Shockwave – Part II

Star Trek: EnterpriseIn a staggering miscalculation, Daniels’ act of removing Archer from the timeline has had a resounding ripple effect on the future. Though Archer believes little of it, Daniels tells him that his absence will erase an organization called the United Federation of Planets from existence, dooming the future. Daniels begins to work feverishly to correct his mistake, but it will be difficult to send Archer back from a 31st century where Earth is in ruins and even electricity is a luxury beyond their reach.

Aboard the Enterprise, Silik and the other Suliban interrogate the crew, torturing T’Pol to learn the whereabouts of Captain Archer and holding the rest of the crew hostage. A delirious T’Pol receives an unusual message that appears to be from Archer, telling her that the key to retrieving him lies in Crewman Daniels’ sealed quarters. Hoshi, Reed, T’Pol and Trip launch an ambitious plan to retake the Enterprise – even if it means coming very close, perhaps too close, to destroying her.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer), Jolene Blalock (Subcommander T’Pol), John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Dominic Keating (Lt. Malcolm Reed), Anthony Montgomery (Ensign Travis Mayweather), Linda Park (Ensign Hoshi Sato), Connor Trinneer (Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker III)

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directed by Allan Kroeker
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Guest Cast: Matt Winston (Daniels), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), John Fleck (Silik), Keith Allan (Raan), Jim Fitzpatrick (Commander Williams), Michael Kosik (Suliban Soldier), Gary Graham (Soval)

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Carbon Creek

Star Trek: EnterpriseOn the one-year anniversary of T’Pol’s assignment to the Enterprise, Captain Archer holds a dinner in her honor, also attended by Trip. When pressed to reveal why her last leave on Earth included a visit to Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania, T’Pol shocks Archer and Trip by recounting a story of the first contact between humans and Vulcans – a story which predates and completely contradicts the well-known and established historical accounts of Zefram Cochrane’s meeting with the Vulcans in the 21st century. And T’Pol has unusually intimate knowledge of the events that unfolded in Carbon Creek, for her own great-grandmother was one of three Vulcans who survived their ship’s crash-landing, forcing them to try to integrate into the small mining town until their distress signal was received by another Vulcan ship.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Dan O’Shannon
directed by James Contner
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: J. Paul Boehmer (Mestral), Michael Krawic (Stron), Ann Cusack (Maggie), Clay Wilcox (Billy), David Selburg (Vulcan Captain), Ron Marasco (Vulcan Officer), Hank Harris (Jack), Paul Hayes (Businessman)

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Minefield

Star Trek: EnterpriseMalcolm gets a breakfast invitation from Captain Archer, but the security chief finds himself nervous the whole time. A call from the bridge saves Malcolm from the awkward situation, and then plunges him into a deadly one – the Enterprise strikes a mine which has somehow been cloaked, remaining invisible until it’s too late, causing major damage to the ship. A second mine adheres to the hull, giving the crew an opportunity to study it and learn how to detect other cloaked mines, but this one is still live and could blow at any moment, destroying the Enterprise. Archer orders the ship brought to a halt and Malcolm insists on going out on the hull to defuse the mine. When he tries, however, it springs an additional attachment to fasten itself even more tightly to the Enterprise and lances through Malcolm’s leg in the process. Archer suits up to help him, but while the captain is outside the ship, T’Pol has to deal with a new problem – the minelayers have returned, identifying themselves as Romulans and insisting that the Enterprise withdraw from their territory immediately or be destroyed.

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directed by James Contner
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Timothy Glenn (Med Tech), Elizabeth Magness (Injured crewmember)

MinefieldNotes: Minefield actually adheres quite closely to established Star Trek continuity. It was mentioned in Balance Of Terror (1966) that no one in Starfleet had seen the face of a Romulan prior to that incident involving Kirk’s Enterprise, but no one mentioned whether or not the Romulans’ ships had been seen before.

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Dead Stop

Star Trek: EnterpriseAfter the Romulan mine incident, the Enterprise is limited to warp 2, the crew has lost use of a major portion of the ship, and long-range communications are down. Archer reluctantly sends out a call to any nearby ships for aid, a message is received pointing the Enterprise toward a space station. The station is completely unmanned, and Archer has to barter with a computer for repairs. The repairs begin immediately once a price is agreed upon – in this case, warp plasma – and the work is not only performed with tremendous speed, but it’s up to or beyond Starfleet specifications. A remote probe even repairs Malcolm’s leg from the injury he sustained while trying to defuse a Romulan mine. But though it seems like a bargain, the station’s computer decides to increase its price – and it’ll cost a member of the bridge crew his life.

