Amok Time

Star Trek ClassicStardate 3372.7: Spock begins acting strange – even violent – as, unknown to the rest of the crew, he enters the Vulcan mating phase that strikes adult male Vulcans every seven years. Kirk must divert the Enterprise from a tight schedule to return Spock to Vulcan so his mating ritual may be carried out. But on arriving, it is discovered that Spock must compete with a gladiator of his prospective mate’s choice – and that turns out, on the spur of the moment, to be Kirk.

Season 2 Regular Cast: William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. Leonard McCoy)

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directed by Joseph Pevney
music by Gerald Fried

Guest Cast: James Doohan (Mr. Scott), George Takei (Lt. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), Celia Lovsky (T’Pau), Arlene Martel (T’Pring), Lawrence Montaigne (Stonn), Majel Barrett (Christine Chapel), Byron Morrow (Admiral Komack)

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Journey To Babel

Star Trek ClassicStardate 3842.3: Delegates from several worlds are welcomed aboard for a trip to Babel where a Federation summit will take place, among them Vulcan Ambassador Sarek – Spock’s father, from whom he has been alienated since childhood. Spock’s human mother, Amanda, can’t stop trying to bridge the gap between her husband and son, while Spock and Sarek can’t seem to do anything but continue their rivalry. When a hidden assassin begins to kill some of the delegates, Spock – out of logic, of course – points Sarek out as a potential suspect. But Sarek suffers a heart attack just as an alien ship begins to attack the Enterprise. Kirk is stabbed by the assassin, and Spock must choose between offering some of his blood to save Sarek’s life and assuming command of the Enterprise in the emergency.

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directed by Joseph Pevney
music by Gerald Fried

Star TrekGuest Cast: James Doohan (Mr. Scott), George Takei (Lt. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), Jane Wyatt (Amanda), Mark Lenard (Sarek), William O’Connell (Thelev), Majel Barrett (Nurse Chapel), John Wheeler (Gav), James K. Mitchell (Josephs), Reggie Nadler (Shras)

Notes: Though Sarek doesn’t appear in any more episodes of Classic Trek (unless one wishes to count Mark Lenard voicing the character in the animated episode Yesteryear), he appears in nearly every Kirk-era Star Trek movie after Star Trek II and makes two guest appearances in Star Trek: The Next Generation (Sarek and Unification Part I). Jane Wyatt reprises the role of Amanda in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; though Amanda appears in Yesteryear as well, she was voiced by Majel Barrett for that appearance.

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The Savage Curtain

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5906.4: Over the planet Excalbia, the Enterprise is intercepted by who appears to be Abraham Lincoln, floating through space. Beaming aboard, Lincoln is welcomed by Kirk, who is somewhat awed by the presence of one of his most revered figures of history. “Lincoln” extends an invitation to Kirk and Spock to visit the planet, whose normally lava-covered surface sprouts a zone of Earthlike safety just for the landing party. Kirk, Spock and Lincoln are joined on the surface by an image of Surak, who initiated the doctrine of emotional restraint on Vulcan. A rock-creature appears and introduces Kirk and Spock to four more illusionary figures from history, this time the fiercest conquerors, tyrants and villains of the past, from Earth’s Genghis Khan to Kahless the Unforgettable, who, as Surak did for Vulcan, set the standard of behavior for the Klingons. The creature pits the best and most noble – Kirk, Spock, Lincoln and Surak – against the most vile historical figures. The rewards for Kirk and Spock, should they survive, are their lives, and the lives of everyone aboard the Enterprise.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxteleplay by Gene Roddenberry and Arthur Heinemann
story by Gene Roddenberry
directed by Herschel Daugherty
music by Fred Steiner

Guest Cast: James Doohan (Mr. Scott), George Takei (Lt. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Lee Bergere (Abraham Lincoln), Barry Atwater (Surak), Phillip Pine (Colonel Green), Arell Blanton (Chief Security Guard), Carol Daniels DeMent (Zora), Robert Herron (Kahless), Nathan Jung (Ghengis Khan)

Notes: Colonel Green was seen again in one of the final installments of Star Trek: Enterprise, depicted as a xenophobic warmonger whose rants inspired John Paxton’s attempt to oust all alien influences and visitors from Earth a century before Kirk’s tour of duty on the Enterprise.

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Yesteryear

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5373.4: A visit to the Guardian of Forever goes wrong somehow, erasing Spock from history. Though the Vulcan returns to the 23rd century along with Kirk, no one recognizes Spock, and an Andorian named Thalen is serving as the Enterprise’s first officer. Spock uses the Guardian to travel 30 years into his own past, at the point when the new timeline’s history says Spock died as a boy on Vulcan. Passing himself off as his own cousin, Spock watches as his younger self sneaks away in the night, scared to undergo a grueling rite of passage. The younger Spock is followed by I’Chiya, his aging pet sehlat, who sacrifices its life to save Spock from a predatory creature. Having saved his own life, the elder Spock now worries that the unexpected death of I’Chiya may change his future yet again.

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directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Star TrekGuest Voice Cast: Mark Lenard (Sarek), James Doohan (Commander Thalen), Majel Barrett (Amanda Grayson), James Doohan (Officer #1), James Doohan (Officer #2), Majel Barrett (Historian), James Doohan (Alien Historian), James Doohan (Vulcan Healer), James Doohan (Guardian of Forever)

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The Time Trap

Star Trek ClassicStardate 5252.2: The Enterprise undertakes a hazardous exploration of the Delta Triangle, an area of space where starships have been disappearing for centuries. A chance encounter with a Klingon battlecruiser in the Delta Triangle results in a brief exchange of fire – and then the Klingon vessel vanishes. Two other Klingon ships approach, promising vengeance upon Kirk and his ship. Kira orders a course heading for the precise coordinates where the first Klingon ship disappeared, and the Enterprise is sucked into an unknown region filled with the debris of ships, some of them centuries old. Another encounter with the Klingon ship proves that weapons are useless here – and then the captains of the two ships are beamed off their respective bridges to meet with the Council of Elysia. The Council is comprised of beings who have found themselves stranded in this region, including Vulcans, Orions, Romulans, Tellarites, Phylosians, Andorians, Gorn and others – and they implore Kirk and his old enemy Kor to give up their hopes for escape. What the council of Elysia does not anticipate is an agreement between the Federation and Klingon crews to pool their resources …but even as the joint venture begins, one of the two captains is planning to do away with the other.

