Air Date: September 24, 2003
Written by: André Bormanis
Directed by: LeVar Burton
Archer, Reed and Hoshi are turned into primal aliens with the advanced ability to create mutagenic viruses.
This episode opens with a scene of some aliens in space suits hunting down and killing a primal type of alien with flame throwers. Apparently someone was having a bad day.
Back on the Enterprise, Trip is having another visit with T'Pol for some neuropressure to help him "sleep". Only this time he reveals that the crew have been "talking". Yeah, well, guess what, Trip, the crew aren't the only ones. Luckily, before they are able to get too far, Archer calls for T'Pol who goes to meet him in the command center. There, Archer explains that he has found the planet that the derelict Xindi ship had been before they met it in the last episode, "Anomaly". They go to this planet and discover a shuttle, some scorched trees and stuff and a completely burnt humanoid corpse. That would be enough for me to go back home. But nope... they stick around a while.
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Well, Trip takes a team down to the surface with protective gear on and brings back Mutant!Reed while T'Pol stays behind to learn more about Mutant!Archer and Mutant!Hoshi. Mutant!Reed is put in containment, and that's when it starts getting real. A new ship appears and the captain threatens the lives of all those who carry the virus that changed the crew. This brings Trip to the bridge to act as captain and defuse the situation.
The leader of these new aliens is called Commander Tret. After he comes aboard the Enterprise, he reveals that Archer, Reed and Hoshi have been turned into members of the Loque'eque race. This race which has so far demonstrated all the advancement of a neanderthal was apparently once part of a society that was highly evolved enough to create a mutagenic virus that turned other races into their own, since they were no longer able to procreate, and gives them the urge to find their home of Urquat. Commander Tret's race had lost hundreds to this virus and had decided that the only way to deal with them is to burn them alive because otherwise they'll do anything they can to get to Urquat.
The above has been one of the most nonsensical paragraphs I have ever written.
Well, it turns out that Urquat exists beneath the surface of the planet. Eventually Mutant!Archer, Mutant!Hoshi and T'Pol find the city and the mutants are devastated to find that it's dead and in ruins. No one has lived there for centuries. Mutant!Archer briefly turns against T'Pol thinking that she had something to do with it, destroying any sense of credibility that the Loque'eque was an advanced race.
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Later, Phlox looks to Archer to decide whether or not to destroy the virus. But Archer decides that since it's the last vestige of a dead race, he'd rather not commit genocide. He puts the sample in stasis... and that's all for that.
....Really? Really?? This is probably the most nonsensical episode ever. There are so many things wrong with it, I can't even begin. I take heart in the fact that LeVar Burton eventually admitted to being embarrassed to having directed it. At least he recognizes it for what it is.