The Enterprise pays a visit to its first Earthlike world, which appears to be uninhabited. Captain Archer and a landing party take a shuttle down and find an inviting environment. T’Pol selects two junior crew members for their scientific qualifications, and Mayweather and Trip tag along (with Porthos in tow). But when Archer takes the shuttle back to orbit, the landing party’s overnight stay goes from Mayweather’s ghost stories around the campfire to a sudden severe storm. The explorers hastily set up a new camp in a series of caves, but once there, tensions run high. Ensign Novakovich runs outside, and when Trip and Mayweather go to find him, they both see mysterious figures – Trip sees a creature morph out of a rock face, and Mayweather sees humanoid life forms in the distance. Back in the caves, Ensign Cutler thinks she sees and hears T’Pol conspiring with more humanoid figures. The tension becomes hostility, and Archer’s attempt to fly a rescue shuttle down in the storm fails, almost killing him in the process. As a last resort, Reed uses the transporter to rescue Novakovich – with almost fatal results. And worse yet, Dr. Phlox’s examination of Novakovich reveals that it may be too late to bring the others back alive.
teleplay by Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Kellie Waymire (Elizabeth Cutler), Henri Lubatti (Ethan Novakovich), Rey Gallegos (Crewman), and Porthos
LogBook entry by Earl Green