Temporal Cold War

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The Temporal Cold War is a fictional conflict waged throughout history, notably during the 3rd and early 4th millennia CE in the Star Trek universe. It is a struggle between those who would alter history to suit their own ends and those who would preserve the integrity of the original timeline.



Factions in the war include:

The Temporal Accords were an historic agreement to preserve the integrity of the timeline. Its principles were rejected by Vosk, who started an outright rebellion using stealth time travel. Unlike Earth's historical Cold War, the Temporal Cold War involves countless unknown factions, each with their own agenda. Humanity in the 31st Century is attempting to ascertain the identity of their adversaries and to thwart their efforts.

Although the scope of the war was unprecedented, most of its casualties were unaware that they were involved in an organized conflict; hence the term "Cold War". Timelines were changed frequently, with history being rewritten or significant events being erased. Eventually the struggle broke out into full-scale war.

The Temporal Cold War came to a decisive end in 1944 New York City when Captain Jonathan Archer, the leader of the Suliban Cabal named Silik, and the crew of the Enterprise destroyed a "temporal conduit" that Vosk and his radical faction were attemping to use. In the subsequent explosion, Vosk is destroyed, and the present timeline is restored.

Major events in the Temporal Cold War

Millions of years ago

  • The Na'kuhl prevents the Suliban from attaining sentience, but this incursion is undone by Daniels' colleagues.

Thousands of years ago

  • As a prelude to invasion, a number of planetoid-sized spheres are constructed to reconfigure space and make it suitable for transdimensional beings known as the Sphere Builders. The region becomes known as the Delphic Expanse.

20th Century

21st Century

22nd Century

  • The Sphere-Builders tell the Xindi Council that Humans will eradicate them in the future.
  • The Suliban Cabal begins taking orders from the 28th Century.
  • Daniels infiltrates the Enterprise crew to protect them.
  • Enterprise is implicated in the destruction of a mining colony by the Cabal.
  • Enterprise, the Suliban and the Tholians struggle over a derelict ship from the future.
  • The Xindi make a preemptive strike on Earth, killing 7 million.

24th Century

26th Century

  • The Federation defeats the Sphere-Builders at the Battle of Procyon V.

28th Century

  • A faction contacts the Cabal in the past to employ them for their own ends.

29th Century

  • Vosk rejects the Temporal Accords.

31st Century


Star Trek executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga have revealed in various interviews that at no time did they ever fully plan out the Temporal Cold War storyline. Obviously, when the show began they did not anticipate the Xindi Arc. At the end of the second season of Enterprise the ratings and reviews for the show were poor, so a new attempt was made the revamp the show by creating the Xindi race. In any case, by the end of the Temporal Cold War arc, the majority of the fanbase was disgruntled at the entire storyline when its ad hoc story development started to become apparent. Perhaps the most damning fact is that Berman and Braga have stated in interviews that the identity of the 28th century leader of Silik (dubbed "Future Guy" and "Temporal Shower Guy" by fans) was never planned out, nor was any backstory to the character created. They didn't even have a rough idea of the direction or story behind the Temporal Cold war arc, and were essentially making it up as they went along.

By the time of the end of the third season, the poor and choppy quality of the Temporal Cold War arc had alienated it among the popular sentiment among much of the fanbase. A new executive producer, Manny Coto, was given the nod to join the series during the fourth season. This would mean that the last story that Berman and Braga could make independent of outside influence was the season three cliffhanger/season 4 premiere storyline. However, what could have been an ending of their sole control of the show on a high note was critically panned. The third season cliffhanger revealed that "Evil Alien Nazis" were interfering with the timeline. Star Trek fans were upset with this because, oddly, the concept of some form of "evil alien nazi" has actually been done on Star Trek series so many times before that it has become a hackneyed cliché (and one of the biggest criticisms of the pair was that most of the episodes they wrote for Enterprise used poor recycled plotlines). With lukewarm at best fanbase reaction to the Temporal Cold War arc, it had become apparent that it had to be wrapped up at the beginning of the fourth season.

Thus, what was originally meant to be a storyarc spanning the entire duration of the series, somewhat like the Dominion War storyline, was ended prematurely to put the show on a new, prequel-oriented footing.


The following list of episodes are those episodes which have involvement of the Temporal Cold War story arc. A subplot of this arc involves the aftermath of Archer freeing a group of Suliban wrongly detained as a result of the Cold War.

# Title
"Broken Bow"
111 "Cold Front"
121 "Detained"
124 "Desert Crossing"
125 "Two Days and Two Nights"
126 "Shockwave"
201 "Shockwave, Part II"
216 "Future Tense"
226 "The Expanse"
311 "Carpenter Street"
318 "Azati Prime"
324 "Zero Hour"
401 "Storm Front"
402 "Storm Front, Part II"

See also

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