Harbinger (Star Trek: Enterprise)
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|Star Trek: Enterprise episode|
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||David Livingston|
|Story by||Rick Berman
|Teleplay by||Manny Coto|
|Featured music||Velton Ray Bunch|
|Original air date||February 11, 2004|
"Harbinger" is the sixty-seventh episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, the fifteenth episode from the third season. "Harbinger" works together three plot lines in a single episode: T'Pol-Tucker relationship, Hayes (the MACO commander) and Reed tension, and the third is a uncovering the nature of a mysterious alien discovered in an anomaly and its possible links to the expanse sphere builders. Guest star Thomas Kopache plays the alien guest, and Noa Tishby plays Amanda Cole, the third in the T'Pol-Tucker love triangle.
It is December 2153, and Enterprise continues along its time-sensitive course towards Azati Prime to find the Xindi weapon ("Stratagem"). Commander Tucker begins spending time with a female MACO, and Sub-Commander T'Pol begins to exhibit signs of suppressed jealousy. Meanwhile, the long-simmering tension between Lieutenant Malcolm Reed and Major Hayes finally comes to a head when Hayes approaches Archer over their security roles aboard Enterprise. Hayes suggests training together to share ideas, but Reed sees this as a move to undermine his authority.
Despite the significant time constraints of their mission to save Earth, Captain Archer diverts Enterprise to investigate a convergent region of spatial anomalies (created in the center of five spheres), where the crew discover a pod containing an alien. The pod is retrieved, and the alien is taken to Sickbay, but Doctor Phlox can do little to keep him alive. Archer wishes to interrogate him, and does so against Phlox's wishes. Meanwhile, Hayes sets up a weapons training session, and comments continually at Reed's performance. They later get into a fistfight, much to Archer's chagrin.
T'Pol and Tucker finally continue their Vulcan 'neuropressure' sessions, and T'Pol reveals her conversation with Sim-Trip to him, and the two become intimate. She later is very clinical in thanking Tucker for his assistance in her one-time "exploration of human sexuality". Back in Sickbay, the alien revives and physically begins to phase. He attacks Phlox, and then heads through walls towards the warp core, attempting to destabilize the magnetic seals. Reed and Hayes, now working together, stop the alien and he is returned to Sickbay. Archer, intent on getting answers, is frustrated as the alien dies and then disappears.
One prop featured in this show is a latex alien body with mottled skin inside of a clear acrylic tube. The latex alien has a multitude of little probes and clear wires, possibly fiber optic in nature attached. This was meant to show alien inside what was thought to be a stasis chamber. The item was evaluated at between two and three thousand USD by an auction house, but was sold for almost four thousand USD. The prop is known as Pin Cushion Man and overall has a size of 90 inches by 36 inches by 54 inches.
By 2017, Harbinger had achieved an 8.6 out of 10 rating on 146 votes at TV.com. A review in 2004 compared Harbinger to DS9's ('93-'99) "Call To Arms" and noted its connection to the season long Xindi story arc in ENT season 3.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Harbinger (1996 video game)
- "Harbinger" on IMDb
- "Harbinger" at TV.com
- "Harbinger" at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- "Harbinger" at StarTrek.com
- Review in 2015
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