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Shadows
of P’Jem

 

Cast & Crew

Director: Mike Vejar
Story By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay By: Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles 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
Jeffrey Combs as Shran
Stephen Lee as Klingon Captain
Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest
Gary Graham as Soval
Steven Dennis as Tholos
Barbara Tarbuck as Chancellor Kalev
Jeff Kober as Traeg

Airdate Information

Originally Aired: February 6, 2002
Season: One
Episode: Fourteen (Aired out of sequence. Episode 15 preceeded)

Shadows of P'JemWhat
Happened

Following the incident in P’Jem (The
Andorian Incident
)
, Vulcan/Andorian relations have further declined
into thinly veiled hostility. Seeking a scapegoat, the Vulcan High Command orders
T’Pol to return to Vulcan for ‘reassignment.’ Archer is understandably upset
by this turn of events. He is further angered by T’Pol’s apparent attitude toward
the entire issue.

Not wanting to waste time worrying, he orders T’Pol to join him on a diplomatic
mission to an alien planet that the Vulcans have been in contact with for some
time. One their way down to the surface Archer and T’pol’s shuttle is downed
and they are taken hostage by a rebel faction who opposes the ruling government.
A government which, the rebels say, is merely a puppet front for the Vulcan
High Command.

Meanwhile, a Vulcan ship, meant to be picking up T’Pol, immediately takes it
upon itself to save the poor humans from themselves. When Trip and Reed beam
down to the planet they are quickly captured, but this time it’s the Andorians.
Shran (the head Andorian from The
Andorian Incident
) can’t get a good night sleep because, as he puts
it, he hates being indebted to someone, especially not to aliens. He and Traeg,
along with an agent who’s infiltrated the rebel base, offer to help Trip and
Reed get the captain and T’pol out.

Midway through the raid on the rebel compound, Vulcan troops appear and begin
leveling the place. Fortunately the captain and T’Pol are rescued. Once the
fighting is over, Archer confronts the Vulcans and the Andorians, trying make
sense of the situation. While they are talking, T’Pol spots an alive rebel and
moves the Vulcan captain out of harm’s way, but not before taking a serious
plasma blast.

Archer takes T’Pol back the Enterprise for treatment, overriding the
Vulcan’s concerns that they can treat her more effectively. After recovering,
T’Pol opts to stay onboard the Enterprise her status with the High Command
apparently restored after saving her fellow Vulcan.

Review

I wish I could write more about the episode, but there was very little going
on. A large part of the time was eaten up with Archer and T’Pol being tied up
and rolling around on the floor. A sadly obvious attempt at piquing teenager’s
interest in the show.

The rest of the story was a little strained and very few answers were given
as to whether or not the planet’s government was being controlled by the Vulcans
(though it seemed obvious enough by their actions). We also didn’t find out
why the Andorians were so interested in helping the rebels, albeit from a distance.

A major problem confounding this show is how violent the Vulcans are. According
to canon, they established this "logic above all" attitude thousands
of years ago, but in this show, they seem to have a tenuous grasp on their violent
tendencies. I’m really getting some odd mixed signals from everything that’s
going on.

High Point

Shram’s seething rage at being indebted to Archer and company hands us a key
piece of information about Andorian culture without being too heavy handed about
it. Refreshing isn’t it?

Low Point

While I’m sure my younger readers found it delightfully perverse, I personally
couldn’t stand to watch Archer and T’Pol rolling around on top of each other.
It’s so painfully obvious where they are trying to go with this story line I
could just gag. I was worried when I first saw pictures of Jolene Blalock that
this would be another Seven of Nine thing.

I hate it when I’m right.

The Scores

Originality: Really old Star Trek trick. 2

Effects: Not a whole lot here, they may have burned too much of the FX budget
on Sleeping Dogs.
4

Story: A bridge episode to be sure, but to where? I did appreciate the fact
that actions from a previous episode have come back to haunt the crew. 4

Acting: Jeffrey Combs will go down as one of the best character actors ever
for Star Trek franchise. Other than that, the rest of the guest cast was fairly
stale (from the Vulcan Captain to the Chancellor). 3

Emotional Response: Disappointing ploy for sexual interest. We can do better,
can’t we? 2

Production: While the rebel compound was realistic enough to look at, how hard
is really to arrange garbage? 4

Overall: It didn’t really go anywhere, but there were elements I did like (continuity,
etc.) and in light of the previous two episodes, I think I can let this one
slide. 4

Total: 23 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on EnterpriseNext
Time on Enterprise

Shuttlepod One
(Feb. 13, 2001)

On a routine shuttlepod mission to investigate an asteroid field, Trip and
Reed find themselves suddenly cut off from the Enterprise and become convinced
that the mothership has been destroyed. With a limited oxygen supply and almost
no chance of being rescued, the opposite-minded twosome must battle their annoyance
with one another while also coming to terms with their impending demise.