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Cast & Crew

Director: James L. Conway
Story By: Taylor Elmore & David A. Goodman
Teleplay By: David A. Goodman

Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles “Trip” Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
J.G. Hertzler as Kolos
Daniel Riordan as Duras
Victor Talmadge as Asahf
John Vickery as Orak
Helen Cates as Klingon First Officer
D.J. Lockhart as Cell Guard
Granville Van Dusen as Magistrate
Danny Kolker as Guard

Airdate Information

Originally Aired: April 9, 2003
Season: Two
Episode: Twenty
Production: 045

This Week on EnterpriseWhat Happened

Captain Archer stands accused before a Klingon tribunal of conspiring against the Empire, and his only hope of escaping a death sentence or life in the dilithium mines of Rura Penthe is an aging and disenchanted Klingon lawyer with little energy or enthusiasm for the case.


I was almost ready to apologize for so soundly trashing the show last week, after seeing this episode, but no, last week’s still sucked and will always suck. This week, however, we’re treated to some good old-fashioned Klingon drama. In Star Trek, we’ve spent a lot of time before Klingon tribunals. But, before you complain, think about this idea: What would expect from a culture so gung-ho on honor in every aspect of their lives?

On a side note: How many people caught the trivia nugget with regards to the demoted Klingon captain?

High Point

The “Warrior Class” speech while waiting for a verdict. In one shot we gain new (and intelligent) information about Klingon history as well as a quick update on where they’re at now. This is what the series needs to be about.

Low Point

Not much of a dramatic rescue, was it?

The Scores

Originality: It smacks of The Undiscovered Country, but isn’t as bad a rip-off as I’d feared. 4 out 6.

Effects: Sharp work for the battle in the rings. 5 out of 6.

Story: The down-on-himself lawyer redeeming himself at the last moment has been done to death, but the surrounding elements (changing Klingon culture) keeps it fresh. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Digging into that oh-so-well-stocked bag of DS9 guest stars, J.G. Hertzler (Chancellor Martok) makes his Star Trek return. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: As the trial winds down, you aren’t sure how it’ll turn out, but once they reach Rura Penthe, the resolution is obvious. 4 out of 6.

Production: The tribunal is cool (basically the same set from Star Trek VI), but the mines looked a little too bright to be Rura Penthe. 4 out of 6.

Overall: Infinitely better than last week. Why can’t B&B leave the show alone and let the good writers have at it? 4 out of 6.

Total: 30 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (April 16, 2003)

Next Time on EnterpriseHorizon

When Enterprise reverses course to go investigate a planetary phenomenon, Ensign Mayweather takes the opportunity to visit the cargo ship where he was born and raised, the E.C.S. Horizon. But his father, the ship’s captain, just recently died, and Travis finds that things at home haven’t been the same since.

Additional Notes and Comments

If you’re interested in what’s in the review queue, check out my What’s Coming page.