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directed by Hal Sutherland
music by Yvette Blais & Jeff Michael

Guest Voice Cast: James Doohan (Kor), James Doohan (Zarius), George Takei (Kiri), Nichelle Nichols (Devna), Nichelle Nichols (Magon), James Doohan (Kel), James Doohan (Enterprise security officer)

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek MoviesStardate 7412.6: Two and a half years after the end of the mission of Kirk (who has now become an admiral) and his crew, the Enterprise has been refitted inside and out, almost an entirely new ship, and some of the crew have drifted apart – McCoy has taken an extended leave, Kirk has accepted a desk job, and Spock has returned to Vulcan to pursue the Kolinahr discipline, a total purge of emotions. In the meantime, Sulu and Uhura have stayed with the Enterprise during its testing phase, while Chekov has become ship’s chief of security and Nurse Chapel has become a full doctor. Captain Willard Decker, son of the late Matt Decker, is slated to become the ship’s new commanding officer. An “energy cloud” of unknown origin and intent has carved a path of destruction through the galaxy on a direct course for Earth, having destroyed a flotilla of Klingon ships as well as Federation communications relay station Epsilon 9.

Admiral Kirk convinces Starfleet to give him command of the Enterprise, displacing Decker to the position of first officer. The refitted ship still has problems, most notably a transporter malfunction which kills two incoming crew members, including the ship’s new Vulcan science officer, whose duties Kirk again hands to Decker. Once the transporter is repaired, the final crew members board the Enterprise, such as Lt. Ilia, the ship’s new navigator who once had a relationship with Decker on her home planet of Delta IV; and Dr. McCoy reluctantly resumes his position after being called back into service by Starfleet. Kirk’s unfamiliarity with the Enterprise’s new design is proven when he orders the ship to warp speed against the recommendations of Decker and Scotty, plunging the ship into a wormhole which it escapes with a last minute order from Decker. While repairing the damage, the ship is boarded by a ship from Vulcan carrying Spock, who offers to resume his post as science officer. Spock begins by helping Scotty overcome the difficulties with the warp engines, enabling the Enterprise to head for the cloud at top speed.

En route, Spock reveals that he was unable to complete his Kolinahr training because he detected an intelligence which he believes is part of the cloud. Penetrating the cloud, the Enterprise wards off an attack but is weakened in the process. After Spock manages to devise a makeshift message to speak to the cloud-entity in its own language and frequency, the ship delves further into the cloud and is boarded by a beam of energy which tries to access the ship’s records on Starfleet and Earth defenses. Spock damages the computer so the beam cannot gather any more information, but is attacked by the beam, which then seems to envelop Lt. Ilia and disappears from the ship, leaving no trace of Ilia. The Enterprise is trapped inside an enclosed, solid space within the cloud, and Ilia turns up again soon afterward, but this time as a puppet of the cloud-entity, identified by the now-dehumanized Ilia as V’ger. Curious to find more about V’ger, Spock steals a spacesuit and a thruster pack and launches himself into a small opening through which the Enterprise cannot travel, and finds himself floating through the memories of V’ger’s entire journey through the universe, eventually coming to an image of Ilia as she was before V’ger’s invasion of the bridge. Spock tries to mind-meld with V’ger through the image, but the staggering amounts of V’ger’s memory and thought overloads Spock’s mind, and he is ejected back to the Enterprise, where he is recovered and given medical attention.

The Ilia-probe tells Kirk that V’ger is on its way to Earth to find its own creator, although V’ger refuses to believe that its creator could be a member of the human race, which it intends to wipe out, if necessary, to complete its search. The cloud has reached Earth and is ready to commence with its task. When Kirk promises the Ilia-probe that he has the information V’ger seeks, V’ger releases the Enterprise and draws it to the center of the cloud, where V’ger itself rests. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Decker, led by Ilia, find that V’ger is, in fact, a NASA Voyager space probe that was encountered by a race of intelligent machines and, taking the probe’s instructions – to learn all it can and report its findings back its creator – literally, the machines created the cloud-vessel as a means for Voyager to return to Earth and deliver its wealth of information. But the probe is unwilling to transmit its information on command, demanding to become one with its creator. Decker manually forces Voyager to transmit its information, but is absorbed by a wave of energy when V’ger believes its creator – the only being who could operate it – has arrived. Kirk, Spock and McCoy rush back to the Enterprise just in time. The cloud dissipates, leaving the Enterprise in orbit over Earth. Kirk and Spock speculate that Decker’s emotions concerning his relationship with Ilia, the loss of his command of the Enterprise, and other feelings will transform V’ger into a new life form that the Federation may meet again in the future.

