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The Xindi

Star Trek: EnterpriseSix weeks into their mission into the Delphic Expanse, the Enterprise crew is on edge – thus far, they’ve managed to follow only a single lead. The crew is also growing accustomed to the presence of Military Assault Command Operations (MACO) troops aboard the Enterprise. Captain Archer and Trip work a questionable deal with an alien who claims to have a Xindi prisoner, and when the two Enterprise officers finally meet their first living Xindi, they become prisoners too – and now they have to rely on their enemy to help them escape. They’ll also need some help from the MACOs…if Lt. Reed can be convinced that the rescue mission would be best handled by commandos rather than Enterprise’s own security forces.

Season 3 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
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Steven Culp (Major Hayes), Chris Freeman (Alien Head Guard), Adam Taylor Gordon (Young Trip), Daniel Dae Kim (Corporal Chang), Richard Lineback (Kessick), Scott MacDonald (Xindi Reptilian), Stephen McHattie (Alien Foreman), Randy Oglesby (Degra), Marco Sanchez (Corporal Romero), Tucker Smallwood (Xindi Humanoid), Rick Worthy (Xindi Sloth)

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Anomaly

Star Trek: EnterpriseA spatial anomaly disrupts the structure of the Enterprise itself, just before a well-armed raiding party boards the ship, attacking the crew and robbing supplies from the Enterprise’s cargo bays. The raider vessel, apparently unaffected by the anomaly, slips into an even denser field of spatial disruption apparently unharmed. Archer orders a pursuit course, which damages the Enterprise even further. He intends not only to secure the secret of passing through the anomaly unharmed for the Enterprise, but to retrieve the stolen items and put the raiders out of business. But when a single prisoner is captured who could give him the means to do this, how far will Archer go to get the man to cooperate?

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directed by David Straiton
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Nathan Anderson (Sergeant Kemper), Robert Rusler (Orgoth), Julia Rose (McKenzie), Kenneth A. White (Engineering Crewman), Ken Lally (Security Guard #1), Ryan Honey (Security Guard #2)

Notes: Robert Rusler, though he’s barely recognizable here, is remembered by Babylon 5 fans as ill-fated hotshot pilot Warren Keffer from the second season.

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Extinction

Star Trek: EnterpriseStudying a planet in the Expanse at close range, an Enterprise landing party mutates into more primitive forms of life. The cause of this condition is a virus which has now infected Archer, Reed, Hoshi and even T’Pol. The human crew members are transformed, exhibiting personalities from a virological archive of an alien civilization. But by the time Archer and the others can gain an understanding of what has taken control of them, they have traveled to an ancient alien temple – where a group of hunters, who don’t seem eager to help the crew or Dr. Phlox find a cure, is waiting for them.

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directed by LeVar Burton
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Craig Baxley Jr. (Decon Agent #1), Philip Boyd (Com Officer), Daniel Dae Kim (Corporal Chang), Roger Cross (Tret), Kiante Elam (Alien Humanoid), Troy Mittleider (Palmer), Jimmy Ortega (Decon Agent #3), Keith Schindol (Decon Agent #2), Brian Williams (Stunt Alien Decon Agent)

Notes: Guest star Jimmy Ortega’s other Star Trek appearance goes all the way back to the beginning of the post-movie era – he had a brief part in Encounter At Farpoint as an Enterprise bridge officer frozen solid by Q.

