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Affliction

Cast & Crew

Director: Michael Grossman
Teleplay By: Mike Sussman
Story By: Manny Coto

Starring
Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery as Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Hoshi Sato
John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
John Schuck as Antaak
James Avery as General K’Vagh
Ada Maris as Captain Erika Hernandez
Eric Pierpoint as Harris
Terrell Tilford as Marab
Kate McNeil as Lt. Collins
Brad Greenquist as Alien #1
Derek Magyar as Kelby
Marc Worden as Klingon Prisoner
Seth MacFarlane as Ensign Rivers

Episode Information

Originally Aired: February 18, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Fifteen
Production: 091

What Happened

On Earth, Dr. Phlox is kidnapped by a band of Klingons who are desperate to find a cure for a genetically-engineered virus that threatens their entire race. Meanwhile, Trip begins his new assignment aboard the Starship Columbia as it prepares to embark on its maiden voyage.

But Reed’s ties to a mysterious intelligence organization compromises his allegiance to Archer and Enterprise. Later, T’Pol attempts her first mind-meld in the search for clues to Phlox’s whereabouts.

Review

Ah, the answer to the question nobody really cared about. Well, maybe this will be a nice starting point for a Klingon story arc.

High Points

  1. Section 31? Cool!
  2. It’s nice to see Phlox getting some focus, but must all his plots be some form medical ethics problem?

Low Points

  1. OK, it seems a little late in the game to suddenly make Reed a secret agent for Section 31.
  2. Personally, I liked Worf’s explanation better: “We don’t like to talk about it.”

The Scores

Originality: Well, it does explain those forehead discrepancies. 3 out of 6.

Effects: Some good space fights. 5 out of 6.

Story: Decent enough story, but Phlox could be used more as say a doctor than an ethics professor. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Damn, where’s Combs? Couldn’t we work him in. I’m sure he’d make an OK Klingon. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: The peril seems thin and forced. Hopefully it will intensify in act II. 3 out of 6.

Production: You can almost smell the gahk! 4 out of 6

Overall: It’s good to see Klingons again, with or without ridges. 4 out of 6.

Total: 27 out of 42

Next Week on Enterprise (February 25, 2005)

Divergence

With the help of Captain Hernandez, Trip and the newly-launched starship Columbia, Archer pursues the kidnapped Phlox deep into Klingon territory, as Phlox decides to cooperate with finding a cure to a virus ravaging a Klingon outpost.

Meanwhile, Archer demands that Reed disclose his secret orders when his ties to a mysterious intelligence organization are revealed. Later, when Trip temporarily returns to Enterprise, T’Pol tries to broach an uncomfortable subject with him.

Additional Notes and Comments

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