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Recap / Star Trek Enterprise S 02 E 010 Vanishing Point

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Hoshi is forced to use the transporter for the first time, and doesn't feel quite right afterwards...
  • All Just a Dream: Most of the episode takes place in the eight seconds that Hoshi was stuck in the pattern buffer.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Hoshi ends up doing this for part of the episode, after she becomes intangible while working out at the gym. (See the recap page image above.)
  • Danger Deadpan: Trip does his best to convince Hoshi that using the complex matter-energy converter that has only been recently approved for bio-matter is completely safe, noting that both Archer and Malcolm have gone through it at least once.
  • A Day in the Limelight: One of the few Hoshi-centric episodes.
  • Face Your Fears: In order to save the ship, Hoshi steps onto an alien transporter pad.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Whatever the hell Scott Bakula is doing in this scene.
    T'Pol: Captain, we have another storm.
    Archer: Is it a perfect storm? (looks at the aft display console) George! Get off the boat, George. It's going down. Marvin will come and get you out. I swear...George! (starts crying as T'Pol pats his head) George, come back! George!
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  • Ms. Fanservice: Is there any other reason for Hoshi getting stuck in form-fitting, midriff-bearing athletic gear for half of the episode?
  • Mythology Gag: Phasing through solid objects as a result of a transporter accident? Sounds a lot like what happened to LaForge and Ro in TNG's "The Next Phase".
  • Teleporter Accident: What appears to have caused Hoshi's predicament.
  • Trapped on the Astral Plane: Hoshi Sato is terrified of using the first generation of transporters. When she does use it, her worst fears are realized when she slowly starts to vanish from existence. Eventually, she fades away, still being able to travel the ship but nobody around her being able to hear or see her. Eventually, she realizes that a group of aliens are somehow involved, which all turns out to be subversion when she emerges from the transporter, the entire thing having been a nightmare she experienced in the split second before she rematerialized.
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  • Worf Had the Flu: Hoshi finds herself unable to translate an alien language during a hostage crisis, and finds herself outdone by a subordinate.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Reed explains that Hoshi was in the transporter beam for about eight seconds, in contrast to the several hours (at least) that elapsed in her hallucination.

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