“Bound” is the seventeenth episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise.
The episode featured the return of the Orion slave girls, which had been originally seen in the original pilot of Star Trek: The Original Series, “The Cage“.
In this episode, three Orion slave girls come on board the ship, and the crew, with the exception of Commander “Trip” Tucker and Commander T’Pol who seem to have a resistant psychic bond, begin acting strangely.
The episode featured the return of Cyia Batten and William Lucking who had both previously appeared in multi-episode parts in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Four time MTV Music Video Award for Choreography winner Travis Payne was brought on board to oversee the extensive choreography for the three actresses playing the Orion women. Each actress went through a four to five-hour make-up process for each day of filming, which required them to be sprayed green. “Bound” received Nielsen ratings of 1.8/3%, and critical reaction was mixed with one reviewer listing it amongst the best episodes of Enterprise while another listed as the worst episode ever of any Star Trek series.
Enterprise is en route to the Berengarius system, one of the proposed locations for a Starfleet starbase, when it is approached by an Orion Syndicate vessel. Captain Archer is invited to visit the Orion ship by its captain, Harrad-Sar. During the visit, Archer and Lieutenant Reed are entertained by three Orion dancers, Navaar, D’Nesh, and Maras. Archer negotiates with Harrad-Sar and they agree to a joint magnesite mining operation, and at Harrad-Sar’s insistence the three slaves are given to him. They return to Enterprise with the slaves and set a course to survey the planet.
En route, the presence of the Orions begins having an effect on the crew: men become increasingly aggressive, while women increasingly suffer from headaches. Navaar focuses her attentions on Archer, while D’Nesh seduces Commander Kelby. Arriving at the planet, a sluggish Archer orders Reed to destroy another ship, but he refuses and it escapes. Kelby meanwhile sabotages the warp drive before Commander Tucker can physically stop him. Afterwards, Doctor Phlox determines that the Orions are producing pheromones, causing the crew’s adrenaline levels to spike. Only Commander T’Pol and Tucker remain unaffected, since she is Vulcan and he shares her immunity because of their psychic bond.
The Orions are placed under guard in the decontamination chamber. Harrad-Sar returns in his vessel and attacks the now disabled Enterprise, and then begins to tow it away. He reveals that, in fact, the Syndicate seeks Archer’s head, and in this matter he is the slave and the Orion women are his masters. The Orions escape and travel to the Bridge, as do T’Pol and Tucker. Navaar tells Archer to arrest T’Pol, but Tucker stuns all the male crew-members with his phaser, and T’Pol disables the Orion ship with a pulse sent from Enterprise’s deflector dish. They send the Orions back to their ship, and T’Pol finally admits she would personally like Tucker to return, and he replies that he has already requested a transfer back to Enterprise.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Allan Kroeker.
- Writer(s): Manny Coto.
- Release Date: 15 April 2005.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.