Star Trek: Enterprise (2003): S03E11 – Carpenter Street


Introduction

“Carpenter Street” is the sixty-third episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the eleventh episode of season three.

In this episode, Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and Sub-commander T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) travel back to early 21st century Earth to find a group of Xindi-Reptilians who were seeking to wipe out the human race by using a biological agent.

The production of the episode used several different methods to represent 21st century Detroit, including exterior shots in Los Angeles, the Paramount studios downtown New York standing sets and exterior sets at the Lacy Street Production Centre. The guest cast featured Matt Winston returning as Temporal Agent Daniels, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a Xindi-Reptilian.

It had the lowest number of viewers of season three at that point according to the Nielsen ratings, a decline that was attributed to pre-Thanksgiving travel. Critical response was mostly negative, with criticism directed at the nature of the plot.

Outline

Temporal Agent Daniels informs Captain Archer that three Reptilians have travelled back in time to Detroit, Michigan, to the year 2004, where they intend to produce a bio-weapon to annihilate Humans. The Xindi Council had banned the use of bio-weapons, forcing the Reptilians to take extraordinary measures. Daniels sends Archer and Sub-Commander T’Pol back in time to investigate, and provides Archer with temporal tags to bring back anything foreign to that time-frame.

Using a hand scanner, Archer is able to steal a vehicle, and T’Pol locates the Xindi bio-signs leading them to an abandoned factory on Carpenter Street. They notice Loomis, a blood bank employee, exiting the building. Suspecting something, they follow him home. After he tries to escape, T’Pol uses the Vulcan nerve pinch to stop him. When he awakes, he believes that Archer and T’Pol are police officers, and requests a lawyer. Archer punches him, and he admits delivering six bodies to his mysterious employers, one for a different blood type. Archer comes up with a plan, and decides to pose as one of the victims.

After being delivered by Loomis, Archer realises that they are developing some sort of a bio-weapon. Archer begins destroying their technology, and kills one of the three Reptilians. Two others try to escape with the deadly bio-agent, and Archer kills another one as they flee. The last Xindi escapes due to the interference of Loomis, who T’Pol stuns with her phaser. On the factory’s roof, Archer corners him as he attempts to release the bio-agent. Archer and T’Pol tag all non-21st-century artefacts, and return to Enterprise. Loomis, still groggy in his car, is apprehended by real police officers and attempts to explain the “lizard people” and their “ray guns.”

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Mike Vejar.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
  • Release Date: 26 November 2003.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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