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Raijin

Star Trek: EnterpriseArcher calls in a favor from a merchant he met at a previous stop in the Expanse. But when he stops by the planet where the merchant does business, Archer picks up an unexpected passenger – an alien sex slave named Raijin escapes from a bazaar and returns to the Enterprise with him. Once on board, Rajiin is a mystery, defying Phlox’s attempts to find out more about her species, but she certainly catches everyone else’s eye. She is able to telepathically invade everyone’s mind an insinuate herself into their deepest fantasies, whether her “victim” happens to be Trip, Captain Archer, Hoshi, T’Pol…

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directed by Mike Vejar
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Nikita Ager (Raijin), B.K. Kennelly (Alien Merchant), Steve Larson (Zjod), Dell Yount (B’Rat Ud)

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Impulse

Star Trek: EnterpriseDeep in the Delphic Expanse, the Enterprise encounters a drifting Vulcan science vessel – a ship that was T’Pol’s last assignment before serving at the Vulcan consulate on Earth. It has managed to drift through a chaotic asteroid field too dense and dangerous for the Enterprise to navigate, so Archer takes a small team in via shuttlepod to search for survivors. As it turns out, the Vulcan ship’s entire crew has survived – but they have become infected with a condition that breaks down their emotional control and leaves them in a zombie-like state, attacking anyone who comes near them. Archer and his boarding party are eventually beseiged in a closed-off part of the ship, and T’Pol is infected with this disease during a skirmish with the Vulcan crew, growing increasingly paranoid and violent toward her crewmates.

Get this season on DVDteleplay by Jonathan Fernandez
story by Jonathan Fernandez & Terry Matalas
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Sean McGowan (Corporal Hawkins)

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Exile

Star Trek: EnterpriseAn unknown man, appearing to be human, is repeatedly seen aboard the Enterprise by Hoshi, but sensors never pick him up. Finally, the person she has repeatedly sighted contacts her more formally, offering to help track down information on where the Xindi are building the next superweapon to be deployed against Earth – in exchange for Hoshi’s company for a few days and an opportunity to study her unique communication and translation abilities. While she’s away, the Enterprise is nearly ripped apart by gravitational anomalies, and Archer and Trip venture onward in a shuttlepod to find the source of the problem. They find an artificially constructed sphere exterting the deadly gravitational influence – and then discover that there are dozens of such spheres throughout the Expanse. And when Hoshi tries to leave her host, she discovers that he has no intention of letting her return to the Enterprise.

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directed by Roxann Dawson
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Maury Sterling (Tarquin)

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The Shipment

Star Trek: EnterpriseFollowing a lead given to Hoshi by Tarquin, Archer, Reed and Major Hayes infiltrate a shipping depot on a planet in the Expanse. According to Tarquin’s information, a shipment of components vital to the superweapon being prepared by the Xindi will arrive soon at this outpost, and Archer plans to intercept it. Archer and his team capture and question Gralik, the inoffensive Xindi-Sloth cargo master, at his home, and Archer is unusually rough with him – but the captain begins to question his own methods when Gralik expresses surprise and regret that his outpost may be moving shipments meant to kill massive numbers of innocent lives. But is he outraged enough to help Archer sabotage the next shipment of weapons components?

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directed by David Straiton
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Randy Oglesby (Degra), John Cothran Jr. (Gralik), Steven Culp (Major Hayes), Jack Alsted (Sloth #2), Sam Witwer (Sloth #3), John Eddins (Xindi Reptilian)

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Twilight

Star Trek: EnterpriseWhile investigating an orderload in the starboard warp nacelle systems, Captain Archer and T’Pol encounter an unusual spatial anomaly, and Archer is overcome by it after pushing his science officer out of the way. Archer awakens in the sick bay of the Enterprise, told by Dr. Phlox that a parasitic infection he contracted is preventing him from retaining any short-term memory. After this condition makes it apparent that Archer is unfit for duty, T’Pol is made the ship’s Captain. Phlox attempts a more aggressive treatment, and when Archer awakens from it, an older T’Pol tells him that twelve years have passed – none of which he can remember – during which the Xindi have destroyed Earth and are now systematically hunting down the last 6,000 surviving humans who escaped the planet’s destruction.