Order this movie on DVDDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxscreenplay by Harold Livingston
story by Alan Dean Foster
directed by Robert Wise
music by Jerry Goldsmith

Cast: William Shatner (Admiral Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), James Doohan (Mr. Scott), George Takei (Sulu), Majel Barrett (Dr. Chapel), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), Persis Khambatta (Lt. Ilia), Stephen Collins (Commander Decker), Grace Lee Whitney (Chief Petty Officer Rand), Mark Lenard (Klingon Captain), Billy Van Zandt (Alien Boy), Roger Aaron Brown (Epsilon Technician), Gary Faga (Airlock Technician), David Gautreaux (Commander Branch), John D. Gowans (Assistant to Rand), Howard Itznowitz (Cargo Deck Ensign), Jon Rashad Kamal (Lt. Commander Sonak), Marcy Lafferty (Chief DiFalco), Michele Ameen Billy (Lieutenant), Terrence O’Connor (Chief Ross), Michael Rougas (Lt. Cleary), Susan J. Sullivan (Woman), Ralph Brannen, Ralph Byers, Paula Crist, Rik Lane, Franklyn Seales, Momo Yashima (Crew Members), Jimmie Booth, Joel Kramer, Bill McTosh, Dave Moordigan, Tom Morga, Tony Rocco, Joel Schultz, Craig Thomas (Klingon Crewmen), Edna Glover, Norman Stuart, Paul Weber (Vulcan Masters), Joshua Gallegos (Security Officer), Leslie C. Howard (Yeoman), Sayra Hummel, Junero Jennings (Technical Assistants)

Notes: As is generally well known now, Star Trek: The Motion Picture was the final remnant of a 1978 attempt by Paramount Pictures to launch its own fourth television network, with a revived Star Trek as its biggest attraction (not unlike the launch, almost 20 years later, of UPN with Star Trek: Voyager). Persis Khambatta, Stephen Collins and David Gautreaux were originally signed to series regular contracts, with Gautreaux slated to play the role of Lt. Xon, a full-blood Vulcan science officer. (Leonard Nimoy wasn’t aboard the project until after the release of Star Wars had permanently transformed the new series into a major feature film, and even then he had to be talked into the project by director Robert Wise and several Paramount bigwigs.) Over a dozen scripts were written, including a two-part cliffhanger taking Kirk behind Klingon lines, before the series was abandoned; two of those scripts, Devil’s Due and The Child, would later be resurrected as Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, while a third, World Enough And Time, would be dusted off as an episode of the fan-made video project continuing the Kirk era, Star Trek: New Voyages. Before his death, director Robert Wise revised Star Trek: The Motion Picture, adding and deleting scenes, editing the movie tighter, and replacing some effects scenes with CGI; this is currently the only version of the film available on DVD.

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek MoviesStardate 8210.3: Heading home, the Enterprise receives no replies from Starfleet regarding the Genesis planet. Most of the trainees have been reassigned to other ships by now, and Kirk is still mourning the death of Spock. Arriving at spacedock, the crew also sees the USS Excelsior, a ship much larger than the Enterprise and boasts the faster transwarp propulsion system. But before the ship can rest easy, someone breaks into Spock’s cabin, which Kirk had declared off-limits. Kirk goes there himself and hears Spock’s voice asking why his body was left on the Genesis planet. Kirk finds that McCoy, on the edge of a nervous breakdown, is the trespasser. On arrival, Admiral Morrow reveals that the Enterprise is to be decommissioned instead of repaired, and also tells the crew that the Genesis device has become a hot topic in the Federation and a topic not to be discussed openly. Scotty is made Captain of engineering for the Excelsior, and the rest of the crew are promised extended leave.

Klingon Captain Kruge, having obtained an illegal copy of the Genesis proposal from a pirate vessel (which he then destroyed), orders his ship, a new Klingon Bird of Prey armed with a cloaking device, to the Genesis planet to investigate the device’s potential as a weapon for the Klingons. At the same time, the USS Grissom, with its new science officer Saavik and Genesis specialist David Marcus, arrives at the planet and detects life signs near the torpedo tube in which Spock’s body had been disposed.

Kirk and his officers, minus the hospitalized McCoy, relax at Kirk’s home when Sarek, Spock’s father, visits. Sarek mind-melds with Kirk in search of Spock’s katra – his spirit. Revealing that Vulcans can pass their spirits on to others when their bodies are near death, Sarek admits that Kirk does not possess Spock’s spirit. Kirk checks ship’s logs and sees that Spock did, in fact, pass his katra on – to McCoy. Sarek tells him that McCoy must be taken to Vulcan so that Spock can be released into a body of his own.

After arguing with Captain Esteban, Saavik and David get permission to beam down, where they find that the life form is a kind of giant slug, probably having developed from microbes on the torpedo’s surface. But they also find the body of Spock missing, and the planet seems very unstable, with extreme weather conditions isolated in random geological locations. Kirk tries to get permission from Admiral Morrow to return to Genesis and retrieve Spock’s body, but is unable to convince Morrow of the validity of Vulcan mysticism. McCoy, in the meantime, tries to hire a private ship from an alien merchant in a bar, but is removed by Starfleet agents when he begins to argue loudly with the alien about going to Genesis. McCoy is put in detention, where Kirk visits him, and, with Sulu’s help, distracts the guards and smuggles McCoy out of the holding area. Uhura, having taken an assignment at a transporter station, beams Kirk, McCoy and Sulu to the Enterprise, where Chekov is waiting. Scotty, in the meantime, has divided his time between sabotaging the Excelsior’s warp drive and preparing the Enterprise for operation by a minimal crew. Kirk and the others, minus Uhura, who plans to travel to Vulcan with Sarek, steal the Enterprise from spacedock. Captain Stiles and the Excelsior are ordered to pursue, but Scotty has disabled the larger ship’s supposedly superior capabilities. The Enterprise continues unchecked toward Genesis.

On the planet, Saavik and David follow more life form readings through a zone of arctic cold until they hear the cries of a child, who turns out to be a very young Vulcan male. They contact the ship with a theory that the Genesis wave may have resurrected Spock. Before allowing the landing party to return, Captain Esteban tries to contact Starfleet but communications are jammed. Kruge’s ship uncloaks and attacks, and the Grissom, a small vessel meant only for scientific duties, is destroyed with a single shot, leaving David, Saavik and the young Spock marooned. Kruge and a party of his men beam down to find them and interrogate them about the Genesis device. While trying to elude the Klingons, David reveals to Saavik that he took some shortcuts with the development of Genesis, resulting in the planet’s abnormalities and a dangerous acceleration of the age of the planet as well as all life-forms present during the Genesis detonation – meaning the childlike Spock. Spock’s rapid aging means that the male Vulcan’s mating drive that normally strikes every seven years of adulthood will occur with greater frequency in his accelerated development and will also bring periods of instability to the planet.

