Air Date: February 12, 2003
Written by: Chris Black
Directed by: David Straiton
In an effort to give Archer the qualities of both Kirk and Picard, he is shoe-horned in to mediate a territorial dispute between Vulcans and Androians.
This particular Andorian appears to be pretty important to the series, so I'll go ahead and give him a name now. Shran brought a few friends over to a planet that the Andorians had laid claim to in order to renegotiate a treaty with the Vulcans. Turns out the renegotiation involves an exchange of weapons fire. When all hope appears to be lost, Shran decides that negotiation of this magnitude requires him to bring in the big guns. Call on Archer.
While Archer talks to T'Pol about the treaty made on that planet, she says it's a class D (uninhabitable) planet that holds no value save for its strategic proximity to Vulcan territory. When the Andorians attempted to terraform the planet, they deduced that the only logical reason to do so was to set up a military base. And so they struck back. They removed the Andorians by force and then set up a satellite to keep an eye on the planet. The planet remained uninhabited... until now.
When they get to the planet, they meet with the stuffy, good-for-nothing Vulcan Ambassador Soval who says that Shran has taken some hostages and the only reason Vulcan wants Human help is to get these hostages back. So, basically, Shran wants Archer because he's fair and Soval wants Archer because he's most likely to get the hostages back. Soval wants Archer to go with one of his Vulcan dudes, but Archer says if Shran was the one who called on him, it wouldn't look very good if he showed up looking like he's representing Vulcan interests. If he's going to bring along a Vulcan, he's going to bring along a Vulcan he can trust.
|Sorry. Not you. Not this time.|
So then Archer goes back to Enterprise and practically drags Soval kicking and screaming back down to the surface. The ambassador totally does not like being forced into negotiations and says that sitting down with the Andorians will simply legitimize their position. Which is really pretty legitimate, anyway, if you ask me.
Meanwhile, Shran's lieutenant, the most annoying Andorian female ever, gets all cranky 'cause she wants to kill off some Vulcans 'cause, I dunno, maybe they raped her mother during an especially randy Pon Farr season. That might as well be the case for all the otherwise misdirected hostility she radiates toward them. In any case, she's playing the part of "That Guy". You know - the annoying alien that mistrusts the Humans (or Vulcans in this case) for no especially good reason. She says they have to strike at the Vulcans now or risk losing whatever war she believes is going on. But Shran attempts to cool her down.
|BUT I WANNA KILL SOME VULCANS!|
Eventually the most annoying Andorian female ever finds Archer and Soval along with her friends and attacks. So Archer and Soval are forced to take cover, but Archer is able to flank the most annoying Androian female ever and tries to capture her, but not before figuring out what's going on. Then, when Shren and Soval turn up, everything gets under control.
Meanwhile, back in orbit, there are some shenanigans going on involving an Andorian ship and a Vulcan ship ready to go after each other, but Acting Captain Trip isn't having any of that crap. He physically maneuvers right in between them and disallows them to get into a fight like a mother getting in between two annoying children. When Archer calls back up from the surface, the situation is defused.
|By the authority of Starfleet Command, I order you|
to go to your room until further notice.
Eh. Not bad. I started off liking the Andorian arc, but it's kinda getting stale. I hope it can pick up later. The big thing in this episode was that I really didn't like the most annoying Androian female in the world.