Star Trek Re-Watched #006

Enterprise (ENT) Episode 7

“The Andorian Incident“

I’m re-watching Star Trek in this chronological order. There will be spoilers! For a synopsis and more information on this episode I strongly recommend Memory Alpha

“And what is diversity but a celebration of differences?” Dr. Phlox to T’Pol when she is feeling ashamed of her Human comrades.

Facts:

In short: Around ten weeks after the start of its mission, Enterprise is visiting an ancient Vulcan monastery on a remote planet.  After arrival the crew finds out that Andorians took the monks hostage. After a small fight they become prisoners themselves. The leader of the Andorians, Commander Shran, suspects a hidden Vulcan long range sensor array somewhere in the monastery. Commander Tucker steals away into the catacombs beneath the building to find an old communications console to get into contact with Enterprise.

Mounting a surprise attack using the transporters, Lieutenant Reed and his security team can take out two of the four Andorians. During a fire fight in the catacombs a hidden passage is revealed. Behind this passage the combatants stumble upon the huge hidden listening post the Andorians were searching for.

Captain Archer decides to give the scans of the area to the Andorian Commander, who is now in debt with the Captain.

The monastery/outpost of P’Jem. Home to monks, spies and a bunch of Andorian soldiers.

Firsts:

In chronological order this is the first appearance of the Andorians and Commander Shran.

It’s the first time that we get a look into the Vulcan spiritual culture (even if it’s just a cover for the secret listening post).

Thoughts and Opinions:

I love the Andorians! The first moment I saw them, I knew they would be my favorite species in Star Trek. The blue colored skin, the impulsive behavior and the twitching  antennas… I want to see more of them in future episodes.

Their suspicion of the Vulcans – which proves to be correct – shows that the Vulvans are not only the wise and advanced society that evaluates and helps newcomers on the intergalactic stage. Their are also a political player in this space region and they are not even reluctant to use a monastery full of pacifist monks as a cover for a secret sensor array. Even if it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on the Andorians, it’s interesting to know to which length the Vulcans would go when they feel treathened.

Commander Tucker has to answer some questions in Starfleets first interaction with the Andorians.

I also like the small story dealing with T’Pols feelings about her Human crew comrades. First she tries to keep them away from the monastery in the first place. Then she feels ashamed by there naive behavior. And even though they smell horribly she even has to snuggle with Captain Archer to keep warm when hold prisoner by the Andorians. All this is topped by the fact that her own (superior) people are using an important cultural sight as a hiding place for a military outpost. She will probably have some thinking to do. What a day!

So all in all this episode is giving us an interesting first look into the tensions between the Vulcans and the Andorians. I wonder what the Vulcans are gaining by downgrading the Andorians as militaristic paranoids. Or are they really as dangerous as the Vulcans are implying?

I hope we will find out in later episodes.

Conclusion:

I already loved this episode when I watched it for the first time years ago. The whole conflict between the Andorians and the Vulcans is an interesting concept that I love to see explored more deeply.

I give this episode 5 out of 5. It will have a big impact on the whole Enterprise series.

What do you think about the episode? Did you fall in love with the Andorians, too? Anything to complain about?

Let’s talk about it in the comments!

2 Replies to “Star Trek Re-Watched #006”

  1. The Andorians are one of the best things in ENT in my opinion, most part because of Commander Shren played by Jeffrey Combs.
    Pure genius this guy, also played the somewhat similar character Wheyun in DS9 and as a guest in voyager i think.

    1. He is really a great actor for every Star Trek show in my opinion. What I didn’t know: He also played Brunt (the Ferengi investigator on DS9). It seems like no matter what Star Trek species he is playing, he is bringing the character alive. Maybe we will see him again in Discovery?

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