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"Your inquiry was not recognized."
– Automated repair station, 2152 ("Dead Stop")

The automated repair station was a mysterious alien space station capable of automatically repairing vessels at remarkable speeds and catering to the needs of a vessel's crew.

This station was visited by the Earth starship Enterprise NX-01 in 2152, which had been in need of repairs following an incident in a Romulan minefield. The station began repairing the ship in record time, and it also was able to see to the needs of the crew, including the repairing of injuries, such as Malcolm Reed's left leg, which had been wounded by a Romulan mine. The station also contained food replicators, which had never previously been encountered by Humans.

In return for its repair services, the station would "charge" a fee consisting of a selectable material, such as some quantity of warp plasma. If the crew of the ship under repair refused to pay the fee, the station would start damaging the ship until the "bill" was settled.

Automated repair station diagnosis hologram dead stop

A diagnosis hologram.

However, upon investigation by the Enterprise crew, it was discovered that the station's computer core was using the synaptic pathways of humanoid hosts to enhance its processing capabilities. It was accomplishing this task by integrating the hosts' synaptic brain functions into the station's computer core. The station had attempted to add Travis Mayweather to its collection of hosts, creating a cloned body to give the impression that he had been killed in an accident, but Phlox's examination of the clone had revealed its true nature.

Auto repair station repairs itself

Enterprise wasn't the end of the repair station

After rescuing Mayweather, Captain Jonathan Archer and his crew were able to escape and presumably destroy the station. However, unbeknownst to them, after they departed, the station began to repair itself. (ENT: "Dead Stop")

Abducted species Edit

In the final draft script of "Dead Stop", not all the abducted species were identified. The script at first described the group merely as "at least forty humanoid bodies, pale and dissected," of which they were "all different species, wearing uniforms in various stages of decay." The script went on to comment, "Some of the aliens have apparently been here for months... others for years." Subsequently, the Klingon and Vulcan species were identified, in that order.

Background information Edit

The station was designed by Doug Drexler, who was inspired by a Chinese finger puzzle, and modeled by Pierre Drolet. [X]wbm

Dialogue suggests that the station was at least 130 light years from Earth.

The station's computer voice was supplied by Star Trek: Voyager actress and "Dead Stop" director Roxann Dawson. She was not credited for the role.

In retrospect, Star Trek: Enterprise co-creator and Executive Producer Brannon Braga noted, "This idea of a weird automated space station is terrific – totally creepy." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 145,  p. 25)

A diagnosis hologram component was among the items which were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]

A species that closely resembles a Vaadwaur was also present. If this was indeed a Vaadwaur, it certainly opens up the history of this station to greater mystery.

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