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Cast & Crew
Director: David Livingston
Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Scott Bakula as Captain
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
as Dr. Phlox
Melinda Page Hamilton as Feezal
Michael Ensign as Dr. Oratt
Bob Morrisey as Dr. Strom
Jeffrey Hayenga as Dr. Yuris
Lee Spencer as Vulcan Doctor
Originally Aired: February 6, 2003
While Enterprise visits a planet where an Interspecies Medical Exchange conference
is taking place, Dr. Phlox tries to obtain research on a terminal disease from
the Vulcan contingency there. But he must not reveal that T’Pol has contracted
this disease, because that knowledge would forever stigmatize her among her
The strangest thing happened on my TV last night. I turned on UPN at 7pm. I
double-checked the TV Guide. Was this some rerun of TNG I’d never seen?
Was something wrong with the transmission? Even though everything said ‘Enterprise,’
I had this unmistakable feeling that I was watching Star Trek. Creepy.
It’s sad when it takes a mandate from your corporate parent to get topical,
but I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Star Trek, at its best,
is great social commentary and ‘Enterprise’ manages to continue that tradition
(one that hasn’t been adhered to for several years now).
Like life’s problems, there are no simple, clean answers. This episode leaves
us with that same feeling. We can only hope we get to see more of this storyline.
Dr. Yuris’ revelation seemed pretty obvious, albeit necessary for the story.
This probably could have been handled better.
Originality: Hurray! Something that didn’t feel recycled 4 out 6.
Effects: Very nice shots of the conference. The broad and panning cinematics
are a nice change of pace from static, prerendered backgrounds. 5 out of 6.
Story: Finally something that didn’t make me want to run away in shame. 4 out
Acting: While the main characters are good, I’ve got to give credit to Trineer
and Hamiliton for breaking up the tension of a pretty serious episode.. 5 out
Emotional Response: There’s a true sense of tension here, the ending only partially
relieving it. It makes us look forward to the next installment. 4 out of 6.
Production: Excellent sets and makeup. 4 out of 6.
Overall: It’s Star Trek. It’s actually freaking Star Trek!. 4 out of 6.
Total: 30 out of 42
diagnosis of T’Pol appears dire
after a secretive rendezvous
episode preview (QT, WMP)
Next Time on Enterprise (Feb. 12, 2003)
A military conflict erupts between the Vulcans and Andorians over a small terraformed
planet that both sides make claim to. In the midst of the skirmish, the Vulcans
announce they wish to discuss terms for a cease-fire, but Imperial Guard officer
Shran believes the only one he can trust to mediate such a negotiation is Jonathan
Archer, so the captain and his ship are called into the fray.