- The crew takes on the marauders
- Klingon marauders
- Trip and T'Pol consider their options
When Enterprise is in need of fuel, Archer discovers a
desolate mining colony that is being controlled by Klingon marauders
who are bullying the colonists and hoarding their fuel. After Archer
discovers the problem, the crew trains the colonists to defend
themselves and prepare for a final showdown against their Klingon
Voigts' "A View From The Shuttlecraft" Enterprise Episode
Marauders - Spoilers Involved
Marauders was an adequate episode. There were points of excitement
but also some kind of dull moments; however, I'm sure the male folk
absolutely loved the outfit T'Pol wore during the episode. I'm not
sure if most of the males watching actually paid attention to the
I did like the plot line of Trip becoming friends with Q'Ell.
Normally, this would be given to the captain but giving it to Trip was
a nice touch. The bartering scene was interesting also. The anxiety of
the natives was apparent at a low level, enough to make the audience
wonder but not enough to make them anxious as well. One problem,
though - how did Archer and company know the miners' language? Did
they get it from somewhere else or was it in the Vulcan data base?
My, those Klingons are nasty. Apparently honor is not part of their
psyche - they are a bunch of bullies. Worf needs to come back in time
and give these guys a few lessons. I did appreciate the fact that
T'Pol agreed that this was one fight the crew of Enterprise should
take on. And I like the solution - teaching the miners better ways to
defend themselves, not just chasing off the Klingons and believing the
bad guys won't come back. And while the miners would have been willing
to kill the marauders if necessary, they chose not to - another plus
in my book.
Way to go, Hoshi! It wasn't that long ago that she wasn't a very
good shot - obviously she's been practicing. I think that the
preparation scenes could have been a little more exciting. There was
no background music to add emotion at first and many of the scenes
themselves were static. A little more energy could have been present.
It was rather nice to see the Klingons defeated. I was reminded of
a line from "The Mummy." Bad guys always get "their comeuppance."
Great line. "Good ears." "Sometimes I have a bad habit of
overstaying my welcome."
What does this rating mean?
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Laurie's No-Nonsense Review
I'm sorry, this one was boring. And next week's doesn't look any
Badly in need of deuterium, the Enterprise stopped off at a little
mining colony only to find a group of very jittery traders, who
offered them some of what they needed if they helped with repairs and
promised to be gone within two days. Why so jittery? It turns out that
a group of badass Klingons stop by periodically to torment the colony
and demand large amounts of free deuterium. The Enterprise crew
couldn't let that pass so they showed the colonists how to fight back,
and they lured the Klingons into a trap, laughed at them, and sent
them on their way. Yawn.
even build up any suspense or tension, which would have helped this
episode a bit. The Klingons fell right into the trap, and responded
just as predicted. All right, so they headed off in the wrong
direction and the crew had to lure them about 50 feet to their left,
but that was it! They didn't really threaten anyone, it never really
looked like the trap was going to fail, nobody was in real peril, and
the menacing Klingons just weren't that scary. While the colony itself
looked just great -- this show is definitely the best-looking of all
the Treks as far as FX, locations, and outer space shots -- the
Klingons themselves could have used a little more time in make-up.
And what's up with T'Pol? Even when they're not wearing their
regular flight uniforms, she still has to wear a catsuit. Is every
outfit she owns skin-tight? "Look at her butt," I said to my husband
as she slinked off. "That's all I've BEEN looking at," he said. I
suppose that's the point. She's just silly. She taught self-defense to
some of the colonists, which consisted entirely of ducking. It's a
good strategy, but it seems odd that they never thought of it until
she showed up to demonstrate.
The only highlight was seeing Hoshi's way with a phaser...she's a
good marksman! She wowed Reed, which was nice.
You know what would have been better? A NEW ALIEN! They just keep
relying on the same old ones, and that's getting boring. A brand new
alien would have spiced things up quite a bit, along with a little
tension here and there. Enough with the Klingons and the Suliban and
the Vulcans, all right? Time to move on and meet someone new!
Land of Laurie
Lynch's Enterprise Episode Review
WARNING: Marauding gangs of spoilers for ENT's "Marauders"
are hiding behind the next spoiler warning. (They're right
vicious gangs of "Keep Left" signs.)
In brief: Pretty generic.
