The Enterprise is cornered by Klingon vessels after a humanitarian aid mission which led Archer to order evasion tactics that crippled another Klingon ship. Taken to Qo’nos to stand trial, Archer is introduced to his defense attorney, Kolos – who stands silently and offers no objections, no evidence and no testimony of his own at Archer’s trial. Duras, the captain of the Klingon ship disabled by the Enterprise, and now reduced in rank, presents his own version of events, alleging that Archer took an extremely hostile stance against him. But when Archer’s own defense won’t even allow him to speak at his trial, how can he avoid spending the rest of his life performing hard labor on Rura Penthe…and can T’Pol convince his crew not to create further diplomatic strife by rescuing him?
Guest Cast: J.G. Hertzler (Kolos), John Vickery (Orak), Granville Van Dusen (Magistrate), Daniel Riordan (Duras), Helen Cates (Klingon First Officer), Victor Talmadge (Asahf), D.J. Lockhart (Klingon Cell Guard)
Notes: The set design of the Klingon court chamber and Rura Penthe are, of course, based on similar scenes from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (which, technically, takes place over a century later, hence the slight differences in the sets); the Duras character is intended to be an ancestor of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Duras, whose father betrayed the Klingons to the Romulans at Khitomer and then shifted the blame to Mogh, leading the High Council to dishonor Mogh’s son Worf for the crime. Guest star J.G. Hertzler played the curmudgeonly Klingon General Martok in the fourth through seventh seasons of Deep Space Nine. John Vickery has also appeared in past Star Trek segments, though SF fans may better recognize him as the recurring character of Neroon from Babylon 5.
LogBook entry by Earl Green