Star Trek: Enterprise (2004) – E2, and The Council

Captain’s log: date unknown

Roxann Dawson directs this episode from a script by Micheal Sussman. With an original airdate of 5 May, 2004, the story sees the Enterprise coming into contact with its future self (from the past) after an accident occurs when Archer (Scott Bakula) and the crew attempt to use a Xindi subspace corridor.

The Enterprise encounters an altered version of itself before it enters the subspace corridor, and are warned away. They are shocked to discover that the ship has been wandering around the Delphic Expanse for over a century, and has become a generational ship, all focused on trying to stop the first Xindi probe, and when that didn’t work, waited to come into contact with Archer.

David Andrews plays Lorian, the new commander of the Enterprise, and he is the son of Trip (Connor Trinneer) and T’Pol (Jolene Blalock), who is still aboard the ship. Of course, that brings our T’Pol and Trip into a discussion about their potential relationship, or lack thereof.

And both crews have different ideas about how to complete their plans, which could bring them into conflict with one another.

But realisations are made, and a plan is concocted for the Enterprise to safely traverse the corridor and meet with the Xindi representatives before the new weapon can be launched.

Unfortunately, with the successful transition through the corridor, the future that created the other Enterprise never existed, and the crew is only left with the memories of an encounter that could now, never have happened.

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Captain’s log: 12 February, 2154

Manny Coto pens this episode of the Xindi arc that first premiered on 12 May, 2004.

We’re closing on the end of the season and its arc, and in this episode Archer confronts the Xindi council including Degra (Randy Oglesby) and Jannar (Rick Worthy) about the weapon, and how they have been manipulated by the Sphere Builders who are attempting to change the environment of our universe so that they can cross over into it.

And even as the possibility of the peace between the Xindi and Earth seems closer to being a reality, Trip is there to remind us of the cost, and the hatred and anger that it is still easy to carry.

Meanwhile, T’Pol, Reed (Dominic Keating) and Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) are leading a secretive mission to a nearby sphere…

We race towards the climax of the episode which sees the reptilian Xindi murdering Degra for his ‘betrayal’ of the Xindi races,and the abduction of Hoshi (Linda Park) from the bridge as the reptilian and insectoid Xindi prepare to launch the weapon.

The Human Adventure continues next week as season three comes to its conclusion, and I launch into the fourth and final season of Star Trek: Enteprise – The Complete Series on blu-ray, now available from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…

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