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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First appearance of Jeffrey Combs's recurring guest role of Commander Shran. See more »


Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: For people without emotion, you sure have a flair for the dramatic.
[after the Vulcan elder has revealed a secret passage to their catacombs]
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Shadows of P'Jem (2002) See more »


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I love this episode
19 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One of the best aspects of "Star Trek: Enterprise" was its way it portrayed the Vulcans. Up until this series, they were shown as extremely honorable but dull. However, through the course of this newest series, you learn that they are a lot more complex...and a lot more duplicitous. This episode brings all this to a head...and in a very interesting and exciting way. It's the best episode of the series so far.

When the show begins, the Enterprise nears a Vulcan monastery, P'Jem. Archer suggests they visit but T'Pol isn't so sure, as she appears to think the humans are so crude and stupid that they'll be like a group of drunk hillbillies crashing a posh society wedding! Regardless, they DO land and find the welcome a bit strange and underwhelming. Where are all the Vulcan monks? They only see one and some other things seem weird as well...when suddenly a group of Andorians pop out and take them prisoner. What apparently has happened is that the Andorians don't like or trust the nice-guy Vulcans and they've landed to inspect this monastery. The paranoid Andorians think that the place is actually a ring of spies who are eavesdropping on them. While the Andorians come off like angry jerks most of the show, by the end it turns out that there is a bit to what they suspect....well, more than just a bit.

This episode not only sheds further light on the dark side of the Vulcans but it re-introduces the Andorians who were briefly seen in the original series. Now, in "Star Trek: Enterprise", they'll be a very important part of the series, as will their leader Commander Shran. If he seems familiar, it's played by the same actor who played the incredibly nasty Weyoun on "Star Trek: Deep Space 9". All in all, a terrific and very well written episode that isn't to be missed.

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