Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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T'Pol and Archer confront the Syrrannites and meet T'Pau who denies the embassy bombing. Archer, who has Surak's essence, is asked to help. V'Las threatens Enterprise to make sure an attack on the Syrrannites isn't witnessed.


Roxann Dawson


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Capt. Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox (credit only)
Jolene Blalock ... Cmdr. T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lt. Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Robert Foxworth ... Administrator V'Las
Gary Graham ... Ambassador Soval
John Rubinstein ... Minister Kuvak
Bruce Gray ... Surak
Kara Zediker ... T'Pau
Joanna Cassidy ... T'Les


After crossing the desert and surviving the sand storms, T'Pol and Archer confront the Syrrannites in the Forge. The pair meet T'Pau, who denies any connection with the embassy bombing and Admiral Forrest's death. Archer, now possessing the mental essence of Surak known as the 'katra', agrees to let T'Pau extract it, even after T'Pol's mother T'Les warns the ritual may kill him. Meanwhile Vulcan administrator V'Las is willing to destroy Enterprise to make sure an attack on the Syrrannites isn't witnessed. Former Ambassador Soval allies with Commander Tucker to try to rescue Archer and T'Pol. Written by Meribor

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The Syrrannites claim to be searching for the "lost" Kir'shara, yet, soon after coming into possession of Surak's Katra, Archer knows where to find the Kir'shara. As Syrran, who previously possessed Surak's Katra, also should have known its location, we must assume that Syrran had a reason for not revealing the location, for example, even to his most trusted follower, T'Pau, who, upon seeing the Kir'shara for the first time, confessed that she doubted if the legendary ancient record still existed. One possible explanation is that Surak's Katra, having survived for 1800 years, patiently waited, intentionally withholding the information, until such time that the Vulcan people were ready for the Kir'shara to take its rightful place. In the episode, Surak's Katra specifically notes the alien ancestry of Archer as an advantage in finding the Kir'shara and bringing it back to the Vulcan people, as if to admit that the appearance of Archer at a crucial moment was too fortuitous to pass up. If true, this shows that a Vulcan Katra can withhold information from its host. See more »


When T'Pau mind melds with Archer in the Syrrannites' hideout in the Forge. Her thumb is under Archer's jawline when viewed from her right. When the camera angle switches to her left, her thumb is on his chin. See more »


Administrator V'Las: Is there anything else you'd like to say?
Vulcan Ambassador Soval: There's a great deal that needs to be said, Excellency. But no one is willing to listen.
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Referenced in After Trek: Lethe (2017) See more »


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More exciting stuff about those jerky Vulcans.
14 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode is a continuation of the previous one. In the first episode, the Earth embassy on Vulcan is bombed--and the trail to the culprits leads to a mystical Vulcan cult, the Syrrannites. By the end of the show, you've learned several things--that the Syrrannites are NOT responsible but were set up AND Soval has learned the truth and was, as a result, thrown off the High Council!

At the beginning of this second part, Archer somehow KNOWS how to find the Syrrannites. Their hiding place is well hidden but somehow he goes right to it. How? He has the essence or soul of Surak inside him-- the father of logic and niceness in the Vulcans. At first, the Syrrannites don't believe this but through a mind meld they learn the truth. What's next? See the show...I don't want to spoil anything.

This episode is exciting start to finish and is definitely worth your time. It is a wonderful look at the future of the Vulcans--how they so quickly changed from duplicitous and nasty to swell folks who truly embrace logic. Among the best written of the shows AND it has some really cool corpses in the tunnels late in the program! See this one.

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