The Enterprise arrives at Genesis, where it is awaited by Kruge’s Bird of Prey, which cannot fire while cloaked. Sulu detects the ship despite the cloaking device and fires before the Klingons can attack. Kruge beams up from Genesis and takes charge of the battle. firing back at the Enterprise and destroying most of Scotty’s automatic systems. Kruge – after one of the Klingons remaining on the surface kills David – forces a grief-stricken and enraged Kirk to surrender. Kirk sets the Enterprise to self-destruct and, with the others, abandons ship and beams down to Genesis just as most of Kruge’s men board the Enterprise. Kruge realizes what is about to happen, but not in time to save his crew. The Enterprise destroys itself and the Klingons aboard, and the debris plunges into the atmosphere of the Genesis planet as Kirk and the others do away with the Klingon guards left on the surface.

Kruge has the last remaining member of his crew beam him to the planet, where Kirk promises to give him the secrets of Genesis in exchange for beaming the others to Kruge’s ship. Kirk and Kruge fight furiously as the planet begins to tear itself apart, and Kirk manages to kick his Klingon opponent off a cliff and beams up to the Bird of Prey. The last Klingon is taken prisoner, and the ship is set on a course for Vulcan. Sarek and Uhura greet Kirk and the others on Vulcan, now carrying Spock’s body which had, before leaving Genesis, grown to roughly the same age as it was when Spock died. McCoy and Spock are taken to the Vulcan High Priestess, who performs a dangerous ritual to return Spock’s mind to his body and free McCoy from the effects of Spock’s katra. The process is successful, and McCoy is restored to health. Spock, however, will have to be re-educated on Vulcan, and will never be exactly the same again. Kirk and the others decide to stay on Vulcan for a time and receive political asylum from Sarek.

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directed by Leonard Nimoy
music by James Horner

Cast: William Shatner (Admiral Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), James Doohan (Scotty), Walter Koenig (Chekov), George Takei (Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), Robin Curtis (Lt. Saavik), Merritt Butrick (David Marcus), Phil Morris (Trainee Foster), Scott McGinnis (“Mr. Adventure”), Robert Hooks (Admiral Morrow), Carl Steven (Spock, age 9), Vadia Potenza (Spock, age 13), Stephen Manley (Spock, age 17), Joe W. Davis (Spock, age 25), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Paul Sorenson (Merchantship Captain), Cathie Shirriff (Valkris), Christopher Lloyd (Kruge), Stephen Liska (Torg), John Larroquette (Maltz), Dave Cadiente (Klingon Sergeant), Bob Cummings (Klingon Gunner #1), Branscombe Richmond (Klingon Gunner #2), Phillip Richard Allen (Captain Esteban), Jeanne Mori (USS Grissom Helm), Mario Marcelion (USS Grissom Communications), Allan Miller (Alien in bar), Sharon Thomas (Waitress), Conroy Gedeon (Civilian Agent), James B. Sikking (Captain Styles), Miguel Ferrer (USS Excelsior First Officer), Mark Lenard (Sarek), Katherine Blum (Vulcan Child), Dame Judith Anderson (Vulcan High Priestess), Gary Faga (Prison Guard #1), Douglas Alan Shanklin (Prison Guard #2), Grace Lee Whitney (Woman in cafeteria), Frank Welker (Spock screams), Teresa E. Victor (Enterprise Computer voice), Harve Bennett (Flight Recorder voice), Judi Durand (Space Dock Controller voice), Frank Force (Elevator voice)

Notes: Many events in this movie resurface again. The loss of David creates an even stronger prejudice against Klingons in Kirk than ever before, which nearly proves to be fatal in Star Trek VI. The Excelsior, whose transwarp drive proves to be a failure, makes a dramatic comeback in Trek VI under a new captain, while the fact that Spock’s personality changes drastically as a result of being re-educated by Vulcans rather than his human mother is addressed in Star Trek IV and Star Trek V. Merritt Butrick, who appeared in this movie, Star Trek II, and one episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation, died of AIDS in 1988. Judi Durand would return to the Star Trek fold nearly a decade later, as the station computer voice on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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Sarek

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 43917.4: Famed Vulcan Ambassador Sarek, father of Spock, beams aboard the Enterprise to be transported to his final diplomatic duty. But he is suffering the initial symptoms of a mind-deteriorating Vulcan disease and his Vulcan telepathic skills inadvertantly project violent, irrational impulses in the crew’s minds. Picard decides to risk a mind-meld to stabilize Sarek for the negotiations, but the captain risks his own sanity.

Order the DVDstelevision story and teleplay by Peter S. Beagle
from an unpublished story by Marc Cushman & Jake Jacobs
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Mark Lenard (Ambassador Sarek), Joanna Miles (Perrin), William Denis (Kiv Mendrossen), Rocco Sisto (Sakkath), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), John H. Francis (Science Crewman)

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Unification I

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 45233.1: One of the Federation’s most valued advisors, Spock, has been seen on Romulus. Picard is assigned to go to Romulus undercover and find out if Spock has defected from the Federation. The Enterprise goes to Vulcan, where Picard visits Sarek, and Riker investigates the recovered wreckage of a Vulcan ship. Sarek, near death, suggests that Spock may have gone to visit Pardek, a Romulan peace advocate Spock met at the Khitomer peace conference decades ago. The next stop is the Klingon planet, where Picard borrows a cloaked ship to cross the Neutral Zone. Picard and Data, equipped with disguises, head for Romulus. Federation shipyard operator Dokachen assists Riker in the wreckage investigation. They find an unidentified ship receiving supplies from the shipyard without authorization. The ship fires at the Enterprise, which fires back at minimum power – yet the other vessel explodes. Data and Picard, having just received news of Sarek’s death, beam to Romulus and find Pardek, but before they can follow him, guards stop them and lead them to Pardek…and they discover that Spock is indeed alive and well on Romulus.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Jeri Taylor
story by Rick Berman and Michael Piller
directed by Les Landau
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Mark Lenard (Sarek), Joanna Miles (Perrin), Stephen Root (Neral), Graham Jarvis (Dokachen), Malachi Throne (Pardek), Norman Large (Captain K’vada), Daniel Roebuck (Jaron), Erick Avari (B’ijik), Karen Hensel (Admiral Brackett), Mimi Cozzens (Soup Woman), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Unification II

