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Civilization

 

Cast & Crew

Director: Terry Windell
Written By: Maria Jacquemetton
& Andre Jacquemetton

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
Diane DiLascio as Riann
Wade Andrew Williams
as Garos
Charlie Brewer as the
Alien

Original Airdate

November 14, 2001

Terra NovaWhat
Happened

Captain Archer and the crew discover a fully inhabited, civilized though less
advanced Earth-like planet. Disguised to look like its inhabitants, they pay
the planet an exploratory visit where they learn that a pernicious illness is
afflicting the local population. As Archer seeks to help them find the malady’s
source, he finds himself in a close encounter with a comely female alien.

As the story unfolds, we discover that aliens have set up a secret mine underground,
which is, in turn, polluting the city’s water table. After a tense confrontation,
Archer manages to stun the alien miners, and Enterprise barely manages
to disable the alien ship.

Review

Back to basics. We’ve done it before with Star Trek, but the newness of the
exploration and the lack of the dreaded Prime Directive managed to keep it fresh.

We are all well aware that Star Fleet has rules to spare, but where do they
come from? That’s what I’m hoping for most in Enterprise. Several books
and I think some of the TV eps hint at some horrible attrocity that a well-meaning
Star Fleet unleased on a primitive world, wouldn’t that make for an awesome
story arc?

High Point

I liked the final showdown between Enterprise and the alien ship. Good
use of effects and clever solution to Enterprise’s lack firepower.

I did get a good chuckle from T’Pol’s "Enjoy your…tea" line. Vulcan
whit is a great source of humor in Star Trek.

Low Point

Part of the problem with Trek is its predictability. We know the Captain’s
relationship with Riann isn’t going to last beyond the mission, why waste time
with it?

The Scores

Originality: Not really, but with some new elements. 3

Effects: Good stuff. The alien ship looked really cool and the various minor
effects throughout the episode look clean and polished. 4

Story: If this was supposed to be a character development episode, the writers
muffed this one. We didn’t learn anything new about Archer, except maybe he’s
on the prowl for a little native poontang. 2

Acting: This was a one-man show really. Bakula still exudes warmth and curiosity.
I’m hoping to see more of Lt. Reed, he’s sharp and intelligent and manages to
keep the ship in one piece while the Captain goes out to play. 4

Emotional Response: Not a whole lot. We know these "shore leave romances"
won’t last after the credits roll. 2

Production: Yep, another cave. But only for a minute. The buildings looked
really nice, kudos again to the production crew. Also, the costumes here were
nice. Not every alien race with cute females wear tight jumpsuits. 4

Overall: We’ve been in need of some serious character definition. We should
start seeing more of these with increasing frequency. 5

Total: 24 out of 42

Stills

From StarTrek.com

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