First 'Judgment' Plot DetailsBy Caillan
January 11, 2003 - 2:50 AM
See Also: 'Judgment' Episode Guide
Sources today provided the first plot information for the upcoming Enterprise episode 'Judgment,' which features the return of the Klingons.
The principal Klingon involved in the episode is called Duras, who was commander of the Battle Cruiser Bortas until he was reduced in rank. The name will be familiar to fans of The Next Generation - Duras was involved in the conspiracy which framed Worf's father, Mogh, as a traitor. Duras attacked and murdered Worf's mate, K'Ehleyr, before he himself was killed by Worf. Bortas, which means "revenge" in Klingon, should also be familiar - it was the name of Gowron's warship during the Klingon Civil War.
In 'Judgment,' the 22nd century Duras is called to testify at an inquest, in which he recounts how he failed at his mission and was stripped of his command. Duras tells the prosecutor, Orak, that he was ordered to recapture a group of rebels from the Arin'sen colony. In a flashback, Duras recalls how he arrived at the colony, only to find the rebels' cargo ship docked with another vessel unfamiliar to him - Enterprise.
Unimpressed with the NX-01's weapons capacity, Duras is all bluster when Archer initiates communications. Archer says he knows nothing of the people being rebels - only that they requested assistance, and refuses to hand them over to the Klingons.
Later in the episode, Archer takes the stand and tells his story. The NX-01 captain recalls how they received a distress call from a ship in the Donatu system. In the flashback, Archer talks with a man named Asahf, who says the Arin'sen are trying to escape from the Klingons' control. Asahf talks about the despair of his people, telling Archer that the Klingons have been stripping their world of its resources. It is at that point that Duras arrives on the scene...
Please keep in mind that the above information is based on an early draft of the episode, and may still change as the episode enters production. Also please be aware that Paramount has released no official information about this episode yet, and until that happens, any such information from unofficial sources should be treated as you would any rumour.
The nineteenth episode of season two, 'Judgment' will likely air in April.