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The Crossing
Star Trek: Enterprise, episode 44 (2.18)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
Scott Bakula   IMDB   Captain Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer   IMDB   Commander Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock   IMDB   Sub-Commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating   IMDB   Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery   IMDB   Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park   IMDB   Ensign Hoshi Sato
John Billingsley   IMDB   Chief Medical Officer Phlox
Guest Cast:
Joseph Will   IMDB   Crewman Michael Rostov
Steven Allerick   IMDB   Ensign Cook
Alexander Chance   IMDB   Crewman
Matthew Kaminsky   IMDB   Crewman
Director:
David Livingston   IMDB
Author:
Rick Berman   IMDB
Brannon Braga   IMDB
André Bormanis   IMDB
Teleplay:
Rick Berman   IMDB
Brannon Braga   IMDB
Teaser
Enterprise Teaser #044: The Crossing - Teaser A
Enterprise Teaser #044: The Crossing - Teaser B

Enterprise is swallowed by an otherworldly vessel occupied by noncorporeal creatures who invade the bodies of crew members and trade consciousnesses with them.
Synopsis
Enterprise encounters a large, otherworldly vessel unlike any the crew has seen before. They try to make contact with it, but to no avail. Suddenly, a large portal opens and the ship "swallows" Enterprise, rendering its weapons and engines useless. Luckily, life support is still operational. Archer, Trip and Reed take a shuttlepod into the cavernous ship for further exploration. Although there doesn't seem to be any immediate threat to Enterprise, Trip is suddenly attacked by a colorful wisp of smoke that seems to invade his body for a few seconds before releasing him. Back in Sickbay, Trip insists that he's fine. He explains that during his brief encounter with the alien wisp, he had an out-of-body experience and believed he was in Florida and visiting an old girlfriend.

Archer is perplexed, to say the least. He orders Trip to get the engines back online, then discusses the situation with T'Pol. Though Archer believes that their captors have hostile intentions, T'Pol cautions that there's no reason to believe these mysterious aliens mean Enterprise any harm. Suddenly, Archer and T'Pol are contacted by a crewman who informs them that Trip is acting strangely. They find the commander in the mess hall, devouring large amounts of food and speaking in an odd manner. Archer deduces that Trip has been overtaken by another being, and attempts to communicate with it. The alien informs Archer that Trip is exploring another realm while the alien explores humanity. Archer insists that Trip and Enterprise be released. The alien complies, and the giant alien vessel releases Enterprise while the alien lifeform leaves Trip's body. A dazed Trip tells Archer that his exchange with the alien made for some amazing experiences and that the aliens told him that anyone on the crew was free to try a similar exchange. Archer, however, is still skeptical, and is determined to get Enterprise away from the area as soon as possible. Unfortunately, engines are still down.

As the crew works, more of them are suddenly invaded by the strange, noncorporeal beings. Reed is overtaken and attempts to mate with T'Pol, while Hoshi is invaded and tries to incapacitate Dr. Phlox. As more and more crewmembers are overtaken, Archer realizes that Enterprise cannot leave the area until the crew is returned to normal. While Phlox works on a solution, Mayweather is chased into the catwalk by one of the wisps. When the wisp doesn't follow him, he realizes that the area must contain a component that keeps the alien beings out. Upon hearing this, Archer orders all unaffected crewmembers to the catwalk.

Once there, Archer and T'Pol discuss options for saving the crew. T'Pol has an idea: she wants to allow one of the aliens to enter her body so that she can learn the intentions of the beings. She insists that the highly-evolved Vulcan mind should be able to resist being overtaken. Once T'Pol leaves the catwalk, she immediately encounters one of the wisps. She is able to resist invasion, but learns that the beings have been lying to Archer. Their ship is deteriorating and they need corporeal bodies in order to survive. With this in mind, Archer hatches a plan - he will send Phlox (whose biological make-up is incompatible with the aliens) to release carbon dioxide into Enterprise's living quarters, rendering the affected crewmembers unconscious. Once that happens, the aliens won't be able to survive and will leave the crewmembers' bodies. Phlox carries out Archer's orders, but meets an unexpected foe: Trip, who has been overtaken once again. Luckily, Phlox manages to release the gas, which knocks Trip out. The wisps vacate the crewmembers' bodies and Enterprise takes off with the alien ship in pursuit. Enterprise fires torpedoes, which detonate and destroy the vessel for good.
Reviews

By PsiPhi on 23 Apr 2003 07:32:31
About this time last season, there was an episode entitled "Vox Sola". That episode, while suffering from horrible pacing early on, did a fairly good job creating a species our heroes would find convincingly alien, and gave the audience a taste of that sense of wonder near the end.

"The Crossing" is almost that episode in reverse. There's some nice sense-of-wonder alienness early on, but it then degenerates into formula "can we save the ship in time?" creepiness, sluggish pacing, and a...

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By Jamahl Epsicokhan on 13 Apr 2003 09:28:14
Here's an episode that begins as epic, great-looking sci-fi, and continues through its first act as a story hinting at developing an interesting look at a truly different type of life form (for the crew, although not for Trek viewers) as well as looking back at human existence from their viewpoint. Promising material. But then it becomes a downhill slide, with a hostile invasion-of-the-body-snatchers plot that takes over, and eventually we end up just recycling lame-brained Trek cliches and...

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By Ex Deux on 13 Apr 2003 09:04:55
STAR TREK has done many alien possession episodes and "The Crossing" is another one of them. It's not the worst of them but it's certainly not the best of them either. Based on yet another story by Berman and Braga it rehashes TREK formulas without adding anything to them. Over a decade ago, TNG aired "Lonely Among Us" in its first season. Like "The Crossing," the Enterprise runs into a spectral alien that takes possession of members of the crew and Picard to further its goals. Somewhat later...

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By The Trek Nation on 04 Apr 2003 14:30:56
We learned from the original series' "Return to Tomorrow" that aliens who have given up corporeal form inevitably long to return to dirty, smelly, mortal bodies - well, unless they're Organians, but that's a different episode. So the biggest shock of "The Crossing" was the ending. Archer blew up the ship and the evil aliens! I keep thinking that Kirk would have left them to their fate, pondering the error of their ways; Picard would have found a way to...

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