An episode where the plot centres around Archer being brought to book for his "alledged" transgressions against The Klingon Empire. An extra plot stand also sees to a least degree Klingon self-examination.
Essentially, this episode is steeped in allegory and is similar the initial ST:TNG episodes where Q put's mankind on trial. In this case, the theme is rather more lowly than in those episodes. Here rather, the issue on trial is humanity's interference and projected arrogance in meddling in matters that does not concern them. It also demonstrates the Klingon (prosecutor/defendent) judicial system at work, and one that is heavily biased towards the prosecution - as one may expect with the Klingons.
This is played out though the premise that Archer is on trial for the previous incidents were he was perceived to wronged the Klingons. Where the first part of the middle act shows their point of view. Archer then gets to riposte their claims. The episode plays rather well, even if it does not really reaching any high intensity levels. The drama as you may expect is centred around the intrigue of the court and the flashbacks to previous encounters, with each side giving their point of view. It also demonstrates quite well Klingon prejudice and corruption of the time quite well, providing a simplistic insight into their culture 'of old' and the levels of corruption which will eventually curtail the empire.
The threat of what awaits Archer at the end of the trial provide some impetus to watch and the unexpected ending to trial provides a nice twist that kept me watching, even if I knew what the eventual outcome would be.
However, one of the better elements of the show as the character arc for Archer's Klingon adovcate, who starts of as an archetypal Klingon and due to his close proximaty to 'the human' and a self-examination of Klingon ways. Something that is hammered home right at the end again, in a way that Im sure returns in a future episode (maybe).
Enterprise plays a small role as it stands ready to execute an unlikely direct rescue through dangerous Klingon space, but then opts for a more stuble approach, as of Starfleet's approach of this era.
In the end, this episode is more about Humanity's ability to reach in and convince others of their point of view, even amoung the most stubborn and culturally ingrained enemy like the Klingons. Overall, I was disapponted by what the episode actually brings to the table, but it is logical conceived, well played out with great sets, especially, the Klingon court. While the story isnt up to much, its entertaining enough and shows enough new concepts and idea's to make it worth a watch, if only one time.