A Vulcan civil war is brewing.

The Forge

Cast & Crew

Director: Michael Grossman

Written By: Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens

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
Robert Foxworth as V’Las
Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest
Gary Graham as Soval
Michael Reilly Burke as Koss
Michael Nouri as Arev
Larc Spies as Stel

Episode Information

Originally Aired: November 19, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Seven
Production: 083

What Happened

The Earth embassy on Vulcan is bombed, killing 31 humans and 12 Vulcans. Enterprise is called to the planet to help investigate, but the Vulcan High Command already suspects a dissident religious faction known as "Syrrannites." T’Pol learns from her husband Koss that her mother T’Les has been forced into hiding to avoid arrest – because she is a Syrrannite. Koss also brings her a mysterious heirloom containing a map. Believing this is a message from T’Les, T’Pol and Archer set out to follow that map across a treacherous desert, without the High Command’s knowledge.More from StarTrek.com

Review

Finally! Now we’re getting to the core of what this show should be about. We can finally put an end to this weird un-Vulcanness that’s polluted this series. And the spin is worthwhile (at least so far).

High Point

The nice thing here was it was fairly consistant start to finish. If I had to single something out (which I do) I’d say it was Soval’s dramatic shift in character (mind meld and helping Trip and company).

Low Point

While I understand Admiral Forest’s sacrifice adds to the story (and Soval’s sudden appreciation for the human race), it seemed a shame to lose him.

The Scores

Originality: Sure there’s nothing new about conspiracy theories, but when it involves Vulcans, well, now you have our attention. 4 out of 6.

Effects: The embassy explosion was well-done, but the storm looked downright cheesy. 4 out of 6.

Story: Hooking in from events in “Home” and the past few seasons, we’re treated to a good story clearing away a lot of the junk that’s come before and setting the stage for the birth of the Federation. 4 out of 6.

Acting: I like the new angier Archer, it makes for a better show. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: I’d all but forgotten about the teaser piece (Vulcan finding Surak’s katra) so the revelation at the end did surprise me a bit. I imagine someone paying closer attention would’ve figured it out however. 4 out of 6.

Production: Oh look, caves. Missed those? 3 out of 6

Overall: A good episode that looks to be the start of a great 3-part arc and leads into an even better one next year. 5 out of 6.

Total: 29 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (November 26, 2004)

The Forge

On a quest to learn the truth behind the bombing of the Earth embassy on Vulcan, Archer and T’Pol track down the Syrrannites, a revolutionary faction hiding in a desert sanctuary which includes T’Pau — the prime suspect in the bombing — and T’Pol’s mother T’Les. The rebels are on the verge of being crushed by Vulcan High Command leader V’Las, but they are stunned to learn that Archer might hold the key to their survival.

While Vulcan’s state of unrest grows more violent, former Ambassador Soval reveals to Trip that the High Command also plans to launch a massive sneak attack against rival planet Andoria, an act that could pull Earth into interplanetary war. More from StarTrek.com

Additional Notes and Comments

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