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Archer is confronted by a member of his crew who claims to be from nine hundred years in the future – and is there to capture a Suliban operative who has boarded the Enterprise.

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While on its way to a stellar nursery, Enterprise NX-01 encounters an alien transport ship with Borothan pilgrims aboard. The pilgrims have come to see the Great Plume of Agosoria, a phenomenon their religion associates with the beginning of the universe. Captain Archer invites the pilgrims aboard to show them Enterprise.

The guests are greeted without incident. After the guests are given a tour of the ship, Enterprise is hit by a plasma storm. An antimatter cascade occurs, nearly destroying Enterprise. Without the actions of an anti-saboteur, who unplugged an antimatter conduit before the storm while no one was looking, destruction of the Enterprise would have been certain.

At this point, a crewman named Daniels begins explaining strange things to Captain Archer; Daniels talks about the events of a Temporal Cold War, and claims that the 22nd century is seen as an important front in the war. Archer is skeptical at first, but is convinced when Daniels shows him amazing technological devices, such as the Temporal Observatory in Daniels' quarters. Daniels also reveals facts that would be impossible to know otherwise. He reveals that there is a Suliban named Silik aboard Enterprise, who saved the ship, and must be captured by Daniels.

Captain Archer offers Daniels his full cooperation. Silik then makes contact with the captain to find out who is searching for him: he has detected tachyon radiation that would not normally be on the ship, as there are no devices on board that emit tachyons. He learns from an unfortunate communication between T'Pol and the captain that it is Daniels who is seeking him. Before stunning the captain, Silik presents relativist arguments about Daniels just being in another faction and not being who he seems to be. He also suggests that the antimatter cascade was not accidental, and reminds the Captain that he (Silik) saved the ship and every life on it.

In Engineering, Daniels brings his sensors online. Tucker notices a movement, and orders everyone except Daniels to evacuate Engineering. Silik appears, and twice shoots Daniels, who seems to explode, but his body parts disappear.

Doctor Phlox revives Archer, who realizes that Silik has stolen Daniels' Temporal Observatory device from his quarters. After Tucker works out how Daniels' sensor system works, he pinpoints Silik's location. Archer goes after him with a phase device, which allows the captain to walk through walls. After a brief struggle in the shuttlebay, during which turbulence from the Plume disrupts both men, Archer destroys the Temporal Observatory device with a phase-pistol. Silik escapes, however, by flinging himself out of the launch bay, before being picked up by a Suliban cell ship. The last words Silik tells the captain are "You may have endangered your future, Jon," leaving the captain with a final puzzle.

On the bridge, Archer orders Reed to re-assign Daniel's roommate and seal his quarters, stating that there may be more technology inside. Daniels' quarters are thereafter locked.

Memorable quotes Edit

"You won't need enhanced vision where you're going. Proceed with the extraction."

- Humanoid Figure ordering a Suliban to remove Silik's visual enhancements for failing him previously

"Ensigns. Enjoy the show last night?"
"Heh, those were two hours of my life I'd rather have back."

- Mayweather enters the bridge with Sato while Reed asks their opinion about Night of the Killer Androids

"If you don't mind my asking, what brings you here?"
"A job. I'm escorting a group of spiritually minded men on a pilgrimage to the Great Plume of Agosoria."
"The – the what?"
"Every eleven years one of the protostars gives out a neutron blast. These gentlemen believe it's a sacred event. If you ask me, I think it's just another ball of hydrogen!"

- Archer and Captain Fraddock

"It's customary on Earth to greet someone with a... handshake."

- Archer, to Prah Mantoos

"For you, Captain."
"It's beautiful. What, uh, exactly is it?"
"A clock! It charts time from the beginning of the universe."

- Prah Mantoos and Archer

"Aren't you going to take the chair?"
"You're in command!"
"I'm fine right here."
"Haven't you ever wondered what it's like?"
"I can wait until I'm promoted."
(Mayweather thinks about it, then takes his place in the Captain's chair.)
"Nice fit."
"The bridge looks a lot different from here. Think anyone would mind if I fired a torpedo?"

- Hoshi and Mayweather

"I see you already know a thing or two about starship engines."
"I'm a warp field theorist."

- Tucker and Sonsorra

"You might want to focus your sensors on that plasma lightning up ahead."
"We're aware of it."
"You ever been in a plasma storm?"
"Then you know it can get a little bumpy. I suggest we try and go around it."

- Captain Fraddock and T'Pol

"We've got a power surge in the impulse relays. Here's a good example of how we can reroute the energy flow to protect our critical systems."

- Trip, to the group of visitors touring engineering

"Trip, what's happening?"
"That last bolt struck the warp manifold! We've got an antimatter cascade, sir! If it reaches the warp reactor..."
(Everyone holds their breath as they await the inevitable.)
"I think we're alright Captain. The cascade stopped in its tracks."
"Good work, Trip."
"It wasn't me, Captain."

