Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 4 Episode 4

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2004 on UPN
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Episode Summary

Criminal Arik Soong is brought aboard Enterprise to assist in finding some genetically enhanced humans he created after stealing altered DNA left over from the Eugenics Wars.

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  • Overrated

    Despite Brent Spiner's appearance, I find this episode to be completely underwhelming. The idea for the story is a good one in my opinion and trying to tie Enterprise into TOS is commendable, but this episode falls flat. Maybe it's better watched when you see the trilogy back to back, but right now all I see this as is an average Star Trek episode with stunt casting (not as bad as the series finale though). I honestly don't remember much of the plot already, so it's highly forgettable. I've been mostly disappointed with this season. I highly preferred the Xindia arc.moreless
  • skitish humans deny themselves a better life

    this episode sums up conservative beliefs on

    human genetic research

    and the irrational fear of the common man that

    doesnt know any better

    the only person aurguing FOR genetic modification is soong

    who is alreadly set up as the bad guy so

    no one listens to him

    there no discussion with trip and t pol like in other eps

    when archer has harsh moral judgement to make.

    it is just assumed that the augments are bad by there very nature and that everyone of the crew and audience agree

    of course if you dont youre left with a disturbingly

    racist view of the subject

    these people never asked to augments or even to be born

    but are pursecuted and hated

    the best suming up of the human ideals

    of the era is said by phlox

    it caused a wars that killed millions

    not that it is wrong or immoral

    but that human are too immature or

    predjudiced to accept them

Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock

Sub-Commander T'Pol

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Linda Park

Linda Park

Ensign Hoshi Sato

Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery

Ensign Travis Mayweather

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Dr. Arik Soong

Guest Star

Bobbi Sue Luther

Bobbi Sue Luther

Orion Slave Woman

Guest Star

Dayo Ade

Dayo Ade

Klingon Tactical Officer

Guest Star

Mark Correy

Mark Correy

Engineer Alex (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Goof: When Enterprise is pursued by the Orion ships for the second time, the Orion ships are maneuvering at warp, and both sides are firing energy weapons at one another.

      As has been established in Star Trek lore, ship's cannot, whilst at warp, fire energy weapons or perform maneuvers.

    • Trivia: After the two augments have boarded the Klingon ship and reached the bridge, there is a shot of both of them, stood side by side, pointing their weapons at the camera. This shot is reminiscent of the scene where the Klingon Chancellor is assassinated by two Starfleet crewmen, aboard Quo'nos One, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

    • Trivia: To reflect her new Starfleet commission and rank, T'Pol's uniform is altered in this episode. Blue science stripes are added to the shoulders, commander's pips are added to the chest, and the Enterprise mission patch is added to the arm.

    • Mission Date: May 17, 2154

    • Trivia: Trip mentions that the augments had previously had slaves, and Soong replies that they were actually subjects. This is a reference to Khan Noonien Singh and others like him, who were originally introduced in The Original Series episode "Space Seed". In that episode, it is established that a sub-race of genetically engineered "superhumans" had ruled over large portions of Earth as ruthless dictators.

    • Trivia: The new captain's chair installed on the bridge is previously used in an alternate ending to Star Trek: Nemesis.

    • First Appearance: Orion Syndicate and Orion Slave Girls

    • Trivia: T'Pol receives a Starfleet commission with the rank of Commander, and thus becomes the first non-human officer in Earth Starfleet.

    • Goof: After Malik attacks Archer, the MACO lifts his gun with his left hand. However, in the following shots, he is holding the gun in his right hand.

    • Goof: The Enterprise goes to warp just as soon as it clears spacedock, but this is too close to a planet to go into warp.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Soong: I didn't realize you shared Humanity's reactionary attitude towards this field of medicine.
      Phlox: On the contrary, we've used genetic engineering on Denobula for over two centuries, to generally positive effect.
      Soong: But you don't approve of what I've done.
      Phlox: You tried to redesign your species! The first time that was attempted on Earth, the result was 30 million deaths.
      Soong: We can't let past mistakes hold us back.
      Phlox: It's your responsibility as a scientist to learn from past mistakes.
      Soong: Now what makes you think I haven't?
      Phlox: I can read.

    • Orion Slaver: You are now the property of the Orion syndicate. Break the rules and you will suffer. Obey the rules and you will suffer less.

    • Soong: Your crew cannot take a joke, Captain.

    • Malik: To quote one of your philosophers, Nietzsche... "Mankind is something to be surpassed."
      Archer: You think he was talking about you?

  • NOTES (4)