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The Xindi
Star Trek: Enterprise, episode 53 (3.1)

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:
Steven Culp   IMDB   Major Hayes
Nathan Anderson   IMDB   Sergeant Kemper
Marco Sanchez   IMDB   Corporal Romero
Daniel Dae Kim   IMDB   Corporal Chang
Richard Lineback   IMDB   Kessick
Stephen McHattie   IMDB   Alien Foreman
Chris Freeman   IMDB   Alien Head Guard
Randy Oglesby   IMDB   Degra
Scott MacDonald   IMDB   Reptilian Commander
Rick Worthy   IMDB   Xindi-Sloth
Tucker Smallwood   IMDB   Xindi-Humanoid
Adam Taylor Gordon   IMDB   Charles Tucker III
Director:
Allan Kroeker   IMDB
Author:
Rick Berman   IMDB
Brannon Braga   IMDB
Teaser

Six weeks into the Delphic Expanse, Captain Archer and his crew learn of a Xindi working at a mining colony, and set out to track him down and gain information about the mysterious antagonistic race.
Synopsis
Six weeks into the Delphic Expanse, Captain Archer and his crew are still searching for clues regarding the mysterious Xindi. They're also adjusting to the newest members of the crew, a squad of Military Assault Command Operation soldiers (MACOs), led by Major Hayes. The crew learns of a Xindi working at a mining complex, and set out to track him down. Once the reach the complex, Archer and Reed head down to the grimy mine and meet with the alien Foreman. The Foreman offers a severed finger that he claims belongs to the Xindi worker. In exchange for a meeting with the worker, the Foreman demands a half liter of liquefied platinum. Back onboard, Phlox analyzes the finger and confirms that it is from a Xindi - however, it bears some intriguing variations from the Xindi corpse that was recovered on Earth. The corpse, Phlox explains, was reptilian. The finger is not.

Meanwhile, Trip labors to strip some of Enterprise's antimatter relays in order to provide the Foreman with his liquefied platinum. Trip and Archer return to the mining complex and, in exchange for the platinum, are introduced to Kessick, a humanoid Xindi. Archer asks Kessick for the coordinates to the Xindi homeworld, but Kessick refuses to give them up. He will only share this information, he says, if Archer helps him escape from the mining complex. As they are arguing, T'Pol contacts Archer and informs him that there are three warships approaching Enterprise at warp. Archer orders her to go to tactical alert and plans to return to the ship. Realizing that Archer has a starship in orbit, Kessick informs him that he's walked right into the Foreman's trap - the Foreman plans to add the Enterprise crew to his labor force. Kessick says that he can get Trip and Archer to their shuttlepod on the surface, but they will need to take him with them. Seeing no other alternative, Archer agrees.

Back on Enterprise, T'Pol is contacted by the Foreman, who informs him that Archer and Trip have been delayed. Suspicious, T'Pol orders Reed to devise a plan to recover the two officers, and to have Major Hayes assist him. Hayes and Reed clash, however, when the major suggests that Reed's team is too valuable to put in the line of fire, and that the MACOs should handle the mission instead. Reed is irritated, but finally agrees. Still, he insists on leading the mission himself.

Meanwhile, Kessick leads Archer and Reed through a sewage tunnel to a plasma duct. As the three men climb through the plasma duct, the Xindi reveals more about his people, telling Archer that there are five distinct species, all in conflict with one another. Unfortunately, the Foreman is wise to Archer's escape attempt, and orders the plasma re-routed through the duct. Archer, Trip and Kessick struggle to reach the closest maintenance hatch - but once they do, the guards are waiting for them. Kessick tries to pretend that he is an innocent prisoner of Archer, but the guards drag all three men to the Foreman, who orders them killed. Suddenly, Reed and the MACOs burst onto the scene, intent on rescuing Archer and Trip. An intense fire fight ensues, and Kessick is hit and knocked unconscious. Everyone manages to make it back to the shuttlepods and return safely to Enterprise. Just as the warships are about to catch up with it, Enterprise jumps to warp. With everyone back onboard, Phlox attempts to treat the wounded Kessick, but the Xindi is badly hurt and dies. With his dying breath, he gives Phlox the Xindi homeworld coordinates to pass on to Archer.

Meanwhile, Trip is having trouble sleeping, and has been having recurring nightmares about the death of his sister. Phlox recommends that T'Pol try treating the commander with Vulcan neuro-pressure, a somewhat intimate method that is supposed to be highly effective. After much urging, Trip finally submits to the treatment, and is surprised to find that it works very well.

Unbeknownst to the crew, the Xindi council is monitoring their actions and some factions believe that Enterprise is only the first ship of an Earth invasion. The Xindi-Insectoids wants to destroy Enterprise, but the Xindi-Humanoids believes that it is best to keep hidden until the new weapon is complete. Also locked in conflict are the other factions of the species: Xindi-Sloths, Xindi-Reptilians and Xindi-Aquatics.

Once Enterprise reaches the coordinates of the Xindi homeworld, the crew is surprised to find that there is only a large field of debris - the remains of a planet. The world has been gone for over a hundred years. T'Pol deduces that the new weapon must be being developed in the same location as the probe that attacked Earth. Considering this, Archer orders Mayweather to take them deeper into the Expanse.
Reviews

By Ex Deux on 11 Sep 2003 14:08:55
After drooping ratings and a widely popularized overhaul, ENTERPRISE might have been expected to come out swinging in its season three premiere to amaze and win back viewers with something new and exciting. But while "The Xindi" clearly has more FX and production dollars invested in it and more action scenes than the average episode, all told it's a rather commonplace affair. While season three ran under the tagline 'Leave behind everything you know because it won't work here,' "The Xindi" is...

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By The Trek Nation on 11 Sep 2003 04:45:00
It's been a long road getting from there to here. Okay, I just had to say that, as I was ridiculously glad to hear "Faith of the Heart" over the opening credits (newly up-tempo, like the shooting sequences later in the episode). I'm of a double mind about "The Xindi." The things it did well, it did very, very well...but the things it did badly were horrid, and in many cases those were the same things Enterprise has done badly all along, which makes me wonder whether the writers have really...

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