Quantum hightails it to the bridge (what happened to Porthos?) and comments, "Guess we weren't so uninteresting after all." That's right, Quantum, it's all about your human vanity. T'Pol tells him the ship dropped out of warp five hundred kilometers "dead ahead." Mayflower says he had to throw the engines into reverse in order to avoid head-butting them. Quantum attempts to babble at the aliens again. A tumbleweed blows across Hoshi's com panel. "Well, it was nice 'talking' to you," Quantum says in a fit of pique. "Let's do this again sometime." Hoshi reports that she's picking up something, and Quantum asks if it can be translated. Hoshi says she doesn't think it's a language. Suddenly, high-pitched squealing resonates throughout the bridge, and everyone save T'Pol grabs their heads and writhes on the floor in pain. It's really the oldest trick in the Star Trek book. Shatner did The Dance Of Inner-Ear Pain particularly well in "Spock's Brain." As Vulcans aren't usually too affected by this (except when Spock does manage to lose his brain in the aforementioned episode), T'Pol just winces a bit and reports that they are being scanned. Outside the ship, the alien vessel zips over the Enterprise and fires a few shots. On the rocking bridge, Quantum is thrown back into his Porsche chair. "Hull plating?" he asks Reed. "It's offline!" Reed gasps as the bridge rocks from more explosions. Quantum orders, "Hard about," but Mayflower reports that the aliens have warped out. The bridge systems seem to stabilize and Quantum asks if everyone's okay. Reed announces that damage reports are coming in from all over the ship, but no one's been hurt. "What the hell was that all about?" Quantum growls rhetorically. Reed tells him that when the alien ship fired, they dropped their shields for a few seconds and he was able to read bio-signs. "At least fifteen, maybe more," he says. T'Pol reports that their DNA doesn't appear to match any of the species in their database. "It's a good thing they're gone. I don't think our torpedoes could have penetrated their shielding," Reed gripes. Mayflower gives Reed a look that was probably supposed to be one of shock, but it kind of looked like he was wondering just what kind of double meaning Reed was implying there. Quantum leaves the bridge, T'Pol in tow.
Episode Report CardKeckler: B | 274 USERS: C+
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