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Guest Cast: none

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A Night In Sickbay

Star Trek: EnterpriseA visit to the homeworld of the protocol-obsessed, easily offended Kreetassans goes badly – very badly. Trip is mildly annoyed when this means he won’t be able to barter with the Kreetassans for a replacement warp plasma injector, but Archer insists on looking elsewhere for the vital part. But just when Archer thinks his day can’t get any worse, it does – Porthos, who went to the Kreetassans’ planet with the landing party, has suddenly fallen ill due to something in the planet’s atmosphere. Dr. Phlox isolates the dog and begins treatment, but reluctantly admits to the captain that Porthos could die. Archer is enraged by the thought that the protocol-bound Kreetassans didn’t bother to cross-check their planet’s atmosphere against the genetic samples provided in advance for all visiting crew members (including the captain’s dog). When the Kreetassans then demand an apology for an act of sacrelige (namely, the fact that Porthos relieved himself on one of their most sacred trees), his concern for man’s best friend becomes Archer’s worst enemy.

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directed by David Straiton
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Vaughn Armstrong (Kreetassan) and Porthos

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Marauders

Star Trek: EnterpriseA small outpost of settlers is surprised when an Enterprise shuttlepod descends and lands. Archer, Trip and T’Pol greet the settlers, asking to trade for deuterium fuel. Tessic, the leader of the settlement refuses, saying his outpost only has a small supply – which clashes with the full tanks spotted by the shuttle’s scanners from orbit. Archer finally strikes a deal with the settlers, trading some of Enterprise’s power cells and medical supplies for the fuel. When another ship arrives in orbit, Tessic asks the visitors from Enterprise to stay out of sight, and Archer soon learns why – a group of Klingon pirates has an “arrangement” with Tessic. Every season, the Klingons take every liter of deuterium mined, and they pay the settlers back by not harming them. Archer is determined to end the siege, and plans an elaborate trap for the Klingons. He also arms and trains the settlers to defend themselves.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Larry Cedar (Tessic), Bari Hochwald (E’lis), Steven Flynn (Maklii), Jesse James Rutherford (Q’Ell), Robertson Dean (Korok)

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The Seventh

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Vulcan High Command secretly contacts T’Pol to give her new orders. One of a small number of criminals wanted by the Vulcans has been spotted near the Enterprise’s current position, and T’Pol’s duty – as a former security officer for the Vulcans – is to track him down. Starfleet is contact to ensure that the Enterprise will be diverted to T’Pol’s destination, but nothing else is revealed to the crew. Archer is annoyed by the secrecy until T’Pol takes him into her confidence to explain the mission. The last time she encountered this criminal, she acted swiftly and even managed to kill an accomplice who was trying to do the same to her, but her quarry escaped. However, when Archer and T’Pol go undercover to catch up with her target, he claims to be an innocent man – a man whose business partner T’Pol murdered in cold blood.

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directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Bruce Davison (Menos), David Richards (Dockmaster), Vincent Hammond (Huge Alien), Coleen Maloney (Vulcan Officer)

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The Communicator

Star Trek: EnterpriseArcher, Hoshi and Malcolm return from a mission to a pre-warp civilization riddled with paranoia – and on the brink of war between two major political powers. But as they prepare to leave the planet behind, Malcolm realizes that he left his communicator behind. Archer and Malcolm go back to retrieve the communicator, trying to prevent not only cultural contamination but a sudden technological advance that could forever affect an entire world. But when they’re captured in the process – carrying more advanced technology – Archer can either contaminate the planet’s cultures by breaking the news to his captors that he and Malcolm are aliens…or they could die trying to protect that secret.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by James Contner
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Francis Guinan (Gosis), Tim Kelleher (Lt. Pell), Brian Reddy (Dr. Temec), Dennis Cockrum (Alien Barkeep), Jason Waters (Soldier)

Notes: Fittingly enough for someone who shares a name with the Enterprise-D’s bartender, Francis Guinan is no stranger to Star Trek, having appeared in the early Ex Post Facto episode of Voyager. Fellow guest star Tim Kelleher was an ill-fated crewman in the final episode of Next Generation.

