First 'Babel One' Plot DetailsBy Caillan
October 23, 2004 - 9:26 AM
See Also: 'Observer Effect' Episode Guide
Enterprise's twelfth episode this season will reportedly pay homage to the original Star Trek outing "Journey to Babel".
In the episode, currently entitled "Babel One", Earth has volunteered to mediate in a dispute between the Tellarites and Andorians. Enterprise must transport the Tellarite delegation, headed by the rather portly Ambassador Gral, to the peace talks on Babel One. While Jonathan Archer wears his new diplomatic role well, not all crew members take so kindly to the demands of the Tellarite guests. Their constant criticism and nit-picking soon grates on Trip, not to mention the need for rooms to be heated to a higher temperature than humans are used to.
The NX-01 is also transporting the Andorian party to Babel One, which leads to on-board tensions. But the tense atmosphere is exacerbated when Archer is contacted by the Andorian authorites claming that one of their ships was recently destroyed by the Tellarites. Ambassador Gral denies all knowledge of the attack, and suggests that the Andorians may have fabricated their ship's sensor logs to incriminate the Tellarites. Nevertheless, the Andorians demand to be returned home.
Gral and his aide Naarg soon become paranoid that Archer is not truly an impartial mediator due to his friendship with Shran, and the pair even start to believe that the captain is conspiring with the Andorians. The fact that Archer has ordered guards to be posted outside the Tellarite quarters doesn't do much to ease the tensions.
With the Tellarites and Andorians at each other's throats, this situation would be enough to give anyone a headache of inter-galactic proportions. But soon a third species enters the stage, the Romulans...
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.
"Babel One" will likely air in early 2005.