Enterprise Season 2, Episode 6
Teleplay by David Wilcox
Story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed by Mike Vejar
Brief summary: The Enterprise helps teach a mining colony to
protect itself from the repeated depredations of a Klingon raiding
Up until now, this season has been one of extremes. There's been
"Shockwave II," "Minefield," and "Dead Stop," all of which I liked
quite a bit ... and "Carbon Creek" and "A Night in Sickbay," both of
which I disliked rather strongly.
"Marauders" stands in contrast to both of the above groups. It
provoked little reaction in me other than the occasional bout of
laughter that I suspect was unintended by the episode. It stands
almost a textbook case of how to do generic television.
It's not even generic Trek, plentiful though that's been at times as
It's just generic television.
Consider the plot: the Enterprise crew stops at a mining colony
supplies, finds out that they've been victims of a group of Klingon
marauders for four seasons, and convinces them to stand up for
themselves, driving the marauders off presumably for good.
Apart from the words "Enterprise" and "Klingon," that could apply to
an awful lot of shows. "Visitor teaches town to stand up to the
bullies" is the plot of an awful lot of Westerns, of some large
of "Kung Fu" episodes, of a good percentage of episodes of "The
Incredible Hulk" or "The Fugitive" ... hell, with all the traveling
did, there's probably an episode of "The Partridge Family" built
around the same thing, albeit with stranger outfits and musical
The basic story is not, to put it mildly, groundbreaking. That
make it bad per se, but it means that there's not a lot there to make
viewer sit up and go "oh, neat!" (If the viewer is one who
all things Klingon, of course, you've already assured yourself of
attention ... but most are not in that category.)
An oft-repeated truism, however, is that it's not just the story so
as how it's told. I tend to agree: you can do a lot with a
plot if there's some good character study or something that adds to
our understanding of a person, a situation, or a past story. (As
example, B5's "Infection" had a plot that was very by-the-numbers,
but the Sinclair/Garibaldi scene where Garibaldi notes Sinclair's
apparent death wish and calls him on it is worth at least half of the
monster-of-the-week boredom.) Thus, one might expect
"Marauders" to have some big character moment to help the story
The big character revelation? Well, I'll let Archer say it:
liked bullies, Trip. Not back on Earth, and not out here."
Wow. Meaty stuff there. Er ... okay, maybe not.
Every character, whether one of the colonists or one of the regular
cast, came off as awfully generic. We had the engineers who bond
over their repairs, the token Plucky Kid [TM] who lost his father to
Klingons and wants to fight, the leader who wants to scorn help but is
unsure of his own leadership, etc. Okay, so maybe a *few*
were left untouched -- there was no romance between Archer and the
desperate-but-attractive doctor, for instance, and the unsure leader
wasn't *actually* killed off the way I'd expected him to be -- but
doesn't change the fact that a lot of the dialogue could be (and was)
called in advance.
Even that might be okay if the show showed any sign of self-
awareness. Lots of shows do just fine by taking a lot of the
tropes and then somehow twisting them -- "Buffy" did it on a regular
basis and still does on occasion, just to use one genre example.
"Marauders," on the other hand, invited laughter because it was just
well, just so gosh-darned earnest about itself. When Archer
his big "I don't like bullies" speech or trots out the old "give a man
fish, he'll eat for a day; teach him to fish, he'll eat for a
chestnut, it's like watching the adventures of Captain Dudley Do-
Right. I give the actors credit for not breaking out into
laughter (well, on the take we got, anyway), but that's about it.
this felt about as interesting as watching the Bush administration
claim Yet Again that "no decision has been made about military
action" in Iraq. (More believable, though.)
In fairness, most of the plot hangs together reasonably well.
easier to do, I suppose, when you're just changing character and place
names from stories that have been done so often.) Having Archer
find a way to help without revealing the Enterprise's presence to the
Klingons is a decent enough premise, and the deception he used to do
so, while not without a serious flaw or two, is okay enough from a
"fine, let's see where it goes" standpoint. (More on those flaws
Scripter David Wilcox must have been at least somewhat aware of
how generic all the dialogue sounded, because the show's got a lot
less dialogue than usual. Alas, what takes its place is scene
scene after scene of "the colony breaks down to move, the colonists
get combat training, the colony rebuilds itself a little ways away."
