The plot thickens and the body count rises…


Cast & Crew

Director: Roxann Dawson

Written By: Andre Bormanis

Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery as Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Hoshi Sato
John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Robert Foxworth as V’Las
Gary Graham as Soval
John Rubinstein as Kuvak
Bruce Gray as Surak
Kara Zediker as T’Pau
Joanna Cassidy as T’Les

Episode Information

Originally Aired: November 26, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Eight
Production: 084

What Happened

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


The conflict widens, the stakes are raised, and the pressure increases. All the elements you need for a successful Act II.

High Point

Surak’s scenes. I like having Archer get in touch with his inner Vulcan.

Low Point

While I’ll gladly give bonus points for having T’Pau in the show (early drafts of the pilot had her instead of T’Pol), the actress playing her was a bit lacking.

The Scores

Originality: We’re recycling a little of Star Trek III, but it works and expands the storyline. 4 out of 6.

Effects: Just a little fight, but well done. And I just want to add, the new beauty passes they’ve got going for Enterprise orbiting Vulcan are just beautiful. 4 out of 6.

Story: The plot unfolds a little more, ramping up the tension. 4 out of 6.

Acting: I’m not sold on T’Pau, but I like Surak and the weight he brings to the episode. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: I’m really excited about seeing each new episode. 4 out of 6.

Production: Great sets, even the dark underground stuff was interesting. But where was Archer’s fedora and whip? 4 out of 6

Overall: Bring on the fight! This feels like it’s going to be good. 5 out of 6.

Total: 30 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (December 3, 2004)


Archer, T’Pol and rebel leader T’Pau struggle to reach the Vulcan capital to publicly unveil their discovery of a revered ancient artifact that could revolutionize Vulcan society and topple the corrupt government.

Meanwhile, with help from allies among the Vulcans and Andorians, the Enterprise crew attempts to stop V’Las and the Vulcan High Command from launching a sneak attack upon rival planet Andoria. More from

Additional Notes and Comments

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