The 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.
teleplay by Hans Tobeason and Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
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.
LogBook entry by Earl Green