Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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The Communicator 

Upon returning from covertly observing a pre-warp culture, Lieutenant Reed realizes he lost his communicator somewhere on the planet. Archer and Reed return to recover the lost technology, ... See full summary »


James A. Contner (as James Contner)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Captain Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Francis Guinan ... General Gosis
Tim Kelleher ... Lieutenant Pell
Dennis Cockrum ... Alien Barkeep
Brian Reddy ... Dr. Temec
Jason Waters Jason Waters ... Soldier


Upon returning from covertly observing a pre-warp culture, Lieutenant Reed realizes he lost his communicator somewhere on the planet. Archer and Reed return to recover the lost technology, only to find the natives found it first. Captured and interrogated, the crewmen find themselves doing even more damage to the culture, who have scanned the prisoners and know them to be of another race. Meanwhile, Tucker and Mayweather try to figure out how to active the cloak on the Suliban cell ship so they can mount a discreet rescue. Written by Meribor

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Release Date:

13 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The weapons the alien soldiers use was a Heckler & Koch MP5 sub-machine gun, modified with a drum magazine, fixed stock, and either a sound suppressor or extension to the barrel. See more »


When Archer and Reed are back on the planet again, they are being captured and their technological equipment confiscated. Somehow they still all seem to be able to speak in English with their captors. See more »


Ensign Travis Mayweather: Having a cloaked hand could have its advantages. Be useful in a poker match.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: I could probably become a world-class magician.
Ensign Travis Mayweather: It might be helpful on movie night, if you bring a date.
[Tucker looks at him quizzically]
Ensign Travis Mayweather: In case you wanna steal some popcorn!
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Lt. Reed is uncharacteristically dumb in this one.
26 March 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Lt. Reed is a rather 'spit and polish' sort of officer. So, the fact that he'd realize that he'd forgotten his communicator behind when they did a covert mission to a more primitive culture is pretty strange. Regardless, he and Archer go back to retrieve it and are, in fact, retrieved themselves. It seems that security folks on the planet found the communicator and now they want to cross-examine these two 'spies' that they captured. This involves a bit of torture as well as possible execution. Can they be captured and can they get rid of all traces of their presence to reduce how much they contaminated this pre-warp culture?

This is a decent episode--exciting and worth seeing even if it did seem implausible that Reed could be this stupid.

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