Air Date: December 11, 2002
Written by: David A. Goodman
Directed by: David Livingston
Trip helps save a whiney little pretty princess from being kidnapped by extremists. This is what happens when you complain about not being able to go on away missions.
The Enterprise answers a distress call from an alien cargo ship that claims to be having life support problems. They're very grateful for all the help that Archer and the crew can offer and explain that the "cargo" is a woman who needs a lift back to her hometown, but there is only food and air enough for two on the ship, so she had to be put in stasis. Right off the bat, one starts to wonder why one of the aliens didn't simply stay behind. And when Trip goes to make some repairs to her stasis pod, one immediately knows she's eventually going to get out. But, no... we don't really have enough story to make the escape the inciting incident, so we'll draw out this facade for as long as possible....
The aliens settle in, accept a shower and a meal and pretty much just hang around while Trip is making repairs on their ship and gawking at sleeping beauty while accepting translations from Hoshi. Because Trip is awesome and learning alien technology really quick. Except not quick enough, because the stasis pod eventually breaks down and opens. The pretty princess is awake. SURPRISE SURPRISE. But, no, we have to stretch the premise just a LIIIITLE bit more, so, BAM, the universal translator doesn't work on her right away. I mean, it's not a real problem, Trip just has to calibrate it and then-- oh, wait, he's knocked out by one of the aliens.
|"LET ME OUT OF THIS ACT!"|
|Just get on with it...|
While in close quarters, First Monarch Kaitaama and Trip argue and bicker and try to pilot the pod and break nails and braid each other's hair. Finally, in the GRAND VASTNESS OF SPACE, Trip happens to find a planet with a breathable atmosphere. He lands. (Look at that. "He lands." It takes less than a second to say. It takes about five minutes to accomplish.) And it turns out to be Dagobah.
|Mudhole? Slimey? My home, this is!|
With Enterprise on the way, Trip and Kaitaama fight a little more on the swamp planet before bed... and have sex. I mean, was it really that much of a surprise? They were bickering like a married couple and they're both a couple of the hottest people in the galaxy. So then the escape pod starts beeping, the alien finds them, but they trap him and the Enterprise crew once again finds Trip in his underwear. The end.
So the moral of the story is pretty much that Trip can pick up babes. And T'Pol can lie. That's it. Nothing more to see here.