- Archer and Trip

"I'm sorry about the mess. Sometimes I think my bunk-mate majored in Chaos Theory."

- Daniels, to Captain Archer

"Are you Human?"
"More or less."

- Archer and Daniels

"I know this must seem a little overwhelming."
"Overwhelming... doesn't quite cover it."

- Daniels, while showing Archer through the Temporal Observatory

"You're from... 900 years in the future, and you need my help?"

- Archer, to Daniels

"You're asking me to capture someone who just saved my ship – why should I trust you?"
"You like your scrambled eggs soft. Have I ever brought them to you any other way?"

- Archer and Daniels

"The Vulcan Science Directorate has studied the question of time travel in great detail. They found no evidence that it exists, or that it can exist."

- T'Pol, to Captain Archer

"I always knew we'd be meeting people from other planets – but other centuries?"

- Tucker to T'Pol after being told by Archer that Daniels is a time traveler

"You may have endangered your future, Jon."

- Silik, to Archer

"Starfleet's in store for one hell of a report. I'm not quite sure where to begin."
"I'd be glad to help."

- Archer and T'Pol

"Mr. Reed, assign new quarters to Daniels' roommate and seal off cabin E-14. It's off-limits till further notice."
"Aye, sir."
"God knows what else is in there. Let's get back on the road, Travis."

- Archer orders Reed to close off Daniels' quarters after his confrontation with Silik (last lines)

Background information Edit

Robert Duncan McNeill directing Cold Front

Robert Duncan McNeill directing this episode

  • This episode had the working title "Untitled Suliban" (as evidenced by the episode's script). The episode's final draft script was submitted on 1 October 2001.
  • The restrictiveness of the set for the service junction shown near the end of this episode made filming the episode's climactic fight scene, between Archer and Silik, a difficult task. "You've really gotta create some different types of choreographed sequences when you're in tight like that," Stunt Coordinator Vince Deadrick, Jr. said of the tightly confined area. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 138, p. 42)
  • According to dates given, this episode actually takes place a week after the next episode, "Silent Enemy".
  • This is the Humanoid Figure's only appearance on the series in an episode which is neither a season premiere nor a season finale.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Daniels (Matt Winston) on the series.
  • This episode also marks the first time that Silik's name is given.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of movie night. Ensign Mayweather gripes that out of 50,000 titles in the movie database, they could find no better movie than Night of the Killer Androids. It further implies that Reed and Sato frequent the event.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of T'Pol's disbelief in time travel, based on the Vulcan Science Directorate's conclusions.
  • Both the Temporal Observatory and the phasing device are lost in this episode, but Daniels' Temporal Database remains to be used in "Shockwave" and "Future Tense", the latter episode featuring its final appearance in the series.
  • In ENT: "Dawn", Trip Tucker recalls seeing the Great Plume of Agosoria to Zho'Kaan while they are stranded on a moon together.
  • This episode achieved a Nielsen rating of 4.7 and was watched by an average of 7.33 million viewers. [1]
  • Star Trek Magazine's "Ultimate Guide" rated this episode 2 out of 5 arrowhead insignia. (Star Trek Magazine issue 164, p. 78)
  • The unofficial reference book Beyond the Final Frontier (p. 363) describes this outing as "a scrappy episode, but one that adds a new twist to the Temporal Cold War." The book goes on to say, "There are tantalizing hints, but nothing really meaty to get excited about."
  • Several costumes from this episode were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay, including the costumes of John Fleck [2] and Lamont Thompson [3], as well as an unnamed pilgrim's robe. [4]

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Agosoria; antimatter; Borothans; chaos theory; cheese; Chef; chord; Daniels' bunkmate; consulate; Cycle of Creation; "Cycle of Renewal"; Earth; Fraddock's transport ship; genetic enhancements; Giza; Great Plume of Agosoria; Great Pyramid; Hinduism; hydrogen; Illinois; "Invocation of Renewal" Jupiter Station; kaana-sah; Klingon Empire; logic; magnetic constrictors; major; megawatt; nacelle; neutron; "Night of the Killer Androids"; orange juice; pilgrim; plasma storm; Porthos; positron; Prah Mantoos' species; protostar; religion; Saint Peter's Square; Sarin; scrambled eggs; space-time scanner; stellar nursery; subspace displacement field; Suliban; Suliban cell ship; Suliban helix; tachyon radiation; Tal-Shanar; Taylor; Temporal Accord; Temporal Cold War; Temporal Observatory; Tibet; time travel; transport; ultraviolet radiation; voo-sinteel; Vulcan Science Directorate; warp coil; warp field theorist; warp reactor; Xyrillian ship

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