“Marauders” is the sixth episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the 32nd episode overall.
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In this episode, while in search of deuterium, Enterprise discovers a mining colony that is being controlled by Klingons who are bullying the inhabitants and hoarding their supplies. The crew conduct repairs on the colony and train the colonists to fight off the Klingons.
This episode was mostly filmed on location in a quarry in Ventura County, California, and the majority of the guest stars were stunt performers. Both Larry Cedar and Bari Hochwald had previously appeared in different episodes of Deep Space Nine and Voyager. “Marauders” was watched by 5.6 million viewers, the second highest audience for an episode of the second season. Reviews were mixed, with some critics responding negatively to the lack of consequences from the fighting sequences while another praised the characters interactions and felt it was a good example of the western genre.
Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), Sub-Commander T’Pol (Jolene Blalock), and Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker III (Connor Trinneer) fly down to a small colony of 76 miners in order to trade for deuterium. They initially try to barter with Tessic (Larry Cedar), the colony’s leader, but he appears reluctant to part with any of the 80,000 litres in inventory, which is being held for ‘someone else’. After negotiations however, a deal is struck − 200 litres of deuterium for four power cells and whatever medical supplies Enterprise can spare, on the proviso that the Enterprise crew can fix two offline pumps in two days.
Despite deuterium being a valuable commodity, Archer is startled by the lack of basic medical supplies and the run-down nature of the colony. The reason becomes apparent when seven Klingons show up to collect deuterium according to their ‘regular arrangement’. When Tessic informs Korok (Robertson Dean), the leader of the Klingons, that they do not have all the deuterium because two pumps were not working, Korok hits him and gives them four days to meet the order. Later, when Tucker and Archer attempt to talk them into fighting against the Klingons, Tessic tell them to take their 200 litres and leave. However, leaving does not sit well with Archer and he convinces the leader to resist with their support.
On Enterprise, T’Pol teaches some of the colonists how to evade edged-weapon attacks (from Vulcan martial-art ‘Suus-mahna’), while Ensign Hoshi Sato (Linda Park) and Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating) teach other colonists how to fire their weapons more accurately. Archer and Tucker then suggest the colonists shift the entire colony to the south 50 meters. When the Klingon marauders arrive, the colony appears deserted and silent. Finally the defenders show themselves, and in the ensuing fight the Klingons are lured into an area surrounded by the capped-off deuterium well heads. On cue, the wells are ignited, surrounding the Klingons with flames. Tessic then tells the Klingons to leave and never come back. After they depart, Archer is rewarded with 2,000 litres of deuterium by the grateful miners.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Mike Vejar.
- Writer(s): Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
- Release Date: 30 October 2002.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.