In the midst of trying to stop a superweapon destined to destroy Earth, the Enterprise faces a brutal attack from its deadly foe.
“Azati Prime” is the 18th episode of the 3rd season of Star Trek: Enterprise. Written by Manny Coto (with story by Coto with Rick Berman and Brannon Braga) and directed by Allan Kroeker, it first aired on UPN on March 3rd, 2004.
The episode continues the Xindi arc which spans the 3rd season of the show—this arc involves the Enterprise in a dangerous region of space to stop a superweapon that could destroy Earth. That superweapon is found in this episode. But, when Captain Archer himself tries to go on a suicide mission to stop it, he is whisked to a distant future to show the importance of surviving his mission. Soon after, the Enterprise of the “present” is savagely attacked by Xindi ships.
The episode portrays the Enterprise-J as seen in a potential future of the 26th century. “Azati Prime” is notable for an action scene where the NX-01 Enterprise (the current one of this series) is heavily damaged, as shown by external CGI along with trashed sets and injured crew. The episode ends in a cliffhanger, and from here on out, each episode of the season continues into the next through the 3rd season finale and into the 4th season premiere.