After a Klingon ship is attacked, it's discovered the imprisoned Dr. Soong's genetically enhanced humans are responsible. Archer takes him to prevent a war.



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Orion Slaver #1 (as Big Show)
Ensign Jeffrey Pierce
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The crew of a Klingon bird of prey is completely overpowered by two humans and the ship is stolen. The Klingons are not amused, a war seems unavoidable. Starfleet has a pretty good idea who might have something to do with the attack; captain Archer pays a visit to Dr. Soong, a genetic engineer. He's imprisoned because of his plans to make genetically enhanced humans, augments. Years ago Dr. Arik Soong kidnapped embryos and raised them ten years before he was captured. No one ever knows what happened to them, until now. They're responsible for the attack. Archer takes Soong to stop them and prevent a war. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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This is the first episode since "Bounty" in which the Xindi are neither seen nor mentioned. However, several references are made to the events of "Zero Hour". See more »


Dr. Arik Soong: How can a supposedly intelligent species reject technology that would enhance ability, relieve suffering?
Capt. Jonathan Archer: Genetic engineering has caused a lot of suffering.
Dr. Arik Soong: So did splitting the atom. And yet the first ships to colonize the solar system were nuclear-powered. But... you're not here to discuss that.
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Brent Spiner is always Brent Spiner.
9 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And he is great, and he made these Canon-Breaking episodes watchable.

The Problem with Enterprise is that although this is 100 years before KIRK, excuses are always being made to bring in Tech we know never existed until the 24th Century - In the hands of the Federation! This was because one of the Show Creators, Braga, was stuck forever in a Season 7 Next Generation Temporal Causality Loop.

We all loved Star Terk Next Gen, and some of us even liked Season 7 - I Know Brent did, but many people DON'T. Why? Because of Brannon Braga. I personally liked the guy's ideas, but he could never really move on from that High Point. As Troi tells Mr Barclay in "The Nth Degree" - "We always have that one time in our lives where we surpass ourselves- The Trick is leaning how to live after that." - But Braga, who did great as a writer most of the time, could not move away from that Season 7 Next Gen dynamic - And when he tried, what did he do? He destroyed the best Trek Ship ever- When we KNEW that the Enterprise D was to appear in the Future- Per both Next Gen and Voyager canon.

Now, it is not that Temporal Causality Loops are bad. But Braga would always return the universe to it's original state. Except for the Voyager Arc, "The Year of Hell" - He actually kept the changes, which was an excuse tor Janeway to lose that lousy "Bun" hairdo. Actually, this was the only major change in the time-line that was carried over - This was done one time more, earlier in the series, with Kes, she has Short Pixie hair in the beginning of one 'sode, then long beautiful blonde hair after.

So, Braga will change time-lines, IF it only has to do with Hair, or maybe, Uniforms or Com Badges.

Stet? OK, so what have we here? AUGMENTS. Funny, neither Khan Noonian Singh nor Dr Julian Subatoy Bashir were ever referred to that way. Hmph.

But then again, we have Paul Atreides aka Alec Newman - With A MULLET - With one other guy licking the Arses of a WHOLE ship of Klingons. A Bird of Prey, even.

It's not that I never liked the effects of Enterprise - It was the whole DS9 crew, Marvin Rush, Dan Curry, Mike Okuda and Rick Sternbach maybe, it all LOOKED great.

But this is supposed to be a more primitive time than TNG DS9 and VOY. Starfleet didn't use PADDS back then, they used a large surface with a Stylus.

Plus, the Orion Syndicate. Don't know if they existed back then, BUT, it is a good idea, but they kidnapped half of the NX01 crew TOO QUICKLY. Maybe it is because these eps are only 41 Minutes long- Very short compared to TOS which was always 50 minutes, and TNG/Nine/Voy which was always 45 minutes. However, we DID get to see the selling of an Orion Slave Girl. But we know from Canon, Orion Slave Girls DID NOT wear compulsory gadgets on their necks to control them- We were taught THEY controlled MEN.

But there was this one HUGE Orion guy, he lifted up T'Pal as if she were a kitten! I loved that she kicks this guy in the Groin and he comes tumbling WAY down.

There were a lot of things I liked about this, ergo, the 8 rating. I love the Effects, of which there are a LOT in this series. I loved the Wide Screen aspect Ratio- Babylon 5 broadcast every episode in 16/9 - Why couldn't TREK do this? It depresses me to this day.

Well, this Gang of Mulleted Intergalactic Hoodlums, led by Alec after he kills his way to the top, was not really "made" by Arik Soong - Soong merely found the Embryos, so as "bad" as they were, they were built that way. Newman was a good choice for Male Mullethead, but this story has a chick that Newman and another Alpha Male are fighting over- Sorry, but I DO NOT see anyone fighting over the Skag from these eps. Sorry, Nope, Shudder and Ugh. Shudder-Brrr. These Kids don't even look as dangerous as the Gang that lives down the street from me, they appear to be a Quasi Military Cadre of Ugly Kids.

Spiner brings this episode down to reality level, his performance is actually great.

We also get to see "Martok" again - Or at least the same Actor once again in great Klingon makeup, JG Hertzger, who seems to be one of the High Council. The Klingons in Ent were done well, but WHEN did they ever do away with their Brow Ridges? Maybe that was an Ent Ep that was going to be made, before Brannon caused this series to end prematurely.

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