Showing some male alien nudity for a change.

Doctor’s Orders

Cast & Crew

Director: Roxann Dawson
Written By: Chris Black

Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast

Episode Information

Originally Aired: February 18, 2004
Season: Three
Episode: Sixteen
Production: 068

What Happened

While Enterprise travels through a section of the Expanse lethal to human neurology, Dr. Phlox must put the entire crew to sleep and handle all aspects of a working starship, but even with T’Pol’s help, the doctor’s skills might not be enough to keep the crew safe when complications arise. With the ship not moving out of the area fast enough, Dr. Phlox must figure out how to start the warp engines without blowing up the ship, while realizing he may not be entirely immune to the region’s radiation himself.


It’s hard to get excited about an episode when you know exactly what’s going to happen and when. Sure Billingsly makes for fun watching, but the script is so by-the-numbers, you can’t lose yourself in it. Ever.

High Point

While a bit corny, the Captain’s “I trust you” speech to Phlox was nice. After all, these guys have been through a lot in three years, it’s about time they started bonding.

Low Point

The “revelation” at the end of the episode. Was it not painfully obvious the whole time? What is great, is Phlox’s reaction to the whole thing. The sort of serene “yeah, I’ve lost it” look we can all appreciate.

The Scores

Originality: Rehash of a Voyager episode and probably more than a few Twilight Zone‘s. 2 out of 6.

Effects: The Insectoids aren’t looking as cool this week, maybe we’re getting spoiled? 4 out of 6.

Story: I like giving Phlox his own episodes, since he’s an enjoyable character, but we could have done a little better. 3 out of 6.

Acting: Billingsly is totally underused in this series. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Since the “twist” is easily figured out, there’s no surprise or tension. There is some good humor though. And let’s face it, not since Austin Powers has male nudity been scarier. 3 out of 6.

Production: Same old, same old. 4 out of 6

Overall: The detour in the story arc isn’t necessary. 3 out of 6.

Total: 24 out of 42

Episode Media


This Week on Enterprise (February 25, 2004)


When Enterprise stumbles upon a damaged Xindi-Insectoid ship on a barren planet, Archer and the crew search the ship and discover a cache of several dozen Insectoid eggs, but with the nursery’s bio-support failing, Archer becomes fiercely determined to help his enemy’s offspring hatch. As Mayweather and Tucker attempt to learn all they can about the alien ship, Archer becomes consumed with saving the Xindi hatchlings, causing the crew to start raising questions about Archer’s judgment.
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