Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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After Enterprise lends aid to a group of accused rebels, Captain Archer faces a tribunal and charges of conspiring against the Klingon Empire.


James L. Conway


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Captain Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
J.G. Hertzler ... Advocate Kolos
John Vickery ... Prosecutor Orak
Granville Van Dusen ... Klingon Magistrate
Daniel Riordan ... Duras
Victor Talmadge Victor Talmadge ... Asahf
Helen Cates Helen Cates ... Klingon First Officer
D.J. Lockhart-Johnson D.J. Lockhart-Johnson ... Cell Guard (as DJ Lockhart)
Danny Kolker Danny Kolker ... Guard


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) See more »

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Did You Know?


Kolos mentions Archer's good deeds towards the Klingon Empire, as seen in Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow: Part II (2001) and Star Trek: Enterprise: Sleeping Dogs (2002). See more »


During the end of the tribunal, JG Hertztler did not have the Klingon teeth in, but in the following cell scene had them on again. See more »


Kolos: Only a fool would sacrifice himself for people he barely knows.
Captain Jonathan Archer: I know them well enough. They're good people, and I won't turn them over. If you'd let me testify, tell my side of the story, it might become clear why I helped them. But from what I've seen, you're all perfectly happy to ignore what you don't wanna hear!
Kolos: Don't be so quick to accuse me of sharing their interpretation of the law.
Captain Jonathan Archer: No? What's your interpretation?
Kolos: I became an advocate many years ago. They were different times.
Captain Jonathan Archer: Better ...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Archer and the Klingon Empire
14 April 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

This thoroughly satisfying episode of Enterprise recalls J. G. Hertzler to the franchise to play the aging legendary advocate Kolos, in an attempt to save Captain Archer from a death sentence for aiding fugitives from the empire and crippling a Klingon ship. As always, Hertsler makes a truly great Klingon, and he plays this role to the hilt. The court Archer must face operates in much the same way as a kardassian court. Trials are simply formalities which occur prior to sentencing. But of course, Archer, in his self-righteousness and sense of ethics, isn't going to let that happen.

I won't write a spoiler, but I do want to mention that unlike many episodes of Enterprise and Voyager before it, the end of this episode is not a cop-out and does not follow the usual formula.


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