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directed by Robert Duncan McNeill
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Gary Graham (Soval), Brett Rickaby (Yedrin Koss), Richard Anthony Crenna (Security Guard)

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North Star

Star Trek: EnterpriseFollowing up on leads about kidnapped humans in the Expanse, the Enterprise visits a planet where humans are supposedly being held in slavery by a race called the Skagarans. Archer, Trip and T’Pol disguise their identities and mingle with the natives, where they find that the story is now very different: the humans, kidnapped long before the 22nd century, have risen up and overthrown their former masters, and the Skagarans are now a belittled under-class, not allowed to receive an education or hold any position of power. But even then, Archer is still determined to restore balance and equity to the two races inhabiting this world, even if it means revealing his true identity and rocking the humans’ beliefs to the core.

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directed by David Straiton
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Glenn Morshower (Sheriff MacReady), James Parks (Deputy Bennings), Paul Rae (Bartender), Emily Bergl (Bethany), Steven Klein (Draysik), Gary Bristow (Stablehand), Mike Watson (Skagaran), John Baron (Yral), Alexandria M. Salling (Taliyah), Jeff Eith (Cowboy #1), Cliff McLaughlin (Cowboy #2), Tom Dupont (Cowboy #3), Dorenda Moore (MACO #1), Kevin Derr (MACO #2)

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Similitude

Star Trek: EnterpriseCritically injured by an explosion in engineering, Trip is left in a coma. The Enterprise becomes ensnared in a phenomenon that’s gradually covering the ship’s hull with energy-draining particles. Dr. Phlox is less than optimistic about the chief engineer’s chances of survival by conventional means, and offers the captain an unorthodox solution – growing a clone by using a mimetic creature that will grow to maturity in less than a week, and die in 15 days. Phlox hopes to replace a damaged portion of Trip’s brain with the identical tissue removed from his clone. But in the week it takes to raise and teach the clone, the crew becomes more attached to it than they expected – and when the critical moment arises, Trip’s clone would rather live out the few days left to him than serve as a source of donor organ tissue for Trip himself.

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directed by LeVar Burton
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Shane Sweet (Sim-Trip, age 17), Adam Taylor Gordon (Sim-Trip, age 8 ), Maximillian Kesmodel (Sim-Trip, age 4)

Note: The music from this episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series in 2004.

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Carpenter Street

Star Trek: EnterpriseFor the first time since the Xindi first attacked Earth, the enigmatic Crewman Daniels appears to Captain Archer – who turns on him angrily for not having ever warned him of the impending strike. But Daniels insists that 31st century history records no Xindi war with Earth – therefore, the entire struggle is an enormous disruption in the timeline, and Daniels is here to warn Archer of a new threat. Xindi-Reptilians have been detected interfering with Earth’s timeline in the early 21st century. Archer and T’Pol travel back to the year 2004 to find the Xindi and stop them from wiping out humanity a hundred years before the Enterprise’s time – but they must first figure out why people are disappearing in a run-down part of Detroit, and how the kidnappings connect to an attempt at genocide.

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directed by Mike Vejar
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Matt Winston (Daniels), Leland Orser (Loomis), Michael Childers (Strode), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Xindi-Reptilian #1), Tom Morga (Xindi-Reptilian #2), Erin Cummings (Prostitute #1), Donna DuPlantier (Prostitute #2), Billy Mayo (Cop #1), Dan Warner (Cop #2)

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Chosen Realm

Star Trek: EnterpriseA chance encounter with a small vessel full of humanoids on a spiritual pilgrimage turns out to be more than a coincidence – their leader, D’Jamat, has specifically sought the Enterprise. His followers attack the crew and hijack the ship, intending to use it to turn the tide in a holy war that has divided their planet for centuries. When D’Jamat demands that Archer select a member of the crew to die, Archer chooses himself – and even names his own sentence, “death” by transporter. In fact, Archer merely has himself beamed into the bowels of the Enterprise, where he coordinates a last-ditch effort to retake the ship. But even if he can’t, has the end of this so-called holy war already been decided?

