Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Proving Ground 

Enterprise has found the location of the testing site of the Xindi weapon and gets some rather unexpected help.


David Livingston


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Capt. Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox (credit only)
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-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
Molly Brink ... Lt. Talas
Randy Oglesby ... Degra
Scott MacDonald ... Cmdr. Dolim
Tucker Smallwood ... Xindi-Primate Councilor
Rick Worthy ... Jannar
Granville Van Dusen ... Andorian General
Jeffrey Combs ... Shran
Josh Drennen ... Degra's Assistant


Enterprise has picked up a trail of the tracking device Archer planted on a Reptilian ship. There's a problem however. To get to its location Enterprise must cross a giant and very dense field of anomalies. When something gets wrong and Enterprise gets enveloped in an anomaly, there's some unexpected help. Enterprise is pulled out by an Andorian tractor beam. Commander Shran tells they are here to offer the help the Vulcans refused. Wary of their intentions at first, Captain Archer still agrees on having Andorians make repairs on Enterprise. Soon it becomes clear that the trail leads to a Xindi testing site for the weapon that is to destroy Earth. Archer and Shran make plans to retrieve it. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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The kemocite with the modified radiolytic signature in it from Star Trek: Enterprise: The Shipment (2003) is finally detected and tracked down in this episode, six months after its inception. See more »


The discovery of a proving ground for the Xindi weapon belies the notion that they would have sent a test weapon to Earth. The idea that the Xindi would deposit evidence of their intentions on Earth before their attack plans were ready is unlikely, if they could have merely tested it at the Proving Ground. See more »


Lieutenant Malcolm Reed: You come from a military family?
Lieutenant Talas: Four generations.
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed: Huh... Three. On my father's side.
Lieutenant Talas: He must be disappointed in you.
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed: What?
Lieutenant Talas: Betraying your family tradition by serving on a ship of... exploration.
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed: Actually, we haven't done much exploring for quite a while. But since you ask... he wasn't very pleased. The Royal Navy was his life.
Lieutenant Talas: Perhaps he'd feel differently if he saw you now - fighting for the survival of your race.
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Where My Heart Will Take Me
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Russell Watson
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Any episode with Shran is well worth seeing.
5 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Of all the episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise", my favorites are the ones that feature Shran and the other Andorians. They are a truly interesting set of characters--both honorable AND sneaky as heck!

When the show begins, Enterprise is getting closer towards the planet where the Xindi are about to try out their new super-weapon. Unexpectedly, Commander Shran (Jeffery Combs) shows up with his powerful Andorian ship. Shran explains that because he likes the humans and feels great regret for the tragedy that struck Earth, their ship has come to help. After all, they are friends with the humans. Archer is a bit skeptical but considering it's just his one ship against all the Xindi, he needs all the help he can get. Can an exchange and help from the Andorians really help them in their mission?

This is an excellent episode--not just because I love Shran as a character. There are lots of great twists and unexpected surprises. However, I won't elaborate, as it would spoil things. The bottom line is that this is one of the best season 3 episodes and is well worth your time due to some excellent writing--especially when Shran talks to the Xindi about 'Archerite and the Andorian Mining Consortium'!

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21 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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