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Star Trek: Asterisk "Kir'Shara"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E09
Air Date: December 3, 2004
Written by: Michael Sussman
Directed by: David Livingston

Premise
While Acting Captain Trip tries to stop a Vulcan/Andorian war, Archer and T'Pol try to bring the Kir'Shar, Surak's true teachings, to the Vulcan High Command.

Review
When last we left our intrepid crew, Archer had just found the Kir'Shara because he had the katra of Surak was melded into his mind, and Trip was on his way to Andoria with Soval to warn them of Vulcan hostilities toward them. Administrator V'Las of the Vulcan High Command ordered the Syrrannite compound to be destroyed and along with that went T'Pol's mother. After T'Pol angsted for slightly longer than the normal amount of time a Vulcan angsts (that is, about three minutes), she, T'Pau and Archer found the Kir'Shara and set off to bring it to the Vulcan High Command. And now you're all caught up.

V'Las is worried that Archer is going to interfere with his plans to go to war with the Andorians. He has convinced the High Command that the Andorians have Xindi weaponry and are going to use it on Vulcan because Shran brought back scanner readings of the Xindi weapon. So, in order to keep Archer from spoiling any of his plans, he sends out his henchman, Talok. Which, if you ask me, is an odd name for a Vulcan....... *WINK WINK*
They are also very much in love.
Over in Andorian space, Acting Captain Trip finds Shran inside of a blue nebula where Soval said Vulcan intelligence officers had spied earlier. Trip assures Shran that Soval is working on his side, but Shran is not so sure. While Trip isn't looking, Shran beams Soval onto his ship and gives him the worst torture a Vulcan can ever receive; he forces Soval to feel emotion.
WHY CAN'T I HOLD ALL THESE FEELS??
When the crew alerts Trip that Soval is no longer on board the Enterprise, Trip contacts Shran who high-tails it into the blue nebula. Basically, the point here is that Shran tortures Soval for a while and is eventually convinced that Soval is telling the truth. Armed with that knowledge, he alerts the Andorians to the Vulcan plans and gathers an army to stop them.

Meanwhile, back on Vulcan, Talok has found Archer, T'Pol and T'Pau. He is successful at knocking out T'Pol, but Archer and T'Pau get away. When T'Pol wakes up, she pretends to be Syrrannite in order to lure Talok away from Archer... but then Archer finds out where she's gone and goes after her. /facepalm

Anyway, V'Las is all giddy and stuff because he gets to start a war with Andoria now. Which is sickening because Vulcans shouldn't ever be giddy. Or worried or angry. But V'Las is all of these. V'Las is not a true Vulcan. Yet, he's in charge of the Vulcan High Command. And you know what makes him Angry? Having to deal with a bunch of Andorians who somehow were tipped off to his intentions. That's right, Acting Captain Trip has arrived with the Andorian fleet and much fighting ensued.

Luckily, Archer and T'Pau arrive just in time with the Kir'Shara. They explain that T'Pau was framed for the bombing at the Earth embassy and activate the Kir'Shara. A holographic display of Vulcan writing and images pops up all over the chamber and the rest of the council are convinced that this is the true word of Surak. The Vulcan's true way is revealed. Of course, V'Las isn't as easily swayed... so another Vulcan shoots him. With V'Las stunned, the High Command orders the Vulcan ships to stand down from fighting the Andorians and war is averted.

Later, T'Pau tells Archer that Earth and Vulcan are about to enter a new era of cooperation. Vulcans will be following the true path of Surak and giving all the aid to Earth that they can. But first thing's first: a Vulcan monk melds with Archer to relieve him of Surak's katra. And a huge burden is lifted.

Also, remember when I said that Talok was an odd name for a Vulcan? Yeah, that's definitely more of a Romulan sounding name. Before the close of the episode, it's revealed that V'Las was in kahoots with the Romulans the whole time. The way this plays out will be interesting to see.

Overall Thoughts
And the Vulcan race is finally redeemed!! Yay! I knew there was something wrong with the Vulcans since episode one! Turns out I was right! Now, whether this story line happened because of fan outcry or because it was what they planned all long is yet to be shown, but it really doesn't matter. Vulcanity has been restored to their natural course and they're now following the path lead out to them by Surak. They are true Vulcans now! I loved this whole arc! (Also, I can't count the number of times I almost typed Kirk instead of Kir'Shara.)