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Star Trek: Enterprise, episode 85 (4.9)

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:
Gary Graham   IMDB   Ambassador Soval
Jeffrey Combs   IMDB   Commander Shran
Kara Zediker   IMDB   T'Pau
Robert Foxworth   IMDB   V'Las
John Rubinstein   IMDB   Kuvak
Todd Stashwick   IMDB   Talok
Michael Reilly Burke   IMDB   Koss
Jack Donner   IMDB   Vulcan Priest
David Livingston   IMDB
Michael Sussman   IMDB

Archer, T'Pol and T'Pau attempt to bring the Kir'Shara - an artifact believed to contain Surak's original writings - to the Vulcan capital, as the NX-01 gets involved in a Vulcan-Andorian military clash.
The Vulcans having decimated the Syrrannite compound, Archer - with T'Pol and T'Pau - is driven on bringing the Kir'Shara relic to the Vulcan High Command. V'Las has succeeded in convincing his fellow High Command members that the Andorians will be using Xindi technology to obliterate the Vulcans - although they have a peace accord in place - and is plotting the attack. Because the future-knowing Surak is literally in his mind, Archer knows that time is of the essence; he must bring the Kir'Shara to the High Command before the Vulcans go to war with the Andorians. Unfortunately for Archer and his traveling companions, V'Las is going to extremes to thwart any interference they may cause in carrying out his battle strategy. Further, their showing up and professing the pacifistic views of the Vulcan Syrrannite faction would nullify his framing them for the embassy bombing. To that end, he has sent his henchman Talok to find Archer, T'Pol and T'Pau and "eradicate" them.

Meanwhile, Trip is intent on halting an Andorian-Vulcan face-off that would surely spell doom for Earth as well. Working with Soval, the two uncover the Vulcan strategy and then take their information to Andorian Commander Shran. Shran is initially uncertain that Soval has Andoria's best interests in mind and goes so far as to beam the Vulcan aboard the Andorian ship for rounds of emotional torment. But finally, when Trip discovers that the missing Soval is in the hands of Shran, he intercedes, convincing Shran that Soval is indeed thwarting his own race's plans for the good of all.

Talok and his crew find Archer, T'Pol and T'Pau, and a battle ensues. While T'Pau leads Archer - and the invaluable Kir'Shara - to safety, T'Pol is captured, to Archer's chagrin. While Talok tries to find the still-at-large Archer and T'Pau, T'Pol is taken to the High Command.

Continuing their trek to the High Command as well, Archer and T'Pau arrive just as V'Las is relishing the beginning battle between the Vulcans and the Andorians. However, Shran has led the Andorians - with Trip and Enterprise's help – to surprise and combat the Vulcan ships. Heavy battle starts but V'Las faces resistance to his plans from fellow High Command members when Archer arrives, claiming he has the Kir'Shara. To prove it, Archer - instinctively working a series of controls on the artifact - unleashes holographic images of Vulcan text and graphics. The Kir'Shara's obvious power and meaning astonishes the High Command members - who now turn against V'Las.

As Archer explains that T'Pau was framed for the embassy bombing, the High Command members realize that - through her work in bringing the Kir'Shara to them - the Vulcans' true path is now revealed.

With that revelation, and as Enterprise and the Andorian ship are doing their best to ward off the Vulcans, the Vulcan ships are called off and a war is averted. Afterward, Archer realizes that Vulcan and Earth are headed into a new era as the High Command is dissolved. Archer also, fortunately, is able to mind-meld with a Vulcan monk, who relieves him of the katra so that Surak is no longer inside his mind.

And while V'Las is relieved of his duty and an investigation is launched into his role in the embassy bombing, he and Talok seem to be in the midst of still continuing more nefarious plans.

By Ex Deux on 07 Dec 2004 16:11:00
The final third part of the Vulcan arc is the most action packed of the three paying off on much of the material that had been set up by the far slower and often more turgid previous two episodes. Ultimately a lot of the action scenes such as Archer fighting the Vulcans as T'Pol is captured are superfluous and really don't do much for the story but they still speed up the pace and make the episode flow quicker at the very least as a substitute for much of the pointless arguments that...

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By camicsi on 04 Dec 2004 18:24:54
This was a very good Enterprise episode. It shows that the Vulcans may be changing to what we know them as from Kirk's time, and it finally showed the Romulans; this could be a glimps as to the up comming war with them and shows that the Vulcans may get involved.

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