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Star trek: Enterprise 4.04a - The forge

Date: June 2154
Threat advisory: Under evaluation

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A tragic incident shakes Human-Vulcan relations to the core when a bomb is set off in a protected area of the United Earth Embassy that claims 43 lives, including that of Admiral Forrest (Vaughn Armstrong). The bomb detonated just before the High Command may have been announcing its intent to conduct joint missions with Starfleet. In the throes of the blast, Forrest actually saved the life of an extremely grateful Soval (Gary Graham). As Enterprise is called to Vulcan after the tragedy, Soval comes aboard the ship with the head of the Vulcan High Command, Administrator V'Las (Robert Foxworth) and his security chief, Stel (Larc Spies). With the embassy officially on Earth soil, Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) is to handle the official investigation.

The initial research from the bomb fragments that Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) and Reed (Dominic Keating) extricate finds the DNA fingerprint of a Vulcan, T'Pau. She is a member of the Syrrannites, a zealous Vulcan sect that believes in - among other Vulcan taboos - the practice of mind-melding. Syrrannites follow a corrupted form of the teachings of Surak, the father of Vulcan logic who is considered the most important Vulcan who ever lived. A wanted man named Syrran is the sect's current leader. With a Syrrannite now suspected, V'Las announces that Vulcans will take over the investigation.

Despite the frosty relations Soval has weathered with Archer, he tells the captain that they must team up to find the culprit... so that one day Vulcans and humans really can work together on a joint mission.

T'Pol's (Jolene Blalock) in-name-only husband Koss (Michael Reilly Burke) then arrives on board to give T'Pol an IDIC pendant from her mother, T'Les, which - to T'Pol - is mysterious and portends trouble for her mother. But more surprising, Koss tells T'Pol that her mother is a Syrrannite. T'Pol then finds that the IDIC actually projects a holographic relief map that Syrrannites - currently afraid of persecution - are following. Archer knows that by using this map they can find T'Pol's mother, and T'Pau. However, their journey will take them across a horrific swath of Vulcan desert known as "The Forge", and once there, all communications will be impossible. As Archer leaves the ship for the inhospitable territory, he warns Trip not to trust the Vulcans aboard as the crew tends to a sick bay full of injured bomb victims.

Then, Trip (Connor Trinneer) and Phlox (John Billingsley) make a fateful discovery when they determine that the DNA on the bomb fragment has been forged. They realise that T'Pol and Archer - whom they cannot even reach right now - may be after the wrong culprit. Determined to find out the true criminal, Trip reviews security tapes from those admitted to the embassy the morning of the tragedy and pinpoints one possible suspect. He realises that one of the injured in sickbay was the guard who would have seen, admitted, recognised - and known - the culprit. But Phlox warns that the guard is in a coma. Still, Trip is certain that they must have some recourse in finding out more from the man, and suggests to Soval the possibility of a mind-meld. Initially, Soval is aghast at the prospects but soon realises he has no choice if they hope to find out more about how this tragedy could have happened. Soval performs the mind-meld himself and - to his surprise - realises that Stel planted the bomb. Confronting Stel and V'Las, Soval hopes to get Stel to admit his wrongdoing and then be brought up on charges with the High Command. But once V'Las and Stel realise that Soval obtained the information that would convict them through a mind-meld, the pair realise they have gotten away with murder. Yet despite the repercussions he may endure, Soval is committed to telling the High Command what he knows... and how V'Las wants to blame the bomb tragedy on the Syrrannites.

As T'Pol and Archer travel through the inhospitable Forge, they meet up with a stranger who claims his name is Arev. He treats Archer with disdain and is hesitant to believe that he and T'Pol are interested in finding out more about the Syrrannite way of life. Arev - who does not reveal his true identity as Syrran - is reticent to bond further with T'Pol and Archer until he gets a better read on their motives. But, as the three are holed up in Syrran's cave during a sandfire storm, Syrran sees T'Pol's IDIC pendant. He realises that he knows all about T'Pol, and her missions on Enterprise. He tells her that T'Les is safe with the others in the T'Karath Sanctuary and that - after the sandfire storm dies down - he will take them both there. Further, he speaks reverently of Surak and how one Syrrannite actually holds Surak's katra - the essence of his mind. Anyone who performs a mind-meld with this certain Syrrannite also touches the mind of Surak. Then, an explosion rips through the cave, and Syrran is gravely injured. As Archer tries to help the dying Vulcan, Syrran performs a mind meld on an unwitting Archer. In the process, Archer - unbeknownst to him - gathers all the information he needs to take he and T'Pol to the Sanctuary... and actually now possesses Surak's katra as well.

Confused over Archer's seeming omniscience, T'Pol and he arrive at the Sanctuary. Immediately they are attacked, and Archer is threatened with a knife to his neck; the Syrrannites have no idea that he holds the mind - and persona - of their revered leader.

Persons of interest

  • Scott Bakula .... Captain Jonathan Archer
  • Connor Trinneer .... Chief Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
  • Jolene Blalock .... Sub-Commander T'Pol
  • Dominic Keating .... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
  • Anthony Montgomery .... Ensign Travis Mayweather
  • Linda Park .... Ensign Hoshi Sato
  • John Billingsley .... Doctor Phlox
  • Vaughn Armstrong .... Admiral Forrest
  • Gary Graham .... Soval
  • Michael Nouri .... Arev
  • Robert Foxworth .... V'Las
  • Larc Spies .... Stel
  • Michael Reilly Burke .... Koss
  • Judith Reeves-Stevens .... Screenwriter
  • Garfield Reeves-Stevens .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Grossman .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

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Security censorship classification

M (Moderate violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental and retail: Undated 2005 - Box set

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