Air Date: November 5, 2004
Written by: Michael Bryant
Directed by: Mike Vejar
Arik Soong takes the Augments to a medical station that houses a bunch of Augment embryos with the intention of giving birth to them. Does that sound right?
Arik spends a lot of time in the beginning of this episode going through the history of Augments on Earth and how they were feared and fought against by humanity. But since this is something that I covered in some detail in the review of "Borderland", I'll skip it. What's important is that he's telling this story to the Augments as small children inside a hidden facility 11 years prior to the present. It's a regular classroom setting demonstrating Arik's ability to be a teacher and a father to these young superhumans.
When Archer and the crew visit the facility 11 years later, they find it in disarray. The Augments had not been there for quite some time. But they did leave behind some vital information. Archer discovers by going through the computer database that Arik plans on releasing all of the embryos at Cold Station 12. Armed with this information, he starts to go back, but then runs into someone who had been left behind. Smike is a genetic anomaly as far as the Augments are concerned. He was left behind because he was given none of the strength, smarts or looks that the other Augments were blessed with. To them, he was the retarded cousin, but to us, he's really just a normal kid.
|Also, he once helped Frodo carry the One Ring to Mt. Doom.|
When they get on the station, they meet Dr. Lucas...
|Heretofore known as Dr. Walrus.|
Well, Archer and the gang eventually make it over to Cold Station 12 and use the transporter to get on board. Did I mention that Phlox is a close personal friend to Dr. Walrus? That's why Phlox transported along with the rest of the team. Also
Arik and the Augments grab all the embryos and start to head out, but not before Malik sets one of the more dangerous pathogens on the base to spread around and kill everyone on board. And to demonstrate how serious he is in accomplishing the death of a bunch of doctors and scientists, he shoots and kills Smike. A quicker, less painful death for his "brother". Archer and the gang are now tuck on Cold Station 12 with a pathogen quickly counting down to release... until the next episode.
I gotta say, yes, Khan is a classic villain and no one will replace him, but it's taking several more episodes to defeat this band of young Augments than it did for Kirk and th-... wait... Ok, yeah, that's just because Kirk is awesome. Nevertheless, these Augments are a formidable foe. And the fact that they're lead by a Soong is just awesome. So far, I like where this story is headed, but I won't be able to make a full assessment until the continuous story line is finished.