On a loading dock of a space station with a clear view of Enterprise parked in its hairclip, Admiral Forrest gives a pretty little speech about Zefram Cochrane meeting the Vulcans ninety years ago when he made his first warp flight (hungover, with Geordi LaForge at his side, he might as well add), and how now they're really ready to explore space. The humans clap while the Vulcans suck on a few lemons and look at them. Cpt. Quantum goes on to pay homage to Henry Archer (Cpt. Quantum's father), who developed the warp five engine. "And it's only fitting that Henry's son, Jonathan Archer, will command the first starship powered by that engine," Admiral Forrest says, looking up at Cpt. Quantum, who is frowning with intense concentration so as not to cry. More applause. Admiral Forrest nods at Cpt. Quantum, who nods back and leaves with his crew. Admiral Forrest continues his speech, saying, "Rather than quoting Dr. Cochrane, I think we should listen to his own words from the dedication ceremony for the warp five complex thirty-two years ago." A video screen opens on the observation window behind the Admiral, and Zefram Cochrane delivers his famous, and now grammatically correct, speech: "On this site a powerful engine will be built; an engine that will someday help us to travel a hundred times faster than we can today. Imagine it: thousands of inhabited planets at our fingertips and we'll be able to explore those strange new worlds and seek out new life and new civilizations. This engine will let us go boldly where no man has gone before." The speech is interspersed with shots of the Enterprise crew taking their positions on the bridge, Cpt. Quantum standing authoritatively with his feet planted shoulder-width apart (like the captains of the first wooden sailing ships of yore), and the Sepia Tones of Cpt. Quantum's Childhood as Child Archer stares transfixed at a mini-warp engine, remotely controlled by Pop Archer and buzzing around before him. Then, in A Moment Of Supreme Meaning, Pop Archer plucks the warp core from the air and hands it over to his son, who inserts it into his now-dry model ship piloted by Luke Skywalker X-Wing Fighters. Cpt. Archer smiles and says, "Take her out, Mr. Mayweather. Straight and steady." With a few picturesque sparks, Enterprise cuts loose from her cable moorings and majestically slides out of her hairclip slip as spacesuited astronauts posted on the slip look on. No matter how they construct these ships, they all manage to remind me of sea creatures. Voyager looked like a manta ray with the glowing deflector dish for a mouth; Enterprise NX-01 reminds me slightly of a horseshoe crab. Cpt. Quantum asks Trip, "How're we doing, Trip?" "Ready when you are," is his answer. "Prepare for warp," Cpt. Quantum tells Mayweather. "Course laid in, sir," Mayweather answers with an excited smile. "Request permission to get underway." The rest of their crew reaches for their Dramamine as T'Pol tells Cpt. Quantum, "The coordinates are off by point two degrees." "Thank you," Cpt. Quantum says, in a tone that seems to suggest he's really not appreciative of that information. "Let's go," he smiles. Just like in the previews! We get a nice look at the razor-thin ship before it jumps to warp and zings out of sight, with the telltale burst of light in the distance when full warp is reached.
Episode Report CardKeckler: B+ | 301 USERS: C+
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