The episode entitled 'The Galileo 7', er, I mean 'Shuttlepod 1' finds Malcolm and Reed trying to stay alive in the shuttlepod in the hopes of being rescued. They see some Enterprise debris on an asteroid and think that the Enterprise has been destroyed. What they don't know is that the debris is from another ship which collided with Enterprise - hence the Enterprise debris. The Enterprise was a bit damaged but nothing critical and no one was killed.
So Malcolm and Trip, whose Shuttlepod is not working very well try to minimize resources while they head back in a direction where they hope someone will hear their emergency transponder.
So thats the setup for another character development episode. Tempers flare, alcohol is consumed, the guys get pissed and we learn a bit more about them. Tripp is quite the optimist and Reed quite the pessimist. It seems Reed has some regrets in his life that he wanted to take care of before he died. They also hold their alcohol pretty well!
Seems Reed has a thing for T'pol too. Quite the funny dream he had. If Tripp likes her he sure won't admit it.
This episode reminded me quite a lot of 'The Galileo 7' from TOS. Spock and the rest are trying to survive in the shutlecraft and is willing to make sacrifices. In the end Spock gambles with their fuel and ignites it in the hope that Enterprise will see it. If the gamble didn't succeed they would perish much sooner.
Similarly in this one: they blow up the impusle engine in the hopes Enterprise will see it, jeopardizing their getting closer to help on engine power.
For what it was, it was a fairly enjoyable episode although not terribly original (Galileo 7). I didn't really get a sense of fear that they were stranded alone in space.
1. Star Trek is full of implausable and downright impossible technology. We know that. Warp engines, instant voice communication, transporters, etc. But can't they at least get some things right? When they cut the engines the shuttlepod immediate began to slow down. What was slowing them down. The writers could have easily said that the fuel was used up and the shuttlepod would go on indefinitely but there was the problem that they would run out of air.
2. Are men in the future so advanced and proper that they can't talk about female anatomy? T'pol has a 'nice bum'??