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Singularity

Star Trek: EnterpriseAs the Enterprise approaches a triple star system, Archer is forced to bring the ship to a crawl to avoid the unusual gravitational stresses. The crew looks forward to taking things easy for the duration of the flyby at impulse power. Lt. Reed proposes a battle-readiness status for both the ship and crew, though Archer is initially a little dubious about the proposal for a “Reed alert.” But as T’Pol works on a sensor sweep of the three stars, she notices that the crew is becoming irritable and obsessive. Dr. Phlox sees the signs of the growing problem after conducting tests on Ensign Mayweather all night – but he, too, is too absorbed in all the possible implications of that discovery to innoculate the crew against the immediate threat. In fact, T’Pol is the only member of the crew immune to the effects, which she links to unique radiation interactions among the stars. She plots the only possible course out of the system…only to find that it’s one she can’t fly solo.

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directed by Patrick Norris
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Matthew Kaminsky (Cunningham) and Porthos

Notes: This episodes does indeed show the beginnings of red alert on Starfleet vessels, as well as Trip’s accurate assessment that Reed’s early ideas for an audible alert signal sounds like “a bag full of cats.”

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Vanishing Point

Star Trek: EnterpriseHoshi and Trip’s investigation of alien ruins is cut short by the arrival of a violent storm system. With the atmosphere too unstable to relaunch their shuttle, they’re forced to use the transporter to return to the Enterprise. When she arrives safe and sound aboard the ship, Hoshi feels odd, and she even thinks her fellow crewmembers are having difficulties seeing or hearing her; even the ship’s control panels don’t seem to respond to her touch. Dr. Phlox is convinced she’s in perfect health, but when Hoshi’s entire body begins passing through solid doors and walls, she fears that the transporter hasn’t properly reassembled her. And when Archer and the rest of the crew can’t see her any more, and refer to her in the past tense, it confirms her worst fears…so why can she still see them?

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directed by David Straiton
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Keone Young (Hoshi’s Father), Gary Riotto (Alien #1), Morgan Margolis (Crewman Baird), Ric Sarabia (Alien #2), Carly Thomas (Crewman Rhodes)

Notes: Keone Young previously appeared in the first season Deep Space Nine episode If Wishes Were Horses as Commander Sisko’s baseball idol, Buck Bokai.

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Precious Cargo

Star Trek: EnterpriseAn alien freighter approaches the Enterprise, asking for technical assistance. Archer rolls out the red carpet for his visitors, as Trip checks out the piece of equipment that seems to be giving them trouble: a stasis pod containing a beautiful, almost human-looking woman. The freighter’s pilots claim she is in suspended animation due to the long journey and their ship’s limited life support resources. As Trip works on the malfunctioning pod, she awakens and shows no sign of wanting to be in the pod, or on the freighter for that matter. When Trip releases her, the freighter’s captain attacks him, undocks from the Enterprise and takes off. One of the pilots is left aboard the Enterprise, and Archer and T’Pol have to improvise a good cop-bad cop routine to get any information from him. In the meantime, Trip resourcefully makes his own escape with the woman – a kidnapped princess – in tow, using one of the freighter’s escape pods. Now he doesn’t know which will prove more dangerous: finding a habitable planet on which he can set up camp and send a distress signal to the Enterprise, or dealing with his arrogant passenger.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Padma Lakshmi (Kaitaama), Leland Crooke (Firek Plinn), Scott Klace (Firek Goff)

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The Catwalk

Star Trek: EnterpriseShortly after picking up three alien refugees, the Enterprise is caught in the path of a violent neutronic storm, whose radiation will kill the crew within mere minutes of exposure. Sick bay looks like the only part of the Enterprise with enough shielding to protect the crew, but it can’t hold everyone. Then Trip remembers the radiation shielding of the ship’s warp engines – even though the warp reactor will have to be taken offline and there’s only a long, narrow crawlspace, the “catwalk” inside the warp nacelles can protect the ship’s crew, and their increasingly shifty visitors as well. But while Archer and his crew take shelter in the engine, they’re unaware when an alien spacecraft docks with the Enterprise, and powerless to stop the ship’s soldiers from taking over the bridge. The Enterprise’s new guests are in pursuit of the refugees – and they decide they’d like to steal the ship as well.

