Air Date: November 27, 2002
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: David Straiton
Not understanding a thing about transporter technology, Hoshi begins to believe that her first experience with it is making her turn invisible.
Hoshi and Trip are checking out some carvings and paintings in an alien cavern while a storm rolls in. Archer and T'Pol decide that it's too dangerous for them to stay on the planet, but the shuttlepod is in the middle of the storm, so they have to use the transporter. Trip goes first and arrives in tact. Hoshi is next as the storm starts really picking up. The familiar beaming noise sounds... and that's when crap hits the fan.
Everything seems fine at first, but when Hoshi goes to her quarters (completely skipping the Sexy, Sexy Decon Chamber, by the way) and takes a shower, she notices that her reflection in the mirror fades away momentarily. Then she gets into the shower and sees drops of water pass right through her hand. She is fading into non-existence! Someone has gone back in time with a Delorean and taken her mother to the Enchantment Under the Sea dance!
|Before she knows it, her hand will turn into a mannequin hand!|
|It probably looked a lot like this.|
But on the way back to her room, she finds that other crew members aren't responding to her at all. It's like she really is invisible. And when a crisis happens with Trip getting abducted by aliens that weren't even supposed to exist on the planet below while he attempted to recover the shuttlepod, she shows up hours late, is unable to translate the alien language, and is replaced by a rookie. This is when I started to believe that she was feeling useless and lonely and that the Enterprise somehow found itself over a Hellmouth.
|That's right! I'm full of 'em today! I think there's one more up my sleeve...|
And then the random aliens arrived. Hoshi spots two of them messing around with some inner compartment inside the ship. She deduces that they are planting bombs and that they got aboard using their own portable transporters. She is unable to tell anyone, obviously, because she is Invisible Girl, so she goes off and tries to save the ship on her own.
|But first a game of Space-Simon.|
|I lied. I had two more.|
Magnificent! This episode had me wondering and engaged and sympathetic and analytic and all-around geeking out! Usually when you end a story with "it was all just a dream" I feel sort of cheated, but in this case, it's an awesome study of what happens to the mind when it's trapped inside a transporter pattern buffer. It really makes me wonder what kind of adventures Scotty went through... (If you don't understand that reference... well... that's a review for another time.)