“Acquisition” is the nineteenth episode (production #119) of the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise.
In this episode, a group of interstellar alien thieves knock out the Enterprise crew and begin looting the ship. Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker III (Connor Trinneer) is the only one left to stop them.
The Ferengi first appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Last Outpost” (S01E05), and first contact with the race was described in “The Battle” (S01E09), which meant that “Acquisition” attempted to not alter that. In addition, a Ferengi language was developed by the writers which was based on French.
The episode also had a number of guest stars who had previously appeared in Star Trek; Clint Howard, Ethan Phillips and Jeffrey Combs. It was poorly received by critics, but according to the Nielsen ratings, it received a 5.2/6% audience share during broadcast.
As Enterprise drifts in space, an unknown alien cruiser scans the ship, then docks with it. As part of an unconventional and criminal first contact, two Ferengi, Muk and Grish, board wearing breathing filters, and the crew appear to have been knocked unconscious. In Engineering, the two locate and deactivate a gas-machine that the Starfleet crew brought up from the surface of a nearby moon. Unknown to the intruders, Commander Tucker is still conscious and makes his way to Engineering and uses the ship’s sensors to monitor the aliens as they plunder the ship.
Captain Archer is confined in a Cargo bay, and the aliens are unconvinced that Enterprise carries no currency or valuable materials. They set off to find the vault themselves, leaving Krem and Archer to transfer the loot. Archer sees Tucker and sends him to the launch-bay to retrieve the Ferengi’s hypospray. Doing so, Tucker revives Sub-Commander T’Pol, and they try to find a way to stop the Ferengi. She assumes the gas-machine was intentionally placed on the surface as a ‘Trojan Horse’. In Sickbay, three of the four Ferengi search for the non-existent vault, and T’Pol uses a PADD to distract and then start an argument between them.
In Engineering, Archer tries to negotiate with Krem, who is tempted when Archer says that he will throw in T’Pol. In Archer’s quarters, Muk and Grish try interrogating Porthos, Archer’s pet Beagle. Muk goes to the launch-bay and finds Tucker, who escapes, but Ulis subdues him with his electro-whip. The Ferengi, Archer and Trip meet in the launch-bay where Archer plays along with Tucker’s deception about “the vault”. T’Pol assists in subduing the intruders, and the crew oversee the return of the stolen goods. Archer tells the Ferengi not to go within a light year of a human or Vulcan vessel ever again (and they indeed do not reappear until some 200 years later in the episode The Last Outpost – S01E05).
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): James Whitmore, Jr.
- Writer(s): Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
- Release Date: 27 March 2002.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.