn't take long to figure out that they're in a kind of prison. Eventually a guard finds them and instructs them to follow him. And then guess who they find...
|"Sorry I was away so long, Sam; Ziggy just upgraded to Vista and all hell broke loose."|
In the meantime, Archer and Travis have some getting-to-know-you time with their Suliban inmates. Apparently, and I know this is a shocker, but not all Suliban are Cabal members. A Suliban named Danik makes sure Archer is well aware of their plight in this detainment camp.
Can you see where this is going?
|"Ziggy says you're supposed to join forces with Danik and free the innocent Suliban captives"|
Well, then the Enterprise calls up Grat to see what's up with Archer and they pretty much get the run-around. They are disallowed from communicating with Archer for some reason so all they can do is sit there and wait...
We already know where this is going, so I won't bore you with the details. Basically, Archer and Grat fight more heavily, Archer and Danik grow closer and formulate a plan, and Travis disappears to go catch butterflies or something. Eventually, the Enterprise finds them, transports down a communicator and then becomes a part of the escape plan.
Really, the best part of this half of the episode is Reed in Suliban form...
|I'm infiltratin' your camp, disguisin' as an enemy.|
This is easily the most predictable episode ever. It's a story we've seen over and over and over. It does, however, teach us something pretty valuable about the Suliban: they're not all bad guys. Star Trek used to be pretty bad with framing every Klingon or every Romulan as an enemy. I think this is the first time when the "bad guy" race has gotten some equal treatment. Anyway, as long as you're clear on that, you don't really need to watch this episode. Go watch "Cold Front" again instead.