Borderland (Episode 80)
First Airdate: October 29, 2004
Second Airdate: ?
Summary: When genetic supermen left over from the Eugenics Wars hijack a Klingon ship, Archer must rely on their creator, the criminal Dr. Arik Soong, to help hunt them down and avert an interstellar war. (Star Trek Com)
August 27, 2004 (Star Trek Com)
Production Report: Brent Spiner Begins Trilogy with "Borderland"
"Spiner began a three-episode arc featuring an ancestor of Noonien Soong, Dr. Arik Soong, a notorious figure of the 22nd century whose crimes now threaten to ignite a new Eugenics War."
"He [Spiner] plays the great, great grandfather of Data's creator, Dr. Soong."
The episode wrapped Monday, the 23rd, but Spiner and several of the Augment guest stars were right back on Tuesday to begin part 2 of the Arik Soong arc, called "Cold Station 12."
(TV Guide) Brent Spiner begins a three-episode stint as an unsavory geneticist with ties to Data, his Star Trek: The Next Generation character in keeping with Trek continuity, Spiner's Arik Soong is an ancestor of Data's inventor, Noonien Soong. But Arik is a far more menacing figure. He's in prison for creating "augments," physically and intellectually enhanced humanoids first developed during the Eugenics Wars (remember Khan?). Here, Archer tries to avert bloodshed by enlisting Arik's aid in locating the mutant-eers (led by Alec Newman), who have seized a Klingon vessel.
(Zap2it) When genetically engineered humans plan to create a war between Earth and the Klingons, Archer enlists their creator, Dr. Airk Soong (Brent Spiner), to help stop them.
Story by: Ken LaZebnik
Directed by: David Livingston