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Star Trek: Enterprise, episode 80 (4.4)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Scott Bakula   IMDB   Captain Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer   IMDB   Commander Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock   IMDB   Commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating   IMDB   Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery   IMDB   Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park   IMDB   Ensign Hoshi Sato
John Billingsley   IMDB   Chief Medical Officer Phlox
Guest Cast:
Brent Spiner   IMDB   Doctor Arik Soong
Alec Newman   IMDB   Malik
Abby Brammell   IMDB   Persis
Joel West   IMDB   Raakin
Big Show   IMDB   Orion Slaver
Dave Power   IMDB   Pierce
J.G. Hertzler   IMDB   Klingon Captain
Dayo Ade   IMDB   Klingon Tactical Officer
Gary Kasper   IMDB   Orion Slaver
Bobbi Sue Luther   IMDB   Orion Slave Woman
Thom Williams   IMDB   Klingon Soldier
David Livingston   IMDB
Ken Lazebnik   IMDB

When genetic supermen left over from the Eugenics Wars hijack a Klingon ship, Archer must rely on their creator, the criminal Dr. Arik Soong, to help hunt them down and avert an interstellar war.
A troop of superhumans invades a Klingon bird-of-prey, decimates the crew, and takes over their ship. With Klingons threatening retaliation, Captain Archer and his Enterprise crew are called upon to find the missing ship and bring the culprits back. Launching his mission takes him to an imprisoned brilliant scientist, Dr. Arik Soong. Soong "fathered? genetically-altered, strikingly attractive humans, called "Augments," who possess remarkable strength, agility and intelligence. They're nearly indestructible, and are deemed responsible for the Klingon massacre.

Soong has been jailed for stealing the embryos that became Augments, raising them on a planet in the Trialas System until he was captured a decade ago. Soong claims that he has no idea why the Augments would have taken possession of a Klingon ship, but does convince Archer that he can make them surrender without a fight. Plus, Soong is familiar with the area the Augments are in - the Borderland - a volatile region between the Klingon Empire and the Orion Syndicate that is a magnet for danger. Despite the crew's skepticism, an electronically shackled Soong joins the mission.

As Enterprise enters the Borderland, Soong does seem initially helpful, particularly when the crew soon encounters trouble. During an attack by an Orion Interceptor, T'Pol and eight crew members are beamed from Enterprise into a teeming slave market. Held by hulking Orions, T'Pol and the other slaves are outfitted with restrictive neurolytic restraints - capable of causing painful convulsions - while they await being auctioned off. Desperate to get T'Pol and the others back, Archer enlists Soong's help in being admitted into the Orion Slave Market as the two seek out the kidnapped Enterprise members. Unfortunately, T'Pol has already been auctioned off to an Orion, but Archer succeeds in bidding high enough for all the other members of his crew. When the would-be slaves are beamed back to Enterprise, Trip analyzes a purloined neurolytic restraint so that he can send a code to Archer and Soong that would free T'Pol from her restraint.

As Archer and Soong then punch up the code that frees T'Pol, bedlam breaks loose in the slave market as others are unexpectedly freed as well. However, Soong takes this golden opportunity to make his own getaway, and he and Archer wage a battle against each other in the chaotic slave market. Fortunately, Archer prevails, but he realizes that Soong lured Enterprise into this Orion ordeal precisely to plan his own escape. After Archer and Soong are beamed back aboard Enterprise, Archer demands that Soong lead him to the Augments, but a jailed Soong refuses. He pities Archer for not understanding the potential and supremacy of his genetically engineered Augments.

Meanwhile, aboard the apprehended bird-of-prey, a power struggle has taken over the Augments as their number two leader, Malik seeks to emerge victorious over Raakin, the group's leader up until now. As they are all in complete and utter devotion to their missing "father? - Dr. Soong - Malik feels Raakin has been leading the Augments astray. However, Malik's lover Persis feigns her devotion for Raakin, helping Malik unleash his plan to dominate the group. As Malik succeeds in rallying the other Augments to follow his command, he and Persis lure Raakin into a trap where he is killed by Malik.

Shortly afterward - with Malik at the helm - the Augments' bird-of-prey damages and hails Enterprise, seeking to dock. Malik comes aboard, disgusted that their beloved Soong has been relegated to the brig. Nearly choking Archer to death while Reed and some MACOs stand by helpless, the overpowering Malik demands that Soong be released. When Soong is, he and the Augments are euphorically reunited. Soong then tells Malik to spare Archer and his crew; Soong and the Augments will be too far away from Archer and a damaged Enterprise to be found and caught. Then, on board the bird-of-prey with his Augments, Soong ominously announces that they are going to build a new world together and must now get the thousands of Augment "brothers and sisters? waiting to be born.

By The Trek Nation on 10 Nov 2004 11:25:01
One of Enterprise's finest episodes, "Borderland" has something for every Star Trek fan who watches it. For those who love the original series, there are Eugenics Wars and supermen, Orions and Tellarites, hostile Klingons; for those who love Next Generation, there's Brent Spiner; for those who love Enterprise, there are character moments for Archer and Phlox and particularly for Tucker and T'Pol. There's also action aplenty, a fairly engrossing storyline and some of the arguments we've heard...

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By Ex Deux on 01 Nov 2004 21:06:00
"Borderland" is an episode meant to kick off a mini-arc but its strongest moments are in the Borderland, when it diverts from its key topic of the escaped Augments running loose to explore the rougher chaos at the borders. This is ultimately far more interesting than the tedious scenes featuring internal rivalries between the supermen who look,, act and sound like refugees from a bad 80's music video. 'Khan Noonien Singh' in "Space Seed" and of course THE WRATH OF KHAN worked because those...

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