Air Date: February 25, 2005
Written by: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Directed by: David Barrett
The Enterprise deals with sabotage without the help of Keanu Reeves and then goes off to find Phlox who is trying to save Klingons from dying of flat-forehead disease.
When last we left the Enterprise, it had been set by the flat-headed Klingons to explode if it dropped below warp 5. [Insert overkill Speed joke here.] Archer's only hope is to bring Reed back out of the brig where he was put because he kept some secrets from Archer while doing spy stuff. And the plan involves bringing Trip on board from the Colombia. While at high warp. Without a transporter.
How do we accomplish this massively insane task? The Colombia flies upside down below the Enterprise and they both open the shuttlepod bay doors. When their warp fields converge, Reed lowers a cable that reaches to the Colombia and Trip climbs the cable. I'd like to make it clear here that, in the middle of this climb, Trip is hanging free in space watching stars go by at warp speed. There has never been a more insane, risky and beautiful plan.
|That tingling in your extremities is just the warp field collapsing.|
Meanwhile, back on Enterprise, Archer went through Reeds stuff and found his communications with Harris. He pieces together all of Reed's spy stuff and gets Reed to have Harris contact him. Harris tells Archer that it's important for Phlox to finish his work; that a stable Klingon empire is important to Starfleet. Afterwards, Reed explains that he'd joined covert operations as an ensign and that he thought there would be no more of it, but now his loyalties lay solely with Archer. And now that everything's out in the open, Reed can tell Archer exactly where Phlox is.
Back on Qu'Vat, Phlox infects four different Klingons with four different strains of the virus so that he can observe which one holds the cure. That's when Archer storms through the door and runs amok. Reunited, Archer decides to help Phlox find a cure in whatever way he can. Which becomes more difficult when a fleet of Klingon ships announces that they're on their way to destroy the whole frakkin' colony!
|GIVE ME RIDGES OR GIVE ME DEATH!|
Later, the Klingon doctor sits up on Enterprise's sick bay without ridges. He says that millions of Klingons will have to live with this cosmetic deformity, but Phlox is ever hopeful that one day, perhaps before Star Trek: The Motion Picture is made, they will be able to reverse the effects of the augment virus.
I was not disappointed by these last two episodes. I really like this explanation for the flat foreheads in The Original Series and besides that, there was a really complex storyline to follow including some mystery and intrigue. Do not miss them!