Damage (Star Trek: Enterprise)
|Star Trek: Enterprise episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||James L. Conway|
|Written by||Phyllis Strong|
|Featured music||Kevin Kiner
|Original air date||April 24, 2004|
"Damage" is the seventy-first episode of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the nineteenth episode of the third season. The story is a continuation from the previous episode, "Azati Prime." Star Trek: Deep Space Nine recurring guest star Casey Biggs (Damar) is featured as an Illyrian captain.
The Xindi unexpectedly break off their attack (begun in the previous episode), even though the Enterprise is severely damaged. The Xindi-Reptilian commander, Dolim, is angered after the other Xindi races pull back, no longer convinced the Earth ship represents the threat it was supposed to. Degra, the Xindi-Primate, argues that the evidence of interference in Xindi culture, provided by Captain Jonathan Archer in the previous episode, must be discussed first. Dolim releases Archer, and the Xindi-Aquatics send him back to the Enterprise in an escape pod.
Fourteen members of the Enterprise crew have died and three more are unaccounted for. The ship needs a "warp coil" in order to make its warp drive operable. Although adrift, the Enterprise encounters an Illyrian spacecraft, damaged by the gravimetric energy generated by the Delphic Expanse. Archer attempts to trade various items with the Illryian captain, but the Illyrians refuse to give up their sole warp coil. Meanwhile, Ensign Hoshi Sato discovers a message from Degra hidden aboard the Xindi escape pod, asking the Enterprise to rendezvous with him in a few days at a location in the Delphic Expanse. Archer decides to raid the Illyrian vessel and steal their single warp coil, although this will leave the Illyrians adrift and unable to reach home for three years. Archer's decision is met with resistance from T'Pol (who engages in an uncharacteristic shouting match with the captain) and other crewmembers, but Archer justifies his actions as a necessity of war.
The episode reveals why Sub-commander T'Pol has become increasingly emotional over the past few episodes: She hid an addiction to Trellium-D, a chemical which created a physiological addiction as well as breaking down her emotional control. In "Damage", T'Pol uses a spacesuit to access part of the Enterprise which is open to space in order to retrieve a supply of the drug. She nearly dies in the attempt, and reports her condition to Dr. Phlox. T'Pol is ordered to take command of the Enterprise, but Phlox demands that she stay in sickbay. T'Pol persuades Phlox to release her, then asks whether he plans to report her condition. Phlox indicates no, saying, "This is between you and your doctor."
The raid is successful, and the Enterprise heads for its rendezvous with Degra.
The Xindi Council also discusses the aftermath of the battle with the Enterprise. Degra; another Xindi-Primate council member and Jannar, a Xindi-Arboreal council member meet with a member of the "Guardians", a trans-dimensional species idolized by the Xindi races. The Guardian admits to sending the Xindi-Reptilians into the past to build the bio-weapon (sought after in the previous episode, "Azati Prime"), and aiding both the Xindi-Reptilians and Xindi-Insectoids to encourage them from abandoning the Xindi Council. Degra is outraged by the preferential treatment shown to these two races, and demands to know if the Guardians are, in fact, the Sphere Builders (as Jonathan Archer alleges). The Guardian does not answer, but instead demands that Earth be destroyed by the bio-weapon. After the Guardian departs, Degra insists on examining Archer's evidence regarding the Guardian-Sphere Builder connection.
The episode was written by Phyllis Strong. Strong contributed four scripts to Star Trek: Voyager , and was executive story editor for Star Trek: Enterprise from the show's inception in 2001 until September 2002, which she was promoted to co-producer. (Strong left the show at the conclusion of its third season in May 2004.) This was her 13th and last script for Enterprise.
In 2013, PaperBlog.com rated the "Damage" the tenth best of all Star Trek: Enterprise episodes. It praised the show's contravention of standard Star Trek character rules, noting, "...there is a certain set of expectations as to how Star Trek characters will behave in most scenarios. That's why it's so interesting when that doesn't happen." The review found Jonathan Archer's self-loathing for committing theft well-written and an important characterization.
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- Caillan. "'Enterprise' Bids Farewell to Three Writers." TrekToday.com. October 13, 2004. Accessed 2013-12-22.
- "Top 10 Episodes of 'Star Trek: Enterprise'." PaperBlog.com. August 22, 2013. Accessed 2013-12-22.
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