Origins of a Federation

Story: United
Written By: Manny Coto and Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Series: Star Trek: Enterprise
Year: 2005

While Trip and Reed struggle on the Romulan controlled ship, Archer continues to struggle with the effects of the ships attacks and the continued issues between the Andorians and Tellarites.
I think in some ways this episode is a slight misstep for this trilogy, a trilogy I really do like. It unfortunately drags along the main story while sidetracking it with Shran’s lover dying, him challenging the Tellarite responsible to a fight to the death, and Archer substituting for him in the fight. The fight is just a distraction from what is really going on, a way to sort of mirror “Amok Time,” but it doesn’t really come close. Although I do like the end with Shran’s antenna being chopped off to be entertaining. And it did give us info on the Andorians (their antenna are important to their balance).

The cliffhanger ends with a reveal that the Romulan inside the big control matrix running their ship...isn’t Romulan at all...but some kind of Andorian off-shoot. Twist!

So that distraction aside, the episode keeps the mystery with the Romulans going, and makes strides in finally bringing the four future Federation founding races closer together. So it is somewhat successful, I just don’t think the whole challenging fight was necessary.

NEXT TIME: Romulan Plot