Tucker and Reed

Story: Shuttlepod One
Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Series: Star Trek: Enterprise
Year: 2002

This episode is a bottle show, meaning that it uses only existing sets and effects (for the most part) to save some money. Bottle shows can be hit or miss, some rise to the challenge of the limitations and really churn out a great story based more on character than plot, and others fall flat by trying to tell a story beyond the limitations.
Luckily “Shuttlepod One” turns out to fit the former category…something rare in Enterprise. It manages to be interesting. The Tucker and Reed trapped in a shuttlepod in an asteroid field story is very successful, and it manages to have some good character interactions between the two, decent dialogue and a legitimate plot device.

Less successful is the story on the Enterprise, which is about as standard Enterprise as you can get in terms of character interactions: boring and forgettable.

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