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Twilight
Star Trek: Enterprise, episode 60 (3.8)

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:
Gary Graham   IMDB   Ambassador Soval
Brett Rickaby   IMDB   Yedrin Koss
Richard Anthony Crenna   IMDB   Security Guard
Jacob Chambers   IMDB   Stunt [Xindi-Reptilian]
Vince Deadrick, Jr.   IMDB   Stunt-Double [Jonathan Archer]
Joey Anaya   IMDB   Stunt [Xindi]
Ian Eyre   IMDB   Stunt [Xindi]
Keith Campbell   IMDB   Stunt [Crewman]
Gil Rosales   IMDB   Stunt [Crewman]
Justin Sunquist   IMDB   Stunt [Crewman]
Director:
Robert Duncan McNeill   IMDB
Author:
Mike Sussman   IMDB
Teaser

A spatial distortion leaves Archer unable to form any new long-term memories. Years in the future, he wakes up one morning and is stunned to learn the outcome of the human-Xindi conflict.
Synopsis
Twelve years in the future, Archer finds himself living in a modest home on a desolate planet with T'Pol as his caregiver. The last thing he remembers is walking down a corridor on his way to the Bridge. T'Pol explains that an anomaly hit the ship, and Archer knocked her out of the way of a distortion wave just in time. The wave rendered him unconscious, and when he awoke, Phlox had troubling news: Archer was infected with several clusters of parasites, which prevented him from forming long-term memories. Over the next few months, Phlox searched for a cure, but was unsuccessful - the organisms are from a domain outside of normal space-time, and none of his treatments had any effect. Meanwhile, T'Pol was granted a field commission and promoted to captain. After several months of searching, the crew learned where the Xindi weapon was being constructed - but the Xindi caught wind of it and sent ships to intercept Enterprise. The ensuing battle left Enterprise heavily damaged, and though the crew eventually located the facility where the weapon was being constructed, it had already been launched. Earth was destroyed. T'Pol relates to Archer that the Xindi also managed to destroy every human outpost they could find - only 6,000 humans are left.

After this devastating turn of events, a planet was located for the survivors. T'Pol resigned from Enterprise and went to live there as Archer's caregiver, leaving Trip in command. T'Pol tells Archer that Enterprise is currently in orbit of the planet, patrolling the system. As Archer takes all of this in, he receives a visitor: Phlox. Phlox reveals that he's been on Denobula, researching a cure for Archer's condition. After nearly a decade, he believes that he finally has the technology to destroy the parasites that have crippled Archer. He explains that the procedure requires a great deal of energy, which can only be provided a warp-capable starship: Enterprise.

Onboard the battle-scarred ship, Archer experiences an emotional reunion with his former crew. Trip has been in command for nearly a decade, while Reed has just been promoted, and will be taking over the starship Intrepid. After catching up with his old crew, Archer joins T'Pol and Phlox in Engineering, where they prepare for the first step of the operation. After removing the first cluster of parasites, they notice a surprising discrepancy: the parasites have disappeared from all of Phlox's scans, even the ones taken 12 years ago. T'Pol and Phlox realize that if they eliminate all the parasites, they could undo the events of the past 12 years, altering history and possibly saving Earth and humanity.

Unfortunately, Enterprise has other problems: the Xindi have tracked down the humans and are fast approaching. Trip insists that he can't spare any of the ship's power for Archer's operation - he needs it all to fend of the Xindi. T'Pol, however, knows that the key to saving humanity is to eliminate the parasites once and for all. As Enterprise is attacked from all sides, she and Phlox head to Engineering to complete the operation. Unfortunately, their equipment has been damaged in the battle. Archer, however, remembers Phlox saying that the parasites could be destroyed by a subspace implosion and suggests they try to create one. T'Pol notes that they will need to overload three plasma injectors to do so. It will destroy the ship, but it may be their only shot. As the trio works to create the implosion, the Xindi board Enterprise and continue to attack. Phlox and T'Pol are both killed, but Archer manages to ignite the implosion. As Enterprise erupts in a massive antimatter annihilation, Archer and the rest of the crew suddenly find themselves 12 years in the past with no memories of what has transpired. The parasites have been eliminated - Archer has been injured by the distortion wave, but will recover. T'Pol visits Archer in Sickbay and chastises him for putting himself in danger in order to save her. Still, the captain can see that she's grateful. As she leaves, Archer can't help but tell her - half-jokingly - that she would make a great nurse.
Reviews

By Ex Deux on 06 Nov 2003 13:50:00
Time travel episodes have traditionally been STAR TREK's strength, after all, the greatest episode of the franchise is generally acknowledged to be "City on the Edge of Forever." As STAR TREK has grown older and become more static, this has increasingly come to be the case as time travel episodes allow for a reset button that let shows do what they normally wouldn't dare. Namely, disturb the status quo, bang up the ship, kill off major characters or have those characters carry out morally...

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By The Trek Nation on 06 Nov 2003 05:38:00
"Twilight" contributes almost nothing original to the Trek oeuvre. It's Voyager's "Future's End" and "Shattered" crossed with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek: First Contact, with a storytelling twist like the one in the film Memento (which might seem like a contribution to the Trek oeuvre if something similar hadn't happened to the Enterprise-D crew in "Cause and Effect"). Whether one finds this a brilliant episode or an utterly derivative one will depend on one's level of emotional...

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