Augments are genetically enhanced humans whose embryos were left over from the Eugenics Wars. Stolen from a lab by the ruthless scientist Arik Soong some 20 years ago, several now adult Augments have captured a Klingon ship in the Borderland, the volatile region between the Orions and the Klingon Empire. Enterprise leaves spacedock on a mission to find and apprehend them. Arik Soong is aboard to assist the crew. He helps to free some Enterprise crew members from an Orion slave market, but when Enterprise encounters the Augments who regard him as their father, he joins them and leaves the disabled Starfleet ship behind...
An Enterprise landing party picks up Smike, an Augment who was left behind because he had not developed superior abilities. In the meantime Soong and the other Augments have occupied the facility Cold Station 12 where the remaining 1800 Augment embryos are stored. The human and Denobulan scientists working there, among them Phlox's friend Dr. Lucas, are taken hostages. Archer and Phlox themselves fall into the hands of the terrorists when their attempt to free the hostages fails. When the Augments threaten to kill Dr. Phlox, Lucas reveals the access code to the containment chambers. Enterprise attempts to destroy the station but is attacked by the hijacked Klingon Bird-of-Prey. The terrorist leader, who has been favoring extreme violence against the will of his father Soong, kills Smike. They escape unscathed and take the the embryos with them. The scientists and the landing party remain on the station where deadly viruses are about to be exposed...
Enterprise evacuates the Cold Station 12 crew and the landing party from the station and takes a pursuit course for the Bird-of-Prey of the Augments. An attempt to stop them fails when the Augments drop the Denobulan shuttle in the atmosphere of a gas giant. The Starfleet crew first has to mount a rescue mission. Soong flees from the Augments' starship in an escape pod and agrees to help the Starfleet crew in the hopes that he may convince his "children" to surrender. But they cross the Klingon border with the goal to use a bioweapon on a colony. Enterprise can destroy the weapon with Soong's help. After the Bird-of-Prey has been disabled, the Augments' leader destroys his vessel. Yet, he actually escapes to Enterprise to take revenge on his creator, which Archer averts with a deadly phase rifle blast. The Klingons call off their retaliation against Earth, and Soong returns to the Starfleet Detention Center. In custody, he begins to doubt the feasibility of genetically engineering humans and wonders if perfecting artificial life has better prospects for the future.
Errors and Explanations
- The Undesirable Augment on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 9:06 pm: So things are still hunky-dorey with the Klingons. I'm still waiting for something bad to happen. Given the events of Enterprise so far, Klingons and humans should become best buddies in 100 years rather than bitter enemies. SPOILER ALERT! The events of Affliction and Divergence might have something to do with it.
- Why was the Denobulan pilot still on the Klingon ship? Why didn't Soong leave her on Cold Station 12. (I thought I even saw her locked up with the station's personnel in the last episode, but I'm not sure so I won't count that as a nit.) He clearly did not expect Enterprise to be able to follow him. Was he just going to toss her out of an airlock later? Malik is keeping her as a hostage.
- In Star Trek VI, Chekov says that they must respond to a Klingon outpost personally because a universal translator would be recognized. Here, Archer uses a universal translator without incident. Perhaps they can't recognize it in this century. Or they made a deliberate effort to improve detection of a translation device BECAUSE of Archer using one here.
- Soong tells the Augments that there are two habitable planets in the Briar Patch. Now if there are two habitable planets, why did the Ba'ku choose the one that had bizarre concentrations of radiation in its rings? What if there had been dangerous side effects? At that point, the damage to their bodies meant they were too desperate to care!
- LUIGI NOVI on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 8:23 pm: In the beginning of Act 1, the crew lament that they can’t follow Soong into Klingon space because the Klingons will detect them. Why don’t they just tell the Klingons that the Bird of Prey Soong and the Augments stole is now in their space, and let them go after it themselves? 1) The Klingons may not restrict themselves to taking on the Augment’s ship. 2) It may not be possible for the Klingons to avoid falsely identifing one of their own ships as the one carrying the Augments.
- In Act 1, after Archer returns to the bridge from sickbay, and Trip tells him the modifications to the warp coil are completed, Archer orders Travis to take them to the Klingon border at Warp 4. Given how time is of the essence, why not Warp 5? They don’t want to risk overloading the coil unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Huh? So Trip’s parents are actually alive??? What the hell? Trip seem to indicate in the beginning of Home that because his sister and entire home town were gone, that he had no one left, which is one reason he went to Vulcan with T’Pol in that episode. But now he and T’Pol mention in the second scene of Act 2 that they are alive and living in a new home in Mississippi?? If that’s true, then why did Trip act as if he had nowhere to go in Home? After a year away from Earth, wouldn’t he have wanted to spend some time with them? Or is he on really bad terms with them? If so, I would’ve preferred mention of this in that episode. Perhaps he couldn’t face seeing them at that time.