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directed by Mike Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Scott Burkholder (Tagrim), Zach Grenier (Renth), Aaron Lustig (Guri), Elizabeth Magness (Crewman #1), Danny Goldring (Alien Captain), Brian Cousins (Alien Lieutenant), Sean Smith (Alien Crewman), and Porthos

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Dawn

Star Trek: EnterpriseTrip’s solo shuttlepod mission is cut short by an attack, forcing him to set down on a nearby moon. As he tries to contact Enterprise for backup, two complications arise which could prove to be fatal. The moon’s distance from its sun means that sunrise will bring a fatal temperature rise… and furthermore, Trip’s attacker has also become stranded on this world – a creature who doesn’t care if Trip lives long enough for help to arrive.

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directed by Roxann Dawson
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Gregg Henry (Zho’Kaan), Brad Greenquist (Khata’n Zshaar)

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Stigma

Star Trek: EnterpriseDuring a stopover near a medical conference, Dr. Phlox gets two unusual opportunities. First, a reunion with one of his three wives, Feezal, gives him the chance to catch up on family matters. But more pressing in Phlox’s mind is the opportunity to find out everything he can from a Vulcan delegation to the conference about a terminal neurological disease. Considered a taboo subject, and a disease suffered only by a group of Vulcans ostracized by the rest of their society, the disease is also a closely-held secret, and Phlox is able to find very little. When he presses, the Vulcans wonder why his curiosity is so keen. Could it be that the Enterprise’s only Vulcan crew member is facing a painful death due to this disorder?

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directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Melinda Page Hamilton (Feezal), Michael Ensign (Dr. Oratt), Bob Morrisey (Dr. Strom), Jeffrey Hayenga (Dr. Yuris), Lee Spencer (Vulcan Doctor)

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Cease Fire

Star Trek: EnterpriseArcher is hand-picked by Shran to serve as the negotiator between the Andorians and Vulcans in yet another tense territorial dispute. Ambassador Soval is suspicious of why Shran is insistent on Archer’s presence, but reluctantly goes along. Though Archer barely understands the conflict, he does his best to get the two parties to talk, and he believes that both Shran and Soval are sincere in their desire to settle the matter peacefully. So who is trying to derail the talks, bringing the Vulcans and Andorians precariously close to the brink of war?

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directed by David Straiton
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Suzie Plakson (Tarah), Gary Graham (Soval), John Balma (Muroc), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Zane Cassidy (Andorian soldier)

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Future Tense

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a derelict ship of unknown design and origin – and its single occupant, though dead, reveals a number of surprises. Dr. Phlox determines that the pilot of the charred ship has human, Vulcan, Rigellian and Terellian DNA (among other species), apparently through natural breeding and not genetic engineering. Trip and Malcolm Reed scour the interior of the ship for clues, and discover a hatchway the leads to the lower decks of the capsule…even though it isn’t big enough to have those decks. They discover a data module in the dimensionally-impossible bowels of the ship, and moments later a Suliban ship appears, its commander demanding to take possession of the derelict from Archer. Archer refuses the request and bluffs his way out of the encounter, and the Suliban retreats to gather reinforcements. Not long afterward, another ship appears, its occupants identifying themselves as the Tholians. They too want the mysterious vessel, and they will let nothing stand in their way – not the Enterprise, not Archer, and not even an entire fleet of Suliban warships.

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directed by James Whitmore Jr.
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Cullen Douglas (Suliban Soldier)

Notes: This episode’s original title, Crash Landing, was hastily changed after the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. Despite that event, images of the shuttle lifting off remained in the series’ main titles. This episode also marks the first appearance (though not the first mention) of the Tholians since the third season of the original Star Trek in The Tholian Web.

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Canamar

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise arrives at a rendezvous point to pick up a shuttlepod carrying Captain Archer and Trip, but the shuttle is empty. Signs of a struggle in the shuttle point to an abduction. T’Pol inquires with government officials on the last planet visited by Archer, discovering that he and Trip were captured and assumed to be smugglers, and are now in a prison transport bound for Canamar, a high-security penal colony. But just as the order comes through to release Archer and Trip from the brutal confines of the prison ship, a prisoner revolt thwarts their release – and suddenly they’re fighting for their lives and the lives of every other prisoner on board, trying to bluff their way into the ranks of the mutineers and hold out long enough for Enterprise to track them down.

