Star Trek: Enterprise (2003): S02E25 – Bounty


Introduction

“Bounty” is the fifty-first episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, the twenty-fifth episode of the second season.

This episode presents the Tellerite aliens, seen previously in “Journey to Babel” (S02E10) of the original series and there is a Pon Farr sub-plot with T’Pol.

This continues the story of “Judgement” (S02E19) a few episodes previous. The Klingons have put a bounty on Archer following his escape from the Rura Pente gulag, so various bounty hunters are after him now; this episode covers one such capture and subsequent events.

This is also another appearance of the TNG-style “turtle head” Klingons in Enterprise, and the story arc with the Klingons continues into the next episode, “The Expanse“, (S02E26 – the season finale).

A major plotline follows a sequence of events with T’Pol after a bacterium induces Pon Farr prematurely, testing the medical and professionalism of Dr. Phlox.

Outline

The crew of the Enterprise encounters Skalaar, a Tellarite who abruptly offers to give them a tour of a nearby planet. However, Skalaar is actually a bounty hunter who kidnaps Captain Archer, planning to turn him over to the Klingons for payment. The Klingons have apparently placed a substantial price on Archer’s head since his escape from Rura Penthe. Archer soon learns that Skalaar plans on using the reward to buy back Tezra, his previous ship.

On Enterprise, Sub-Commander T’Pol and Doctor Phlox begin an hours-long decontamination after a recent away mission. T’Pol begins acting strangely, and begins making sexual overtures to Phlox. It appears that a microbe has activated pon farr, the Vulcan sex drive. Phlox races to find a treatment, but T’Pol’s actions become more and more erratic. Finally, she knocks Phlox out and escapes from decontamination. Lieutenant Reed and a security team manage to subdue her. Later, T’Pol wakes up feeling more or less her usual self, and embarrassed by her actions, Phlox promises not to mention what happened to anyone.

Meanwhile, Skalaar runs into trouble when a rival bounty hunter tracks him down and demands that he turn over Archer. Skalaar refuses, and the rival opens fire. In the battle, Archer convinces Skalaar to temporarily free him, and the two men land on a nearby planet to make repairs. As they work, Archer learns more about Skalaar’s circumstances. Skalaar turns Archer over to the Klingons as planned, but ends up receiving only two-thirds of the promised reward. In revenge, he alerts Enterprise to the location of the Klingon ship, and Archer escapes in an escape pod. Enterprise arrives and retrieves Archer, damaging the Klingon ship enough to end the battle. Some time later, Skalaar contacts Archer and warns that the price on Archer’s head will probably double. Grateful, Archer bids Skalaar farewell.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Roxann Dawson.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
  • Release Date: 14 May 2003.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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