Air Date: February 4, 2005
Written by: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Directed by: David Livingston
In the middle of trying to reconcile the Andorians and Tellarites, the Romulans try to make trouble with a remotely controlled drone that can take any form.
When we last left Reed and Trip, they were stumbling around the Romulan drone ship trying to figure out how it worked. Their assumption at the moment is that it's a robot ship running completely independently. What they don't know is that while they're fooling around on an empty bridge, the prototype is being controlled back on Romulus by Valdore. And Valdore wants to cause a scene, so he makes the drone attack a random by-standing ship while in the form of the Enterprise.
The sector is quickly put on alert, but Archer is just as quickly able to report that they were in pursuit of a ship that could change form. So... crisis averted, right? Well, they still have to prove it... and save Reed and Trip. Speaking of whom, while they're screwing around on the bridge, Valdore remotely opens up a service junction and starts leaking radiation coolant. While Trip goes to fix it, Valdore closes the door, effectively taking him hostage while his voice comes over the loud speaker and starts issuing commands to repair some necessary components.
Meanwhile, Shran is back on the Enterprise trying to comfort his lover while she's laying in bed with a lethal wound given to her by a Tellarite in the last episode. And while that whole drama is going on, T'Pol comes up with a plan to reveal who's really in control of the Romulan vessel. This plan would require the use of 128 ships. And Starfleet has... wait for it... 2.
|Yup. She's dead.|
And then Travis acts like a lawyer, but that's not important.
What is important is that Archer found a way to get through the fight to the death without dying or killing.
|Basically, establishing dominance by removing a phallic symbol.|
When it all blows over, Archer is pleased to find that the Andorians and Tellarites are willing to go back into negotiations. The downside? When Valdore brings the broken drone back home, he tells the pilot to take his helmet off, revealing that he is what appears to be a white Andorian!!
To be continued...
Amazing! I love this storyline. The Romulans are being as sneaky as you suspect they would be and Starfleet is never getting a good picture of who they are. Meanwhile Shran grows even more as a character and reveals some more Andorian culture. Shame about the next episode, though.