Enterprise plays host to Dr Erickson, the esteemed inventor of the transporter. Erickson is working on a new type of transporter, and needs to test it in space. But as he proceeds with his experiments, it becomes clear that there is more going on than meets the eye.
I have to admit that I quite like this episode. It isn’t especially amazing, but it’s one of those rare moments when Enterprise fully captures and embraces the spirit of classic Trek (by which I mean TOS and TNG). What could be more in keeping with those shows than having an esteemed yet cantankerous scientist come aboard the ship to perform some crazy experiment that is bound to fail? Throw in transporter weirdness and you’ve got yourself a proper doseof Star Trek right there.
Notes and Observations
- Wouldn’t it be great if Danica became a recurring or regular character? I feel like she would be a strong and determined personality.
- Even though this episode feels like it should be a franchise nod, we actually have never heard about the inventor of the transporter before.
- I’m surprised that Hoshi didn’t chat to Erickson about her experience in Vanishing Point. Or maybe she did, and it just happened off screen.
- This is the first time in Star Trek that it’s acknowledged that one of the issues of transporting is that technically the original quantum state should be destroyed and a copy created. According to Erickson, he worked hard to make sure that this didn’t happen – after all, if the warp drive can break physics, why can’t the transporter?
- T’Pol essentially breaks up with Trip in this episode – it’s as if the writers realised they’d done all they could with Vulcan massage sexy times, and didn’t have any energy left to write a proper developing relationship for them.
Summary – Daedalus: Fly ye not too close to the sun.