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Star trek: Enterprise 2.09a - Canamar

Date: 2152
Threat advisory: Under evaluation

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Upon leaving the Enolian homeworld, Archer (Scott Bakula) and Trip (Connor Trinneer) are mistakenly identified as smugglers and arrested. The two men are placed on a prison transport headed for the penal colony known as Canamar. Among their fellow prisoners are the menacing Kuroda (Mark Rolston), a hulking Nausicaan and a young, talkative alien named Zoumas (Sean Whalen).

Back on Enterprise, T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) manages to convince an Enolian official that Archer and Trip are innocent and he arranges for their safe return. Just as Archer and Trip are about to be set free, however, Kuroda breaks free and, with the Nausicaan's help, takes down the guard and pilot. With the pilot out of commission, there's no one to fly the ship. Hoping to figure out an escape plan of his own, Archer volunteers to pilot the craft. He also pretends to be a smuggler, hoping that Kuroda will come to trust him. When the vessel comes under attack from Enolian patrol ships, Archer also convinces Kuroda to allow Trip to assist them. Trip manages to create a plasma cloud that, once ignited, fends the patrol ships off, allowing prison transport jumps to warp.

Meanwhile, Archer has also managed to covertly transmit a distress signal from the prison ship, and the Enterprise crew picks up on it. Unfortunately, the Enolian official has bad news - his superiors have issued orders to destroy the prison transport. Although Archer and Trip are still on-board, the Enolians are determined to get rid of the violent Kuroda. If the crew is to save their fellow officers, they have to find the prison transport before the Enolian patrol ships do.

Back on the prison transport, Kuroda is impressed with Archer's ploy to fend off the Enolian ships. In fact, Kuroda has come to respect Archer and asks the captain to join him on his next endeavour. As the two men talk, Kuroda reveals that he was 14 when he first spent time in a penal colony. He was innocent, but he still spent five years in prison, where he picked up many new skills. He started making a living as a criminal after he was released. Kuroda also finally reveals where he's taking the transport: a trading outpost called Tamaal. Once there, they will rendezvous with another ship and Kuroda will set the transport on a decaying orbit. The other prisoners will be incinerated. Naturally, this doesn't sit well with Archer, but when he tries to talk Kuroda out of it, the other man merely dismisses him.

Archer is determined to save the other prisoners and enlists Trip's aid. Trip is freed under the pretence of fixing a docking hatch, but Archer wants him to overpower the Nausicaan so they can take control of the ship. Trip manages to render the hulking alien unconscious, but the commotion draws the attention of Kuroda, who stuns Trip with a weapon and realises that Archer has been plotting against him all along. The transport docks with another ship at the Tamaal rendezvous point... but when the doors open, Reed, Mayweather and a Starfleet security guard appear! The crew manages to get all of the prisoners off the transport, which is now in a decaying orbit, but Kuroda refuses to come. He would rather die than return to prison. As the others leave, he remains on the transport and the vessel explodes.

Back on Enterprise, the Enolian official demands a report for his superiors. Archer, however, is in no mood to give one. He tersely informs the official that Kuroda is dead and that he and Trip were falsely arrested. Angrily, Archer wonders how many others are on their way to Canamar that don't belong there.

Persons of interest

  • Scott Bakula .... Captain Jonathan Archer
  • Connor Trinneer .... Chief Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
  • Jolene Blalock .... Sub-Commander T'Pol
  • Dominic Keating .... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
  • Anthony Montgomery .... Ensign Travis Mayweather
  • Linda Park .... Ensign Hoshi Sato
  • John Billingsley .... Doctor Phlox
  • Mark Rolston .... Kuroda
  • Sean Whalen .... Zoumas
  • Michael McGrady .... Nausicaan
  • Holmes Osborne .... Enolian Official
  • Brian Morri .... Enolian Guard
  • John Hansen .... Prisoner #1
  • John Shiban .... Screenwriter
  • Allan Kroeker .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report


Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental and retail: Undated 2005 - Box set

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