Breaking the ice
The episode opens with Tucker in the mess hall looking at pictures drawn by school kids at home, when archer hails the crew to look out the window.( first clip)
How did they get the pictures?
The Enterprise crew is thrilled to encounter the biggest comet humans have ever seen, one that’s 82.6 kilometers in diameter with a spectacular tail. Learning the comet contains large quantities of eisilium, something so rare that the Vukcans know little about it.
Captain Archer dispatches Lt. Reed and Ensign Mayweather to take a little “comet-walk” with a drilling rig to collect samples.
As they prepare for their mission, a Vulcan starship, the Ti’Mur, approaches unannounced. Archer hails the ship, and its captain,Vanik, informs him they are not there to investigate the comet, but rather to investigate Enterprise’s interest in the comet.
(Now this is a mineral so rare that Vulcans know nothing about it, but Vanik is not interested in it!) Although irked, Archer gracefully invites Vanik to stay and watch, but then he pulls T’Pol aside to find out what they’re “really” doing here. T’Pol has no answers.
( now if the Vulcans have been following Enterprise why when the ship was going to land on there head in fight or flight did they not intervene?)
Reed and Mayweather land a shuttlepod on the comet, eager to experience the wintery world.
Meanwhile Commander Tucker is disturbed to discover that T’Pol has secretly received an encrypted transmission from the Vulcan ship. He reports this to Archer, and upon his orders enlists Ensign Sato to decrypt the message.
Back on The bridge the crew takes a little time out to record a message for Tucker’s nephew’s fourth-grade class in Ireland,
(Now i have some people say why one school why this one class, well its reasonable to think Starfleet did some sort of lottery and they won. I mean they don’t call it the luck of the Irish for nothing. ) anyway the crew answer the students’ questions about such things as what they eat in space and how they talk to aliens. Each crew member in turn responds to the topics they specialize in, but in our next clip Tucker is a little upset when Archer picks him to answer the question, “When you flush a toilet, where does it go?”
On the comet, Reed and Mayweather are setting charges in the ice as the first step of their drilling operation, well it wouldn’t be Read if he wasn’t blowing something up. Read and Mayweather can’t resist taking some time to build a snowman — with Vulcan ears.! Now I like this bit it reminded me of Alan Shepard playing golf on the moon, or arctic explorers playing sports in sub zero temperatures. Explorers are always a bit different, plus it’s a nice way to let off steam.
Meanwhile, Tucker reads the message to T’Pol that Sato decrypted, and realizes it’s nothing incriminating, but rather an intensely personal letter. Highly embarrassed, which is what happens when you read someone elses mail, little tip there people, incidentally why does he blame the Vulcans for his being nosey.
in the next clip Tucker decides to confess to T’Pol and apologize. She is uncomfortable with Tucker knowing about her situation, although he agrees to keep it between themselves.
T’Pol will not even confide in Dr. Phlox when she receives treatment for a tension headache and sleeplessness,I can’t imagine why?. but the doctor advises that she talk to someone about what’s bothering her.
In a gesture to gain the Vulcans’ trust, Archer decides to invite Captain Vanik over for dinner with him, T’Pol and Tucker. The dinner does not go well, however, as Vanik just sits at the table without eating and barely responds to attempts at conversation.
In the next clip Archer gets fed up and abruptly asks why the Vulcans are spying on them. Vanik condescendingly denies the accusation, and Archer send him back to his ship.
After Reed and Mayweather blast a crater in the comet’s surface, they begin setting up the drilling rig. But the blast shifted the comet’s rotation, so Archer orders them to pick up the pace because in two hours they will be exposed to the dangerous heat of the nearby star.
Where is Bruce Willis when you need him!
On the ship, T’Pol decides to take Plox’s advice to relieve her stress by talking about her concerns with someone. In the encrypted letter, as Trip is already aware being a nosey git, she tells him.
T’Pol was given an ultimatum to return to Vulcan immediately or her arranged wedding will be cancelled. He tries to convince her to think for herself and do what is right for her, but she insists her family and heritage must take precedence over “personal choice.” She acts like her mind is made up, but Tucker is not convinced.
Having collected a core sample, Reed and Mayweather are removing their equipment when Mayweather slips back into the blast crater and injures his knee.
in the amazingly low gravity this raises two points.
1) firstly why are they are moving as if in normal gravity.
2) it was a short fall in low g on snow!
With an injured crewman the away team pace is slowed as Reed helps the limping Mayweather back to the shuttlepod, who should have known better because his been in space before you know!.
The sunlight begins to break across the horizon. The ice begins fracturing beneath them as they take their final few steps toward the shuttle. They make it inside, but when they fire up the engines, the ice collapses beneath the shuttle and it plummets into a gaping chasm( Which is this clip)
Yes once again Mayweather has parked a pod over a hole just like he did a few episodes back with Terra Nova, I guess he should stick to space!
So now they are trapped, Archer takes the helm of Enterprise to navigate the ship close enough to use magnetic grapplers to retrieve the shuttle. Obviously he don’t trust the B team helmsman to do it.
Captain Vanik hails him to offer assistance, but Archer refuses. Tucker manages to hit the shuttle with one grappler, but the eisilium deposits disrupt the maglock and the shuttle drops back down. This time falling slightly further.
In this clip T’Pol convinces Archer the Vulcans’ tractor beam would not be affected by the eisilium, and that to accept Vanik’s help would be to prove him wrong about humans being arrogant and prideful.
Reluctantly He concurs, and Reed and Mayweather are rescued by the Ti’Mur.
Archer tries to thank Vanik by offering to share the data they collected,( you know the Data that the Vulcans a supposed scientific society don’t have) but Vanik gives him the usual cold reply, and the Ti’Mur prepares to depart. Tucker asks T’Pol if she’s ready to leave with the other Vulcans, but instead of packing, she sends a message to the Ti’Mur to convey to her family, declaring her intention to stay aboard Enterprise.