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Real World article
(written from a Production point of view)
ENT, Episode 4x08
Production number: 084
First aired: 26 November 2004
83rd of 97 produced in ENT
83rd of 97 released in ENT
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712th of 728 released in all
Written By
André Bormanis

Directed By
Roxann Dawson
Unknown (2154)
Arc: The Syrrannites (2 of 3)
Arc: Vulcan vs. Andoria (6 of 7)
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Archer and T'Pol encounter the Syrrannites, the radical group supposedly responsible for a terrorist bombing on Vulcan.

Summary Edit

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Soval appears before the Vulcan High Command to answer for his use of a mind meld. Soval states that he needed to conceal his abilities for the best interests of Vulcan. He felt that the service he performed outweighed his crime. V'Las states that although Soval's record is impressive, there is no excuse for deception. Soval states that deception is no stranger to the high command. V'Las dismisses Soval from service and orders him to return all confidential material. In addition, V'Las reminds Soval that his oath of loyalty is still in effect.

On Vulcan, the mysterious people from the end of "The Forge" are revealed to be Syrrannites under the de facto command of T'Pau. As T'Pol and Archer explain they befriended the late Arev while crossing the desert, they are welcomed with sorrow. As T'Pau explains, Arev was in fact Syrran, their leader.

After some time, T'Pol is brought to her mother. Their discussion goes nowhere as the daughter can't understand her mother's choice to join people she considers as extremists. Even after she hears T'Les' explanation, the High Council's propaganda still holds.

In his cell, Captain Archer has a vision about an old Vulcan. From what he tells the Syrrannites, they come to suspect that Syrran transferred Surak's katra to Archer's mind before he died. This is confirmed when T'Pau mind melds with the captain. Even with the new facts, T'Pol is still skeptical.

A ritual to pass the katra from Archer to T'Pau is then accomplished, but Surak decides to stay with Archer for the time being, saying that the captain has to find the long lost Kir'Shara.

In the meantime, V'Las has been unsuccessful in getting Enterprise NX-01 to break orbit and postpones his extermination plan against the Syrrannites.

Deciding not to leave crewmembers behind, Charles Tucker III sends Malcolm Reed and Travis Mayweather in a modified shuttlepod to attempt to recover Archer and T'Pol from Vulcan's Forge. Despite Soval's assistance in disabling a surveillance satellite, Vulcan patrol craft fire on them, and the shuttlepod is forced to return to Enterprise.

V'Las orders Enterprise to leave orbit, so there are no witnesses to his plan to destroy the Syrrannites. Tucker refuses to leave orbit, even after ordered to do so by Admiral Gardner. As a result, V'Las sends three Vulcan ships to intercept Enterprise. After Enterprise is damaged, Soval suggests retreat and Enterprise withdraws.

As soon as the Humans are away, bombardment of the sanctuary begins, forcing the Syrrannites to evacuate their sanctuary. Archer, T'Pau, and T'Pol remain behind to attempt to locate the Kir'Shara. Archer leads them down a corridor and opens a door to the room where the Kir'Shara is kept. The Vulcans then begin to fire on the sanctuary. Archer then leads them out of the sanctuary, which is then shown reduced to rubble.

On Vulcan, T'Pol holds her mother T'Les in her arms. While Archer looks on, T'Les apparently dies. The event of death is portrayed implicitly, not explicitly.

Trip Tucker is in command of the Enterprise. Privately, Soval (who is on board) informs Tucker that Vulcan is planning to attack Andoria, believing they are developing a weapon based on the Xindi superweapon. Just before the close of the episode, Tucker orders a course set to Andoria at maximum warp (the order comes to his bridge crew as a surprise).

To be continued...

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Your accomplishments have been noteworthy."
"They don't justify deception..."
"Deception has never been a stranger to this room."

- Minister Kuvak, Administrator V'Las, and Ambassador Soval

"There's a great deal that needs to be said, Excellency, but no one's willing to listen."

- Ambassador Soval, to Administrator V'Las

"I'm here to find the person who bombed the Earth embassy. Her name is T'Pau, and she looks a hell of a lot like you!"