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directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Brian Tyler

Guest Cast: Mark Rolston (Kuroda), Sean Whalen (Zoumas), Michael McGrady (Nausicaan), Holmes R. Osborne (Enolian Official), Brian Morri (Enolian Guard), John Hansen (Prisoner)

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The Crossing

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise stops alongside a derelict alien craft, but the crew’s seemingly fruitless exploration of the ship has allowed alien visitors to stow away on the Enterprise herself. The vaporous life forms inhabit Trip first in a process they call the crossing, and introduce themselves to Captain Archer as fellow explorers. But as more of the gaseous beings take over the bodies of Enterprise crewmembers, Archer decides that the aliens’ explorations of his crew must come to an end. Soon, however, so many of the crew are taken over that the uncompromised officers take shelter in one of the warp nacelle catwalks – one of only a very few places inpenetrable by the beings in their ethereal form. Anyone risking a journey into the rest of the ship to stop the aliens is likely to be taken over themselves, leaving the crew with only one hope – Dr. Phlox, immune to the visitors’ crossing.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Andrè Bormanis
directed by David Livingston
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Joseph Will (Rostov), Steven Allerick (Ensign Cook), Alexander Chance (Crewman #1), Matthew Kaminsky (Crewman #2)

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Judgment

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise is cornered by Klingon vessels after a humanitarian aid mission which led Archer to order evasion tactics that crippled another Klingon ship. Taken to Qo’nos to stand trial, Archer is introduced to his defense attorney, Kolos – who stands silently and offers no objections, no evidence and no testimony of his own at Archer’s trial. Duras, the captain of the Klingon ship disabled by the Enterprise, and now reduced in rank, presents his own version of events, alleging that Archer took an extremely hostile stance against him. But when Archer’s own defense won’t even allow him to speak at his trial, how can he avoid spending the rest of his life performing hard labor on Rura Penthe…and can T’Pol convince his crew not to create further diplomatic strife by rescuing him?

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story by Taylor Elmore & David A. Goodman
directed by Jim Conway
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: J.G. Hertzler (Kolos), John Vickery (Orak), Granville Van Dusen (Magistrate), Daniel Riordan (Duras), Helen Cates (Klingon First Officer), Victor Talmadge (Asahf), D.J. Lockhart (Klingon Cell Guard)

Notes: The set design of the Klingon court chamber and Rura Penthe are, of course, based on similar scenes from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (which, technically, takes place over a century later, hence the slight differences in the sets); the Duras character is intended to be an ancestor of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Duras, whose father betrayed the Klingons to the Romulans at Khitomer and then shifted the blame to Mogh, leading the High Council to dishonor Mogh’s son Worf for the crime. Guest star J.G. Hertzler played the curmudgeonly Klingon General Martok in the fourth through seventh seasons of Deep Space Nine. John Vickery has also appeared in past Star Trek segments, though SF fans may better recognize him as the recurring character of Neroon from Babylon 5.

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Horizon

Star Trek: EnterpriseAs Enterprise is en route to study a planet whose sudden orbital shift has drastically changed its environment, Ensign Mayweather requests leave time so he can visit his family aboard the freighter Horizon, an early cargo-hauler capable of reaching just under warp two. Mayweather particularly looks forward to seeing his father, who had to relinquish his command of the Horizon during an illness. What the Enterprise’s helmsman doesn’t know, however, is that the illness has claimed his father’s life, leaving the ensign’s brother Paul in command. During his visit, Mayweather tries to help upgrade the ship (and boost morale), and neither effort meets with the approval of the Horizon’s new captain. Mayweather’s Starfleet discipline clashes with his family’s fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants frontier lifestyle, and he may not be able to reconcile his feelings before an attack by alien pirates puts them all in jeopardy.

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music by Mark McKenzie

Guest Cast: Corey Mendell Parker (Paul Mayweather), Joan Pringle (Rianna), Nicole Forester (Nora), Philip Anthony Rodriguez (Juan), Adam Paul (Crewman Nichols), Ken Feinberg (Alien Captain)

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The Breach

Star Trek: EnterpriseDr. Phlox asks Captain Archer to make a course change to retrieve a team of Denobulan mineralogists who are on a planet where, due to a change in government, they won’t be welcome for much longer. As the Enterprise arrives and Trip, Malcolm and Mayweather prepare to find the Denobulans, another ship has been fired upon by that planet’s new security forces, forcing Archer to take it aboard. Phlox is shocked to find that the ship’s survivors include Antareans, a race locked in a centuries-old war with the Denobulans. When one Antarean patient refuses to allow Phlox to perform a life-saving surgery, the doctor won’t budge to save him…but is it because his patient has asked him not to, or because his patient is an enemy? And will Archer’s order to perform the surgery regardless of the patient’s wishes be carried out?

