Future Tense (Star Trek: Enterprise)

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"Future Tense"
Star Trek: Enterprise episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 16
Directed by James Whitmore, Jr.
Written by Mike Sussman
Phyllis Strong
Featured music Dennis McCarthy
Production code 216
Original air date February 19, 2003 (2003-02-19)
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"Future Tense" is the forty-second episode (production #216) of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the sixteenth of the second season.

The Enterprise finds a derelict ship, apparently from the future, and is attacked by Suliban, and later Tholian, ships seeking its possession.


The discovery of a derelict pod with a long-dead "human" pilot opens up a mystery — Who is he and what is he doing out farther in space than any known human before?

Some of the crew even speculate he is the first human to invent warp drive technology, Zefram Cochrane, but DNA profiling reveal the remains are not Cochrane's.

Commander Trip Tucker and Lt. Malcolm Reed examine the mysterious pod and discover, via a floor panel, that it is spatially larger than first appearances. They also recover a device from the core which still has a weak energy signature.

Meanwhile, a Suliban ship arrives and claims salvage rights on the vessel. Captain Archer refuses to yield it without explanation. They open fire, and beam in a boarding party, and do not leave until Archer gives chase and their weapons are damaged.

Undaunted, Enterprise is then set to rendezvous with a Vulcan ship in three days.

Dr. Phlox scans reveal the dead pilot has DNA fragments from several other alien species including Vulcan, Terrelian, and Rigelian - surprisingly the result of multi-generational interspecies breeding.

Archer and Sub-commander T'Pol enter former crewman (and Temporal Cold War agent) Daniels' cabin to tap into his database of the future, and they discover the mystery pod is a time travel vessel from the 31st century.

The Tholians arrive, warning Enterprise of temporal radiation and requesting the pod. Again, Archer refuses, and the Tholians leave after he threatens to blow the pod up. Meanwhile Tucker and Reed, on returning to the pod, get stuck in a time loop, and quickly realize it. This heightens T'Pol's concerns, and she discusses the situation with Archer who feels they must have more information on the Temporal Cold War.

The Suliban soon return in force and attack.

The crew, reaching their planned destination, discover the Tholians have disabled the Vulcan ship, and soon disable Enterprise as well.

The Suliban arrive and a battle ensues, but they are soon annihilated.

After working through another time-loop, Archer and Reed booby-trap the pod with a torpedo warhead and send it out into space, but the Tholians immediately disarm the device. Trip then gets the mystery device, a temporal distress beacon, to power up, and soon all evidence of the future ship and its contents dematerialize.

The Tholians leave, and Enterprise assists the Vulcan ship, becoming Archer's olive branch to the Vulcan High Command for their support and help.

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