Apparently Brent Spiner’s guesting on Enterprise. Who knew? Maybe they should’ve marketed this a little better?

Borderland

Cast & Crew

Director: David Livingston

Written By: Ken LaZebnik

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
Sato
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Brent Spiner as Dr. Arik Soong
Alec Newman as Malik
Abby Brammell as Persis
Joel West as Raakin
Big Show as Orion Slaver #1
Dave Power as Pierce
J.G. Hertzler as Klingon Captain
Dayo Ade as Klingon Tactical Officer
Gary Kasper as Orion Slaver #2
Bobbi Sue Luther as Orion Slave Woman
Thom Williams as Klingon Soldier #1

Episode Information

Originally Aired: October 29, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Four
Production: 080

What Happened

After a dangerous group of genetically engineered humans called “Augments” escapes from their secluded planet intent on causing all-out war between Earth and the Klingons, the Enterprise crew is called into action and Archer enlists the help of criminal genius Dr. Arik Soong, the scientist responsible for creating the Augments.

While searching for the Augments in the Borderland — the volatile region between the Klingon Empire and the Orion Syndicate — Enterprise crosses paths with a band of ruthless Orion slave traders, who kidnap T’Pol and eight other crew members off the ship so they can be sold at auction, forcing Archer to enact a risky rescue mission with Dr. Soong’s help.

Review

Well here we go: The first of supposedly many 3-part arcs for season four. And out of the gate, I like it! Good acting, an engaging plot and something that we care about: The beginings of the Federation/Klingon Cold (or not-so-Cold) War. Thank you Manny.

High Point

Soong’s introduction in prison. It establishes his character perfectly, it’s deliciously written, and just fun to watch.

Low Point

Is it me or are the Augments nothing more than pissed-off, overdressed underwear models? I guess that’s fitting, most of Khan’s crew in Star Trek II were Chippendale dancers.

The Scores

Originality: Sure it’s borrowing from the Star Trek past, but isn’t that what we’ve been wanting all along? 3 out of 6.

Effects: A very good showing. I like the retro Bird of Prey, even if it doesn’t jog with continuity. 4 out of 6.

Story: Well done, something we as Trek fans actually care about, setting down the details of Trek canon. 5 out of 6.

Acting: Sure, the Augments are weak, but Spiner rocks! He oozes smarm and evil so well. Makes one ask: “Silik who?” 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: It was great to Spiner back in Star Trek, but you’re genuinely interested in the outcome of this arc. There was also some unintentional humor from my laughing at the opening credits. “What kind of person uses the stage name ‘Big Show?’ Followed ten minutes later with: “Oh. Yeah you can call yourself anything you want.” 5 out of 6.

Production: I liked the auction set. It was alien and still completely recognizable. 4 out of 6

Overall: Please let this be the start of something better. Please!!! 5 out of 6.

Total: 31 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (November 5, 2004)

Cold Station 12

Reunited with his genetically engineered creations called Augments, criminal scientist Dr. Arik Soong and his “children” break into the medical outpost where Soong once worked, to steal the embryos of hundreds more potential Augments with plans to build a superhuman army. They will go so far as to release the deadly pathogens stored at the facility, Cold Station 12, if the staff, headed by Dr. Jeremy Lucas, dares impede Soong’s plan. Meanwhile, Archer and his crew search for clues to Dr. Soong’s whereabouts on Trialas IV, the planet where he raised the Augments, leading them to find one of the doctor’s less perfect children who was abandoned by his siblings. More from StarTrek.com

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