- Jonathan Archer, to T'Pau, on their first meeting

"You have a lot to learn about Syrrannites."
"You have a lot to learn about Humans! We don't sit back and do nothing while our people are attacked."
"No, you traverse vast wastelands based on false information."

-T'Pau and Archer

"Right before Arev died, he grabbed me, he put his hand on my forehead. I felt something inside... my head."
"Do you think he was trying to meld with you?"
"I don't know... but ever since I haven't been myself."

- Archer and T'Pol

"You don't trust Vulcans, Captain, and given your experiences with them, I can't say I blame you. The culture you've come to know isn't the one I helped to create. My people have strayed, and someone must restore them to the path."
"You've got the wrong man."
"Sorry Captain, there's an Earth expression: 'We're stuck with each other.' Don't fight what's been given to you. Open your mind and your heart and the way will become clear."

- Surak and Captain Archer

"You know, I'm the one with the Vulcan ghost in his head - depending on who you believe - but, I don't feel half as bad as you look."
"I'm considering our options."
"At least we know your mother's okay."
"She's joined a violent cult - she's not okay."
"I don't think these people had anything to do with the Embassy."
"You sound convinced."
"Let's just say its more than a gut feeling."

- Archer and T'Pol

"I've had my fill of mind melds."
"The prospect doesn't appeal to me, either. I've never melded with a Human before. Your... unchecked emotions will, no doubt, prove distasteful."

- Archer and T'Pau, before she attempts to confirm that he is carrying the katra of Surak

"Mind if I ask you something? Why are you doing this? I never got the impression that you cared that much about Humans. Seems like... you were always finding something new to complain about."
"I lived on Earth for more than 30 years, Commander. In that time I developed an affinity for your world and its people."
"You did a pretty good job of hiding it."
"Thank you."

- Commander Tucker and Ambassador Soval

"They found nothing to indicate the presence of a katra."
"The Vulcan Science Academy was just as skeptical about time travel"
"Do you really believe you possess the living spirit of Surak, inside you, a man who died eighteen hundred years ago?"
"Not when you put it like that."

-T'Pol and Archer

"So I'm suffering from... a mindmeld hangover?"
"I wouldn't characterize it quite that way... but essentially."

-Archer and T'Pol

"Why did you launch a shuttlepod?"
"Why the hell did you fire on it?"

- Administrator V'Las and Commander Tucker

"Sonofabitch hung up on us!"

- Trip, after V'Las abruptly ends transmission

"How many warning shots do Vulcans usually fire?"

- Commander Tucker and Ambassador Soval after the Vulcan ships fired a shot that missed Enterprise by just 20 meters

"You're presiding over a massacre."
"We are eliminating a threat."

- Minister Kuvak and Administrator V'Las

Background Information Edit

  • This is the last episode of the series directed by Roxann Dawson.

Links and referencesEdit


Guest StarsEdit


Uncredited Co-StarsEdit

Stunt doublesEdit

References Edit

Andoria; Andorian; Arev; atomic bomb; candles; catacombs; C-deck; chemical rocket; D'Kyr type; Earth; Earth embassy; Earth Starfleet; excellency; fever; Gardner; geomagnetic anomaly; geomagnetic field; helm control; hull breach; hull plating; katra; katric ark; Kir'Shara; kolinahr; Koss; launch bay; melder; mummy; nervous system; neurology; phase cannon; photonic weapons; P'Jem; plasma cannon; plasma relay; polarized hull plating; radiation sickness; sand fire; shock; shuttlepod; starboard wing; Stel; stick-and-rudder system; Syrran; Syrrannites; tactical alert; target lock; targeting sensor; telescope; T'Karath Sanctuary; T'Klaas; thrusters; Time of Awakening; time travel; Vulcans; Vulcan (planet); Vulcan cruiser; Vulcan fighter; Vulcan High Command; Vulcan Intelligence; Vulcan loyalty oath; Vulcan master; Vulcan mind meld; Vulcan Science Academy; Vulcan Security Directorate; Vulcan security satellite; Vulcan's Forge; warp; Xindi

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