- Soong escapes from the Bird of Prey in an escape pod in the closing scene of Act 2, but Sleeping Dogs established that Klingons do not have escape pods because they believe that having their lives saved when in danger brings them dishonor. As stated elsewhere, the Klingons probably retrofitted escape pods to their ships after the Sleeping Dogs incident.... It's also been established that Klingons lie about things they do or don't do in the name of honor. They act dishonorably all the time. They make excuses. They tell stories. In the episode Judgment they allow a "disgraced" Klingon officer whine and cry about being bested in combat with Archer as admissible condemnation of Archer. Where did all their honor and respect for victory and "death before dishonor" go there? Convenience. The hallmark of Klingons from TOS to ENT and everything in-between is Klingons being full of it and constantly on the verge of unending civil war.
- LUIGI NOVI on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 8:33 pm: When Archer is beamed from space onto the transporter pad in the beginning of Act 1, he is covered in frost. This is obviously the creators' way of indicating how cold it is in space, but since space is a vaccuum, where would the moisture needed to form frost come from? The Undesirable Augment on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 3:52 pm: I can think of two possibilities:
1. any moisture inside the tube from which he was sucked (or is that blown? Soong better get to work on that android so he can fix my grammar).
2. Any moisture (such as sweat) that was on Archer's skin.
- LUIGI NOVI on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 8:52 pm: You really have to wonder at how smart these supposedly “perfect” humans are. Supposedly they have genetically engineered intelligence, but Malik seems to think that destroying a Klingon colony will cause the Klingons to go to war with Earth, but not find out who the specific humans were that attacked the colony, and go after them in particular. Why does this not occur to him? Jesse on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 5:51 pm: I didn't really have a problem with this. It fit with what I believe to be the general character of an aggressive Klingon. Remember, it was Sisko and the DS9 personnel who specifically attacked their fleet in Way of the Warrior, but this action led to a general war in which numerous Federation vessels were attacked. I could see Klingons--especially these "warrior-caste" Klingons--to not be very interested in whether "official" humans or "renegade" humans attacked them. In fact, I could see them accusing Earth of engineering the plot. As an aside, the Romulans seem to feel the same way. On two occasions (Star Trek VI and TNG The Mind's Eye) they back a plan to have a rogue agent assassinate a Klingon target. In both cases they feel that the Klingons will not make the distinction that the Federation had no official role in the process. LUIGI NOVI on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 11:45 pm: Because in both cases, the patsies were Starfleet officers fairly high up in the Starfleet hierarchy, giving the strong appearance of Starfleet involvement (especially in the case of Kirk and Bones). The same does not hold true for the Augments. In addition, the Klingons did NOT assume Starfleet was responsible for Kirk and Bones’ alleged actions. They simply arrested the two of them, and tried them alone, never making any accusation against Starfleet or the Federation for their actions. Rather than disproving my point, this example you came up with proves it, and disproves yours. LUIGI NOVI on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 11:45 pm: So these Klingons are so stupid that they don’t acknowledge the concept of criminals or rogues? I don’t buy it. To each his own. Josh M on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 7:31 pm: Unless they want a war with Earth and will take even the flimsiest excuse to justify it. ...It was a plot point that the Teen Augment Squad were too aggressive for their own good. Their original leader was actually intelligent and measured. So they killed him. They were intelligent, but they were also raised by a sociopath until about age 12 and then fended for themselves Lord of the Flies style. In many ways they were ignorant and too volatile to even get a chance to learn from their own mistakes.
- Keith Alan Morgan on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 3:11 am: How did the Augments hear of the Botany Bay? IIRC Space Seed mentioned no such rumour & only deduced that the crew were from the Eugenics war because 80 or 90 supermen were unnaccounted for at the end of the Eugenics War. They probably worked it out from the available facts ie the unaccounted superman and the disapperance of the Botany Bay.
- elwood on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 12:52 pm: Why didn't Soong tell them that there is the captured Bird of Prey, about which the Klingons should know, about to realise the deseases on the colony and they must be stopped? He may not have been believed!
- Summerfield on Saturday, November 13, 2004 - 5:19 pm: When Archer and Arik had their conversation at the end, I wondered where Noonien is going to come from. Does Arik have a son or daughter they didn't mention? Josh M on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 7:31 pm: I think that that was implied by his "future generations" comment.
- goodolpete on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 10:49 am: Did anyone find it curious that when the plague filled torpedoes were fired, they had to travel round to the other side of the planet, thus allowing time for the Enterprise to destroy them? This makes sense, as the Augments are effectively hiding behind the planet, making it harder for the defenses in the target area to locate and fire on them.
- Superior shows breed superior nitpickers on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 7:13 pm: So... Destroying the biowarhead saved the planet? No pathogens survived? (I was expecting the destruction of the torpedo to disperse the germs more effectively. That'd be wonderful irony to have Enterprise make the situation worse by trying to help. A misunderstanding on that order is precisely what needs to happen to start the decades of "unremitting hostility"/cold war between Klingons and Humans.) Josh M on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 7:20 pm: I assume that the torpedo exploded well above the atmosphere and wouldn't survive entry.
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