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may not be alone in her desire to wage war with the Vulcans so this may foreshadow a civil war within the Andorian society or at least a disruption within the Imperial Guard. Lots of good possibilities for future stories.
There's great continuity in the episode from Trip ordering Reed to initiate the tactical "Reed" alert created by Malcolm in this season's "Singularity" to Archer reiterating how the Vulcan High Command doesn't like him and how he in turn doesn't like them to Shran having developed a measure of respect and trust for Archer after the events in "The Andorian Incident". Trip also seems more confident in the big chair which is a welcome change.
We get some background information on Ambassador Soval (well-acted by the handsome Gary Graham) which helps to make the character more interesting. He has been involved with Andorians before as he "negotiated the last accord" with them. He was also an intelligence officer with the initial occupation force on the planet.
Shran (well-played by the ever versatile Jeffrey Combs) is also developed in the sense that he is shown to be a responsible leader and not just some hothead. We are also introduced to a character that I suspect we will see again, Tarah, played by the ever popular Trek Alumna Suzie Plakson (Worf's love interest K'Ehleyr in TNG's "The Emissary" and "Reunion", Q's wife in Voyager's "The Q and the Grey" and a Vulcan doctor, Lt. Selar in TNG's "The Schizoid Man").
I loved the humor in this episode as when an annoyed Soval says to T'Pol: "What is their fixation with our ears?" and she replies "I believe they're envious." or when T'Pol anxiously says to Archer: "We need to reduce our speed." to which Archer calmly replies: "The ground is going to do that for us." Another funny line, Shran to Soval: "Join me in a drink to celebrate our mutual dissatisfaction". And Shran to Archer: "I think he likes you pinkskin." to which Archer replies: "I wouldn't go that far."
The special f/x and CGI ship designs are excellent like the moving antennae on the Andorians especially in the fight scene where Archer comes up behind Tarah and her antennae move backwards to the look of the cool Vulcan ships. I liked the fight sequence between Archer and Tarah. It wasn't just a jumble of chaotic shots of them hitting each other and falling down.
I give this one a B+. The + for the cool f/x and Jeffrey Combs.
Gisele La Roche,