Air Date: October 15, 2003
Written by: Phyllis Strong
Directed by: Roxann Dawson
A creepy telepathic alien thinks he can scare Hoshi into staying with him for the rest of her life.
The episode opens with T'Pol telling Archer that she believes there may be more than one giant sphere in the Delphic Expanse that's causing the spatial anomalies. The gravimetric energy that they radiate shoot out in rays and intersect each other; these intersections cause the areas of high concentrations of anomalies. By tracking these areas, T'Pol guesses that there should be at least fifty different spheres all throughout the Expanse. And the nearest one is not far off. TIME TO EXPLORE.
Meanwhile, Hoshi is suffering from what she believes to be hallucinations, but what we, as sci-fi viewers, know to be something entirely different. There are whispers in her quarters the source of which she tries intently to find, but fails. While she's getting ready for bed in the darkness of the artificial night, she looks around without thinking to turn the lights on and suddenly a body appears. These are projections from the alien that wants help from her.
|Nothing could go wrong with this plan.|
Up to this point, Tarquin has been projecting himself as a normal human-like alien. When they get to the planet they find that he's... a little different.
|HEEEY YOUUUUU GUYYYYYYYS!|
Meanwhile, the Enterprise heads on over to the second Death Star to check it out. In order to get some good readings, they line one of the shuttles with Trellium-D to guard against the gravimetric spatial anomalies. Consequently, T'Pol is instructed to stay away from the shuttle bay for a while, 'cause, ya know, Trellium-D makes Vulcans crazy. When they get closer to the Death Star it sends out a spatial anomaly that rips a hole in the hull. No big deal, though.
|OH CRAP WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!|
A while out, though, Tarquin returns to Hoshi's brain and gives them the location of a Xindi base. And that's the end.
Really!?! He's been exiled on this planet for 900 years and never once thought of actually leaving it??? I don't see any of the other of his race around to stop him! As a whole, this episode is boring and creepy, but the Delphic Expanse Spheres are amazing and that part of the episode makes drudging through the rest bearable.