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 45245.8: Spock is promoting the idea of reunification of Romulus and Vulcan. Pardek gains Spock an audience with the Proconsul, Neral, who says he will endorse reunification. Picard is skeptical, to the annoyance of Spock, who thinks Picard’s impression of him has been colored by Sarek. Neral is plotting with Sela to invade Vulcan with stolen Vulcan ships in the guise of a peace envoy and escorts. Riker gets the truth about the vessel destroyed in the shipyard out of the Ferengi accomplice of the ship’s pilot. An intact Vulcan ship was to be delivered to the Neutral Zone border to Romulans for the invasion fleet. Picard, Spock and Data are taken prisoner when betrayed by Pardek. Sela prepares a hologram of Spock to read a statement about the peaceful mission of the Romulans. When Sela leaves to see the ships off, Data and Spock program the hologram to warn the Federation. The Enterprise intercepts the ships, but a Romulan Warbird destroys the Vulcan ships instead of allowing any evidence to remain of the invasion plot. Picard, Data and Spock escape, and rejoin Spock’s Romulan followers in a new hiding place. Spock insists on staying so that he may continue to influence opinions on Romulus, even if only on a small scale.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Michael Piller
story by Rick Berman and Michael Piller
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Denise Crosby (Sela), Stephen Root (Neral), Malachi Throne (Pardek), Norman Large (Captain K’vada), Daniel Roebuck (Jaron), William Bastiani (Omag), Susan Fallender (Shalote), Vidal Peterson (D’Tan), Harriet Leider (Amarie)

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Suspicions

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 46830.1: Dr. Crusher goes out on a limb by gathering some of the brightest minds in the galaxy aboard the Enterprise to listen to a proposal from Ferengi scientist Reyga for a powerful subspace shield. Skepticism and competition divide the scientists, but a demonstration is arranged, using an Enterprise shuttle. The pilot, who is also one of the scientists, dies when the experiment goes wrong. Beverly, already regretful for the failure of Reyga’s invention, suddenly finds herself in the middle of a murder investiagation when Reyga himself is found dead.

Order the DVDswritten by Joe Menosky and Naren Shankar
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan), Patti Yasutake (Nurse Ogawa), Tricia O’Neil (Kurak), Peter Slutsker (Dr. Reyga), James Horan (Jo’Bril), John S. Ragin (Dr. Christopher), Joan Stuart Morris (T’Pan), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)

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Blood Fever

Star Trek: VoyagerStardate 50537.2: Large deposits of gallicite draw Voyager to an abandoned planet for this material that will enable a refit of the warp coils. But while preparing for the expedition, Ensign Vorick comes under the influence of the Pon Farr and declares his intention to take B’Elanna as a mate, attempting to force his affections on her. Although this results in a dislocated jaw for Vorick, the physical contact seems to have caused a change in the chief engineer resulting from a mating bond. As the odd triangle (which includes Tom Paris) is resolved, the crew discovers that the planet is not abandoned after all, but is inhabited by the Sakari, a race which has developed camouflage to a high art to avoid their ancient enemies – the Borg.

Order the DVDswritten by Lisa Klink
directed by Andrew Robinson
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Alexander Enberg (Vorik), Bruce Bohne (Sakari Leader), Deborah Levin (Ensign Lang)

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Take Me Out To The Holosuite

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Captain Solok of the starship T’Kumbra – an old classmate and rival of Sisko’s – comes to DS9 for repairs to his ship, and casually mentions that he has created a special baseball holosuite program. Incensed, Sisko challenges Solok, pitting a team composed of DS9 officers and residents against one composed of Solok’s all-Vulcan crew. The problem? The Niners are terrible players. Will they be able to get it together before the big game?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ronald D. Moore
directed by Chip Chalmers
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Max Grodenchik (Rom), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Gregory Wagrowski (Solok), Chase Masterson (Leeta), Penny Johnson (Kasidy Yates)

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Field Of Fire

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A young lieutenant is killed in his quarters on DS9, and Ezri is assigned to use forensic psychology to aid in the investigation. After she has a vision of Joran, a murderous former host of Dax, another murder occurs, and Ezri turns to Joran for help, using a Trill ritual to enable her to interact with him as a separate being. Can Ezri use Joran’s intimate knowledge of how and why a killer kills to her advantage, or will she be swept away by his sinister urgings?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Robert Hewitt Wolfe
directed by Tony Dow
music by Gregory Smith

Guest Cast: Art Chudabala (Ilario), Marty Rackham (Chu’lak), Leigh J. McCloskey (Joran)

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The Andorian Incident

Star Trek: EnterpriseArcher decides to visit an ancient Vulcan monastery on a nearby world, despite T’Pol’s misgivings about emotional humans entering a sanctuary of Vulcan logic. But when Archer, T’Pol and Tucker land there, they find signs of damage and even T’Pol admits that something is wrong. That something is a heavily armed Andorian strike force which has taken over the monastery. The Enterprise visitors are now their hostages, along with the monks. Archer is subjected to a violent interrogation, during which he learns that the Andorians believe that the monastery is a disguised long-range surveillance facility. The monks deny this, but do nothing to stand up for themselves. Trip manages to contact Reed, who has been left in command of the Enterprise, and Reed leads an assault team straight into the monastery via the transporter system. But when the tables are turned on the Andorians, will Tucker discover that he’s been protecting helpless Vulcans – or helping them cover up a massive deception?

