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|Star Trek: Enterprise episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||Patrick Norris|
|Story by||Rick Berman|
|Teleplay by||Alan Cross|
|Produced by||Dawn Valazquez|
|Featured music||David Bell|
|Original air date||May 8, 2002|
This episode also includes special effect sequences with a science fiction vessel, the 22nd century Vulcan Sh'Raan class.
After ten months without a break, Sub-Commander T'Pol notes efficiency on board Enterprise is down, and suggests shore leave on Risa. Captain Archer agrees. En route, however, Archer receives a transmission from Admiral Forrest, informing him of a Vulcan Ambassador in need of extradition. With the closest Vulcan starship over a week away Enterprise is ordered to retrieve and deliver her to the Vulcan cruiser Sh'Raan.
Arriving at Mazar, Archer and T'Pol are surprised to hear the Ambassador has been expelled for abuse of her position. Archer is called to the bridge and speaks to a Mazarite captain who requests that V'Lar be returned for further questioning. He stalls for time to contact Starfleet, but the Mazarite ship opens fire. During the battle, the aft phase cannons disable the enemy ship's engines, allowing Enterprise to escape. Confronting V'Lar, Archer finds her unwilling to reveal more, stating that it is a matter for Vulcan High Command only. Archer then orders Ensign Mayweather to set a course to return to Mazar.
Later, after speaking with V'Lar in private, T'Pol persuades Archer to continue the rendezvous with the Sh'Raan, but Enterprise immediately comes under attack from three Mazarite ships. Archer opts for flight but even at Warp 5, the Mazarite ships still gain steadily. V'Lar suddenly confesses that her reputation was intentionally sullied to make the Mazarites believe she would no longer be a credible witness against corrupt officials. V'Lar offers to surrender herself for the safety of the crew, but Archer refuses. Stalling for time, Archer informs the Mazarites that V'Lar suffered injuries and is in critical condition, allowing them to board Enterprise. The Sh'Raan arrives and threatens to destroy the Mazarite ships unless they surrender immediately. At this point, Archer's ruse is revealed, and V'Lar appears unharmed. A grateful V'Lar tells them that their bond of trust and friendship bodes well for future human-Vulcan relations.
"Fallen Hero" includes special effect scenes of the science fiction spaceship, the Sh'Raan of Vulcan, which was ranked as the 22nd most powerful spacecraft of the Star Trek franchise by CNET in 2016. The Vulcan Sh'raan fictional spacecraft was ranked the 14th best spacecraft of Star Trek by Space.com in 2017.
A starship of the Sh'Raan class is also in the Star Trek book The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing by Michael A. Martin.
- Entertainment, Elizabeth Howell 2017-09-22T12:02:15Z. "The 15 Best Ships on Star Trek, from V-ger to the Vengeance". Space.com. Retrieved 2019-02-27.