Date: November 8, 2021
Season 1, Episode 20
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Interstellar News: Work has begun to slow down, though this weekend was quite busy. Tomorrow is laundry day and I don’t think I’m prepared for how much actually needs to be done. I did get two more episodes ahead and hope to be done with Season 1 by the end of the week.
TL;DR: A trader named D’marr tells Archer and Tucker about a haunted ship. The crew of the Enterprise visits the ghost ship and finds the “ghost” crew – they’ve been stuck down there for 3 years. Tucker makes friends with the engineer’s daughter and the crew works on helping them fix their ship. When Sato reconstructs some data it comes to light the ship has been down there 22 years, not 3, and then they find an escape pod in orbit with a very dead crew member. It turns out the crew were all holograms, except for Ezral and Liana, because he felt guilty about killing them all and he wanted his daughter to grow up with familiarity. He does ask Archer for supplies so they can actually get home while Tucker gets a goodbye kiss.
Archer: Can I get you something? Some tea?
Ezral: I’m fine. No, I’m not. Your engineer is a very plain-spoken man.
Archer: That’s one way of putting it.Oh Tucker, you’re certainly making a name for yourself with the ladies.
“Maybe it’s time I stopped being so afraid of change.“: There are some things that are very fun about this episode. Obviously there’s the mystery of the “ghost” ship and the crew can’t resist being curious. You know something is fishy, especially when they won’t come visit the ship – but once Liana is allowed to leave, the mystery deepens with her father’s warning. I love all of the questions she asks Tucker (“what’s a dog?”) and even their romance in an episode kinda makes sense when you realize he’s the first real person she’s met in a long time. I also love that the meddling of the crew is what allows Ezral to finally take the leap to getting Liana home and facing his mistake. I also love that T’Pol gives Tucker immense amounts of shit – including not letting him forget about the events of “Unexpected“. At least Tucker has a type – female engineers.
I don’t like how the holographic crew and Ezral allow Enterprise to help and then strong arms them into doing other things. They could have just asked them to leave and not accepted the help in the first place. I can’t imagine that Ezral wanted to leave Liana alone in case anything happened to him – I mean what was his actual endgame here? 22 years is just too long. This episode gets a 5 minute segment on the tour of just Liana meeting Porthos and being delighted to meet a puppy.