Shadows of P'Jem

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"Shadows of P'Jem"
Star Trek: Enterprise episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 15
Directed by Mike Vejar
Teleplay by Mike Sussman
Phyllis Strong
Story by Rick Berman
Brannon Braga
Featured music Paul Baillargeon
Production code 115
Original air date February 6, 2002 (2002-02-06)
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"Shadows of P'Jem" is the fifteenth episode (production #115) of television series Star Trek: Enterprise.

Captain Archer and subcommander T'Pol are kidnapped while en route to a planet in the Coridan system, which results in a confrontation between Vulcan and Andorian forces.[1]

The events of this episode (coupled with that of "The Andorian Incident") proved to be the basis for many future occurrences and plot devices in the following three seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise. These included many reprisal attempts against both Captain Archer and T'Pol by the Vulcan High Command, and the developing trust and respect between Archer and the Andorian commander Shran. There would also be long-ranging implications for T'Pol and for her family, as revealed in the fourth season episode, "Home."


The Vulcan delegation, headed by Ambassador Soval, complains to Admiral Forrest about the recent diplomatic incident at P'Jem, when the Andorians discovered a Vulcan listening post. Soval blames Archer and the crew of the Enterprise. Joint fleet operations are suspended, and T'Pol is recalled from her post.

The Enterprise itself is on its way to Coridan, a planet which has a mining agreement with the Vulcans and the largest starship construction yards in the sector. The shuttlepod departs for Coridan, Archer and T'Pol aboard. On approach to the Coridan capital city, the shuttlepod is attacked and captured by a fixed-wing vessel. Later, Archer and T'Pol are bound together back-to-back and hooded in a dark room, while the Enterprise searches for them. Their anti-Vulcan captor, Traeg, is persuaded that Archer is a steward. When alone, they escape their bonds, but are soon recaptured by Traeg, who then sends a ransom request of weapons to the Enterprise.

After refusing to co-operate with the Vulcan's rescue mission, Trip and Reed mount their own rescue attempt, leaving Hoshi to distract the Vulcans. The pair are soon captured by Commander Shran and Tholos of the Andorian Imperial Guard, who want to repay Archer for P'Jem. The Humans and Andorians covertly break into the compound where Archer is being held, while the Vulcans also attempt a more direct rescue mission by destroying the nearby fuel depot. The Andorians and Vulcans confront one another amid the wreckage of the compound. As they argue about treaty violations, T'Pol notices one of the radicals moving to target the group. She pushes Sopek out of the way and takes the phaser blast meant for him. Archer gathers her up and leaves with his away-team. "You should be the one dying, not her", states Shran as he leaves.

In Sickbay, Phlox treats T'Pol. Sopek arrives to ask about her condition. Archer asks that T'Pol be given a second chance; Sopek can give the High Command an encomium on T'Pol's behalf. His status would give credence to her claim. Sopek agrees to discuss the matter with them. As they leave, Phlox revives T'Pol with a hypospray. Archer tells her about the conversation and says that T'Pol will be on the Enterprise for a while longer. T'Pol says that she can't go after Sopek to return to Vulcan as that would violate her doctor's orders. Archer smiles as he leaves Sickbay.



Despite being generally considered one of the first season's best episodes, "Shadows of P'Jem" sparked controversy at the time of broadcast over a tongue-in-cheek scene in which T'Pol and Archer, tied back-to-back, try awkwardly to get themselves free, their efforts ultimately resulting in Archer momentarily being smothered by the Vulcan's ample chest.[1]


  1. ^ a b Timothy W. Lynch (01/03/2002), Shadows of P'Jem, SF Crowsnest  Check date values in: |date= (help)[dead link]

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