The Klingons cause problems for Archer in the episode that originally aired on April 9, 2003. This is Judgement.
Captain’s Starlog date undetermined
Captain Archer is found to be on trial by the Klingon Empire for conspiring against, well, the Klingon Empire. During the trial it becomes clear that the Duras family is attempting to gain favor and that the Klingon Justice system has lost all sense of honor. When Archer refuses to give up some refugees that the Klingons want, he and his advocate Kolos are ultimately sentenced to serve time in Rura Penthe.
Enterprise is ordered to leave Klingon space and T’Pol notes that she has a plan to persuade some of her Klingon contacts to help them out. In the end, Archer is rescued from the prison moon but his advocate, Kolos, remains behind noting that he will survive the year no matter what.
Is this a ‘Good’ Episode:
I do love a good Klingon episode but this one….well it’s just okay. At it’s core this is a loose attempt at a court room drama that sadly has no reason to exist. You see, everything Archer is on trial, or even how he was captured by the Klingons, is pretty much ignored. Sure, we see what he is ‘accused of’ but none of it really has any weight to it because, well, we don’t actually see the events first hand outside of flashbacks that may or may not be accurate. Had this episode been directly connected to a previous episode where some of Archers actions come back to haunt him or are used against him, this could have been a very rewarding entry in the series. Instead, we get a very watered down version of the Kirk goes to Klingon Jail story from Star Trek The Undiscovered Country with a hint of To Kill A Mockingbird to give it flavor.
Bottom line, If you love Klingon-centric episodes, just skip this one. It’s really not worth your time and feels like a really poor attempt to explain the future hostilities between the Klingons and the Federation. File under Klingons are Jerks.
Gleanings and Cool Bits:
- We meet Duras who would is clearly an ancestor to Duras on STNG. Kinda like how Worf’s relative defended Kirk and McCoy on Undiscovered Country.
- You might recognize Archer’s advocate, Kolos, as none other the JG Hertzler who would also play Martok on DS9.
- Archer gets to eat some Targ….it’s rather hairy…
- We learn that Klingon culture is broken up into classes, warrior being one of them. Seems the Warrior class is gaining popularity.
- We never find out what happened to Kolos on the series.
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