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Fred Dekker
directed by Roxann Dawson
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Bruce French (Vulcan Elder), Steven Dennis (Tholos), Jeff Rickett (Keval), Richard Tanner (Vulcan), Jamie McShane (Tactical crewman)

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Shadows Of P’Jem

Star Trek: EnterpriseFollowing Archer’s revelation of a Vulcan listening post on the disputed planet of P’Jem, the Andorians mount an attack on that outpost, destroying it completely. The Vulcan response is swift – diplomatic relations with Earth become very chilly, and T’Pol is cited as key player in the listening post’s discovery. She is to return to Vulcan for disciplinary action, something to which Archer objects. The captain is surprised when T’Pol shows no signs of resisting her impending reassignment. Archer takes T’Pol with him for one last mission, a visit to the planet Coridan. But the routine visit turns violent when their shuttle is shot down over the capitol city by rebels. Archer and T’Pol survive their shuttle’s crash-landing, but are taken hostage by the rebels, who proceed to demand weapons from the Enterprise for their safe return. The Vulcan ship which was to take T’Pol back to her homeworld arrives, and its captain tries to take charge of the situation. Trip isn’t eager to sit back and wait for the Vulcans to intervene and launches a rescue operation of his own – and he and Reed are just as quickly captured on Coridan. Their captors, however, turn out to be Andorians – still engaged in hostilities with the Vulcans. Andorian officer Shran informs Trip that the Enterprise crew has just walked into a conflict being engineered by both the Vulcans and the Andorians…and they’re not likely to walk out alive when the shooting starts.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Mike Vejar
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval), Steven Dennis (Tholos), Barbara Tarbuck (Chancellor Kalev), Jeff Kober (Traeg)

Notes: The planet Coridan is a reference to the Coridan treaty negotiated by Ambassador Sarek in the classic Trek episode Journey To Babel; that 1967 episode, incidentally, was the first appearance of the Andorians in Star Trek and made a brief mention of their conflict with the Vulcans. Also, Dr. Phlox mentions that T’Pol is not the first Vulcan officer to serve alongside humans on a Starfleet ship, but that she is the first whose tour of duty lasted more than a few weeks; the previous instances ended when, according to Phlox, the Vulcan officers found their human crewmates “chaotic and unpredictable.” Guest star Barbara Tarbuck played the part of another beleaguered alien leader in the 1991 Next Generation episode The Host.

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Fusion

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a Vulcan vessel manned by a curiously cordial crew. Over dinner with the crew, T’Pol identifies them as Vulcans without logic, something which the Vulcans refute, claiming instead that they have reached a balance between emotion and logic. T’Pol is skeptical, and reluctantly agrees to try a few experiments in emotional awareness with the persistent Tolaris. But while Archer, Trip and the rest of the crew find themselves becoming fast friends with the emotion-embracing Vulcan visitors, T’Pol discovers that Tolaris is intimately, and dangerously, acquainted with some of his baser emotions.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Rob Hedden
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Enrique Murciano (Tolaris), Robert Pine (Tavin), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), John Harrington Bland (Kov)

Notes: This episode somewhat shockingly establishes that mind melds aren’t the norm among 22nd century Vulcans; the process is considered somewhat taboo, and T’Pol isn’t even aware of what’s involved or how to participate. Robert Pine is the father of Chris Pine, who would assume the role of Captain James T. Kirk in a big-screen reboot of the Star Trek franchise in 2009.

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Fallen Hero

Star Trek: EnterpriseT’Pol somewhat surprisingly recommends that the crew needs a vacation, and even takes the liberty of pointing Archer toward a planet called Risa. But just as Trip is getting his hopes up about the reports of Risa’s brand of hospitality, Starfleet contacts the ships with new orders – an urgent mission to pick up a Vulcan ambassador from the planet Mazar. When the Mazarites deliver Ambassador V’Lar to the Enterprise, Archer is told that she is being expelled due to criminal charges – charges of which V’Lar says she is guilty. The Enterprise leaves without incident, but before long, the Mazarites are in pursuit, demanding that V’Lar be handed over to them again. When the Mazarites attack and make it clear that they’re willing to kill Archer’s entire crew, the captain begins to wonder just what crimes his visitor has committed.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Chris Black
directed by Patrick Norris
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Fionnula Flanagan (V’Lar), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), John Rubinstein (Mazarite Captain), J. Michael Flynn (Mazarite Official), Dennis Howard (Vulcan Captain), and Porthos

Notes: It is established here that this is the first time the Enterprise has actually reached warp five. We also learn that T’Pol attended the Rekahr Academy on Vulcan – which could also be the “Vulcana Rekahr” which was cited as T’Shanik’s alma mater in the Next Generation episode Coming Of Age.

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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.

Get this season on DVDteleplay by Chris Black
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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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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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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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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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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Home

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise crew returns to Earth, given a welcome befitting a crew of heroes. Archer discovers that he and his senior officers have become legends in their own time, and as his debriefing begins he finds that the battle-hardened attitudes that kept him alive in the Delphic Expanse are out of place on peacetime Earth. Dr. Phlox also comes to feel out of place when he becomes a target of anti-alien sentiment that has arisen since the Xindi attack on Earth. And “out of place” barely begins to describe the level of Trip’s discomfort when he accompanies T’Pol back to Vulcan, meets her mother, and discovers that she’s betrothed to a Vulcan named Koss – an engagement T’Pol refuses to break when she discovers that her abrupt resignation from the Vulcan High Command has come with a high price that her family has had to bear.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Michael Sussman
directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Joanna Cassidy (T’Les), Michael Reilly Burke (Koss), Ada Maris (Captain Erika Hernandez), Gary Graham (Soval), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Joe Chrest (Bar Patron #1), Jim Fitzpatrick (Commander Williams), Jack Donner (Vulcan Priest)

Guest Cast: Guest star Michael Reilly Burke has had brief parts in previous Star Trek spinoffs, appearing as the Borg Goval in Descent Part II (Star Trek: The Next Generation, 1993) and a Cardassian named Hogue in Profit And Loss (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 1994). Jack Donner, who played a Vulcan priest, is no stranger to pointed ears himself, having played Tal, a Romulan, in the 1968 Star Trek episode The Enterprise Incident. Joanna Cassidy is a genre veteran on the big screen, with major roles in such films as Blade Runner and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.

