The Great Star Trek Enterprise Rewatch: Dead Stop

Following its encounter with the Romulan minefield, Enterprise is in bad shape. With Jupiter Station over a decade away at warp 2, Enterprise instead takes its chances with an alien repair station. The station has advanced technology that can easily fix the ship, but is it all too good to be true?

In this episode, Enterprise gets its damage fixed by a friendly space station without incident. The remainder of the time is spent on a light comedy about T’Pol’s ongoing attempts to learn to use chopsticks.

Of course not. We know from the start that this amazing repair station isn’t going to be all its cracked up to be, and so we spend the first half of the episode impatiently waiting for the other shoe to drop. Then Travis apparently gets killed, and of course we can’t care because a) it’s blatantly obvious that everything’s going to turn out fine and b) it’s boring everyman Travis, so who cares anyway? It all plays out like an episode of the Doctor Who revival, and a not very good one at that.

In fact, the most interesting part of the episode is the reveal at the end – that people’s brains are being used as the station’s main computer. This is a concept I’d love to explore more, but it’s clarified in some rushed exposition at the end before Enterprise flies off to its next mission. Travis has been rescued, so let’s not even try to save those other people – we’ll just say they’re likely too far gone.

I do quite like that the station starts rebuilding itself at the end, however. It seems wrong that Enterprise should just take what they need, then blow up the place.

Franchise Nods

  • Enterprise hears about the repair station from a Tellarite freighter. The Tellarites will become founding members of the Federation, and were first seen arguing with the Andorians in Journey to Babel.
  • This is Starfleet’s earliest encounter with advanced replication technology.
  • Tarkaleans are mentioned here as already having replication technology. Presumably they use it to create the Tarkalean tea that was so popular on DS9.

Other points

  • Despite being 5’11”, Travis wears a mere 72 kilograms. Maybe it’s the low bone density from growing up in 0.8g, as this seems rather light for a man of his height and build.
  • Travis still hasn’t repainted the hull from when he scratched it in Broken Bow.

Summary – Dead Stop: In which Enterprise fixes that nasty hole in the hull.

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