“Exile” is the fifty-eighth episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the sixth episode of season three.
In this episode, Ensign Hoshi Sato (Linda Park) is contacted telepathically by an alien named Tarquin (Maury Sterling), who offers assistance with the Xindi. Whilst she visits Tarquin at his home, the rest of the crew investigate another mysterious sphere within the expanse.
The episode was seen as a take on “Beauty and the Beast”, with Sterling required to wear a full head prosthetic when Tarquin was in his non-human form. Several sets were created in a gothic style to represent Tarquin’s home, while the anomalies created by the Delphic Expanse sphere were added in post production.
The episode was the lowest rated so far of season three, having aired at the same time as Major League Baseball playoffs. It received a rating of 2.3, which was 0.3 lower than a re-run of “The Xindi” a week later at the same time as the World Series. The critical response was positive, although critics pointed out influences in this episode such as Disney Castles, The Lord of the Rings and The Three Stooges.
Sub-Commander T’Pol, examining gravitational anomaly patterns, calculates the location of a second sphere within the Delphic Expanse (similar to the one previously seen in “Anomaly” – S03E02), and Enterprise diverts course to investigate. Meanwhile, Ensign Sato reports to sickbay, explaining to Doctor Phlox that she has been hearing voices and feels like she is being watched. She is later contacted telepathically by Tarquin, an alien that appears in human form. He explains that he can telepathically read objects, and suggests that Enterprise bring him part of the weapon used to attack Earth (in “The Expanse” – S02E26).
Enterprise soon arrives at Tarquin’s planet. He welcomes Archer and Hoshi and soon agrees to work on reading the weapon fragment, but only if Sato agrees to remain with him. They agree, and Enterprise departs to investigate the second sphere. Tarquin and Sato discuss many subjects and initially the alien seems trustworthy. However she also discovers that he had been watching her telepathically for some time and that she is not the first person to be brought here to provide companionship for him.
Meanwhile, Enterprise approaches the sphere, but has to halt its approach due to damage from the spatial anomalies generated by it. The ship sends down a shuttlepod coated with Trellium-D (retrieved in “Impulse”), and is able to approach close enough to take readings. Archer and Trip return to Enterprise and set course to retrieve Sato. Meanwhile, Tarquin attempts to trick her into staying with him permanently, but she refuses and threatens to destroy a device which enhances his telepathic abilities. He reluctantly agrees to let her go, and later provides Enterprise with the co-ordinates for the Xindi colony that is building a part of the weapon. The episode ends as T’Pol calculates that there are approximately 50 spheres in the expanse region.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Roxann Dawson.
- Writer(s): Phyllis Strong.
- Release Date: 15 October 2003.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.