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Star Trek: Asterisk "Divergence"

Vital Information
Series: Enterprise
Episode: S04E16
Air Date: February 25, 2005
Written by: Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Directed by: David Barrett

Premise
The Enterprise deals with sabotage without the help of Keanu Reeves and then goes off to find Phlox who is trying to save Klingons from dying of flat-forehead disease.

Review
When last we left the Enterprise, it had been set by the flat-headed Klingons to explode if it dropped below warp 5. [Insert overkill Speed joke here.] Archer's only hope is to bring Reed back out of the brig where he was put because he kept some secrets from Archer while doing spy stuff. And the plan involves bringing Trip on board from the Colombia. While at high warp. Without a transporter.


How do we accomplish this massively insane task? The Colombia flies upside down below the Enterprise and they both open the shuttlepod bay doors. When their warp fields converge, Reed lowers a cable that reaches to the Colombia and Trip climbs the cable. I'd like to make it clear here that, in the middle of this climb, Trip is hanging free in space watching stars go by at warp speed. There has never been a more insane, risky and beautiful plan.
That tingling in your extremities is just the warp field collapsing.
In any case, obviously Trip is the only one who can fix the warp engine because the n00b they got to replace him wouldn't know a warp coil from a neutron flow regulator. Now that he's back on the Enterprise, Trip makes quick plan to hold the Enterprise in the Colombia's warp field while he shuts down the engines and basically gives it a hard reboot. Which is a terribly awful and horrible idea and should never be attempted except by trained professionals. Warp fields are meant for one ship, not two!
Spaceship hug!
Ok, so it works, everyone is safe and sound, the Klingon sabotage is taken care of, now it's time to go find Phlox. He's been put into prison. Klingon prison. No one wants to be put in Klingon prison. But while he's licking his wounds, the Klingon doctor comes in and says that he found a way to fix the Klingon augment flu virus disease thinggie so that it's not deadly and doesn't hype up Klingon aggression, but still gives them flat foreheads. It's not a perfect cure, but at least it will save lives.

Meanwhile, back on Enterprise, Archer went through Reeds stuff and found his communications with Harris.  He pieces together all of Reed's spy stuff and gets Reed to have Harris contact him. Harris tells Archer that it's important for Phlox to finish his work; that a stable Klingon empire is important to Starfleet. Afterwards, Reed explains that he'd joined covert operations as an ensign and that he thought there would be no more of it, but now his loyalties lay solely with Archer. And now that everything's out in the open, Reed can tell Archer exactly where Phlox is.

Back on Qu'Vat, Phlox infects four different Klingons with four different strains of the virus so that he can observe which one holds the cure. That's when Archer storms through the door and runs amok. Reunited, Archer decides to help Phlox find a cure in whatever way he can. Which becomes more difficult when a fleet of Klingon ships announces that they're on their way to destroy the whole frakkin' colony!
GIVE ME RIDGES OR GIVE ME DEATH!
While the Enterprise and the Colombia do their best to hold of the Klingon fleet, Phlox says he needs a human host to replicate antibodies to finish the antivirus. And Archer volunteers. The plan works, but it gives Archer tiny little temporary ripples on his forehead. With the cure in hand, Phlox contacts the leader of the Klingon fleet and arranges to give him the cure if he powers down weapons. And the day is saved! YAY!

Later, the Klingon doctor sits up on Enterprise's sick bay without ridges. He says that millions of Klingons will have to live with this cosmetic deformity, but Phlox is ever hopeful that one day, perhaps before Star Trek: The Motion Picture is made, they will be able to reverse the effects of the augment virus.

Overall Thoughts
I was not disappointed by these last two episodes. I really like this explanation for the flat foreheads in The Original Series and besides that, there was a really complex storyline to follow including some mystery and intrigue. Do not miss them!