Sam and Nelson, Nice recaps and thoughts on the episodes. I will respond to some of them tomorrow, when I've reread your posts. Keep 'em coming! Last night, we decided to watch the three-part 'Augment' arc, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought Borderland was very good, Cold Station 12 a bit better, and The Augments a fitting end to a very interesting and (at times) very emotional conclusion. It was tough to stop in the middle of the arc, especially when Archer's life was in danger at the concluson of Cold Station 12. I saw a great deal more character development and salient interactions among some of the Augments that I had not seen as clearly before. The relationship between Malik and Persis was tenuous (especially given her prior relationship with Raakin). But I thought both characters were excellent in their roles, and even entertained thoughts that these two could easily have started an 'Augment' revolution on their own in a future spinoff somewhere down the road. Of course, that would have been a bit difficult after Persis is killed. But the chemistry between the two, and of that between she and Arik, was a highlight of the arc for me. The affection Arik Soong had for Persis was more obvious this time, and helps to explain why he was as surprised as he was when she ultimately sided with Malik and the others during The Augments. One of the more telling moments for me came when she could scarcely look Soong in the eye when he uttered her name when asking if she was also in agreement with the Augments. It was ever so subtle, but very well done. On another note: I will be picking up the DVD release of the new film either this Thursday or Friday. To celebrate today's DVD release, tonight we watched Space Seed, and then The Wrath of Khan (Director's Edition). (The Director's Edition is always a pleasure to watch, as the additional footage often times lends a nice bit of backstory to some of the segments.) I thought it would be fun and interesting to watch the first 'augments' after having seen the three-part arc from ENT. It was also a treat for me, a forty or so year veteran of TOS, to watch the episodes and listen for the texts and concepts introduced in both Space Seed and The Wrath of Khan that appear in the Augment arc of ENT. For example, Malik's discourse with Arik Soong regarding Khan's error; the "superior intellect breeds superior ambition" line (slightly altered in ENT); and Soong's presumption that the Botany Bay (mentioned by Malik) is not only unaccounted for, but is long gone. A smile came to my face as I realized that they (Soong and Malik) had no idea that Khan and his other 70+ 'supermen' were actually in cryogenic freeze, awaiting to be awoken at some point in the future.