Storm Front (Star Trek: Enterprise)

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"Storm Front"
Star Trek: Enterprise episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 1 & 2
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Written by Manny Coto
Featured music Jay Chattaway
Production code 401 & 402
Original air date October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)
October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15)
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"Storm Front" is a two-part episode (the seventy-seventh and seventy-eighth episodes) of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the first and second of the fourth season.

The episode centers on an alternate history scenario in which Nazi Germany controls the northeast of the United States during the 1940s.

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Historical background[edit]

In the course of the plot, the point of divergence, where the Temporal Cold War led to the creation of this alternate history timeline, becomes clear: the murder of Lenin in 1916. In the aftermath, witnesses claimed Lenin's killer "vanished into thin air." At the time, Lenin was a rather obscure radical Russian exile living in Switzerland; nobody could guess that he could have played a major role on the global scene.

Removal of Lenin prevents the Bolshevik revolution from ever taking place, and Hitler does not regard the Russia of this timeline as a threat to the Reich; as a result, the full weight of the Nazi war machine is directed at Western Europe, including a successful Battle of Britain, and by 1944 Germany has even conquered the northeastern United States as far south as South Carolina and as far west as central Ohio.

Part I[edit]

Shuttlepod crewmen Commander Tucker and Ensign Mayweather arrive back on Enterprise, unharmed from the P-51 Mustangs that had attacked their shuttlepod earlier.

On Earth, Captain Archer narrowly escapes from the Germans when American resistance fighters ambush the truck that Archer and his Nazi handlers are riding in. He finds his way to a resistance safehouse.

Meanwhile, Silik, the leader of the Suliban Cabal, has secretly boarded Enterprise and hitched a ride to Earth.

With the Swastika-draped White House, and the Germans controlling the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, it is revealed that an alien of the Na'kuhl species—the leader of a faction of the Temporal Cold War—named Vosk (the same alien present at the closing scene of season three's final episode), has formed an alliance with the Germans, providing them with advanced technology in exchange for material and supplies to build a conduit that will take them back to their own time.

In the meantime, Captain Archer, after finding a communications device being carried by one of the aliens on Earth, contacts Sub-commander T'Pol and is transported back to Enterprise.

Near death, Temporal Agent Daniels appears on the Enterprise, admitting that he brought the Enterprise to the 20th century to help end the Temporal Cold War, along with a warning that Vosk has altered the timeline with grave consequences. Before dying, Daniels requests Captain Archer to stop Vosk and his band from building the conduit to take them back into their time, where they will become even more dangerous.

Silik, after a hand to hand fight with Tucker, steals a shuttlepod and lands it on Earth. Tucker and Mayweather are sent to Earth to find the shuttlepod along with Silik. Soon the aliens have captured Tucker and Mayweather.

Part II[edit]

Captain Archer returns to German-occupied United States.

The alien Vosk — member of a faction of the Temporal Cold War — releases his Starfleet prisoners Mayweather and Tucker (later to be revealed as Silik in camouflage) in hopes of forging a new alliance with Enterprise.

Silik and Captain Archer, along with the help of American guerillas, defeat Vosk and his temporal agents by destroying the conduit being built to carry Vosk back to his own time.

Before the Silik-Archer duo can complete the mission, Silik is shot and killed by a guard near the conduit. Tucker frees himself during the chaos and almost shoots Archer believing him to be a camouflaged Silik (Tucker did not know Archer was alive). With the hull plating down, Enterprise achieves a completely unprotected atmospheric entry, flying in right over New York City and destroys the building with 3 photonic torpedoes fired at point-blank range.

The episode ends with Daniels showing Archer the timeline resetting itself back to normal, as the Temporal Cold War ends, and is at least partially negated, with the death of Vosk. One thing is certain, the full scale temporal conflict never happened. Daniels tells the captain that he does "not know how many lives you saved." Archer demands that Daniels never visit the Enterprise ever again for he's tired of becoming a pawn in the war.

The Enterprise arrives back in their proper time period, where they are greeted by an entire fleet of vessels from several species protecting Earth.

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