Star trek: Enterprise 3.09a - Hatchery
Date: 8 January 2154
Threat advisory: Under evaluation
On the way to Azati Prime, Enterprise discovers a damaged Xindi-Insectoid vessel with no bio-signs on-board. Archer (Scott Bakula), Reed (Dominic Keating), Trip (Connor Trinneer), T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) and Major Hayes (Steven Culp) board the vessel, hoping to learn more. They discover a pair of Insectoid corpses, a small assault vehicle and an eerie hatchery containing Xindi eggs, some of which are still viable. As the team explores the ship, Archer is suddenly spattered by a strange liquid that spews from one of the egg sacs.
Back on Enterprise, Phlox (John Billingsley) determines that Archer was hit by a mild neuro-toxin - most likely a defence mechanism. Later on, Trip reports that when the ship crashed, the Insectoid crew transferred their life support to the hatchery in an attempt to save their offspring. Hearing this, Archer orders Trip to assign a team to repair the hatchery - he notes that the Xindi want to destroy Earth because they think humans are ruthless. This would show them otherwise. Some crewmembers are puzzled by the captain's choice, but Archer stands firm. As time progresses, the captain's behaviour becomes more erratic - he seems devastated by the death of one of the hatchlings, even going so far as ordering Hoshi to research Xindi burial rituals. When Trip tells him that the Xindi ship is in need of antimatter, Archer declares that Enterprise should transfer its antimatter to the vessel. He fervently insists that no more hatchlings are going to die.
This transfer, however, will severely deplete Enterprise's reserves and affect the crew's ability to carry out their mission. When T'Pol questions the captain's judgment, he relieves her of duty and confines her to quarters. Though Archer tries to brush off his increasingly strange decisions, Trip and the other officers can't help but be suspicious of Archer's obsession with the Insectoid eggs. Trip later manages to meet secretly with T'Pol to share his concerns.
Meanwhile, Reed, currently in command on the Bridge, encounters another Xindi-Insectoid vessel. The ship fires on Enterprise, but Reed manages to out-maneuver and destroy it. This infuriates Archer, who storms onto the Bridge and insists that the Xindi-Insectoids might have been able to care for the eggs. He stuns the crew by relieving Reed of duty and placing Major Hayes in command. He also asks Hoshi (Linda Park) to transmit a distress call in the Insectoid language, a dangerous move that could very well put Enterprise in jeopardy.
As Archer prepares to head back to the hatchery, Trip and Phlox approach him and ask the captain to submit to a medical exam. Archer insists that it wait until he's back from the Xindi vessel. Given the captain's irrational behaviour, Trip finally decides that it's time to take matters into his own hands. He, T'Pol, Reed and Phlox set out to stage a mutiny. While Trip and a crewman beam down to the Xindi ship to retrieve the captain, Reed, T'Pol and their team storm the Bridge. With help from Hoshi and Mayweather, they manage to wrest control from Hayes and the MACOs. Trip, meanwhile, has found the captain, who is treating the hatchlings with a bizarre maternal affection. Trip finally uses a phase-pistol to render the distracted Archer unconscious, and takes him back to Enterprise.
Back on the ship, Phlox finds an explanation for Archer's strange behaviour. When the captain was sprayed by the egg sac, a neuro-chemical in the substance infiltrated his synaptic pathways, causing him to believe that he was the hatchlings' caretaker. Though Trip feels guilty about betraying the captain, Archer assures him that it was for the good of the mission. With the mystery solved, Enterprise resumes its course to Azati Prime.
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
- Steven Culp .... Major Hayes
- Daniel Dae Kim .... Corporal Chang
- Sean McGowan .... Corporal Hawkins
- Andre Bormanis .... Screenwriter
- Michael Sussman .... Screenwriter
- Michael Grossman .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
Security censorship classification
M (Moderate violence, moderate drug references)
Not for public release in Australia before date
DVD rental and retail: 15 September 2005 - Box set