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(Star Trek: Enterprise production code 079)
  • written by Mike Sussman
  • directed by Allan Kroeker
  • music by Velton Ray Bunch
  • 1 episode @ 43 minutes

79: Home

This is the episode that should have come first in the fourth season. It contains the real payoff to the previous year's Xindi saga; the response from characters such as Ambassador Sevol and Admiral Forrest, and the Earth population at large. It is also a story far superior to "Storm Front", one that fans are actually interested in following.

The tale seems to be fulfilling the same function as TNG's "Family", which directly followed on from their epic battle story "The Best of Both Worlds". In other words, this is a more quiet tale examining the emotional places of the regular characters after their big adventure. Although centering mainly on Archer, T'Pol, and Trip, we also see interesting snippets for Dr. Phlox and the others as well.

I think I like this story better than "Family". I had great difficulty understanding where Picard's brother was coming from, and since his perspective was the main fuel for the story's biggest conflict, it kind of fell flat for me. Archer's issues make more sense in this one I think. Even if his issues with Vulcans still seem weird, they're well-established by now, and in fact function here as a smokescreen for his own guilt at abandoning his principles on too many occasions during the past three years. I wasn't too impressed with his friend the female captain as a romantic interest with chemistry, but there's a believable and enjoyable bond of friendship there supporting him through his issue, and the crucial turning point scenes are well done.

One of the bonuses of this story is T'Pol and Trip's visit to Vulcan. Star Trek has rarely done much with this planet (arguably one of the most important in its history), particularly in portraying the civilized portions of it. The animated episode "Yesteryear" pretty much held the record for fleshing the planet's main society out visually until the fourth season of "Enterprise" came along. "Home" begins to lay some new groundwork here both with architecture and with some characters of importance in T'Pol's family. The expansion of character that we get here is very welcome, and is no doubt planting seeds for later stories as well. It seems to me that this is also the first time that we learn that Vulcan is only 16 light years from Earth, making credible that they should be our first and primary contact in the Trek universe.

The subject matter here seems like it is steering towards a repeat of the episode "Amok Time" from the original series, but "Home" manages to be both more civilized in what it chooses to portray, but also a bit behind the times in how it handles issues of truth vs. secrecy, an ongoing struggle for Vulcans. Many Vulcan rituals are shown here to be locked into the state established for them on 1960's television, and "Home" pays homage rather than try to advance them to keep in step with its New Millennium audience. Vulcans don't seem so enlightened when tackling their traditional sore points.

The ending is a bit abrupt and bizarre - less than what most people probably hope and root for, but perhaps indication that this story thread will no doubt be picked up again in later stories, when the time for yet another chapter is more ripe.

"Home" is the first indication of a good, new, unique direction for "Enterprise" during its fourth season, and one that does look promising.....

Read the next In-depth Analysis Review: "In a Mirror, Darkly"

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


DVD Canada


6-disc DVD set

DVD Extras include:

  • 3 audio commentaries:
    • "In a Mirror, Darkly, Parts 1 & 2" by co-writer Mike Sussman and web-moderator Tim Gaskill.
    • "Terra Prime" (Part 2 of 2) by co-writers Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Tim Gaskill.
  • 3 text commentaries by Mike & Denise Okuda:
    • "The Forge" (Part 1 of 3)
    • "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part 2" (of 2)
    • "These Are the Voyages"
  • Enterprise moments, Season 4 (16 min.)
  • Inside the "Mirror" episodes (15 min.)
  • Enterprise secrets (6 min.)
  • Visual effects magic (13 min.)
  • That's a wrap (9 min.)
  • Links to the legacy (4 min.)
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes
  • Photo gallery
  • hidden "Save Enterprise" featurette
Blu-ray U.S.

Blu-ray Canada

Blu-ray U.K.

NEW to Blu-ray for 2014 April

Blu-ray Bonus features include:

  • All extras from the standard DVD set
  • 6 new audio commentaries:
    • "The Forge" (Part 1 of 3) and "Observer Effect" with
      writers Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and
      scenic/graphic artists Mike and Denise Okuda.
    • "United" (Part 2 of 3) with the Reeves-Stevens and director David Livingston.
    • "In a Mirror, Darkly (Part 1)" with writer Mike Sussman, director James L. Conway, and the Okudas.
    • "Demons / Terra Prime" (parts 1 & 2 of 2) with Connor Trinneer (Trip) and Dominic Keating (Reed).
  • "Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise" 4-part documentary (HD, 118 min.) with the main cast, creators, regular writing staff, and crew.
  • In Conversation: Writing Enterprise (HD, 90 min.)
  • Westmore's Aliens: Dr. Phlox and Beyond
  • Enterprise Goes to the Dogs
  • Original script ending of "Home"
  • Extended scene from "Home" (HD)

Review written by Martin Izsak. Comments on this article are welcome. You may contact the author from this page:

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Read the next In-depth Analysis Review: "In a Mirror, Darkly"

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