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The Forge

Star Trek: EnterpriseAdmiral Forrest is on Vulcan to attend a meeting about possible joint Vulcan-Starfleet missions, when a bomb lays waste to the Earth embassy; Forrest dies trying to save Ambassador Soval from the blast. The Enterprise is diverted to Vulcan to head up the investigation. Though the Vulcan investigators initially suspect at the Andorians, Reed and Mayweather find other evidence pointing toward a Vulcan woman named T’Pau – and they find it on a bomb left over to destroy what’s left of the embassy. The Vulcan investigators assisting Archer’s crew suddenly become less cooperative, admitting only that T’Pau is a member of the Syrrannite movement, a sect which embraces a different interpretation of Surak’s logical teachings than most Vulcans. Privately, Ambassador Soval tells Captain Archer that the investigators are not to be trusted. T’Pol is visited by her new husband Koss, who brings her a gift from her mother T’Les – and brings word that T’Les has gone into hiding as a member of the Syrrannite movement. The gift is her mother’s IDIC, which has been fitted with a holographic projector that may offer a way to find the Syrrannites. The hologram is a map of a Vulcan desert known as the Forge, a desolate region that suffers from such violent geo-magnetic disturbances that transporters, shuttles, and equipment like tricorders and phase pistols are rendered useless. Archer decides to cross the Forge on foot, while Soval and Trip find new evidence that shows that T’Pau is being framed – and that the embassy bomb may have been planted by one of the Vulcans in charge of the investigation. And in the desert, Archer and T’Pol are challenged, and then helped, by a Vulcan man, but when he is mortally wounded in an electrically supercharged dust storm, he entrusts a legacy to Archer without the captain’s knowledge.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
directed by Michael Grossman
music by John Frizzell

Guest Cast: Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Gary Graham (Soval), Michael Nouri (Arev), Robert Foxworth (V’Las), Larc Spies (Stel), Michael Reilly Burke (Koss)

Notes: This episode features the first appearance of the Vulcan sehlat creature in a live-action Star Trek episode; the creature was previously depicted in the animated Classic Trek episode Yesteryear, in which a young Spock was seen raising a sehlat as a pet (apparently a common practice, as T’Pol had a pet sehlat as well). It would seems that mind melding is still considered deviant behavior among Vulcans, but apparently the stolid Ambassador Soval is familiar enough with it to perform one.

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Awakening

Star Trek: EnterpriseAmbassador Soval loses his position within the Vulcan High Command and returns to the Enterprise to help the crew search for Captain Archer. On the surface, in the hidden compound of the Syrrannites, Archer meets T’Pau, the Vulcan woman who has been framed for the bombing of the Earth embassy, and finds that T’Pol’s mother is also there. T’Pau denies any involvement with the bombing, and when Archer tells her about the Vulcan who died helping him reach the Syrrannites, she reveals to him that he was not only the movement’s leader, but he was carrying the living soul – the katra – of Surak himself, the Vulcan who led his people to embrace logic and self-discipline. T’Pau intends to retrieve Surak’s katra, even if it should prove to be harmful or fatal to Archer, while T’Pol isn’t even convinced that such a thing as the katra exists. Yet Archer can’t clear a vision from his mind – encounters with Surak himself, in which Archer is urged to find something called the Kir’Shara. The Vulcan High Command continues to consider the Syrrannites an extreme threat, and orders are given to bomb their compound from orbit and to drive the Enterprise out of Vulcan space. Soval reveals to Trip why the High Command wishes to eliminate the Syrrannites, even if it means resorting to violent means atypical of Vulcan: the Sryrannites’ pacifist ways are increasingly in conflict with a government secretly planning a war with the Andorians. As the Syrrannites flee their damaged compound and T’Pol witnesses her mother’s death, Trip takes it upon himself to warn the Andorians.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Andrè Bormanis
directed by Roxann Dawson
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Kara Zediker (T’Pau), Gary Graham (Soval), Bruce Gray (Surak), Robert Foxworth (V’Las), Joanna Cassiday (T’Les), John Rubinstein (Kuvak)

Notes: T’Pau, though seen as something of a liberal pacifist here, is indeed the same character as the more rigidly traditional overseer of Spock’s mating ritual, and combat with Kirk, in the original Star Trek episode Amok Time. The katra concept is apparently not widely believed on 22nd century Vulcan, though it seems to have gained more ready acceptance by the late 23rd; the term was first coined in the film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. A decidedly younger Surak also appeared in the original series, as an illusion in The Savage Curtain.

