Star Trek: Enterprise (2002): S01E15 – Shadows of P’Jem


Introduction

“Shadows of P’Jem” is the fifteenth episode (production #115) of television series Star Trek: Enterprise.

Captain Archer and Sub-Commander T’Pol are kidnapped while en route to a planet in the Coridan system, which results in a confrontation between Vulcan and Andorian forces.

The events of this episode (coupled with that of “The Andorian Incident” – S01E07) proved to be the basis for many future occurrences and plot devices in the following three seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise.

These included many reprisal attempts against both Archer and T’Pol by the Vulcan High Command, and the developing trust and respect between Archer and the Andorian Commander Shran. There would also be long-ranging implications for T’Pol and for her family, as revealed in the fourth season episode, “Home” (S04E03).

Outline

A Vulcan delegation, headed by Ambassador Soval, complains to Admiral Forrest about the recent diplomatic incident at P’Jem. Soval blames Captain Archer: in response, joint fleet operations are suspended, and Sub-Commander T’Pol is to be recalled from her post. Enterprise, however, is already on its way to Coridan, a planet which has a mining agreement and the largest starship construction yards in the sector. As Archer and T’Pol head to the capital city, their shuttlepod is captured. Later, they try to escape, but are soon recaptured by Traeg, an anti-government leader, who then sends a ransom request of weapons to Enterprise.

After refusing to co-operate with the Vulcans (sent by Soval to return T’Pol to Vulcan) and their rescue mission, Commander Tucker and Lieutenant Reed mount their own, leaving Sato to somehow distract them. The pair are soon ‘captured’ by Commander Shran and Tholos of the Andorian Imperial Guard, who want to repay Archer for his interventions at P’Jem. The humans and Andorians covertly break into the rebel compound where Archer and T’Pol are being held, while the Vulcans, led by Captain Sopek, attempt a more direct rescue mission.

The rival groups then confront one another amid the wreckage of the compound. As they argue about treaty violations, T’Pol notices Traeg targeting the group. She pushes Sopek out of the way and takes the phaser blast meant for him. Archer gathers her up and leaves with his away-team. In Sickbay, Doctor Phlox treats her, and Sopek arrives to ask about her condition. Archer asks that T’Pol be given a second chance, and he agrees to lobby the Vulcan High Command on her behalf. As they leave, Phlox revives T’Pol with a hypospray, and Archer says that she will be on Enterprise for a while longer.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Mike Vejar.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
  • Release Date: 06 February 2002.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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