Star Trek: Enterprise (2004): S03E22 – The Council


Introduction

“The Council” is the seventy-fourth episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the twenty-second episode of season three.

In this episode, Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) attempts to convince the Xindi Council not to use their superweapon on Earth. Meanwhile, Subcommander T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) leads an away team to a nearby sphere to attempt to retrieve a data core in order to get more information on the Sphere-Builders.

The episode featured several returning guest stars, including Randy Oglesby, Tucker Smallwood, Josette DiCarlo and Sean McGowan. Additional sets were required for the scenes at the Xindi Council, while the sets for Degra’s ship had been created for an earlier episode.

Although most scenes were filmed between 12 and 23 February, the scenes featuring the Sphere-Builders were filmed in conjunction with the following episode on 26 February.

Two reviewers praised the episode, and it was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. There was a slight increase in ratings with the episode earning a 3.4/5% audience share, translating into approximately 3.35 million viewers.

Outline

It is now mid-February 2154, and Enterprise is en route to the Xindi Council. Under escort by Degra’s ship, Captain Archer is briefed by him on the five member species of the Council. Other friendly Xindi ships soon join the escort. As they approach the planet, however, the flagship of Reptilian Commander Dolim intervenes. After a tense standoff, Dolim backs down. On the planet, Archer and Ensign Sato enter the Council chamber and present their evidence to the gathered representatives; Dolim, angered at the move, walks out in protest. A Guardian appears to him later, promising Reptilian dominance if he continues their original plan.

Meanwhile, a shuttlepod containing Sub-Commander T’Pol, Lieutenant Reed, Ensign Mayweather and MACO Corporal Hawkins, departs to investigate a nearby sphere in order to try to collect more data on the Sphere Builders (who are now becoming increasingly concerned with the human threat). The away team successfully enters an exhaust vent, and reaching the core, they are able to retrieve a memory module. The intrusion alerts an automated defence system, however, and Hawkins is disintegrated helping the others escape.

Doctor Phlox and Commander Tucker then create a holographic version of the Sphere Builder from “Harbinger” (S03E15) which Archer presents to the Council. Many admit its resemblance to the Guardian race, a people who the Xindi both revere and worship. The Council votes to delay the weapon’s launch, with even Dolim agreeing. That night, however, Dolim covertly confronts Degra in the Primate’s quarters and stabs him, declaring revenge for the destruction of the Reptilian ship and a vendetta against his family. At the next meeting, Dolim openly admits the death (and Reptilian primacy) and the Reptilian and Insectoid members leave. They soon launch the superweapon, escorted by Dolim with his flagship. With both Enterprise and friendly Xindi vessels in pursuit, Dolim kidnaps Sato and disappears into a subspace vortex.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): David Livingston.
  • Writer(s): Manny Coto.
  • Release Date: 12 May 2004.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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