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directed by Roxann Dawson
music by Paul Biallargeon

Guest Cast: Conor O’Farrell (D’Jamat), Vince Grant (Yarrick), Lindsey Stoddart (Indava), Tayler Sheridan (Jareb), David Youse (Nalbis), Gregory Wagrowski (Ceris), Matt Huhn (Triannon), Kim Fitzgerald (Crewman)

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Proving Ground

Star Trek: EnterpriseAt a meeting of the multi-species Xindi war council, it is announced that a prototype of the next sphere weapon – this one on a larger scale intended to take Earth out in a single strike – is nearly ready. If the leaders of the various Xindi species approve of the weapon’s test firing, the genuine article could be on course for Earth in a matter of mere weeks.

Using the traceable kemosite planted by Gralik, Archer and the Enterprise crew find the location where the Xindi plan to test their weapon – but that proving ground is tucked away behind a dense field of the spatial anomalies that have severely damaged the Enterprise in the past. An attempt to navigate the anomalies fails, and the Enterprise becomes stuck in what seems to be a hopeless situation – until a tractor beam pulls her to safety. Archer is stunned, and T’Pol is suspicious, to see that Captain Shran of the Andorians has followed them simply to offer his help – with surprisingly few strings attached. When Shran is all too eager to help Archer hijack the test weapon, Archer must consider destroying his prize if only to keep Shran from using it to develop a weapon of mass destruction for use against the Vulcans.

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directed by David Livingston
music by John Frizzell

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Molly Brink (Talas), Randy Oglesby (Degra), Scott MacDonald (Xindi Reptilian), Tucker Smallwood (Xindi Humanoid), Rick Worthy (Xindi Sloth), Granville Van Dusen (Andorian General), Josh Drennen (Degra’s Assistant)

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Strategem

Star Trek: EnterpriseThree years after the end of the human-Xindi conflict, Archer and Degra, the Xindi-humanoid weapons develeoper, escape from imprisonment at the hands of the Xindi-insectoids. Degra has experienced memory loss during his interrogation, and Archer reminds him that after destroying Earth, the various Xindi turned on each other in a vicious civil war. But Archer is also insisting that Degra must help him return to the place where the fateful Xindi sphere-weapon was tested before being launched toward Earth. And Degra is unaware – at least at first – that everything he is being told is untrue.

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story by Terry Matalas
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Josh Drennen (Thalen), Randy Oglesby (Degra)

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Harbinger

Star Trek: EnterpriseWhen Major Hayes orders security and self-defense drills for the Enterprise’s crew without going through Lt. Reed, the Enterprise security chief is most annoyed and sets out to prove that his crewmates are every bit as capable of handling themselves as the MACO commandos. In the meantime, one of the MACOs is handling Trip quite well, embarking on a romantic relationship with him that leaves T’Pol strangely unsettled. The Enterprise encounters an anomaly containing a tiny pod. When the pod is pulled free, Captain Archer and Dr. Phlox are alarmed to find one humanoid life form aboard, and they’re even more alarmed by his agonized recounting of cruel treatment by the Xindi. But at the first opportunity, their visitor proves that he is, in fact, a Trojan horse sent by the Xindi themselves – and Hayes and Reed may be too busy exchanging blows with one another to stop the alien from destroying the Enterprise.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Steven Culp (Hayes), Thomas Kopache (Alien), Noa Tishby (Amanda Cole)

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Doctor’s Orders

Star Trek: EnterpriseEnterprise arrives at a vast nebula, and trying to go around the gaseous structure would add months to the ship’s journey. Archer is forced to consider putting the entire crew under neurosedation and leaving Enterprise in the hands of Doctor Phlox and T’Pol, whose alien physiologies render them immune to the nebula’s effects. Though T’Pol is undaunted by the exhaustive schedule of duties she must perform as the ship’s sole pilot and engineer, Phlox may be unprepared for the sense of isolation that he must endure – but is he really alone, or has someone else boarded Enterprise?

