After Enterprise lends aid to a group of accused rebels, Captain Archer faces a tribunal and charges of conspiring against the Klingon Empire.



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Episode cast overview:
Advocate Kolos
Prosecutor Orak
Klingon Magistrate
Victor Talmadge ...
Helen Cates ...
Klingon First Officer
D.J. Lockhart-Johnson ...
Klingon Cell Guard (as D.J. Lockhart)
Danny Kolker ...


Captain Archer has been captured by Klingons. He's accused of conspiring against the Klingon Empire. He's been promised a trial however and an advocate has been assigned to him, Kolos. During the trial it becomes clear Enterprise had responded to a distress call and rescued 27 people, who were considered traitors by the Klingons and to be picked up by the Klingon captain Duras, now weapons officer. Archer gets the feeling the whole trial is a farce, especially since his advocate tells the magistrate there's no defense. Archer tries to convince Kolos he must do better, while Starfleet, the Vulcan High Command and Enterprise think of other ways to get him released. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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9 April 2003 (USA)  »

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Though never stated in dialogue, the script states that the trial took place on Narendra III. This, too, is something of an irony, as 192 years later, another ship named Enterprise would be lost, defending the Klingon outpost on the planet from an attack by the Romulan Star Empire, an act of courage which greatly improved relations between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets. See more »


When top-view shots of the Klingon tribunal hall are shown revealing onlookers in second-floor and third-floor balconies, the spectators are exactly the same, including identical costumes and synchronous actions. See more »


Kolos: My father... was a teacher; my mother, a biologist at the university. They encouraged me to take up the law. Now, all young people want to do is take up weapons, as soon as they can hold them. They're told there's honor in victory. Any victory. What honor is there in a victory over a weaker opponent? Had Duras destroyed that ship, he would've been lauded as a hero of the Empire, for murdering helpless refugees. We were a great society, not so long ago. When honor was earned through integrity ...
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References Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Justice, Klingon style....
27 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, Archer is in a Klingon prison awaiting a trial. Why he is being tried is unknown and the audience knows nothing about his predicament. But you don't learn it for some time. When you first hear about it, it's not from Archer but from his accuser in court. And, oddly, in this 'fair trial', the accused isn't even allowed to explain his actions or testify in any way. It's an obvious set-up, though I must say that Archer did apparently put himself in this situation by being the intergalactic nice guy and helping the wrong people. Surprisingly, the do-nothing defense attorney they assign to the case actually has the temerity to challenge the court and demand fairness and a chance for Archer to testify. What's next?

I liked this episode for many reasons. Seeing the Klingon justice system was rather entertaining and the defense attorney was an interesting character--and another chance to see J.G. Hertzler, who (in my opinion) played the best Klingon character of all in previous shows, the very honorable and entertaining General Martok. Well worth seeing.

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