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Recap / Star Trek Enterprise S 02 E 018 The Crossing

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An alien ship captures Enterprise, and the life forms inside start possessing the crew.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Abandon Ship: The wisp aliens want to escape their deteriorating starship, using the Enterprise crew's bodies as their lifeboats - and the swapped crewmates trapped on the doomed ship.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The wisp inhabiting Tucker claims his people were once flesh and blood beings, but they 'evolved' into their present energy form a long time ago.
  • Big Eater: Possessed!Trip can't resist sampling the entire menu.
  • Call-Back: They kept the backup bridge setup in the nacelle catwalk. Trip even mentions the osmium alloy again.
  • Continuity Nod: When (possessed) Malcolm visits T'Pol and tells her how beautiful she is, she asks him if he's been drinking. Perhaps she heard about how the last time he got drunk, he started talking about her bum.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: The alien inhabiting Lt. Reed propositions T'Pol and a female ensign.
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  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The scene where Possessed!Reed enters T'Pol's quarters and demands to study humanoid mating with her comes off as very, very rape-y. Even Archer says it when he arrives with security:
    Archer: Enough! Humans don't like doing things without their consent!
  • Idiot Ball: It takes several seconds and a punch to the face for Travis to realize that Trip just might be possessed.
  • Instant Sedation: Phlox disables Possessed!Hoshi with his off-button hypospray. Even more impressive as he got her in the lower leg instead of her neck.
  • In Vino Veritas: T'Pol assumes that Malcolm's odd behavior is this, before realizing that he's possessed.
  • Mega-Maw Maneuver: How the alien ship grabs Enterprise.
  • Not So Different: Possessed!Tucker claims his people are peaceful explorers just like the Enterprise crew.
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  • Oh, Crap!: Malcolm when he sees a wisp coming for him.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: How they can tell when somebody is possessed.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Archer is suspicious of the aliens from the start, considering they disabled Enterprise and locked it up inside their ship. Of course, he's right and their intentions are definitely not peaceful.
    • Phlox as well. When Possessed!Hoshi calls and says that she's been injured, he shows up with a phaser and his trusty off-button hypospray. Good thing, as she's not really injured.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Possessed!Malcolm with a female crewmember. He seems very interested in her biology.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: As usual, T'Pol shows how agitated she is when she uses First-Name Basis instead of rank/title.
    "We don't have time for this, Phlox!"

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