Star Trek 101 serves two functions: succinctly introduce Star Trek newcomers to the basic foundations and elements of the franchise and refresh the memories of longtime Trek fans. We're pulling our entries from the book Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, And Why, written by Terry J. Erdmann & Paula M. Block and published in 2008 by Pocket Books. An invaluable resource, it encompasses Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as the first 10 Trek feature films.

Today, we share Star Trek 101's file on the Temporal Cold War, as seen on Enterprise:

Star Trek: Enterprise
A member of the Suliban species.

This conflict, which takes place across both time and space, primarily involves a mysterious entity from the future who has recruited members of the Suliban species to alter history by disrupting the timeline in Archer’s era. Fortunately, Daniels, a time-traveling Starfleet agent from even farther in the future, is on the case to foil the efforts of the Suliban. Other time-traveling factions mess with Archer at various times, but frankly, even we can’t keep track of them all. We suspect our timeline may have been altered.

Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann are coauthors of numerous books about the entertainment industry, including Star Trek 101; Star Trek Costumes: Fifty Years of Fashion from the Final Frontier; Star Trek: The Original Series 365; and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. They currently are writing the latest in their series of Ferengi novellas, which (so far) includes Lust’s Latinum Lost (and Found); and Rules of Accusation. Their most recent non-Star Trek book is Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History.

Captain Archer