Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 15

Cease Fire

7
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 2003 on UPN
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Both the Vulcans and the Andorians make a claim to a small planet and military conflict soon erupts. As the fighting goes on, the Vulcans announce they are willing to discuss cease fire terms. However, Imperial Guard officer Shran believes only Captain Archer can be trusted to mediate the situation, which drags the Enterprise crew into the tense situation.

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  • As close a classic episode as possible

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    The crux of this storyline is really about the relationship between the Vulcans, Humans and Andorians.



    The simple plot revolves around a disputed moon which has the Andorians and Vulcans fighting for ownership. As a last attempt to stop the Vulcans winning the battle, Shran the Andorian commander asked for parle as long as Archer chairs the talks. So sets up the platform for one of the best Enterprise episodes that doesnt have any space combat.



    It is the dynamic between the Vulcans who dont want the humans there, the Andorians who want the humans there and the humans who dont want to be there, that makes for a strong nexus of conflict and confrontation. It is this, that sources the many excellent scenes between the three parties and provides the non-stop excitement that makes this a such a brill episode.



    Take the Vulcans dislike of human interference, the Andorians internal disagreements and Archer's relunctance to be there and you will immediately know what to expect from this ST episode. Top if off with a rogue Andorian element that doesnt wish to see Archer succeed, superb battle scenery across excellent sets depicting destruction and ruin on the moon and you will instantly sit down to a classic episode.



    Dialogue is lean and provides the characters with edge needed to continue the situational dilemma that they are in, without having to fire their weapons constantly. While thankfully the writers are getting away from constantly having to show all of the main characters in a single episode. Something they have done for the last season and a half and hopefully wont feel the need to keep doing so.



    You should note that this episode is also one of the first times that SF was called upon to mediate a dispute, across its members to be and shows in part why Humanity is destned to lead the future Federation. Some of humanity traits being fair and impartiality.



    I wont spoil the ending except to ask this one question - will Archer persuade both parties to sign a truce or with the Andorian faction wanting to fight on and Vulcan reluctance stop this from happening? I guess you'll just have to watch.



    An excellent episode and one that should not be missed.moreless
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

Zane Cassidy

Zane Cassidy

Andorian Soldier

Guest Star

John Balma

John Balma

Muroc

Guest Star

Suzie Plakson

Suzie Plakson

Tarah

Guest Star

Vaughn Armstrong

Vaughn Armstrong

Admiral Forrest

Recurring Role

Gary Graham

Gary Graham

Ambassador Soval

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs

Shran

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Archer's love for Andorian Ale continues to be demonstrated in the future epsiodes: "Proving Ground" and "Babel One"

    • Nitpick: Although it was Soval that negotiated the original treaty, his presence here seems out of place, considering that he's the Vulcan ambassador to Earth.

    • Nitpick: There are several references to the fact that Andorians and Vulcans came into conflict over the planet "a century" or "100 years" ago. That would be about 2052-2053. But then it's stated the Vulcans tried to claim the planet in 2097, and that Soval had been on the planet for 50 years.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Soval: (to Archer) Captain, your presence here has not been overly meddlesome. (Soval leaves)
      Shran: I think he likes you, pinkskin.
      Archer: I wouldn't go that far.

    • Trip: I don't like pushing the engines this hard. The injectors are running at 110%.
      T'Pol: They're rated for one hundred and twenty.
      Trip: Yeah, and my underwear is flame retardant. That doesn't mean I'm going to light myself on fire to prove it.
      Archer: I think we'll make it in one piece Trip.

    • Archer: The ball's in your court now. (Soval looks confused)
      T'Pol: It's a human expression... it means the next move is yours.

    • Archer: No offense, but my ears are less likely to draw fire than yours. (Archer leaves)
      Soval: What is their fixation with our ears?
      T'pol: I believe they're envious.
      Soval: Do you realize that you've picked up a slight human accent?

    • Archer: Maybe we're not out here to just scan comets and meet new species. Maybe we're out here to prove that humanity is ready to join a much larger community. I intend to do that, whether the Vulcans approve or not!

    • Shran: (to Soval) Join me in a drink to celebrate our mutual dissatisfaction.

    • Archer: Just keep them occupied. (weapons blast nearby) Really occupied or I'm not gonna get very far.

    • T'Pol: We need to reduce our speed.
      Archer: The ground is going to do that for us.

    • Archer: I believe someone once defined compromise as a solution that neither side is happy with.
      Shran: In that case, these talks have been extremely successful.

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