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directed by Roxann Dawson
music by Dennis McCarthy & Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Porthos

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The Hatchery

Star Trek: EnterpriseWhen the wreckage of a Xindi-insectoid ship is detected on a nearby planet, Captain Archer diverts the Enterprise from its larger mission to investigate. The entire crew is dead, but what’s left behind, largely intact, is a hatchery with the crew’s offspring – and Archer, despite misgivings from T’Pol and the rest of his crew, becomes obsessed with preserving the Xindi-insectoid hatchlings, if only to prove that he and his crew value life more than the Xindi do. But when T’Pol and Reed protest his actions, Archer relieves them of their duties, to the surprise of the rest of the crew – and Trip and Phlox begin contemplating relieving Archer of command by whatever means are necessary.

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directed by Michael Grossman
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Steven Culp (Major Hayes), Daniel Dae Kim (Corporal Chang), Sean McGowan (Corporal Hawkins)

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Azati Prime

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise arrives at Azati Prime, the construction site of the sphere-weapon which could destroy Earth. Using a stolen Xindi ship, Trip and Mayweather make a reconnaissance run, collecting sensor readings on the weapon as it is assembled underwater on a nearby planet. The most obvious solution to the problem of the weapon seems to be detonating a large-yield explosive at the construction site – and Archer refuses to send any of his officers on this suicide mission, volunteering to deliver the deadly cargo himself. But then he’s whisked away – by Daniels, his occasional contact from the 26th century. Daniels treats Archer to an awesome sight: a pitch battle between Federation forces and a race he calls the Sphere Builders, from the vantage point of a ship called the Enterprise-J. Daniels explains that the Federation – an alliance that includes Earth, the Vulcans, the Andorians, the Klingons and the Xindi – beats back an invasion attempt by the Sphere Builders in 400 years’ time. To undo that defeat, the Sphere Builders have gone back in time to offer their technology to the Xindi – and the price of Xindi superiority in the 22nd century is the eradication of the human race. Daniels points out that Archer could turn the tide of events by extending an offer of peace to the Xindi now – but for the captain, anything less than destroying the Xindi weapon is unacceptable, even if it unravels the future.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Manny Coto
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Matt Winston (Daniels), Randy Oglesby (Degra), Scott MacDonald (Reptilian Commander), Tucker Smallwood (Xindi-Humanoid), Rick Worthy (Xindi-Arboreal), Christopher Goodman (Thalen)

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Damage

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise limps away from a withering Xindi attack, barely in one piece, and certainly incapable of fighting or reaching warp speed. Over the protests of the Xindi Reptilians, Archer is ordered released back to his ship, as he too has suffered in the hands of the Xindi, who then leave the Enterprise for dead. An Illyrian ship stumbles across the Enterprise, and her captain offers Archer help, but Archer wants something the Illyrians can’t part with – their warp coil. Without it, the Illyrians would be facing a three-year voyage home for which their ship isn’t equipped. But Archer has been invited to a secret meeting with Degra, who hopes that the conflict between humanity and the Xindi can be halted – a meeting that Archer has three days to reach, even at warp speed. While Archer wrestles with the ethical choice of stranding a ship of non-combatants in the Expanse to save Earth, T’Pol confesses a shocking secret to Dr. Phlox.

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directed by James L. Conway
music by Dennis McCarthy & Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Casey Biggs (Illyrian Captain), Randy Oglesby (Degra), Scott MacDonald (Reptilian Commander), Tucker Smallwood (Xindi-Humanoid), Rick Worthy (Xindi-Arboreal), Josette DiCarlo (Sphere-Builder)

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The Forgotten

Star Trek: EnterpriseEven with a chance to catch their breath for the first time since the Xindi attack, Archer and his crew are still in turmoil. Trip, assigned to write a letter of condolence to the family of an engineering crewmember, can find nothing to say that seems to matter. T’Pol is still struggling with the emotional outbursts triggered by her secret experiments with trellium. And the secret meeting with Degra doesn’t go as planned – until Archer plays his trump card and provides hard evidence that the Xindi-Reptilians have been conducting their own campaign against Earth separate from the rest of the Xindi races. When the Enterprise is ambushed by a Xindi-Reptilian ship while he’s still aboard, Degra must quickly decide where his loyalties and trust lie.

