Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 3 Episode 13

Proving Ground

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 21, 2004 on UPN
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Enterprise detects a signal leading to a testing ground for the Xindi weapon prototype, but they have to move through a field of anomalies in order to get there faster. Enterprise takes heavy damage in the process, but is ultimately saved by an Andorian ship under Shran's command. Shran offers Archer assistance in the battle against the Xindi.moreless

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  • The imperial guard offer to help enterprise

    When attempting to track the kemocite signature

    of the xindi weapon the enterprise falls foul

    of an anomaly field.

    But who should be there to save the day but shran and the crew of the Kumari.

    He offers his condolences on the loss earth has suffered

    and pledges the imperial guards help to archers and his mission.

    the system they track the weapon to is heavily guarded.

    The weapon is being tested on a small moon .

    In order to get detailed scans ,shran enters the system as a member of the andorian mining consortium.(and consistantly mispronounces the word)

    The two ships formulate a plan to divide and conquer

    the xindi forces.With archer in overall command on the kumari.

    The andorians and enterprise enter the system

    the xindi give chase to enterprise while the andorians

    tractor the weapon into thier cargo bay.

    it is then that shran reveals thier true purpose in the expanse,to take he weapon back to andoria for study.

    Archer punches shran and is carted off to an escape pod

    once picked up by enterprise they pursue the andorians to the hyperbaric cloud

    where the supremely stubborn archer reveals a little secret of his own.

    A fine episode we are set up all along to believe

    the andorian arent playing straight

    the betrayal is still quite shocking

    and its shrans conflicted performance

    that is the highlight of the show

    the arguement with the general and his

    straight refusal to accept a medal for

    his dishonourable act.

    the ending added another fine twist or two

    archer keeping the arming code to himself

    and shrans covert attempt to make ammends

    by sending the scans of the weapon

    a fine episode

    made by jeffery combs and scott bakula

  • Superb episode which show destructive power of Xindi weapon and Andorians in a different light.

    Andorians rescured Enterprise from anomaly field and their captain Shran offered "pinks" help to fix any damages and destructions which casued anomaly. He also informed Archer that Andorians know about his mission and offered him co-operation.

    The crew finnally found Xindi weapon. Aliens test it in heavily guarded system. Archer and the rest are witness of strike it on small moon. The weapon is not fully functioned but very destructive already.

    Archer decides to capture weapon and send it to Earth make opportunity to study and create by Star Fleet something to defense against it. When Enterprise paid attention of two Xindi ships Andorians tracked down alien weapon to their cargo bay.

    After successfuly escape Andorians reveals that they want this weapon for themselves to protect their homeworld (or to use against Vulcans). Shran is not very happy with orders he got from his command but he must to be obey. He ordered his crew to study weapon.

    Archer wants to regain weapon and informed Andorians he destroyed it in Andorians cargo bay if they don't bring it back. Shran refused and Archer send signal to activate Xindi weapon system. Andorians got weapon off ship a few seconds before its destruction.

    Before Andorians aways Shran send to Enterprise all weapon scans and results of their study....moreless
Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

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

Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula

Captain Jonathan Archer

Rick Worthy

Rick Worthy


Guest Star

Josh Drennen

Josh Drennen

Degra's Assistant

Guest Star

Granville Van Dusen

Granville Van Dusen

Andorian General

Guest Star

Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood


Recurring Role

Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald


Recurring Role

Randy Oglesby

Randy Oglesby


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Shran: Don't underestimate these pink skins, Lieutenant. They're still out there.

    • Archer: We keep doing each other favors.
      Shran: Isn't that how alliances are born?

    • T'Pol: It appears it was building toward an overload.
      Shran: Are you saying this was a failure?
      T'Pol: A spectacular one, but yes.

    • Shran: Take us out of the system. But not too quickly. The 'Andorian Mining Consortium' runs from no one.

    • Shran: Captain Archer, look at the trouble you've gotten your pink skin into this time.

    • Talas: Last time I saw weapons like these was during my early tactical training.
      Reed: I'm sorry I wasted your time on our primitive systems.
      Talas: Not at all. I found it nostalgic.

    • Talas: We should head back to Andoria while we're still able.
      Shran: You sound like you're afraid of this Expanse, Lieutenant. I'd expect that from a Vulcan, not a member of the Imperial Guard.

    • Shran: (to Archer): Your world was brutally attacked. The Imperial Guard thought you'd be grateful to have an ally, considering no else came rushing to your aid.
      T'Pol: And how did the Imperial Guard know Earth had been attacked?
      Shran: Seven million killed? Not exactly a state secret.

    • Shran: The Imperial Guard doesn't serve at your leisure, pink skin!
      Archer: This is my mission!
      Shran: And you'd pass up your best chance for success over a matter of pride?!
      Archer: This isn't about pride! The Xindi killed seven million humans, not Andorians. I won't put the fate of my people in the hands of the Imperial Guard.

    • Archer: You're putting Earth at risk because of a border dispute with the Vulcans?
      Shran: We disrupted the Xindi test! Took their weapon! We may've helped save your world!
      Archer: I guess I'm not familiar with the Andorian concept of help!

    • (Archer punches Shran in the face)
      Archer: You like to talk about repaying debts. I've owed you that for a long time.

    • Talas: I'd take this ship into combat myself.
      Reed: Even with our primitive weapons?
      Talas: It's not the weapon. It's the soldier who wields it.

    • Archer: Why are you here?
      Shran: Your world is in jeopardy and where are your friends, the Vulcans? Where is their mighty fleet? They couldn't even spare one officer. She was forced to abandon her career to remain on your ship. A remarkably selfless act... for a Vulcan.

    • Reed: No offense, but when it comes to our weapons frequencies, I wouldn't trust my own mother.
      Talas: Is your mother considered a security risk?

    • Reed: If you ever decide to leave the Imperial Guard, Starfleet could certainly use you.
      Talas: And if you get tired of exploring, you'd do well in the Imperial Guard.

  • NOTES (1)