Air Date: October 8, 2004
Written by: Manny Coto
Directed by: Allan Kroeker
As with all episodes named after weather phenomena, we focus back on the Temporal Cold War, which has evolved into an all-out conflict with roots in World War II.
We start off season 4 where we left season 3. The Enterprise has been taken back to World War II and Archer is trapped in Nazi custody while the rest of the crew thinks he's dead. When the crew scans Earth, they find that the Nazis seem to have taken over part of America. This is definitely not the World War II that's in the history books.
The Nazis are being aided by two aliens: Ghrath and his boss, Vosk. These are apparently very important figures in the Temporal Cold War that we've never heard of before. But, then again, we shouldn't be surprised that we know nothing about time travel since the Vulcan science directorate doesn't even acknowledge its existence. Ghrath sends Archer away with some secret service agents, but the transport is ambushed by American freedom fighters, which puts Archer in the home of an African-American woman named Alicia. While Alicia brings Archer up to speed on the war, she quickly begins to suspect Archer is from another time and place. Vosk gets a little cross when Ghrath tells him that Archer got away. Vosk believes Archer to be a temporal agent.
The Redshirt Daniels arrives to demonstrate once again exactly how red his shirt is.
|The bells!! The bells!!|
Meanwhile, Silik, the Suliban (REMEMBER HIM?? FROM SEASON 2??) shows up in the shuttle bay while Trip and Mayweather are repairing the shuttlepod that was shot at by World War II era planes. He knocks them out and takes the shuttlepod, prompting T'Pol to command Trip and Mayweather to go after him. This has to be the "him" that Redshirt Daniels was talking about, right? Right??
Vosk meets with some Nazi officials and plans out his next course of action. Apparently he needs some materials from the Nazis that they are hesitant to provide. But Vosk has helped them occupy America, and he now needs some reciprocal help for his own needs. But he also needs to find Archer who he sees as the only one who may be able to stop him. Obviously... because he's the captain of the Enterprise.
Well, eventually Ghrath tracks down Archer who has actually been asking around for Ghrath, too. Funny how things work out like that. Archer gets the upper hand in the ensuing conflict and asks him what's up, which is when Ghrath reveals that he and Vosk are making a conduit to return to their own time and place. This obviously can't happen. Archer is traveling with Alicia and a few mobsters-turned-freedom-fighters. True to mobster form, one of them shoots and kills Ghrath. Archer is upset, but not too upset that he doesn't take Ghrath's communicator. The scuffle captures the attention of some surrounding Nazis who confront Alicia and Archer. Archer contacts Enterprise with the communicator and gets the two of them beamed up!
|Prime Directive means nothing when Nazis have invaded America.|
And that's when Trip and Travis get caught by Nazis.
|GET IT TOGETHER, TRIP!|
I always love a good alternative World War II scenario involving Nazis and time travel. There are just a few problems I have with this story that won't be addressed until part 2. As far as part 1 goes, though, it's a solid and immensely interesting start to season 4! Bravo!