Crew To Face Assault and 'Extinction' Next SeasonBy Michelle
September 6, 2003 - 9:56 PM
The crew of the NX-01 will mutate into bizarre aliens and suffer an attack aimed at kidnapping a concubine in the episodes "Extinction" and "Raijin", scheduled to air on September 24th and October 1st respectively.
According to a report in SFX (via The Great Link), the third episode of the new season of Enterprise, "Extinction" (written by Andre Bormanis and directed by LeVar Burton), finds the crew on a jungle planet that wreaks havoc with human physiology. T'Pol's Vulcan genes are spared the worst of the effects, but she is kidnapped by other members of the away team and taken to an alien city.
"Trip leads a rescue team which recaptures Reed," stated the summary. "Hoshi and Archer escape and T’Pol elects to remain with them. Using the universal translator, she is able to communicate with Archer, causing him to question his new self."
Though Phlox begins work on a cure, the situation is further complicated by the arrival of alien vessels which declare that the planet is under quarantine, for the mutagenic effects are the result of a virus, the planet's civilization's attempts to prevent sterility and extinction. Infected beings like Archer and Sato are now destroyed to prevent others from contracting the virus.
Ultimately Phlox is successful in proving that his retrovirus works, and once Archer is restored, he orders the alien virus preserved for study since it is all that remains of an entire civilization.
"Rajiin" (written by Brent V. Friedman and directed by Mike Vejar) finds the crew in a bazaar on the small land mass of an ocean world. As previously reported, the beautiful Rajiin comes between the Enterprise crew and the Xindi, though according to SFX, she's actually working for the aliens.
"Raijin is able to seductively hypnotise and scan beings and wipe the memory of her acts...she’s a spy for the Xindi and has already scanned Archer and Hoshi. When she tries to scan T’Pol, the Vulcan struggles and is knocked out."
The Xindi want Raijin's data about human physiology to create a new weapon to use against Earth, so Xindi-Reptilians and Xindi-Insectoids board Enterprise, seize Raijin and flee through a subspace portal. Though Rajiin tries to convince the Xindi Council that humans are not evil, they remain hostile. Meanwhile the crew is left with a dead Xindi to study.