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story by Daniel McCarthy
directed by Robert Duncan MacNeill
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Henry Stram (Hudak), Mark Chaet (Yolen), D.C. Douglas (Zepht), Laura Putney (Trevix), Jamison Yang (Crewman)

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Cogenitor

Star Trek: EnterpriseWhile coming closer to a giant star than any human starship has ever dared to go, the Enterprise is hailed by a Vissian ship which is venturing even closer. The Vissian captain is an amiable man open to technological and cultural exchanges between the two crews, and even offers Captain Archer the chance to accompany him on a close survey of the star’s surface aboard a Vissian “stratopod.” Meanwhile, Trip and Malcolm become friendly with some of the Vissians paying a visit to the Enterprise. Trip is fascinated to learn of the Vissians’ three-gender society, in which the third sex serves as a cogenitor during reproduction. But when he learns that the cogenitors are treated as second-class citizens, receiving few rights and no education, Trip tries to show the one cogenitor aboard the Vissian ship a new way of life. The cogenitor learns fast, picking up fluent English in only a day. When the cogenitor requests asylum, Trip’s well-intentioned interference could mean the end of friendly relations between the two crews.

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directed by Levar Burton
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Andreas Katsulas (Vissian Captain), F.J. Rio (Vissian Engineer), Larissa Laskin (Calla), Becky Wahlstrom (Cogenitor), Stacie Renna (Traistana), Laura Interval (Vissian Woman #2)

Notes: Andreas Katsulas played Narn Ambassador G’Kar in the pilot movie and all five subsequent seasons of Babylon 5, also appearing in the one-off spinoff The Legend Of The Rangers. Sharp-eyed Trek fans may also remember him as the devious Romulan Commander Tomalok in such Next Generation episodes as The Enemy, Future Imperfect and All Good Things; this was one of his last television performances before his death in 2006. Again, photon torpedoes are mentioned here as a technological advance that several other races – now adding the Visians to the Klingons – have made ahead of Earth.

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Regeneration

Star Trek: EnterpriseAn expedition to investigate debris detected in the Arctic Circle disappears without any communication. Not long afterward, their ship is detected leaving Earth on a heading for deep space, and Captain Archer is ordered to intercept the ship. The Enterprise arrives just in time to see the expedition’s ship – now heavily modified – attacking a Tarkalean vessel. The expedition ship – whose specs rate it as slower and unarmed – easily fights off the Enterprise and escapes. Archer brings two Tarkalean survivors aboard, where Phlox finds that they have already fallen victim to a nanotech “infection” that spreads throughout the body, slowly replacing organs and limbs with cybernetic implants. One of them attacks Phlox, injecting him with the same nanotech devices, and they escape and begin modifying the Enterprise’s systems. When Reed and a security team try to stop the Tarkaleans, the intruders have adapted to the crew’s phase pistols with their own personal shields. An message is soon sent to the Enterprise – resistance is futile…and Archer’s crew will be assimilated.

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directed by David Livingston
music by Brian Tyler

Guest Cast: Chris Wynne (Dr. Moninger), Bonita Friedericy (Rooney), John Short (Drake), Adam Harrington (Researcher), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Jim Fitzpatrick (Commander Williams), Mark Chadwick (Male Tarkalean), Nicole Randal (Female Tarkalean), Paul Scott (Foster)

Notes: Dr. Phlox references the Binars (from the first season Next Generation episode 11001001). The Borg sphere found on Earth is the wreckage of the ship shot down by the Enterprise-E in Star Trek: First Contact, and apparently after the events of that movie, Zephram Cochrane revealed the presence of both the Borg and Captain Picard’s crew, but his story was discounted and he later recanted it. Guest star Bonita Friedericy is the wife of series regular John “Dr. Phlox” Billingsley.

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First Flight

Star Trek: EnterpriseA call from Admiral Forrest leaves Archer distraught – his old friend, A.G. Robinson, the first human to break the warp 2 barrier, has died in a mountain-climbing accident. Robinson’s first test flight ended in disaster, as his attempts to pass warp 2 result in the destruction of the NX-Alpha at Jupiter – and a narrow escape for its pilot. After the near-disastrous test flight, the NX program was nearly canned, with the Vulcans advising that Starfleet slow down its space program, until Archer and Robinson – with the help of a bright young engineer named “Trip” Tucker – decided to launch a second and entirely unauthorized test flight. The flight was a success in terms of proving stable spaceflight faster than warp 2, but it would propel one of its two pilots into a career as Starfleet’s first starship captain…and would see the other leave the fleet altogether.

