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|Star Trek: Enterprise episode|
T'Pau of Vulcan
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||David Livingston|
|Written by||Michael Sussman|
|Featured music||Kevin Kiner
|Original air date||December 3, 2004|
"Kir'Shara" is the name of the 85th episode from the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the ninth episode of the fourth season and first aired on December 3, 2004. To follow the full three-episode plot, see the two preceding episodes of the arc, "The Forge" and "Awakening."
Enterprise, along with Ambassador Soval, goes to Andoria to warn them about the imminent attack from the Vulcan High Command. The High Command was using falsified information from Archer's Xindi debriefing that the Andorian Imperial Command is planning to adapt their vessels with a powerful weapon based on Xindi technology.
Enterprise finds Commander Shran, along with the Andorian fleet. They attempt to warn him but Shran is very skeptical of Soval. Shran abducts Soval and uses a device that lowers Vulcan emotional threshold as a form of torture. Shran eventually trusts Soval's word and returns him just after Enterprise attacks Shran's ship. Shran respects Enterprise and never fires upon them.
Enterprise and six other ships take position directly in the path of the Vulcan strike fleet. Once the Vulcan fleet meets the Andorian's, Commander Tucker orders the Enterprise directly between both fleets, saying, "If the Vulcans want to start a war, they're going to have to get through us first." The Vulcans begin their attack. At first, the Vulcan fleet only targets the Andorians, but later accept orders to destroy Enterprise after she opens fire on one of the Vulcan ships.
Meanwhile, at the Forge, Captain Archer, T'Pol, and T'Pau, the leader of the Syrranites, have found the sacred Kir'Shara and begin their journey to take it to the Vulcan capital. The Kir'Shara will show Vulcans the original word of Surak and bring about a new age to Vulcan.
T'Pol tells T'Pau about her Pa'nar syndrome (contracted years ago by a forced mind-meld). T'Pau explains that Pa'nar syndrome is caused by melders who have been improperly trained and that one with great experience can correct the neurological imbalance – a fact the Vulcan High Command has kept secret. T'Pau performs a mind-meld on her, and in the subsequent episode "Daedalus" Dr. Phlox confirms that T'Pol's Pa'nar syndrome was cured as a result.
A team of commandos attack Archer's group. T'Pol is taken prisoner while Archer and T'Pau narrowly escape. Upon interrogation, T'Pol claims that the Kir'Shara is being taken to Mount Seleya, thus diverting the commandos from Archer's true destination—the Vulcan capital. Ironically, T'Pol is brought to the High Command.
Archer and T'Pau reach the Vulcan capital after T'Pol's husband, Koss, helps them transport into the Vulcan High Command by providing them with the required access codes. They present the Kir'Shara to the High Council and reveal that the bombing of Earth's embassy was done to provide an excuse for High Command Administrator V'Las to eradicate the Syrranites. The High Command immediately orders the Vulcan fleet commander to cease the attack on the Andorians.
Several major developments follow: Koss comes aboard Enterprise to inform T'Pol that he is releasing her from their marriage. He does so because her mother is now dead and helping her was the only motive for her role in the marriage. The katra that had been hosted by Captain Archer is transferred to a Vulcan priest (coincidentally the same priest who conducted Koss and T'Pol's marriage ceremony). The conflict between Vulcan and Andoria appears to have been averted. The Vulcan High Command is dissolved. This means that the Vulcans are no longer watching over Starfleet's every move. T'Pau explains, "It's time for Earth to stand on its own."
The end, however, does not come until former Administrator V'Las meets with Talok, the officer in charge of his former commando team. Talok is actually a Romulan. V'Las asks to be allowed to leave Vulcan with Talok (who is returning to Romulus), but Talok refuses, claiming that V'Las' disappearance would draw suspicion. V'Las asks Talok what will happen now that their operation has failed; Talok replies, "The reunification of our people is only a matter of time." Star Trek: Enterprise was cancelled before this plotline could be continued, although the theme of Romulan-Vulcan reunification would emerge in the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
References to other Star Trek media 
- Originally, T'Pol was to be the character T'Pau. The prospect of royalty payments to the estate of Theodore Sturgeon (the writer of "Amok Time") lead to the name being changed to T'Pol.
- The Romulan that appears briefly at the end of this episode is physically different from those seen in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Balance of Terror." He has cranial ridges much like the retcon Romulans' appearance when they appeared in later Trek series – a similar continuity fudge to that concerning the Klingons' differing appearances over the different timelines of the various movies and television shows. The difference in the Klingon's appearances was the basis of a multi-part story in Enterprise's fourth – and final – season, but the explanation for the disparity in Romulan appearances was never addressed – possibly because of the show's cancellation before it could reach the planned Earth/Romulan war arc (though its possible that not all Romulans have cranial ridges given that Spock was able to move about Romulus without suspicion.).[original research?]
- Kir'Shara at the Internet Movie Database
- "Kir'Shara" at TV.com
- Kir'Shara at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Kir'Shara at StarTrek.com