Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 19


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 09, 2003 on UPN

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  • Guilty of the obvious, but worth a watch!

    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.
  • Archer does hard time for helping people flee the empire

    we start with archer in a klingon chokey.
    how did he get there ?where is his ship?
    we eventually find out the truth througth flash backs
    he helped a group of colonists who were fleeing
    the annexation of their planet by klingons.
    A bird of prey arrives and hails them in true klingon fashion .
    Archer manages to cripple the vessel and flee
    dropping the colonists off somewhere else.

    this episode covers all the classic klingon themes
    politics overriding honour and fair play (ST6)
    the truely honourable are a punished minority(worf) it still makes them look fresh to me.

    The defence lawyers performance is understated brilliance much better than his over the top martok.

    Archer can get quite preachy but he does have a point this time and i like the way the accused and the defender
    look out for each other in the prison mine a fine upstanding season 2 ep
  • Captain Archer is on trial, sure to be sentenced to death.

    This is possibly one of the best episodes of Enterprise, at least of Season 2. Captain Archer is put on trial for helping some refugees that were escaping from the Klingons. Kolos, the advocate assigned to Archer comes from an earlier age of Klingons, one which had to earn their honor. As can be expected, he sympathizes with Archer. Kolos and Archer cause an uproar in during the tribunal, but they present their case well. As a result Archer is no longer sentenced to death, but to life in Rurapenthe, and Kolos is sentenced there as well, but only for a year, though most prisoners don't live longer than that.
  • A great episode showing more than just the sneers and grunts of Klingons.

    As a person being reintroduced (I had until recently only been a fan of the films) to the world of Star Trek through 'Enterprise', I have to say I really enjoyed this episode. I liked the presentation of the Klingons not as one dimensional war-mongering villains, but as a multidimensional race of beings fallen from grace. The character of Kolos the advocate, whose eulogies regarding the romantic past of the Klingon empire was a highlight of 'Judgement'. So far one of the best episodes.
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