Archer, Trip and T'Pol are caught at a Vulcan sanctuary by Andorians. They think the sanctuary is used to spy on Andoria.



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Archer, Tucker and T'Pol pay a visit to the sanctuary of P'Jem. The sanctuary is more than 3000 years old and used for the practice of kolinahr, the Vulcan method of purging emotions. P'Jem doesn't look pristine however. The door seems smashed and inside ornaments are either broken or displaced. It isn't long before they find out the place has been taken over by Andorians, blue humanoids that aren't particularly on friendly terms with the Vulcans. They suspect the sanctuary of P'Jem to be a disguise for a long range sensor array used for spying. Archer and Trip are suspected of collaborating with the Vulcans and put under arrest. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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31 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Sub-Commander T'Pol: We don't believe in responding to violence with violence.
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Sub-Commander T'Pol: You're beginning to sound like an Andorian.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Shadows of P'Jem (2002) See more »


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A twist at the end and promising to the series, but...
26 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

"The Andorian Incident" shows Archer, Trip and T'Pol visiting a Vulcan monastery on a social call, only to find it already hosting some unwanted visitors: The Andorians. The blue-skinned captors demand to know where a theoretical surveillance device is hidden. Archer, whose first meeting the Andorians is here, truthfully claims to be unaware of such a device. The Andorian leader warns Enterprise that if they attempt a rescue mission then then will kill the hostages. One of the Vulcans leads Trip through secret catacombs to an old transmitter. Trip gets it operational and contacts Enterprise. Reed comes down with a team and attacks the Andorians using a secret passage in the catacombs. A firefight ensues, leading Archer to find a secret vault, leading to a large chamber housing a surveillance device. Archer allows the Andorians to leave with a scan of the chamber, whose existence is in violation of a treaty.

Not a bad episode at all. A blend of mystery, action and drama, it does have a few problems. First, the coincidental visit of the Enterprise to the monastery was a bit contrived. Second, it was incredulous that the door to the chamber at the end was not locked with some kind of security code. It was also odd how Shran referred to his hostages as hostages; from his perspective, it would have been more strategic to have called them prisoners. While the Vulcans were apparently in violation of a treaty, it would have been in bad form for Archer to allow Shran to leave without some kind of penance for his own actions, which were also clearly out of place.

I liked the twist at the end with the young monk deciding to fight the Andorians, only to have his true intentions revealed as wanting to protect the secret surveillance equipment. The exchange between Archer and T'Pol while under the blanket was excellent.

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