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New Plot Details Emerge For 'Borderland'

By Christian
August 6, 2004 - 3:18 PM

See Also: 'Borderland' Episode Guide

Are you "toned," "perfect looking," and could you pass for a genetically enhanced supersoldier? Then there might just be a place for you in the new Enterprise episode "Borderland".

According to TrekWeb, Paramount has begun casting for the first of three episodes to feature Arik Soong, a scientist enlisted by Starfleet to track down a group of 20 genetically-engineered soldiers from the Eugenics Wars. As previously reported, Arik Soong is the ancestor of The Next Generation's Dr. Noonien Soong, the creator of Data, and will be played by Brent Spiner (Data). He is a future Dr. Frankenstein, whose belief in the virtues of genetic engineering lead him to revive 20 Eugenics era embryos, but was then unpleasantly surprised to find them threatening to incite war with the Klingon Empire.

The technical name for the resurrected supersoldiers will be "augments," and they will be lead by an individual called Malik, who intends to show that his kind is where humanity's true potential lies. He is joined by a "perfect woman" called Persis, and a somewhat older man called Raakin, who will not survive beyond the events in "Borderland."

The episode's title refers to the region of space to which Soong leads the Enterprise, the border between the Klingon Empire and the Orion Syndicate. The Enterprise will encounter both a Klingon crew and an "imposing" Orion slave trader, who captures both T'Pol and Lucas McGregor, a new twentysomething recurring crewmember. Whether T'Pol and McGregor escape will likely become clear during the remainder of the Arik Soong arc.

"Borderland," which will be directed by Trek veteran David Livingston, will start filming next week. TrekWeb's original report can be found here. As usual, Paramount has released no official information on this episode, and until it does, all story information should be treated as you would any rumour.

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