The chance to visit an old Vulcan monastery proves too much
of a lure for Captain Archer despite warnings from T'Pol that
the presence of the Enterprise will not be welcome. So it's
a crash course in ancient Vulcan customs before Archer and
a landing party sets off for a brief look around. Unfortunately
for the crew of the Enterprise the mystic retreat has already
played host to some unwelcome visitors - a party of trigger-happy
Andorians who believe that the place of meditation is also
the home of a sensor array that is listening in on their fleet's
Andorian Incident marks the first episode of Enterprise
to demonstrate a real sense of ensemble playing - the actors
and the production crew seem to have finally matured into
the series. And the result is the best balanced episode of
the show so far. Just why the Andorians think the Vulcan monks
are hiding something is never properly explained but despite
this oversight the episode works well and builds up the right
level of suspicion and paranoia before revealing its twist.
Enterprise encounters a large comet and goes to take a look
while a Vulcan ship drops by - apparently spying on Archer
and his crew. A conviction made all the more serious when
a secret message is intercepted from T'Pol to the captain
of the Vulcan cruiser...
the Ice is an episode without a plot and it's all the
better for it. Happy with the cast and format, the production
crew has plumped for a character-focused instalment with T'Pol
and her human colleagues up close for the audience to scrutinise.
There's a slight subplot about problems with the comet but
the main focus of Breaking the Ice is flesh and blood.
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