I've come a long way for the power of Song, and what do I find? Weakling lyrics, a mawkish tune, and a tambourine!
T'Pol, Quantum, T'Pau, and SURAK'S FUCKING KATRA set off for the Emerald Blood City. T'Pol is against this plan of action; she wants to get back to the ship and tattle to Starfleet. Quantum says they have a more important mission, and he gestures at the Kir'Shara, saying they have to get it to the High Command. T'Pol doesn't catch on, so T'Pau helps out by saying that the Kir'Shara is said to contain all of Surak's true teachings. I guess that puts that little book T'Pol gave Quantum right out of date. T'Pau goes on that the writings would have an enormous impact on the High Command and on all of Vulcan. T'Pol is still a Doubting Thomas about these reputed Dead Surak Scrolls, and sighs heavily. Like a CRACK WHORE.
In the captain's Ready Room, Trip and Reed have a tête-à-tête about their mission to Vulcan. Reed isn't comfortable disobeying Starfleet; Trip tells him to stow it by saying he'll save him a seat at the court martial. So...they're supposedly not military, yet they can still be court-martialed? Stick to a story, people, and make it one or the other. Reed leaves as Soval enters, and he gives the Vulcan the hairy eyeball. Trip tells Soval that they need to get to the one Andorian who sort of trusts them some of the time. "Commander Shran," Soval reminds those of us who haven't been praying for Shran McCain's return to this series since last year. Soval thinks he has a way of getting in touch with him. Trip's pleased and, interestingly enough, doesn't act like a jackass and grill him on the specifics the way I think someone else I could mention would do. Soval observes that Reed seemed out of sorts, and Trip confides that some of the crew aren't exactly behind him in this trip to Andoria. "I have no doubt that Captain Quantum would pursue the same course of action," Soval observes. But he'd be doing it with more furrows.
The Geordi. T'Pol is still pederanting about contacting Enterprise, and Quantum says that the Dead Surak Scrolls might be the only thing to prevent a war between Andoria and Vulcan. T'Pol doesn't understand why there'd be war after the peace treaty. "Dub'ya was just stalling for time. He's been preparing a large scale attack ever since." Yeah, ever since his T'Pa was the subject of a foiled assassination plot. In fact some senators were quite shocked when Dub'ya said, "Fuck Shran. We're gonna take him out" so early in his administrationcy. And by the way, if my father ever has a problem with my constant swearing in these recaps, he should thank his party. The party of "fuck." T'Pol demands to know just how Quantum is such a goddamned know-it-all, and Quantum cites The Chuckling Vulcan's residual memories. Quantum and T'Pol argue a bit more over Quantum's assholish state of mind. Quantum insists that he's not possessed or delusional. Not...saying...anything. As Quantum continues to babble about the Dead Surak Scrolls, T'Pau interrupts him and tells him not to move. She gestures to a rock in front of them and says, "Gallicite deposits. Are you in possession of anything metallic?" Instead of handing over his skull, Quantum gives her a suspiciously Klingon-y bowie knife. T'Pau flings the knife at the rock and it gets electrified. "Thanks for the warning," Quantum furrows. Like, why didn't Syrran's memories or SURAK'S FUCKING KATRA warn you? Jackass.