Missing Scenes from Season One - Cold Front

By Alelou

Rating: G

Genres: missing scene

Keywords: Silik Suliban time travel

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This story is number 10 in the series Missing Scenes from Season One


Spoilers: “Cold Front” -- indeed, it won’t make sense without it.

Author’s Note: Thank you as always for the reviews; I treasure them.  This is a very short one, but the one that follows will make up for it


"There's a difference between keeping an open mind and believing something because you want it to be true.”

“What the hell's that supposed to mean?” Trip followed T’Pol out of the turbolift on their way to Engineering to assist Daniels, as Archer had ordered.

“It must be quite appealing, when a situation is confusing, to believe that the correct path has been laid out by some wise, all-knowing time traveler from the future.” 

She was using that intensely bland tone he thought of as Patronizing Vulcan, so he countered with Plainly Irritated Human: “It might also be quite appealing to believe that what you’ve been told by the Vulcan Science Directorate all your life is true even when the evidence in front of your own eyes contradicts it.”

“I have yet to see any evidence that contradicts it.”

“If this guy wanted to lie to us, he could have claimed that HE saved the ship instead of the Suliban.”

“Then there would be a chance he could be caught in his lie.”

Trip knew he’d never win this one, so he changed the subject.  “I still can’t believe I didn’t notice anything.” He had been so embarrassed by his mistaken assessment of their guests’ knowledge of warp engines that the only thing on his mind had been to redeem himself with a more sophisticated discussion. In retrospect, he might have been a little too quick to share sensitive information and a little too casual about having a bevy of aliens in Engineering. But then, Starfleet had never been particularly protective of its warp program. Why bother when they were still at least twenty years behind the Vulcans?

Of course, that wasn’t the only embarrassment. He’d never felt quite as helpless in his life as when he’d seen that antimatter cascade jumping towards the warp reactor and realized there was absolutely nothing he could do to stop it. Patronizing your guests was really nothing compared to blowing them up.

He’d already spent considerable time trying to conceptualize a failsafe mechanism that could prevent such a disaster in the future. Thankfully, he knew that wasn’t his failure alone. Not a single warp engine in the fleet would have been immune.

“You cannot possibly see everything that goes on in Engineering at all times,” T’Pol said. She had been surprising him with her supportiveness in recent weeks.

They ducked through the hatch into Engineering and were greeted with a slightly embarrassed smile by Crewman Daniels. “Sub-Commander, Commander. I’m looking forward to working with you both to get this equipment up and running. Needless to say, time is of the essence.”

“This is quite a departure from serving the captain his breakfast,” Trip said. He’d chatted with Daniels enough to privately wonder why he was content to be a steward when he clearly had a very lively, curious mind.

Daniels smiled. “Yes, though time is often of the essence with that, too, sir.”

Yes, Trip thought -- time-hopping temporal agent was definitely a better fit for the man, though it was a little odd that Daniels was still calling him sir with apparently genuine deference. He exchanged a look with T’Pol, whose face had gone utterly blank.

“Well, let’s get on it then,” Tucker said, uncomfortably certain of her continued reluctance.

He hoped like hell this wasn’t another mistake.



Author’s Note: It wasn’t easy to find a good spot for a missing scene in this one, so my apologies if this one is fairly unexciting. I was intrigued later when Daniels said, “You two should go” when Silik was in Engineering -- but the whole episode also pretty much stopped making any sense at that point, so I decided to avoid it. (Seriously, how could they just run off and leave a murderous Suliban in Engineering by himself, not even notifying security until they got to the captain’s quarters and revived him?)

 

 


Comments:

shanjeniah

I would have loved a bit more about the spirituality of Vulcans  - because that definitely seemed to pique Trip's interest.  BUt this is a nice moment, too.

Starwatcher

I must admit that I don't remember this ep, but I do love their discussion on time-travel :-) These little moments are just great!

Aquarius

Given what you had to work with (which wasn't much) this is a great scene to add!

KageOkami-Kogo

I agree, that episode didn't make much sense, did it? I love all your additions though :P

panyasan

There is a very odd sentence in my review below. I meant : but at least you gave us more then the two sentences we got on the show. That happens when you get interupted writing a review. :)

panyasan

What I do remember about this episode, besides the friendly aliens who visited Enterprise, was the conversation you mentioned at the beginning. I liked the tension between Trip and T'Pol and their whole dynamics. I wasn't even a TnT-er back then! I always loved to see what T'Pol exactly meant and I always found it a pity the conversation was stopped short. For me, your conversation in this missing scene is also a bit short, I understand because of the nature of their relationship back then and the topic, but a least you can me more then the two lines we got on the show.  The musing from Trip is very understandable. I liked the conversation with Daniels, in fact Daniels gained more of my sympathy with this little piece then all his presence on the show.

Happilyeverafter

Just a question -- am I the only one who can't link to Episodes 4 and 5 from the menue?  Otherwise, I'm enjoying each new submission.

 

Silverbullet

What always puzzled me was if Daniels had been steward on the ship and had been serving Archer his scrambled eggs in the morning why then didn't Daniels have everythig set up long before the Suliban came on Board. Why was daniels not armed when he confronted the Suliban in Engineering he must have known that he would be shot by the Suliban.

Why if he was to capture the Suliban didn't he have some other time Travelers to help in the  Capture if the Suliban was so important.  T-Poll wonderedd it DDaniels was  a time traveer why  he didn't start a day earlier.  When did  Daniel come on board? Was he on the ship from the beginning f the mission?  Too many holes in this episode.

Honeybee

I love that episode because Phlox isn't at all prudish about the religious aliens wanting to take their liquid alien peyote while watching the Great Plume of Agasoria. I always liked Phlox's willingness to respect other cultures in all sorts of ways. But Daniels just was never interesting enough to carry the TCW thing. He should have been more charismatic. But this is a great little scene, Alelou. Just a tiny bit of that spark there, perfect for this early in the show. 

Alelou

Yeah, it sucks.  I like it mostly for the screen cap I grabbed for my signature, from the conversation I extended here.  I also liked the religious aliens, who were, for once, warm and intelligent religious aliens (even if they looked kind of nutty over the Great Plume of Agasoria).  There was a potentially interesting theme about belief and taking leaps of faith running through that episode, but the whole thing was just too muddled.

justTripn

I can't remember the episode. :?  Sorry!  Shocking confesssion: I didn't like "Cold Front" so I probably only watched it once. :?

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