"The Andorian Incident"
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Story by: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga
Teleplay by: Fred Dekker
Directed by: Roxann Dawson
The Enterprise crew pays a friendly visit to an ancient Vulcan spiritual sanctuary, despite T'Pol's concerns that her human colleagues will be an awkward and disruptive presence there. Upon landing, they discover that the monastery has been forcibly taken over by the Andorians, a paranoid and highly excitable race of aliens with a long history of conflict with the Vulcans. Archer soon discovers that the Enterprise crew has gotten in the middle of an interstellar Pandora's Box and now must find a way out. ~ StarTrek.com
Archer and crew decide to visit an ancient Vulcan monastery. Upon arriving in the atrium they notice that all is not as it should be and discover a blue-skinned alien with antennae hiding behind a screen. His friends show up and after a short scuffle take the Captain and landing party prisoner. It seems these "Andorians" suspect that the Vulcans are spying on them with a long-range sensor array. They have been in conflict with the Vulcans for quite some time. Moreover, the Andorians suspect that Archer is working with the Vulcans as he has a Vulcan crewmember and proceed to interrogate the Captain. Enterprise tries to hail Archer and the Andorian leader, Shran, destroys the communicators after having threatened Reed who is in command of the ship.
The Vulcans tell Archer they have no surveillance equipment but admit having a "not quite working" transmitter long forgotten in the catacombs beneath the sanctuary. Trip is sent with a Vulcan to retrieve the transmitter. He fixes it and communicates with Enterprise. Reed is told to come down with a security detail and incapacitate the Andorians.
After the firefight, some of the aliens escape into the catacombs and make their way into the reliquary where the Vulcans keep their most treasured relics. The Vulcans seem quite unwilling to let Archer go in after the Andorians. The Captain goes anyway and after a shoot-out with the aliens uncovers a door hidden behind a tapestry that leads to what appears to be the array. Archer asks T'Pol to take scans and then give the imaging scanner with pictures of the array to Shran as evidence that the Vulcans have broken the treaty and are in fact spying on the Andorians. The Andorians are allowed to leave and tell Archer that they are in his debt.
I can hear the Trek purists now all screaming together: "This is not the way Vulcans behave!" and they of course are right. Vulcans wouldn't have inaccurate star charts; Vulcans wouldn't break a treaty; Vulcans wouldn't spy on anyone or be devious; Vulcans wouldn't threaten to kill anyone; Vulcans don't show emotion and above all, Vulcans don't lie. But these are pre-TOS Vulcans and in a hundred years or so who's to say they won't be more like Spock of the future. Needless to say, they are very different but perhaps in "Enterprise" we will see the