Star Trek: Enterprise (2005): S04E13 – United


Introduction

“United” is the 13th episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise and the 89th episode overall.

It is the second of a three-part story which included the previous episode “Babel One” (S04E12), and the following episode, “The Aenar” (S04E14).

In this episode, two of the crew are trapped on the Romulan drone ship while Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) on the Enterprise attempts to gain the co-operation of the Andorians and Tellarites in tracking down the drone. His plan is complicated when Commander Shran (Jeffrey Combs) challenges a Tellarite to a duel, causing Archer to step in. After he defeats Shran, the races work together and force the retreat of the Romulan vessel and the missing crewman are recovered.

The episode was filmed over seven days, utilising the standing sets and those created for the previous episode. The duel was choreographed by Vince Deadrick Jr., and the Ushaan-Tor weapon itself was created by Dan Curry. “United” was watched by 2.81 million viewers on the first broadcast. Critics responded favourably to the episode, comparing it to the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Amok Time” (S02E01) and the Andorians’ actions to those of Klingons elsewhere in the franchise.

Outline

“United” continues from the events in “Babel One”. On Romulus, Admiral Valdore (Brian Thompson), Romulan scientist Nijil (J. Michael Flynn), and their pilot continue to control the mysterious “marauder”, cloaking it to look like Enterprise and then using it to destroy a Rigelian vessel. Despite this success, Senator Vrax (Geno Silva) chastises them for losing full control of their drone since Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker III (Connor Trinneer) and Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating) are still on board. Valdore and Nijil then work to trap Tucker inside a service junction as he attempts to divert power. After incapacitating him with leaked radiation coolant, Valdore then orders Reed to re-establish the damaged warp matrix on the drone or see his crewmate die. Reed complies in order to rescue Tucker.

Meanwhile, aboard Enterprise, Commander T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) and Ensign Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) devise a surveillance grid that will require the coordinated effort of 128 space ships. After seeking help from Earth and Vulcan, Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) realises that he will need to obtain Andorian and Tellarite support too. Archer’s attempt hits a snag when Lieutenant Talas dies from the phaser wound sustained earlier. A devastated Commander Shran (Jeffrey Combs) openly challenges Naarg (Kevin Brief) to a blood-duel using Ushaan-Tor, an Andorian ice-miner’s tool. Realizing that a death will derail trade negotiations, Archer announces himself as the Tellarite’s substitute. The duel proceeds and Archer is fortunately able to win, and spares Shran’s life after severing an antenna.

With the duel completed, Shran promises continued Andorian support for the grid, and the Tellarite’s Ambassador Gral (Lee Arenberg) does the same. Enterprise, as a flagship, soon relocates and re-engages the drone. Reed and Tucker, caught in the crossfire and unable to be transported out, narrowly escape death by ejecting themselves into open space. A mixed fleet of “allied” vessels then arrive, forcing Vrax and Valdore to recall the drone at warp speed to Romulan space. Archer then invites the Andorians and the Tellarites to begin their negotiations early. On Romulus, the drone’s pilot is revealed to be an Aenar, another species of the Andorian race.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): David Livingston.
  • Writer(s): Manny Coto.
  • Release Date: 04 February 2005.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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