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Combative Aliens 'United' To Help Enterprise

By Michelle
November 24, 2004 - 11:17 PM

See Also: 'United' Episode Guide

As the Romulan threat grows, Captain Archer takes on a critical role in pulling together potential allies in what may become an early step in the formation of the Federation in the February sweeps episode "United."

StarTrek.com has posted a production report on the upcoming episode, which follows up directly upon "Babel One". Once the Enterprise crew determines that a single, stealthy vessel is responsible for the attacks that have nearly brought the region to war and trapped Tucker and Reed, T'Pol and Mayweather design a big sensor grid that poses one big problem: it requires over 100 ships to work in tandem. Archer tries to convince various adversarial aliens to work together, including Shran, who is in a feud with a Tellarite.

The official site posted the following official synopsis:

Archer tries to unify the Andorians, Tellarites and Vulcans in a plan to capture a marauder ship threatening to destabilize the region.
"United" was written by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, who also wrote last week's "The Forge" and "Observer Effect", which will be broadcast in January. David Livingston, who shot the Augments episode "Borderland" and Vulcan arc installment "Kir'Shara", directed the episode.

The guest cast list for the episode is as follows:

These names comprise the full guest cast from "Babel One", which returned for this installment of the arc. Two newcomers, Silva and Rinker, play a high-ranking Romulan and an ally of the mysterious aliens. Though Rinker has not been on Star Trek before, he appeared in Shoot or Be Shot with William Shatner. In addition, extras play Reman commandos who protect Vrax, wearing prosthetic masks designed for Star Trek Nemesis.

Shooting for the episode began on November 11th and ran through the 19th, with nearly half the time spent filming the Romulans in a command center. Stunt specialists were brought in for an Andorian fight to the death, with a newly devised weapon "analogous to the Vulcan lirpa" which required the use of Andorian blue blood.

"United" is scheduled to air on February 4th of next year. For the original production report, visit this page on the official Star Trek site.

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