Star Trek: Enterprise (2002): S01E20 – Oasis


Introduction

“Oasis” is the twentieth episode (production #120) of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise.

It guest stars René Auberjonois, who previously starred as Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

The crew is directed to a barren planet, where a derelict ship may be salvageable for supplies. However, the crew comes to suspect that rumours about the shipwreck being haunted may be true.

Outline

Captain Archer, Sub-Commander T’Pol and Commander Tucker are dining with D’Marr, a visiting trader. He tells them of a “haunted” transport vessel that has crashed on a nearby planet, and Archer orders an away team to investigate. Once on board, T’Pol hears a noise, but detects nothing with her tricorder, while Archer and Ensign Mayweather find a computer terminal and decide to take it back to Enterprise. In engineering, Tucker and T’Pol discover a section of the ship protected with a dampening field. As they make their way to locate its generator, they find a chamber containing many armed crewmembers.

Two of the Kantare, Ezral and Captain Kuulan, tell the away team the ship was attacked by raiders three years ago. Archer offers assistance, which Ezral accepts. But all is not as it seems: Lieutenant Reed’s analysis of the ship reveals impact damage, but no weapons signatures. Oxidation of the ship reveal it crashed nearly 22 years previously. Mayweather states that the aeroponics bay isn’t big enough to feed all of the crew. Further, Reed opens an escape pod, and Tucker is amazed to see the corpse of a man he spoke to on the planet’s surface only an hour before.

On the vessel, T’Pol and Tucker are suddenly taken hostage, while Archer and Reed are ordered to leave. Enterprise then plans a rescue mission. During the raid, the Kantaran crew emerge from the walls and overwhelm them. Liana, Ezral’s daughter, removes some data cards from the computer and the crew disappear – all were holograms except Ezral and Liana. Ezral explains that he was the chief engineer on the ship, and due to his negligence, half the crew died in an ion storm. He later recreated his dead wife and the crew to provide a home environment for his young daughter. Accepting reality, he finally requests the repair components required to make his ship space-worthy.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Jim Charleston.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Stephen Black.
  • Release Date: 03 April 2002.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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