Reed shouts that their forward shields are collapsing, and Hoshi shouts back, "Hull breaches on B-deck! C-deck!" Reed yells, "They're targeting the Bridge!" "Hard to port!" Trip orders. Outside, the Xindi ships fire repeatedly at the Bridge until the entire section is cut out and you can see inside. Wow. I just got major pricks behind my eyes (for once it's not Quantum) and goosebumps all over. Reed, Trip, and Hoshi are dead.
P'Tail almost falls off the ladder, but Quantum helps her back. He gets to a computer and checks the ship's status. "The Bridge is gone," Quantum breathes. P'Tail comms Phlox to meet them in Engineering to finish the procedure. Because now that Trip's dead, they might as well disobey his orders. Quantum says they don't have time to worry about his parasites, but P'Tail tells him he's wrong and leads him away to explain.
Three Rent-a-Redshirts carry a wounded Rent-a-Redshirt down a corridor. A nest of Snake Eyes transports in and shoots all of them.
Engineering. In a very high voice, Phlox reports that the Quantum's Brain chamber has been damaged. Quantum's parasites allow him to remember, "Didn't you say we could destroy the parasites with a subspace implosion?" "Yes, but that would --" Phlox starts to say, but Quantum interrupts to ask P'Tail, "Can we create one?" P'Tail says they need to overload three plasma injectors. "You'll destroy the ship!" Phlox says. Quantum says it doesn't make much of a difference anymore. Quantum leaps around and tells Phlox and P'Tail to get to the sh'pods: "They're only after humans. If this doesn't work out, you'll still have a chance!" Not necessarily. I don't think the Xindi are the type to just ignore those working with the humans just because they happen to have non-red blood. P'Tail joins Quantum at the warp core. Quantum looks at her and then back at Phlox: "That's an order!" "With all due respect, sir," P'Tail says quietly, "you were relieved of command." Damn straight! And he's a much better actor because of it. What is it with the episodes that show Bakula at his finest being the ones where he's not really acting Captain Quantumly? Something to ponder.
Snake Eyes storm the ship and kill some Uh-Ohs.
A few Snake Eyes creep into Engineering. Phlox shoots at them. Is that the first time we've seen Phlox wield a weapon? He doesn't need to spend more time in the armory! A Snake Eyes fires back, and Phlox flips over the catwalk in a shower of sparks. Quantum runs to check on him, grabs the fallen phaser, and fires back at the Snake Eyes. He misses. He shakes Phlox some more. Snake Eyes fires. Quantum fires again. He misses. However, you, my friend, do need to spend more time in the armory. Okay, did you just hear that? It sounded like "tra-lot, tra-lot, tra-lot!" I just called Quantum "my friend" without irony, and if I'm not mistaken, the Horsemen of the Apocalypse will be breaking their journey at my apartment. Quantum and P'Tail do some more work at the warp core. Aw, Phlox is dead! Snake Eyes fires and hits P'Tail; she falls, also dead. Quantum fires back and this time finally hits one of the bad guys! Shows what you can accomplish when your lady love is dying on one of your arms. Good thing she's dying on his left arm, right? Quantum lays P'Tail down. And then there was one. Quantum fiddles some more with the core, takes a few hits from another Snake Eyes, fiddles, fires back, fiddles, and is shot full in the middle of his back. Quantum effects a Kirk dying scene, in that it takes a while for him to fall down. He ricochets between the core and the rails behind him before he collapses. With his last dying hand, he does one final fiddle and overloads the third plasma injector. The noise ramps up, and Quantum falls on top of T'Pol. Ahem. What's that Cutting Crew song? "Ohhhhhhhwaaaaah! I just died in your arms tonight." Like I need to ask. I only own the single on tape!