Archer Combs Through Vulcan Crisis

By Michelle
October 19, 2004 - 9:28 PM

See Also: 'Kir'Shara' Episode Guide

An obelisk-shaped stone could trigger a Vulcan civil war in "Kir'Shara", the last episode in the trilogy which sees Archer and T'Pol investigating the mysterious Syrrannites, a religious faction that claims to follow the true teachings of Surak, father of Vulcan logic. The Andorians - including Archer's sometime friend, sometime adversary Shran - become embroiled in a conflict with Enterprise, which is hosting Ambassador Soval on board. posted a production report for "Kir'Shara", which is named for the artifact in question, begins where "Awakening" leaves off, with Archer having found the stone in the desert sanctuary of the Syrrannites. He, T'Pol and Syrrannite leader T'Pau rush to bring the object before the Vulcan High Command before they are eliminated by Vulcans who oppose the Syrrannite faction.

In addition to the space standoff between Shran and Soval, the episode features a fight with a lirpa, a Vulcan bladed weapon first seen in the original series' "Amok Time". The episode was written by Mike Sussman, who also wrote the Vulcan-themed "Home" this season. David Livingston, who directed Combs in "Proving Ground", helmed the episode during its seven-day shoot and pre- and post-production.

The official site posted the following official synopsis for "Kir'Shara":

Archer, T'Pol and T'Pau attempt to bring the Kir'Shara — an artifact believed to contain Surak's original writings — to the Vulcan capital, as the NX-01 gets involved in a Vulcan-Andorian military clash.

The guest cast list for the episode is as follows:

  • Gary Graham as Soval
  • Jeffrey Combs as Shran
  • Kara Zediker as T'Pau
  • Robert Foxworth as V'Las
  • John Rubinstein as Kuvak
  • Todd Stashwick as Talok
  • Michael Reilly Burke as Koss
  • Jack Donner as Vulcan Priest
Many of the guest cast members appear in other installments of the Vulcan arc, including "The Forge" and "Awakening." Foxworth, Zediker, Rubinstein, Donner and Burke are all returning players, while several stuntmen appear as Vulcan commandos. The numerous exterior shots of Vulcan, including the lirpa battle, were actually filmed on soundstages, while previously built standing sets and Andorian and Vulcan sets and props were used as well.

"Kir'Shara" is scheduled to air on Friday, December 3rd. For the original production report, visit this page at

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