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Strange New World

Cast & Crew

Director: David Livingston
Story By: Rick Berman &
Brannon Braga
Teleplay By: Mike Sussman
& Phyllis Strong

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
Sato
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Kellie Waymire as Elizabeth
Cutler
Henri Lubatti as Ethan
Novakovich
Rey Gallegos as Crewman

Original Airdate

October 10, 2001

What Happened

Enterprise discovers a new planet, uninhabited by intelligent life and
bears more than a passing resemblance to Earth. Not about to pass up a bit of
exploration, Archer and company shuttle down (against T’Pol’s warnings) to do
some research.

Finding nothing but nocturnal marsupials to study, Archer leaves a survey crew
(T’Pol, Cutler, and Novakovich) behind to take some readings. Tucker and Mayweather
ask to stay behind as well. They just want to go camping. After getting riled
up with ghost stories, the crew retires to their tents, only to be woken by
Tucker and an alien bug. Meanwhile there’s a storm brewing and the crew decides
to take shelter in a nearby cave.

Having reassembled into the cave, Trip realizes that no one brought the food.
Mayweather volunteers to go get it, but spots several vague figures in the dark.
Novakovich freaks and bolts, Tucker chases after him. T’Pol wanders back deeper
into the cave, leaving a petrified Cutler by herself. Cutlet eventually finds
her way back to T’Pol and sees her talking with someone (we can’t see who though).

The crew eventually reassembles, but Novakovich is still missing. Accusations
begin flying as the crew swears they’ve all seen something, but T’Pol has not.
In fact she denies talking with anyone at the back of the cave. After a failed
rescue attempt, Archer orders Novakovich to be transported out. Unfortunately
the transporters can’t filter out the debris and he’s brought up with some extra
“stuff” in his skin.

Dr. Phlox is able to heal the injured crewman’s wounds and discovers high concentrations
of a hallucinogenic compound in his bloodstream. Archer warns the crew, but
they are already deep in the grips of their respective terror, T’Pol included.
Speaking in Vulcan, Hoshi spells out Archer’s plan to fool Tucker into lowering
his guard. The ruse works and T’Pol stuns Tucker, then grabs the medkit beamed
down from Enterpise. Using it on the crew and herself, she waits for
the dawn and the shuttle.

Review

I see…That’s why they call him “Trip.” Sorry I just couldn’t resist.

I have to admit to being disappointed with this one. It was fairly cliché
and not very suspenseful. The first half of the episode felt a little too much
like Pitch Black (which
I recommend seeing over most of the recent Alien rip-offs). The rest
of the episode just didn’t feel like Star Trek. It could have been any old generic
Sci-fi show.

The acting was OK, but this episode may have been better off later on in the
season when everyone’s a little bit better established. A nod goes out to the
two guest stars for putting on a fairly decent performance given the limited
script.

Right now, I just don’t know where this show is going. We’ve had two horror-themed
episodes in a row and that just doesn’t sit well with me. Next week’s episode
appears to be more humor-driven, so who knows what could happen. I really enjoyed
the pilot, but two episodes later, the series seems to be running out of steam.
Maybe they’ll get back on their feet, maybe there’s a plotline waiting to be
explored. A lot of maybes here.

Here’s to hoping they can pull it off.

High Point

There’s still a sense of wonder in their exploration. I find hope in these
dark times with the belief that at some point in our future we can, once again,
do great things with each other, and not horrible things to each other.

Low Point

It isn’t so much a low point, as a point of confusion. Phlox initially misdiagnosis
Novakovich and may not be able to save him. The captain doesn’t say much, just
gives him a look, a really nasty look. And that’s it. No resolution to it. We
find out later that the crewman will be just fine, but nothing with regards
to the doctor. Is he upset? His confidence shaken? Will the captain trust him
from here on out? Nothing. I liked that the character’s can be fallible, but
without consequences, what’s the point of making mistakes? I hated this sort
of stuff in Voyager, and I hope I don’t have to see this on a regular
basis on Enterprise.

The Scores

Originality: A little too close to “The Amok Time” and other Sci-fi
horror films for my taste. 2

Effects: Most of what we saw was good (shuttle’s failed landing), but began
to drop in quality later in the episode (Rock people?). 3

Story: Ill-conceived, and poorly put together. We just don’t know the characters
well enough to be interested in this sort of stuff. 3

Acting: Mid-level stuff at best. 3

Emotional Response: Like last week, we find another horror-type plot, but we
just can’t be scared by a TV show. We also just don’t care about these people
that much right now to be gripped by their paranoia. 3

Production: While it’s nice to see real outdoor settings, it only makes the
fake rock of the cave interior shots look that much worse. 3

Overall: Give me some real drama, real peril. This just doesn’t feel right
for Star Trek. 2

Total: 19 out of 42

Stills (From StarTrek.com)