Episode Title: "THE COUNCIL"
Production Number: 074
Original Air Date: 05-12-04
In another dimensional realm, the Sphere-builders examine alternate timelines, and see more timelines in which the Enterprise will prevent the Xindi weapon from being launched. They want to ensure that the Xindi weapon is launched so that Earth will be destroyed.
The Enterprise meets with Degra's ship, and prepares data about the spheres to share with the Xindi Council. Captain Archer sends a crew in a shuttlepod to explore a nearby sphere and gather data on the sphere network.
The female "Guardian" projects herself to Degra, trying to convince him not to abandon his faith in "The Guardians," who want to protect the Xindi, but Degra does not believe her. Degra hopes the evidence that Archer has will be enough to convince the Xindi Council to abandon "The Guardians."
Degra takes Captain Archer and Ensign Sato to the Xindi Council chamber, inside an ancient Xindi-Avian fortress, built before that sixth Xindi race became extinct. Archer warns that "The Guardians" are really the Sphere-builders, who are manipulating the Xindi into destroying Earth. Degra helps to create a holographic projection of the Sphere-builders' test subject that the Enterprise found in a trans-dimensional disturbance; the Council recognizes the alien as the same race as "The Guardians."
The female "Guardian" projects herself to Reptilian Commander Dolim and tells him that he must act with the Insectoids to secure the Xindi weapon, regardless of the Council's actions, and someday the Reptilians will dominate the other Xindi.
Subcommander T'Pol, Lt. Reed, Ensign Mayweather, and Corporal Hawkins manage to enter the sphere in the shuttlepod and retrieve the sphere's memory core, but Hawkins is killed by an automated defense system.
Reptilian Commander Dolim kills Degra for destroying the Xindi-Reptilian scout ship, then with the help of the Xindi-Insectoids, the Xindi-Reptilians take control of the Xindi weapon, in defiance of the Council. Before disappearing into a subspace vortex, the Xindi-Reptilians transport Ensign Sato to their ship.
Factoid: The Xindi Council includes the Primate scientist Degra, Arboreal scientist Jannar, Reptilian Commander Dolim, and Kiaphet Amman'sor, member of the Aquatic Ibix dynasty.
Factoid: There are 67 Xindi-Insectoid dialects, according to Ensign Sato.
Factoid: The Xindi-Avians once darkened the skies of Xindus with their numbers before their extinction. The Council was formed to prevent other Xindis from sharing their fate.
Reptilian Commander Dolim,
Alien Races: *Xindi-Avian, Xindi-Arboreals, Xindi Primates, Xindi-Insectoids, Xindi-Reptilians, Xindi-Aquatics, Sphere-builders, Osmotic eel
KEY: [brackets]=illusions *star=first appearance