3:02 - Anomaly
TV Blurb: NX takes damage from spatial anomalies in the Expanse, is attacked by pirates, and Archer begins to realize the Xindi mission will require methods he's unaccustomed to. Written by Mike Sussman. Directed by David Straiton.
This episode probably presents the shift in Archer's character from his "gee, shucks" good-natured captain into someone made of more sterner stuff. The first clue is when he sees the body of a casualty from the raiding Osaarian pirates.
After discovering a huge artificially constructed sphere and discovering the Osaarian's treasure trove including their stolen supplies, he angrily confronts his Osaarian prisoner and nearly kills him. It's an important moment for Archer, showing just how far he's willing to go to save Earth.
There are some nice CGI anomaly effects in the early minutes, the requisite gratuitous skin shot before boarding a derelict ship, and some inventive camera work when first boarding it.
(if this entry was unusually short, connection problems caused me to write it over and over again four or five times)