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directed by LeVar Burton
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Keith Carradine (Robinson), Michael Canavan (Vulcan), Vaughn Armstrong (Forrest), Victor Bevine (Flight Controller), Brigid Brannagh (Ruby), John B. Moody (Security Officer)

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Bounty

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise makes first contact with the Tellarites, a race that T’Pol has occasionally mentioned as a confrontational one. The meeting with Tellarite Captain Skalaar seems pleasant enough at first, until he stuns Trip and abducts Captain Archer. Skalaar is a bounty hunter, commissioned by the Klingons to bring Archer back to their homeworld to face punishment for escaping his life imprisonment on Rura Penthe. But when the Klingon captain dispatched to collect Archer begins double-crossing Skalaar, Archer sees an opportunity to convince his captor that they’re on the same side. Meanwhile, T’Pol isn’t commanding a mission to rescue the captain; she’s on an entirely different hunt as a recent planetary visit has exposed her to a microbe that prematurely triggers her Vulcan mating cycle.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Roxann Dawson
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Jordan Lund (Skalaar), Michael Garvey (Captain Goroth), Ed O’Ross (Gaavrin), Robert O’Reilly (Kago-Darr)

Notes: Robert O’Reilly is a Trek mainstay, having played the role of Gowron, former leader of the Klingon Empire, from the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation through the final season of Deep Space Nine. He had also appeared in the Next Generation episode Manhunt in the second season, before taking on Gowron.

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The Expanse

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise is recalled to Earth in the wake of a devastating attack that pulverizes a heavily populated strip of Earth’s surface from Florida to Venezuela. En route back to Earth at warp 5, the Enterprise is accosted by Suliban ships, and Archer is kidnapped and taken aboard one of them. Silik and his shadowy ally from the far future warn Archer about the Xindi, the race whose probe just killed millions on Earth. Having learned from other combatants in the temporal cold war that humanity will cause their extinction sometime in the 26th century, the Xindi have launched a pre-emptive strike to destroy Earth…and the probe’s attack is but the first wave of that strike. Archer’s only chance to repel the attack is to head off the Xindi at their home system in the Delphic Expanse, a vast uncharted region that even the Vulcans avoid. Returned to the Enterprise with this knowledge, Archer then has to fend off an attack by Duras, the Klingon whose honor can only be restored by capturing the captain and returning him to serve out his prison sentence on Rura Penthe. The Enterprise is helped out of this tight spot by an attack group of smaller Starfleet vessels and escorted safely home.

On Earth, Vulcan Ambassador Soval strongly discourages Archer and Admiral Forrest from acting on Silik’s intelligence. Furthermore, Soval recalls T’Pol from the Enterprise, reassigning her to a post on Vulcan. Trip learns that his younger sister perished in the Xindi attack on Earth, and takes on a tough attitude, eager to go to the Expanse to avenge her death. Captain Archer requests a platoon of Earth soldiers to accompany the Enterprise into the Expanse, and gives members of his crew the option to remain on Earth. Dr. Phlox elects to stay aboard, certain that Archer will need his expertise in the inevitable battles to come. The Enterprise is repaired and upgraded by Starfleet, including the latest armaments, photon torpedoes. The ship is relaunched, with a flight plan that includes dropping T’Pol off on Vulcan on the way to the Expanse. T’Pol ultimately decides to resign her commission from the Vulcan Science Academy, feeling that she’s uniquely qualified to help Archer on his new mission. But before the Enterprise can enter the Delphic Expanse, Archer must fight – and survive – a final battle with Duras.

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directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Gary Graham (Soval), John Fleck (Silik), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Daniel Riordan (Duras), James Horan (Humanoid figure), Bruce Wright (Dr. Fer’at), Gary Bullock (Klingon Council Member), Dan Desmond (Klingon Chancellor), Josh Cruze (Captain Ramirez), Jim Lau (Maitre’d), David Figlioli (Klingon crewman 1), L. Sidney (Klingon crewman 2)

Notes: Scenes featuring Serena Scott Thomas as “Rebecca,” a love interest for Archer, were edited out of the episode for time. The Expanse marked the beginning of a “rethink” of Enterprise by series creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, intended to give the show a clearer direction and raise its flagging ratings.

LogBook entry by Earl Green