Bound (Star Trek: Enterprise)
|Star Trek: Enterprise episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Allan Kroeker|
|Written by||Manny Coto|
|Featured music||Jay Chattaway|
|Original air date||April 15, 2005|
|List of Star Trek: Enterprise episodes|
"Bound" is the seventeenth episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, originally broadcast on April 15, 2005. It was written by showrunner Manny Coto, and directed by Allan Kroeker. The episode featured the return of the Orion Slave Girls, which had been originally seen in the original pilot of Star Trek: The Original Series, "The Cage".
Set in the 22nd century, the series follows the adventures of the first Starfleet starship Enterprise, registration NX-01. In this episode, when three Orion Slave Girls come on board the ship, it causes problems for the crew. Meanwhile, Commander "Trip" Tucker (Connor Trinneer) and Sub-commander T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) explore their relationship.
The episode featured the return of Cyia Batten and William Lucking who had both previously appeared in multi-episode parts in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Four time MTV Music Video Award for Choreography winner Travis Payne was brought on board to oversee the extensive choreography for the three actresses playing the Orion women. Each actress went through a four to five-hour make-up process for each day of filming, which required them to be sprayed green. "Bound" received Nielsen ratings of 1.8/3%, and critical reaction was mixed with one reviewer listing it amongst the best episodes of Enterprise while another listed as the worst episode ever of any Star Trek series.
The Enterprise is en route to the Berengaria system, one of the proposed places for a starbase, when it is approached by an Orion vessel. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) is invited to visit the Orion ship by its captain, Harrad-Sar (William Lucking). During the visit, Archer and Lt. Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating) meet three Orion Slave Girls, Navaar (Cyia Batten), D'Nesh (Crystal Allen) and Maras (Menina Fortunato). The two Starfleet officers negotiate with Harrad-Sar and agree a joint mining operation at a planet nearby and are given the three slaves by the Orion captain. They return to the Enterprise with the slaves and set a course for the planet.
En route, the three Orions are having an effect on the Enterprise crew. Men begin to pursue them aggressively, while women become extremely jealous of them. Navaar becomes close with Captain Archer, while D'Nesh is involved with Commander Kelby (Derek Magyar), the Chief Engineer. The ship arrives and Archer orders Reed to destroy another ship currently in orbit, but he refuses. Kelby meanwhile sabotages the warp drive before Commander "Trip" Tucker (Connor Trinneer) can stop him. Afterwards, Dr. Phlox (John Billingsley) determines that the Orion women are emitting pheromones, causing the crew to produce additional adrenaline. The only two who are unaffected are Tucker and Subcommander T'Pol (Jolene Blalock), who explains to Tucker she is unaffected as she is Vulcan and he is unaffected because of their relationship. The Orions are placed under guard in the decontamination chamber.
Harrad-Sar returns in his vessel and attacks Enterprise, disabling it and beginning to tow it away. He reveals that, as is normal in Orion society, he is the slave, and the three Orion women are his masters. The three Orion women convince the guards to let them go, and make their way to the bridge. Navaar has Archer order Reed to arrest T'Pol, but Tucker stuns him with his phaser. He proceeds to stun both Archer and Ensign Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery), while T'Pol disables the Orion ship with a pulse sent from the Enterprise deflector dish. They send the three Orions back to their ship. After the Enterprise departs, Tucker reveals to T'Pol that he has decided to remain on Enterprise.
The Orion slave girls had been introduced in the original Star Trek: The Original Series pilot "The Cage", footage from which was later adapted to appear in the episode "The Menagerie". The make-up was designed by Fred Phillips, which was originally tested on Majel Barrett, before it was applied to Susan Oliver. Cyia Batten, Crystal Allen and Menina Fortunato played the three Orion women in "Bound". Batten had previously appeared as Tora Ziyal, the daughter of Gul Dukat in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the episodes "Indiscretion" and "Return to Grace". She also appeared in "Drive", an episode Star Trek: Voyager, as Irina. William Lucking had appeared as a Bajoran called Furel in three episodes of Deep Space Nine; "Shakaar", "The Darkness and the Light" and "Ties of Blood and Water". Derek Magyar returned as Commander Kelby, following his introduction earlier in the previous episode "Divergence".
Allen recalled the The Original Series, and said that she was pleased to be remembered as an Orion slave girl. However, she was not pleased with the make-up process which took between four to five hours to apply, and required each actress to be sprayed with green make-up over their whole body. Removal of the make-up was via the showers in the Paramount lot's executive gym. The make-up team also needed to apply fake sweat and bruises to other members of the cast to represent the results of the increased aggression shown by them in the episode's plot.
Allan Kroeker, who was the director of "Bound" had previously directed two episodes earlier in the season, "Storm Front" and "Home". Fortunato praised the director and described the Orions, saying that they "move very slowly, very seductively. I would like to compare us to snakes – we like to slither and creep around, versus a human. So we’re a little sneaky. The three of us are trying to get something accomplished, and each one of us has our target, so to speak, to try to manipulate them to get what we want in the end."
The choreography was overseen by Travis Payne, who had won the MTV Music Video Award for Best Choreography on four occasions and worked with Madonna, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears amongst others. Both Batten and Fortunato were trained dancers, with Batten being a former member of The Pussycat Dolls burlesque dance troupe, while Allen had previously appeared in films such as Maid in Manhattan and television series such as Boston Legal alongside William Shatner. After being cast, Fortunato said that the actresses playing the Orion women were not shown any film footage of the previous appearances of Orion slave girls, but were allowed to see a magazine article about Bobbi Sue Luther appearing as one in the episode "Borderland" in order to demonstrate what the make-up would look like.
Filming began on January 6, 2005 and concluded on January 14. Only six days were used to shoot, with January 10 spent working on choreography for the dance scene and for shooting additional footage for "Divergence". Filming on the earlier episode had also overlapped on the first day of filming. While the actresses playing the Orion women were required on all days, Lucking filmed all his scenes on the final day of shooting. The main cabin of the Orion ship was constructed in full specifically for this episode while the bridge was only a single wall as it was only seen on screen as a view-screen background.
Reception and home media release
"Bound" was first aired in the United States on UPN on April 15, 2005. It received a 1.8/3% share among adults between the ages of 18 and 49. This means that it was seen by 1.8 percent of all households, and 3 percent of all of those watching television at the time of the broadcast. This was lower than the following episode, where the first installment of the two-part "In a Mirror, Darkly" received ratings of 2.0/3%.
The critical response was mixed. James Hunt of the website Den of Geek listed "Bound" as the fourth best episode of Enterprise, saying that it "found a way to include [the Orion slave girls] in a way that preserved the eye candy and shifted the power in the Orion relationships." However, Jamahl Epsicokhan on his website "Jammer's Reviews" gave "Bound" a score of one out of four, saying that it was "too dumb, too obvious, too boring, and too rooted in gender stereotypes". He said that it was sexist and "the worst episode of Enterprise in more than two years". Michelle Erica Green of TrekNation said that it was the single worst episode of any Star Trek series, including "Spock's Brain". She considered it a statement in misogyny and also thought that it represented a scenario where homosexual characters do not exist.
The first home media release of "Bound" was in the season four DVD box set of Enterprise, originally released in the United States on November 1, 2005. The Blu ray release of the final season of Enterprise is due on April 1, 2014.
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