Archer Goes To Andoria In 'The Aenar'By Christian
November 14, 2004 - 9:00 PM
See Also: 'The Aenar' Episode Guide
Captain Archer and Ambassador Shran will travel beneath the surface of Andoria in "The Aenar," the conclusion to the Romulian/Andorian trilogy, TrekToday sources reported today.
"The Aenar" follows up on "Babel One" and "United," in which Tellarite-Andorian tensions reach a boiling point after an Andorian ship is destroyed and the Andorians blame the Tellarites. In reality, the Romulans are behind the attacks, using an alien vessel controlled through telepathic means - but at the start of "The Aenar," the Enterprise crew is still clueless as to the Romulans' involvement.
They have been able to figure out the telepathic nature of their opponent, which leads Shran to make the connection with the Aenar. The Aenar are the alien race sharing Andoria with the Andorians, although they have a strict policy of non-interference, and to Shran's chagrin, have never aided the Andorians in times of war. The Aenar, who live in large ice caves below the surface of the planet, are all completely blind - but they make up for this by being incredibly powerful telepaths.
When Archer and Shran visit the Aenar, he meets Lissan, an Aenar woman chosen to act as intermediary, and Jhamel, a somewhat younger Aenar. Lissan admits that the marauder is probably being controlled by one of their own - by Gareb, Jhamel's brother, who disappeared a year ago during a chemical harvesting expedition, and was likely abducted. Archer asks the Aenar to help him take control of the alien ship, so the Andorian system will be free from piracy again, but Lissan refuses - her people's principles prevent them from taking part in any violent behaviour, even if the purpose is to save innocent lives. Lissan asks Jhamel to escort Archer and Shran back to the surface.
Archer sees a final chance to get rid of the marauder. While being guided through the Andorian ice tunnels by Jhamel, he steers the conversation towards her brother, and asks if she doesn't want to help save him, even if her people disagree. Jhamel is shocked - once the group has decided, an Aenar never acts alone. Archer presses her - isn't she even willing to make an exception to save the life of her own brother?
Please note that these plot details have not yet been confirmed by Paramount Pictures, and until such time you should treat this information as you would any other rumour from an unofficial source. This report is based on an early draft of the script and aspects of the episode may change before it goes to air. "The Aenar" will likely air in early 2005.