Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Cease Fire, and Future Tense

Captain’s log: date unknown

Chris Black pens this episode that first aired on 12 February, 2003.

Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) and the Enterprise are called in to help mediate a dispute between the Vulcans and the Andorians who still seem to be chafing against one another, once again, over a small inhospitable planet.

That of course, means Shran ( Jeffrey Combs) is back. But also back are Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest and Gary Graham as Ambassador Soval. Also appearing is Suzie Plakson as one of the Andorians, in The Next Generation she played a Vulcan, and Worf’s Klingon mate, K’Ehlyr, and a female Q in Voyager.

This story keeps the Vulcan/Andorian arc going, keeping us abreast of the political intrigue and disputes that seem to be continually erupting between the two peoples.

Both sides have asked Archer to moderate the talks, which marks the first time the Vulcans have asked the burgeoning Starfleet for anything. Archer takes T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) with him, as she is the only Vulcan that he can trust.

There are prisoners/hostages, that the Andorians have taken, as they were on the planet first, but the Vulcan High Command insist that they only wanted the planet because the planet was so close to Vulcan.

Both Soval and Shran prove difficult to deal with, but Archer does his best, even when both sides seem to be working against any chance for a peaceful resolution. I do like that the Vulcans continue to be not who we thought they were, or how they will become in The Original Series, and that both they and humanity grow together.

And by episode’s end the Andorians and Vulcans may not be allies, but they may be on their way to an equitable peace… just not today.

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Captain’s log: date unknown

Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong take us back to the Temporal Cold War with this episode that first aired on 19 February, 2003.

The Enterprise recovers a lone, derelict spacecraft that seems to have come from the future. And of course, the Suliban come hunting for it. But they aren’t the only one. The craft is apparently in Tholian space,and the mysterious race want it for themselves.

This is the first glimpse of the Tholians in this series, and their first appearance since The Tholian Web in The Original Series.

And the spaceship is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, but it’s not the TARDIS, and its dead passenger is part human, Vulcan, and several other species… This leads to the discussion about whether a Human and a Vulcan would be able to procreate (which we know they can but they haven’t learned that yet).

The open ship causes some time loops for Reed (Dominic Keating) and Trip (Connor Trinneer) which is cool and also one with Archer and Reed, and is the first time this series gives us a repeating temporal moment. I love those.

And we get a bit of a large battle between the Tholians, the Suliban, and the Enterprise, all while Trip tries to figure out how to activate the timeship in the hopes that it will attract the attention of someone in the future who can prevent complete disaster.

Great episode!

The Human Adventure continues next week as I explore more of season two of Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Series on blu-ray, now available from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…

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