The Augments

Star Trek: EnterpriseArcher has to take drastic measures to prevent the pathogen samples from contaminating Cold Station 12, relying on the Enterprise to beam him up after venting the station’s central core (and himself) to open space. Aboard the stolen Klingon ship, Malik tells Soong about his attempt to kill everyone aboard the station, and as a result Soong quietly resolves to eliminate the aggressive tendencies from the recovered Augment embryos before they are born. Soong also strongly objects to Malik’s plan to seed the atmosphere of a Klingon planet with more disease pathogens, a move which could spark a conflict between the Klingons and Starfleet, keeping both of them too busy to pursue the Augments. Malik sees both of these as Soong’s final betrayal of the Augments, and has the geneticist locked up in the brig. With the help of the sympathetic Persis, Soong escapes in a life pod to warn Captain Archer of Malik’s intentions, but finds that the Enterprise crew isn’t inclined to believe his warnings – and every second that he spends trying to convince them, Malik and the Augments are bearing down on the Klingon planet he has chosen as a target.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Michael Sussman
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Brent Spiner (Arik Soong), Alec Newman (Malik), Abby Brammell (Persis), Adam Grimes (Lokesh), Richard Riehle (Jeremy Lucas), Mark Rolston (Captain Magh), Kristen Ariza (Augment #1)

Notes: When Malik mentions the S.S. Botany Bay and Khan Noonien Singh (Space Seed, Star Trek II), Soong dismisses the survival of Khan and his sleeper ship as a legend. The “Briar Patch” mentioned in this episode is also where Star Trek: Enterprisethe Enterprise-E fought a pitched battle with several Son’a starships in Star Trek: Insurrection. The episode is dated 2154, and it’s mentioned that augmentation was banned “150 years ago” – which would date that ban in the year 2004. The Deep Space Nine episode Doctor Bashir, I Presume, in which DS9’s own doctor is revealed to be an Augment of sorts, and the Voyager two-parter Future’s End (set partly in 1996 in a world with no mention of the Eugenics Wars) seemed to relocate the Eugenics Wars into the mid-to-late 21st century, rather than the 1990s (the date the original Star Trek established for the wars). As a result, one possible interpretation of this episode’s dialogue may be that modern-day (2004) bans on human cloning and stem cell research are being cited as the first instances of human augmentation.

LogBook entry by Earl Green