I didn't think this was that anvilicious of an episode. I mean, holy wars have been going on since they had holy and wars -- they weren't invented on 9/11, and neither were suicide bombers. Also, the critique that the nine- and ten-day creation difference was pathetically simplistic in an almost petty way; wars have been fought for much less. If he had had the time (and Quantum's attention undivided by re-routing the EV controls), I'm sure Doubting Thomas could have explained the religious intricacies that only stemmed from the nine/ten-day difference. The one thing that really bothered me was T'Pol's continued weakness. If she's suffering from her mind-meld AIDS, say so! Otherwise, you must explain why she's about as strong as a human, because I'm crying "SEXISM!" at this point, and, well, I don't like to cry.
San Francisco -- particularly my neighborhood of Western Addition/Hayes Valley -- seems to be experiencing constant power outages today, so I might just have to write this thing from memory.
In a sh'pod, Trip and May-These-Might-Be-My-Only-Lines-This-Ep-So-Mark-Them-Well survey another sphere. They determine it is identical to all the other ones they've surveyed. As the sh'pod breaks through the sphere's outer cloaking barrier, we see that their movements are observed by some aliens on another ship. Of course, when I say "aliens," I mean that they all have the slightest of slight irregularities on the bridge of their noses so as not to interfere with how human they are supposed to look. Anyway, these "aliens" also spy Enterprise, and the bossiest one says he wants to know what sort of weapons the ship has. "We may have found what we're looking for," he says eerily.
"They had TWO MONTHS to change the theme song back, and yet..." Dr. Mathra shouts. Heh. You know the new version is bad when Dr. Mathra is actually contemplating the other version rather than just doing away with the whole damn thing.
In the new room -- dude, it's been so long since I recapped, I can't even remember the name of it! The Season Four Room? The Hoshi Stalker Room? I kinda want to call it the Stellar Cartography Room, because not only would that fit, but I could go around screaming, "Stel-LA! Cartography," as though I had a British accent and lost my "rs" in the dryer. Because like Madonna or Gwyneth, I never miss an opportunity to put on a fake accent. Except I do it in private, because I don't like embarrassing myself and those around me. Where was I? Oh, right, the first few seconds of the episode. T'Pol tells Quantum -- wait, one more random train of thought for these first opening lines. I don't like T'Pol's blue suit anymore. It's not velour or velveteen (so I can't call her names), but the silvery turned-up epaulets and collar detail give it a Judy Jetson quality. The problem is, it's not retro enough to be cool-looking. Okay. I'm done. For now. T'Pol tells Quantum that the new data will allow them to map the anomalies more accurately, and she should be able to pinpoint exactly how many spheres there are in The Expanse. Reed interrupts them to say that they're picking up a distress signal from an approaching vessel.
Bridge. Reed says the distressed ship is trapped in a cluster of anomalies. After getting their ship onscreen -- ooh, look, there's a blurred Hoshi in the foreground of T'Pol! Why am I excited? It's one of the only small shreds of proof in this episode that she actually still exists -- Quantum hails them. The ship responds that they've sustained heavy damage and their life support is failing. Quantum puts them on hold and asks Reed, "What kind of weapons do they have?" "Minimal," Reed responds. "He's never asked that question about a distressed ship before, has he?" Dr. Mathra asks. Since T'Pol can get them safely through the anomalies, Quantum orders them on this rescue mission.