Instead of generic dialogue, we get only slightly less generic
So what's left to appeal to the viewer? Well, the answer in the
production offices appears to be "when in doubt, change T'Pol's
costume." Apart from a few minutes where T'Pol is dressed like a
colonist in order to masquerade as one, she's in a catsuit that is, if
such a thing is possible, even tighter than the usual gray affair, and
bone-white. Apparently we as viewers cannot be trusted to pay
proper attention to said character's ... assets ... unless there are
signs alerting us to the presence of the Resident Babe's Body Parts.
From *my* point of view, the main appeal the show had was all the
times it managed to hilariously remind me of other situations or
good rebuttal. For example:
-- As Archer et al. initially leave the planet, there's the standard
back, Shane" moment where Trip sees the kid's still looking at him.
All well and good ... except that the way Mike Vejar set up the shot,
Lisa's and my immediate response was "don't flatter yourself, Trip:
he's not looking at you. He's watching T'Pol wiggle as she
(I have enough respect for Mike Vejar that I have to assume he did
that intentionally; directors need their moments of fun, too.)
-- Everything involving the town moving a little distance away and
then rebuilding itself called up so many "Blazing Saddles" images
that we couldn't keep straight faces for the rest of the show.
expecting to see Trip saying, "People! There's no people!" or
complaining that "someone's gotta go back and get a shitload of
dimes!" Man, what I'd have given for guest appearances by
Little, Slim Pickens and Gene Wilder in this show. They'd have
shown us all a good time. :-) (If you've never seen the
film and have
no idea what I'm referencing, go find a copy immediately.)
Apart from its sheer "been there, done that" air, the only real flaw
"Marauders" has is with its ending. The "town drives off the
bully" works well in your typical Western, but in your typical
Western the local bully doesn't have weapons that can turn your
whole town into kindling in less than two minutes. Admittedly,
Archer's not exactly an expert on Klingon psychology, but if I were
Korok and had just been humiliated, I'd come back with the ship a
week later and turn the whole colony into a big ol' fireworks display.
It'd stop other people from getting the deuterium, and it'd get
on the people who made him lose face. Archer's tactic works fine
when the firepower is even, but in this case I think it's entirely
that it'd risk putting the colonists in a much, much worse place.
some ways, I'd love to see Archer find out later on that that's
There's really not much left to say other than a few specific
observations: the show was, for all intents and purposes, about
deep as the commercials it filled space between.
So, some other quick notes:
-- I like the fact that the Klingons' technological superiority to
isn't across the board. Their transporters are better (or at
crews are more willing to use them), but their sensors clearly are
-- When Archer and company first head back to Enterprise, Reed
says something about sending a pod for them. Why? The trio
*came down* in a pod, and there's never any indication that it's out
-- Science nit of the week: the colony doctor's line about
can burn almost as hot as plasma when it's ignited" is meaningless.
Plasma is a state of matter, not a specific thing. When gaseous
deuterium ignites, it for all intents and purposes *becomes* a plasma.
Not a big deal by any means, but just thought I'd note it.
-- Jolene Blalock, for all that I gripe about the outfit, did an okay
in her one quiet scene shipboard with Archer (where she agrees with
him about wanting to help).
That's really about it. This is a substantially shorter review
but there's not much to comment on. Since "Marauders" was pretty
generic, I can use two oft-quoted lines myself to sum up the show:
Gertrude Stein's "There's no *there* there,"
and Abe Lincoln's "If you like that sort of thing, it's the sort of
Time to wrap up:
Writing: Not much bad other than the ending, but nothing
Direction: Apart from the one time Mike Vejar got to have fun at
Trip's expense, nothing stands out.
Acting: Nothing horrid, but nothing that rises beyond a stock
OVERALL: 4. It filled an hour.
A classified mission reveals T'Pol's dark secret.
Tim Lynch (Castilleja School, Science Department)
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Scott Bakula as Captain
Connor Trinneer as
Chief Engineer Charles
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as
Lt. Malcolm Reed
as Ensign Travis
Linda Park as Ensign
as Dr. Phlox
Cedar as Tessic
Jesse James Rutherford as Q'Ell
Robertson Dean as Korok
Bari Hochwald as E'lis
Steven Flynn as Maklii
Wayne King, Jr. as Klingon #1
Peewee Piemonte as Klingon #2
Directed by: Mike Vejar
Teleplay by: David Wilcox
Written By: Mike Vejar
Story by: Rick Berman
& Brannon Braga