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directed by LeVar Burton
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Randy Oglesby (Degra), Rick Worthy (Xindi-Arboreal), Bob Morrisey (Reptilian Captain), Seth MacFarlane (Engineer), Kipleigh Brown (Crewman Taylor)

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E2

Star Trek: EnterpriseA battered duplicate of the Enterprise, apparently crewed by the descendants of Archer’s crew (and led by Lorian, a descendant of T’Pol and Trip), emerges through a temporal rift. Lorian and his crew recount a grim history for the crew of Archer’s Enterprise: an anomaly sucked the ship into the past, and despite the best efforts of the crew’s descendants Earth lost the war with the Xindi, only T’Pol is still alive – and the crew of “tomorrow’s” Enterprise must return to their own future to restore the timelines. But first, Lorian wants something from Archer’s ship that could strand the Enterprise’s original crew – and stop them from preventing the events that led to Earth’s destruction in the first place.

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directed by Roxann Dawson
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: David Andrews (Lorian), Randy Oglesby (Degra), Tucker Smallwood (Xindi-Humanoid), Rick Worthy (Xindi-Arboreal), Tess Lina (Karyn Archer), Tom Schanley (Greer), Steve Truitt (Crewman #1)

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The Council

Star Trek: EnterpriseCaptain Archer presents the Xindi Council with evidence that the Sphere Builders have been manipulating the Xindi into declaring war on Earth. But for many of the Xindi races, the Sphere Builders are revered as gods – and to regard them with suspicion is sacrelige. Archer’s evidence splinters the Council however, and the enraged Xindi-Insectoids strike a secret pact with the Sphere Builders to seize control of the Council for themselves. While Archer is presenting further evidence at a tense second meeting of the Council, a team led by T’Pol and Reed is infiltrating the sphere-weapon intended to eliminate Earth, but their mission comes at a high cost – and it could become even higher when the Xindi-Insectoid leader kills Degra for protecting Archer, and launches the weapon ahead of schedule. With some of the Xindi races now acting as his allies, Archer attempts to destroy the weapon – and fails as the weapon begins hurtling out of the Expanse and toward a fateful rendezvous with Earth.

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directed by David Livingston
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Randy Oglesby (Degra), Tucker Smallwood (Xindi-Humanoid), Rick Worthy (Xindi-Arboreal), Scott MacDonald (Reptilian Commander), Josette DiCarlo (Sphere-Builder Woman), Sean McGowan (Hawkins), Bruce Thomas (Reptilian Soldier), Andrew Borba (Reptilian Lieutenant), Mary Mara (Sphere-Builder Presage), Ruth Williamson (Sphere-Builder Primary), Eric Lemler (Helm Crewman)

Note: This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series in 2004, but the award went to the next episode, Countdown.

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Countdown

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Xindi-Reptilians and Xindi-Insectoids have commandeered the sphere-weapon and abducted Hoshi from the Enterprise by transporter. They can’t arm and launch the huge sphere until they’ve obtained a third launch code from another member of the Xindi Council, but none of the other races are willing to step forward in support of the frontal assault on Earth. In fact, Archer is negotiating with the Xindi-Aquatics, the most powerful of the Xindi species opposing the war, to help him launch an attack to destroy the weapon before it can be launched. Archer correctly assumes that during his meetings with the Council, Hoshi impressed the Reptilian commander with her linguistic abilities – and he hopes to harness her gifts to crack the remaining launch code for the weapon.

