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(Star Trek: Enterprise production code 054)
  • written by Mike Sussman
  • directed by David Straiton
  • music by Jay Chattaway
  • 45 minutes

54: Anomaly

The spacial distortions of the Delphic Expanse, and the pirates who prey on distortion victims, take the limelight in this episode. Overall, this is a much more even and satisfying episode than the previous one.

The cast has shifted around a bit more, with only one recurring marine carrying over from the last episode... not that he was a memorable one, and I still don't remember his name. The inconsistency here is baffling.

On the plus side, we get to discover our first sphere here. More will come of those later, I'm sure.

On the down side, Archer makes good on his promise to do whatever it takes to complete this mission, and today he decides it takes torturing a captive for information. Blaahhh!!!! I don't know why TV executives think we want to tune in for that. A Star Trek audience in particular has tastes of a higher standard. And this is another big nail in the coffin for setting a series before the time of Kirk and Picard and all the other series. We end up watching Archer and crew struggle to achieve the primitive 1960's philosophies of Kirk and company, instead of advancing the Picard-era philosophies into new territory and actually working to help Mankind better itself, in step with its audience. Star Trek lost too much of its vital philosophical essence. Though this loss may have been an accidental process during Deep Space Nine and Voyager, the time period of Enterprise kind of institutionalized it.

Well, if you've made it this far, it becomes clear that Enterprise's latest mission isn't one that will get wrapped up in a tidy bow in just a few episodes. This plot and its intrigue are here for the long haul, and developments can and will occur weekly. It's a more successful formula for modern television, and Trek had finally seen the wisdom of getting on the bandwagon. Though the next episode "Extinction" will be one of the most irrelevant stinkers that was ever produced on Enterprise, good and important episodes will continue to get interspersed with the lesser ones, and quality and relevance will rise to a nice high level by the time we get to the latter half of the season....

Read the next In-depth Analysis Review: "Twilight"

This season has become available on DVD and Blu-ray in the Enterprise Season Three box sets:


DVD Canada


7-disc DVD set

DVD Extras include:

  • 2 audio commentaries:
    • "Similitude" with writer Manny Coto.
    • "North Star" with first assistant director Michael DeMeritt.
  • 3 text commentaries:
    • "The Xindi"
    • "Impulse"
    • "Countdown"
  • The Xindi Saga Begins (13 min.) with creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, and cast and crew.
  • Star Trek Enterprise moments: Season 3 (13 min.)
  • Enterprise Profile: Connor Trinneer (Trip) (17 min.)
  • Day in the Life of Director Roxann Dawson (17 min.)
  • Deleted scenes, outtakes, and photo gallery
  • hidden NX-01 File featurettes
Blu-ray U.S.

Blu-ray Canada

Blu-ray U.K.

NEW to Blu-ray for 2014 January 7 NEW in U.K.
2014 Jan. 27

Blu-ray Bonus features include:

  • All extras from the standard DVD set
  • 6 new audio commentaries:
    • "Impulse" with director David Livingston, and staffmember David A. Goodman.
    • "Twilight" with writer Mike Sussman and web-moderator Tim Gaskill.
    • "North Star" with writer David A. Goodman and staffmember Chris Black
    • "Similitude" with writer Manny Coto and actor Connor Trinneer (Trip)
    • "The Forgotten" with Connor Trinneer and writers David A. Goodman & Chris Black.
    • "Countdown" with writers Chris Black and André Bormanis.
  • "In A Time of War" 3-part documentary (HD, 89 min.) with the main cast, creators, regular writing staff, and crew.
  • Temporal Cold War: Declassified (HD, 20 min.) with Brannon Braga, Matt Winston (Daniels), and John Fleck (Sillick/Silik)

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