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The Augments
Star Trek: Enterprise, episode 82 (4.6)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
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
Adam Grimes   IMDB   Lokesh
Richard Riehle   IMDB   Jeremy Lucas
Mark Rolston   IMDB   Captain Magh
Kristen Ariza   IMDB   Augment
Thom Williams   IMDB   Klingon Soldier
Author:
Michael Sussman   IMDB
Teaser

In defiance of their "father," Arik Soong's Augments devise a heinous plot against the Klingons which will surely lead to interstellar war.
Synopsis
Trapped on Cold Station 12 with soon-to-be-released deadly pathogens, Captain Jonathan Archer barely manages to divert them before being transported back aboard Enterprise in the nick of time, narrowly escaping death. Now more than ever, Archer is driven to track down Dr. Arik Soong and the Augments in their hijacked Klingon bird-of-prey as they seek refuge in an isolated locale to "raise" thousands of just-begotten Augment embryos.

Aboard the bird-of-prey, Malik - who considers himself the Augments' true leader now - continually questions Soong's leadership. And Soong is shocked to learn that - instead of having their ship take them to a safe haven - Malik has designs on a far more diabolical plan. With pathogens he has purloined from Cold Station 12, Malik wants to unleash them aboard torpedoes aimed at the Klingons' Qu'vat colony. With the Klingons blaming humans on that ensuing tragedy, Malik knows a war would undoubtedly result which would keep Klingons and Starfleet embittered and embattled as the Augments rise to power. Conversely, Malik is upset to discover that Soong has decided to manipulate the DNA of the embryos to make them less violent. Malik realizes that Soong must have also fixed "mistakes" in his generation of Augments as well.

On Enterprise, Archer and his crew make headway in determining how to track down Soong and the Augments. But when Archer makes contact with them, Soong orders an attack, and their two ships engage in battle. Yet just as Archer feels that stopping Soong and his "offspring" is imminent, Soong waylays them by stranding a female Denobulan in a shuttle that he knows Archer will rescue. Even so, Archer pledges that he will see Soong again soon.

After their unexpected detour, Archer enlists the crew's expertise in pinpointing Soong's bird-of-prey once again. But trouble is brewing for Soong aboard his ship. Malik has corralled the other lead Augments - including Soong's favorite, Persis - in removing Soong from command and imprisoning him aboard the ship. Soong is hardly surprised, but also realizes that he must stop Malik's deadly plan: it will only prove what others say about the Augments and all the Augments will be killed as a result.

Persis helps Soong escape in a shuttlepod and he calls on his only option: a surprised Archer. Archer isn't convinced that the duplicitous Soong is actually on his side, even with his scenario that Malik has planned to attack a Klingon colony. But Soong is able to prove his case with evidence on the stolen pathogens. With that information, Archer has Soong work with the Enterprise crew on once again finding the Augments' ship and intercepting their fatal torpedoes.

Having discovered that Soong has escaped, Malik - who has sussed out Persis as his traitor and killed her - takes command of the bird-of-prey to attack the Klingon colony. Soon, he is engaged in trying to accomplish his deadly mission before Enterprise catches up with him. But the two are soon in battle as Enterprise succeeds in halting the torpedoes' course, and the Augments sustain massive injuries. However, this accomplishment only seems to embolden Malik further as he prepares to continue an assault on Enterprise. At that point, Soong pleads with Malik to stop and save his brethren. Shortly thereafter an explosion rips through the bird-of-prey, decimating it. However, Malik has escaped the ruin by transporting himself onto Enterprise, where he is bent on killing Soong, and proceeds to strangle him. Archer then saves Soong by shooting and killing Malik.

While Archer has afforded Soong some leniencay since he helped save the Klingon colony, the doctor must still return to jail, as Archer accompanies him to the Starfleet Detention Center. Despite Soong's last research ending so disastrously, he decides to commence other studies … this time concentrating on artificial lifeforms.
Reviews

By Ex Deux on 15 Nov 2004 21:09:00
"The Augments" is a fairly predictable conclusion to the three-part arc that lacks the stumbling incompetence of "Borderland" and the strong dramatic center of "Cold Station 12," leaving it an episode without any real strengths or weaknesses. The result is mostly bland and cliched and few moments in the episode manage to make you sit up and take notice.

Malik proceeds on the usual self-destructive course of villains ticking off every cliche along the way, right down to a shock horror...

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By The Trek Nation on 13 Nov 2004 06:29:00
The final installment of the Augments arc isn't as tightly written as previous installments but it's quite entertaining to watch, with numerous references to other Trek shows and Spiner's best performance yet as Arik Soong. He has one classic moment, after having threatened Malik with imprisonment in a Targ pit for killing Archer, when he learns that the Starfleet captain is alive and notes that Archer sounds pretty confident for a dead man; he has another on the Enterprise bridge, having just...

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