Storm Front (Star Trek: Enterprise)
|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
October 15, 2004
"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 alien interference allows Nazi Germany to invade and occupy the northeast of the United States during the 1940s.
After destroying the Xindi weapon, Enterprise finds itself in the 20th century during World War II with Nazis in control of the North Eastern USA. Archer joins Silik to stop the alien Nazis, restore the timeline and end the Temporal Cold War.
Commander Tucker and Ensign Mayweather arrive back on Enterprise, surviving the P-51 Mustangs that had earlier attacked their shuttlepod. Severely temporally-disrupted and near death, Temporal Agent Daniels suddenly appears to Doctor Phlox in Sickbay. He warns that an alien named Vosk—the leader of a faction of the Temporal Cold War—has altered the future timeline with catastrophic consequences, and admits that he brought Enterprise to the mid-20th century to end, once and for all, the Temporal Cold War.
On Earth, Captain Archer, having sufficiently recovered from the injuries sustained in "Zero Hour", narrowly escapes from the Germans when American resistance fighters ambush his convoy. Wounded in the crossfire, he is taken to a Resistance safehouse in Brooklyn. With the Germans controlling the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, and swastikas on the White House, it is revealed that the aliens (the same as seen in Season 3's finale) have sworn allegiance to Germany. Further, these Na'kuhl are providing them with advanced weapons and technology in exchange for material and supplies to build a conduit that will take them back to their own period, somewhere in the 29th century.
Meanwhile, Silik, the leader of the Suliban Cabal, has also boarded Enterprise, and after a fight with Tucker, manages to steal a shuttlepod and fly to Earth. Tucker and Mayweather are then sent to find Silik along with the shuttlepod. In the meantime, Archer, after taking a communications device from Vosk's aide Ghrath, contacts Sub-commander T'Pol and is transported back to Enterprise. Before dying, Daniels asks Archer to stop the Na'Kuhl from using the conduit and becoming even more dangerous. On Earth, the away team find and destroy the shuttlepod, but are captured and taken in for interrogation.
Lieutenant Reed informs the senior crew of the point of divergence, where the Temporal Cold War led to the creation of the alternate history timeline: the 1916 murder of Lenin, where witnesses claimed Lenin's killer "vanished into thin air." The removal of Lenin prevents the October Revolution from successfully taking place, and Hitler does not perceive the old Russia of this timeline as an ideological threat; as a result, the full weight of the Nazi war machine is directed at Western Europe and the United States.
Archer then receives a goodwill gesture from Vosk, when he releases his Starfleet prisoners Mayweather and Tucker in hopes of forging a new understanding with Enterprise, and gaining access to its technology. Medical scans soon reveal that Tucker is actually Silik in disguise and they realize they need each other's help. Using the data stolen by Silik, Archer, enlists the help of the Resistance to destroy the complex's shields and to help rescue Tucker. Before they can complete the mission, Silik is killed by a guard near the conduit, and Archer is nearly shot by a confused Tucker. With the alien shields down, Enterprise then completes an atmospheric entry, flying over New York City and destroying the alien facility with photonic torpedoes.
The episode ends with Daniels showing Archer the threads of the timeline resetting themselves back to normal, as the Temporal Cold War finally ends, and is at least partially negated, with the death of Vosk. Daniels tells Archer that he "does not know how many lives you saved", and Archer demands that Daniels never visit nor bother Enterprise again. Their mission completed, Enterprise finally arrives back in its proper time period, where the crew are welcomed and escorted by an entire squadron of friendly vessels.
Jamahl Epsicokhan, at his website Jammer's Reviews, gave both parts two and a half out of four stars. He wrote that "Storm Front" inherits so much nonsensical time-travel baggage from previous episodes (including last season's final 60 seconds) that the premise is all but indefensible. and ultimately the episode breaks down the entire temporal war (at least I think it does) to a single battle in Earth's past, that revolves around a single sci-fi MacGuffin: Vosk's conduit that the Nazis are constructing for him.
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