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Kir’Shara

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise races to Andorian space. Soval cryptically leads Trip to a location where Vulcan intelligence says Commander Shran’s task group is hiding; Trip hopes that Shran will listen to the warning about the impending Vulcan attack more readily than any other Andorians. Shran is naturally suspicious, and when Soval mentions that the Vulcan High Command is planning the attack based on intelligence that the Andorians are arming their ships with Xindi weapons of mass destruction, Shran denies it. The Andorian returns to his ship and then kidnaps Soval via transporter, torturing him to make sure that the tip about the Vulcan attack is accurate. On Vulcan, V’Las has directed his forces to stop trying to capture the Syrrannites – and to start trying to eradicate them completely. Reassured that Soval is telling the truth – at the cost of much pain to the ambassador – Shran convinces the High Command to head off the Vulcan assault force. Trip puts the Enterprise between the two fleets, trying to stop a war, but it quickly becomes apparent that, despite the fact that no illegal weapons are detected in use by the Andorian fleet, someone is all to ready to take plunge an entire quadrant of the galaxy into war, regardless of the evidence, the consequences, or the truth.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Michael Sussman
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy & Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Robert Foxworth (V’Las), Jeffrey Combs (Shran), John Rubinstein (Kuvak), Gary Graham (Soval), Michael Reilly Burke (Koss), Kara Zediker (T’Pau), Todd Stashwick (Talok), Jack Donner (Vulcan Priest), Melodee M. Spevack (Andorian Com Voice)

Notes: T’Pau reveals that the “disease” T’Pol contracted from her mind meld in Fusion is an easily-corrected condition whose supposed “severity” has been exaggerated by the High Command in order to discourage the practice. This would appear to explain why Spock and Tuvok, among others, have never suffered from the same disorder. Soval mentions a chapter of Vulcan history involving the city of Gol; presumably that’s also the origin of the Stone of Gol, a Vulcan artifact of immense power which was the subject of an intense search in the Next Generation episode Gambit. Actor Robert Foxworth previously appeared as Admiral Layton in the Deep Space Nine episodes Homefront and Paradise Lost, a guest appearance which led to the demise of his recurring Babylon 5 character General Hague (he was double-booked by his agent for both SF series at the same time and chose to appear on Star Trek).

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Demons

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise returns to Earth to be on hand for four weeks of talks between Earth, Andorian and Tellarite officials to lay the groundwork for a peaceful interplanetary league of worlds. But during a reception after the first discussions, a wounded woman approaches T’Pol, gives her a hair sample and a warning that “they’re going to kill her” – and then dies. Dr. Phlox analyzes the hair sample and concludes that it comes from a six month old child who happens to be the offspring of T’Pol and Trip. Trip confronts T’Pol about this news, but she denies ever having been pregnant – and yet she cannot deny her instinct that the child is theirs. Reed investigates, even re-opening some of his severed contacts at Section 31, and discovers that the dead woman was a member of a human separatist movement called Terra Prime. Further investigation reveals that the woman had recently been to a mining colony on Earth’s moon, and also exposes a visiting reporter (and old flame of Mayweather’s) as a Terra Prime spy. Trip and T’Pol infiltrate the mining colony, but are quickly captured by Terra Prime loyalists who use the colony as a recruiting ground. They are taken to meet Paxton, the leader of the Terra Prime movement, and are helpless to watch as he commandeers a verteron array based on Mars, intended to deflect comets from the inner solar system, but now twisted into an interplanetary weapon. Paxton demands that all aliens vacate Earth space immediately, or he’ll train the array on a populated target.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Manny Coto
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Peter Weller (John Frederick Paxton), Harry Groener (Nathan Samuels), Eric Pierpoint (Harris), Peter Mensah (Greaves), Patrick Fischler (Mercer), Adam Clark (Josiah), Steven Rankin (Colonel Green), Johanna Watts (Gannet Brooks), Tom Bergeron (Coridan Ambassador), Christine Romeo (Khouri)

Notes: The character of Colonel Green was first glimpsed as a historical figure recreated by the Excalbians in the original Trek episode The Savage Curtain (also the third-from-last episode of its respective series, coincidentally), in which Phillip Pine played the character of a genocidal military leader whose reign of terror ended at least a generation before Archer’s Enterprise was launched. Harry Groener appeared in the Next Generation episode Tin Man, and in Voyager’s Sacred Ground installment. Peter Weller may be best known in SF circles for originating the role of the title character in the first two Robocop films, and as heroic guitar-slinging scientist Dr. Buckaroo Banzai, as well as starring in Manny Coto’s Showtime series Odyssey 5. In some respects, Terra Prime is very similar to the ethnocentric, anti-alien Home Guard organization which was a recurring threat in the first season of Babylon 5.

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Terra Prime

Star Trek: EnterpriseWith Paxton aiming his array on Starfleet Command in San Francisco, Archer backs the Enterprise off – and the ship still suffers damage when Paxton blasts a low-power warning shot toward it, demonstrating that he’s more than capable of destroying a target on Earth. Trip and T’Pol are trapped with Paxton, who confesses that he created the baby with samples of their DNA to serve as a scare tactic to recruit more humans for his Terra Prime movement. Archer tries another approach, leading a team from the Enterprise to reach Mars by hiding a shuttlepod in the wake of a nearby comet, but that mission almost becomes a disaster – someone aboard the Enterprise has sabotaged the shuttle’s systems. Mayweather is able to bring the shuttle in for a smooth landing under manual control, but even if Archer and his team can thwart Paxton’s plan, will the threat derail the conference on Earth?

Get this season on DVDteleplay by Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Manny Coto
story by Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Andre Bormanis
directed by Marvin V. Rush
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Peter Weller (John Frederick Paxton), Harry Groener (Nathan Samuels), Gary Graham (Soval), Eric Pierpoint (Harris), Adam Clark (Josiah), Peter Mensah (Greaves), Johanna Watts (Gannet Brooks), Derek Magyar (Kelby), Joel Swetow (Thoris), Josh Holt (Ensign Masaro), Amy Rohren (Tactical Officer)

Notes: Guest star Joel Swetow appeared as Gul Jasad in the two-hour premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and later as a Yridian information merchant named Yog in the First Born episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Dr. Phlox confirms here that human and Vulcan DNA are compatible in a natural mating – Paxton’s genetically-engineered child was created with flawed cloning techniques. Jay Chattaway‘s music was somewhat reminiscent of a score he composed for another television program involving Mars, the 1992 PBS documentary Space Age; Chattaway joined the Star Trek franchise in 1990, scoring the third-season Next Generation episode Tin Man, which also guest starred Harry Groener, and this was his final musical score for the series.

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