The Xindi
Episode 1 of 24 within Season Three. Item 53 of 98 overall.
Production number 053.
Rick Berman - Writer
Brannon Braga - Writer
Allan Kroeker - Director
206 votes

Six weeks into the Delphic Expanse, Captain Archer and his crew learn of a Xindi working at a mining colony, and set out to track him down and gain information about the mysterious antagonistic race. But when Trip and Archer get caught in a deadly trap, Enterprise's newest crew members, a squad of Military Assault Command Operation soldiers (MACOs), must rush to free them.

Meanwhile, T'Pol suggests an intriguing Vulcan cure for Trip's vivid nightmares of his sister's death.

original airdate--September 10,2003       rating--4.1 million


music--Enterprise theme "Where My Heart Will Take Me" by Rod Stewart

Goofs: Given the density of liquid platinum (19.77g/cm^3) the price for Archer's visit to the Xindi laborer weighed over 25 pounds and (at the cost of platinum in 2003, when the episode was filmed) worth over $190,000. Judging from the ease with which he was able to lift the container and wave it around, it seemed a lot lighter. Furthermore, the melting point of platinum is over 3,000°F, which would make a container of liquid platinum hot to hold.


  • The Xindi miner that Archer and Trip help to escape the mining facility is seen climbing a ladder to the surface. From the camera angle, one can plainly see a "Vibram" logo on the sole of his boot - clearly a goof, unless, of course, Vibram became an intergalactic company so large that, by the 22nd Century, it sold its products in the Delphic Expanse.


Trivia: T'Pol's eyebrows change appearance between the second and third seasons, becoming more arched and Vulcan-like. In a 2004 interview with Femme Fatales magazine, Jolene Blalock revealed that she and her makeup artist unilaterally decided to sneak a change in T'Pol's eyebrows amongst the character's pre-third season hairstyle and costume alterations, and no one from the production office complained.


  • Ben Browder was considered for the role of Major Hayes.
  • Hoshi Sato makes a reference to Sergeant Kemper being from Duluth, Minnesota. In reality, the actor that plays Kemper was in fact born in Duluth.
  • A villain is shown broadcasting a message to Enterprise. The prop used in this scene is a 1950s-vintage radio microphone.




related items

Previous episode :
052 The Expanse (I) (season finale)
Next episode :
054 Anomaly
Related to this story :
052 The Expanse (I) (season finale)
  Star Trek: Enterprise, Season Two

regional titles

The Xindi
A la recherche des Xindis
Die Xindi
Gli Xindi