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"Demons" / "Terra Prime"

(Star Trek: Enterprise production codes 096 & 097)
  • part 1 written by Manny Coto
  • part 2 story by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens & André Bormanis
  • part 2 teleplay by
    Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens & Manny Coto
  • directed by LeVar Burton (Part 1)
    and Marvin V. Rush (Part 2)
  • music by Paul Baillargeon (Part 1)
    and Jay Chattaway (Part 2)
  • 2 episodes @ 44 minutes each

96-97: Demons / Terra Prime

And now we come to the two-part story that many fans regard as the true final adventure of Enterprise NX-01, and indeed it does mark the true end of their fourth year. Thankfully, there is a lot to like in this one, easily making it one of the best tales of the fourth season.

What is primarily on display here is the crowning moment of resolution to the season's saga of political alignment of all the alien races that will become key founding members of Star Trek's future Federation. The final challenge tackled here is Humanity's remaining xenophobia, most tangibly expressed against Vulcans. In many ways, this creates a kind of a bookend effect on the "Enterprise" series, as many of the Human crew of NX-01 are ready to go to bat for Vulcans and any other alien species, which shows how much they've grown and gained wisdom on their four years of exploration.

Star Trek often gets to explore some really cool way-out unknowns amongst the galaxy, but perhaps because this is such a change from the norm, I also found it quite refreshing to explore primarily Earth, and the moon, and Mars in this story. Because these are better known celestial bodies with more tangible challenges to Human colonists, the exploration of space feels a bit more real in this one. It also gives us great insight into the state of Mankind's technology and social development outside of the über-familiar Starfleet vessels. All this feeds into the theme summed up in Archer's final speech: that sometimes the more interesting explorations are of the inner variety. Staying inside our own solar system to see how we far we developed 150 years from now is very worthwhile. Plus, it affords us a lot of great visuals, and Enterprise delivers once again.... even avoiding the standard cave sets to achieve a more specific look, and thankfully refraining from the smoke machines and dark lighting. Thank you!

One thing I hadn't remembered that almost knocked me off my chair was that Travis Mayweather actually gets a very heavily fleshed-out subplot to engage him, and particularly well during the first half. Whether or not the actor was able to stretch his range far enough to accommodate all the angles may be debatable, but to me this seemed to be the best Mayweather story yet, which was refreshing. In fact, Hoshi and Reed also have their moments to shine in this one, making the whole cast feel like a more successful and unified ensemble than most of the rest of the series thus far indicated.

Interesting is the casting choice of Peter Weller as the story's lead antagonist Paxton. Weller really brings alive and makes real a role that could have been boring and preachy in less inspired hands, and he really seems to make Paxton feel multi-dimensional, his concerns both relevant and misguided at the same time. A good villain can possibly make or break a story, and these two episodes got a very good one here. What is additionally interesting is, three stories later in Trek production schedules, Peter Weller will be back in "Star Trek 12: Into Darkness" playing another hard-hitting character. While he's also good in that, I think Paxton in this story is the better and more enjoyable of the two roles.

The one part of this plot that fell down a bit with me concerns the whole angle of Trip and T'Pol's baby daughter. First of all, surely the existence of a Human-Vulcan hybrid is a moot point after the events of
"E Squared" near the end of last season, where T'Pol and Trip's offspring had successfully grown to middle-aged adulthood. In fact, he may still be out there somewhere. It's bizarre how completely this story appears to have forgotten him.

Perhaps more troublingly, considering the villains' actual motivations, it doesn't make much sense that they would go to the trouble to create the daughter. And what plans do they have for her? How would those plans not do more to work against their goals rather than for? On one hand, this seems like a minor nit, until you realize that the daughter motivates nearly all of T'Pol and Trip's movements in the story, without which the villains' main strategy would be more easily countered. Did the villains calculate all that to help hold off Enterprise? Perhaps that's asking for too much foresight from the villains, and/or too much reliance on chance. The connecting logic between the events and their timing could use work, but thankfully the philosophical themes and debates weigh in quite strongly in this one, keeping it all worthwhile in the end.

At any rate, anyone wanting to go through the highlights of "Enterprise" absolutely must watch these two episodes. Many pivotal moments for "Enterprise" and Star Trek in general are here, and Scott Bakula's team pulled off two of its finest hours with this adventure. Although "The Forge" was perhaps slightly better, the full 3-episode story it was a part of won't top the story we got here.

Next, read the In-depth Analysis Review for
the infamous last episode of Star Trek on television: "These Are the Voyages..."

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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Next, read the In-depth Analysis Review for
the infamous last episode of Star Trek on television: "These Are the Voyages..."

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