Major Hayes and his MACO commandos launch a desperate mission to recover Hoshi, with an all-out attack by the Enterprise and the other Xindi races as a cover. The Sphere Builders, furious that events are turning the timelines toward their own extinction at the hands of a combined human/Xindi force, intervene and give the Reptilians and Insectoids the means to launch the weapon. Hoshi is rescued and returned to the Enterprise, critically injured by repeated injections of neural parasites to wear down her resistance to the Xindi, but Major Hayes perishes in the rescue operation. The Weapon launches toward Earth at a speed greater than the damaged Enterprise can hope to reach. Archer enlists Reed and several of the remaining MACOs to take on a mission to intercept the sphere in Degra’s fast but vulnerable ship, hoping to stop the sphere by any means necessary, also bringing Hoshi with him over Dr. Phlox’s dire protests. Trip and T’Pol are left in command of the Enterprise, which will remain behind to destroy the network of other spheres that still controls the Expanse.

Time to the sphere’s arrival at Earth: 10 hours.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Andrè Bormanis & Chris Black
directed by Robert Duncan McNeill
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Steven Culp (Major Hayes), Scott MacDonald (Reptilian Commander), Rick Worthy (Xindi-Arboreal), Tucker Smallwood (Xindi-Humanoid), Randy Oglesby (Degra), Josette DiCarlo (Sphere-Builder Woman), Bruce Thomas (Reptilian Soldier), Andrew Borba (Reptilian Lieutenant), Mary Mara (Sphere-Builder Presage), Ruth Williamson (Sphere-Builder Primary), Paul Dean (Reptilian Technician)

Note: This episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series in 2004.

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Zero Hour

Star Trek: EnterpriseHoshi is barely able to summon up memories of the sphere-weapon’s design, let alone the strength to relay that information to Archer, but the captain presses her to recall the information as Degra’s ship speeds toward Earth and an attempt to intercept the Xindi weapon. In the meantime, the Enterprise’s mission proves to be more dangerous than expected: the Sphere Builders have erected dimensional distortion fields around their network of spheres controlling the Expanse, and if the Enterprise gets close enough to destroy even the weakest link in that chain, the instability could easily shred the ship and her crew. Hoshi is finally able to remember enough about the weapon to give Archer a way to disarm and destroy it, though Archer and his small force are unable to stop the Xindi-Reptilians from reaching Earth first and destroying an orbital station.

Archer alone takes responsibility for disarming the weapon, assigning Reed and the MACOs the task of fending off the small crew of Xindi-Reptilians aboard. The attempt to disable the Sphere Builders’ network in the Expanse is successful, though it almost succeeds in destroying the Enterprise and everyone aboard as well. The battered starship meets up with Degra’s vessel, where Reed and Hoshi report that the sphere-weapon was destroyed before getting a single shot off at Earth – but they also report that Archer went down with it, unable to beam off the sphere before it exploded.

What they don’t know is that prior to embarking on his fateful mission, Archer received a visit from time-hopping Crewman Daniels, giving him a glimpse seven years into the future at the founding of a united federation of planets – something Daniels says Archer is instrumental in creating.

And what they don’t know until they return to Earth is that, by being aboard the sphere when it was destroyed, Archer may have irrevocably changed the course of that future, and the Earth the Enterprise is returning to is not the Earth that her crew remembers.

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directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Scott MacDonald (Reptilian Commander), Rick Worthy (Xindi-Arboreal), Tucker Smallwood (Xindi-Humanoid), Josette DiCarlo (Sphere-Builder Woman), Bruce Thomas (Reptilian Soldier), Andrew Borba (Reptilian Lieutenant), Matt Winston (Daniels), Mary Mara (Sphere-Builder Presage), Ruth Williamson (Sphere-Builder Primary), Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Gunter Ziegler (Doctor), J. Paul Boehmer (Officer), Zachary Krebs (Andorian)

Notes: This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries or Special in 2004, but the award instead went to the pilot episode of the FX Network’s black comedy about plastic surgeons, Nip/Tuck. The writers of the episode have since admitted that they had no idea how to resolve the World War II cliffhanger, but apparently new executive producer Manny Coto did have an idea.

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