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Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 4 Episode 9

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 2004 on UPN
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Archer, T'Pol and T'Pau attempt to take a sacred, but controversial artifact back to the Vulcan High Council, in hopes of settling an internal struggle going on among the Vulcan people. Meanwhile, Trip and Soval takeEnterprise to Andoria to convince Shran to help them stop a war.


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  • A review for all 3 parts.

    This Vulcan centric 2 part story is personally one of the best storylines of any Star Trek series. Vulcans are intergral to Star Trek and this storyline filled in the picture on the Vulcans perfectly. It also took all that nerdology and made one hell of story that would have made a perfect movie.

    This storyline was of course only possible due to Enterprises 3 year offerings of Vulcan storylines and trivia, it is the monumental moment where we see how Vulcans go from the duplicitous image of them we had in Enterprise via the High Command to the Vulcans know in the other series. This change upset a lot of people, but from what I know it many people feel it was all worth it if only for allowing for this 3 part storyline. I think most fans will agree that this made it all worth it, seeming as everything now again fits.

    One of the big highlights of this 3 parter was getting to see plenty of Soval. I loved what he brought to the show, but of course the show had to see him turn good guy eventually and this was done perfectly.

    Throughout the 3 episodes we got to see more of Vulcan than ever before, and this was done beautifully. CGI 5 years on still looks very pleasing.

    The charecter V'las was a fantastic addition too. He's a fantastic villian and he was played brilliantly. He embodied everything what was wrong with Vulcans in this era, and the tie in with Romulans all of a sudden made the whole thing plausable on the greater scale, not too mention being a brilliant last minute twist...Its probably the first reason why I wished there was a 5th season!

    The widening of this story to include Andorians, Shran and a big space fight, was a delightful addition to the storyline I don't think anyone would have expected, and a great excuse to let the crew minus Archer and T'pol to shine..Taking Soval alongside at Trips side was a great oppurtunity that wasn't missed!

    I was throughly pleased with everything in this episode. Lore wise a fan couldn't have for more! It was true to Trek and took on core original aliens that has always been sidelined and never allowed to shine. Its a shame these storyline didn't come a bit sooner...Such storylines (as with all series 4 arcs) are exactly why Enterprise was a good idea for a series. This series was one of those moments that perfectly explains why Vulcans and humans have(in the future) a solid relationship, and of course why those two and Andorians would come to see merit in the concept of the federation. his arc worked on every level and is high up on a Star Trek must watch list.moreless
  • Archer T\'Pol and T\'Pau try to get an ancient artifact to the high command while Trip tries to stop a war between Vulcan and Andoria.

    Overall a pretty good episode but one thing struck me. The explanation V\'Las gave for the invasion at the beginning seemed vaguley similar to the reasoning we were given as to why we should invade Iraq. Seems like the writers may have been trying to do a little editorial work here.
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: Soval tells Shran that the Vulcan fleet is at the star Regulus. This could not be true because it was established in the episode "Home" that Vulcans do not venture far outside their own system. Regulus us over 63 light years away.

    • T'Pol's disease, contracted in season one's "Fusion", is finally cured by T'Pau.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • T'Pol: Captain, you need to rest.
      Archer: Thanks, but I'll be fine.
      T'Pol: The atmosphere is thinner than you're used to. If you don't stop soon, you'll collapse.
      Archer: If you need a break, T'Pol, you should say so.

    • Kuvak: The people of Vulcan are in your debt. Peace, and long life.
      T'Pau: You may be witnessing the start of a new era; not only for Vulcan, but for Earth as well.
      Soval: The Minister intends to pursue a less aggressive policy toward your people. The High Command will be dissolved.
      T'Pau: You'll no longer have us looking over your shoulder. It's time for Earth to stand on its own.
      Archer: We're ready.

    • Soval: You must know that torture is rarely effective against Vulcans. Our mental disciplines allow us to suppress pain.
      Shran: Our security division has had a great deal of experience extracting information from Vulcan operatives. This machine doesn't cause physical discomfort. It uses a neurosynaptic field to lower your emotional threshold. (Soval groans) How do you feel? I've seen Vulcans who were broken by this device. They were never the same again. I have no desire to see that happen to you. Where is your fleet?!
      Soval: I told you! Our ships are assembling near Regulus! Release me!
      Shran: I can't. Not until I'm certain you've told us the truth.
      Soval: Then I suggest you increase the setting and get this over with.

    • Shran: Tell Archer that's two he owes me!

    • Soval: (to Shran) His name means "fool" in our language. Just like yours will in Andorian!

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