100 years after a Vulcan ship landed in Bozeman, Montana, where a hungry human mob killed its crew and stripped the ship of its technology, the Earth Empire is already carving a swath of fear across the galaxy. Humanity’s greed for technology and territory has made the Empire’s Starfleet a formidable force, especially its flagship, the Enterprise, commanded by Captain Forrest. Forrest’s ambitious first officer, Jonathan Archer, is keen to follow up on leads regarding unusual activity in Tholian space. When Forrest dismisses Archer’s plans to see what the Tholians are up to, the Empire’s typical policy of attrition comes into play: Archer relieves Forrest of command by force, but leaves the captain alive and in the brig. Archer sets a course deep into Tholian space and locks the Enterprise’s helm controls. En route, an incident in engineering cripples many of the ship’s systems and sensors, and marks the beginning of another uprising – this time, science officer T’Pol and the other Vulcan crewmembers, who have survived only by existing in near-slavery to the Empire, sabotage the ship and free Forrest.
But their efforts are far too late – the Enterprise is already in Tholian territory, where they’ve found a ship that seems to be based on Earth Empire technology, but is far more advanced than the Enterprise. Archer theorizes that it could be from an alternate timeline, but again finds little support for his idea. Despite misgivings about Archer’s loyalty, the reinstated Captain Forrest sends his first officer on a mission to salvage the massive ship – the U.S.S. Defiant – but also sends T’Pol along as well, with orders of her own: Archer isn’t to return from this salvage operation alive. But before Forrest can see his orders carried out, the Enterprise becomes the Tholians’ primary target.
written by Michael Sussman
directed by James L. Conway
footage from Star Trek: First Contact directed by Jonathan Frakes
music by Dennis McCarthy & Kevin Kiner
music from Star Trek: First Contact by Jerry Goldsmith
Guest Cast: Vaughn Armstrong (Captain Forrest), Franc Ross (Grizzled Human)
Appearing in footage from Star Trek: First Contact: James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane), Cully Frederickson (Vulcan)
LogBook entry by Earl Green