Air Date: May 26, 2004
Written by: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by: Allan Kroeker
In a last ditch effort to save Earth, defeat the Sphere Builders, and appease Trekkies, Archer attempts, once again, to commit suicide.
Archer outlines his plan to the Xindi Primates and Arboreals while speeding along in Degra's ship toward the superweapon. He wants to destroy it from the inside using the codes that Hoshi had decrypted while she was under the influence of a Xindi worm. In the middle of the planning stages, he's suddenly transported into the future by Redshirt Daniels. Daniels shows him the ceremony that began the United Federation of Planets. Archer himself is an integral part of that meeting. Daniels pleads for Archer to make a safer plan or else he'll die and the Federation will never happen. Archer refuses to play by Daniels rules, which makes this scene a bit useless except to remind the viewer that Daniels can pretty much transport Archer through time and space at will.
After Archer's visit to the future, we catch up with T'Pol, Trip and the rest of the crew on their way to Delphic Death Star number 41. If they can destroy this one, then the entire system of spheres will deactivate and the Delphic Expanse will be no more. Unfortunately, the Sphere Builders have been observing the Enterprise from their inter-dimensional realm and have activated a defense against them around Death Star 41. A shield of space lava begins surrounding it, making it dangerous, nay impossible, to get close to the Delphic Death Star without killing the entire crew.
But, Phlox to the rescue! Of course he's able to whip a little something up that'll help the crew survive for just long enough to get close enough to the Death Star to blow it up. Well, now it's the Sphere Builder's move. Since they're able to survive in the space lava, a small contingency of them transport onto the Enterprise and start screwing things up.
|I would really hate to be the one that died at this point in the mission.|
|Does it get old? No, it will never get old.|
In the Sol system, things don't look quite as great. Archer has Shran to help him, though, so Shran acts as bait. He lures the Reptilians away from the weapon while Archer and a small team transport onto the weapon. They quickly take out any guards on board before Dolim, the Reptilian commander, realizes he's been duped. But after Archer commands his team to beam back onto Degra's ship, he alone is left to put the weapon into a self destruct sequence. He places some bombs and pushes some buttons and the last you see of him is him running away from an explosion from which couldn't POSSIBLY have survived... right?
Upon investigation of the lack of a warm welcome, Trip and Mayweather take a shuttlepod to the surface and are suddenly attacked by World War II-era fighter planes! They have be transported over two-hundred years into the past!
On Earth's surface, at a Nazi camp, some of the Nazis are contemplating a new arrival that is beaten and bruised. A painfully slow pan reveals that this new arrival is Captain Archer! When the Nazi's commander arrives, it takes only a bit of light to reveal that this man... is definitely not human.
And now we have to have season 4 or else the suspense will kill us.
As the final episode of season 3, this was pretty much everything it could have been. It wrapped everything up, made friends of the Xindi and destroyed the Delphic Expanse. The only thing that worries me is that the Xindi don't appear to have ever come back in Star Trek's entire history. Is it possible that their very existence is dependent on the false timeline that is to be set right during World War II? If we never see the Xindi again, then this will be my head-canon.