Star Trek: Enterprise (2003) – Dawn, and Stigma

Captain’s log: date unknown

Roxann Dawson directs this Trip (Connor Trinneer) episode written by John Shiban. Originally airing on 8 January, 2003 this episode riffs on the science fiction classic, Enemy Mine.

Of course, it’s also been done previously in Trek, most notably in The Next Generation episodes, Darmok and The Enemy. And they were arguably better. It’s not that this is a bad episode, it’s just that it’s been done. And didn’t we just have a Trip heavy episode just a couple back with Precious Cargo?

Trip is testing some updated equipment on one of the Enterprise’s shuttlepods when he is attacked by a hostile ship, when both ships are forced to crash on a near inhospitable planet, the pair need to get past their problems with one another, and find a way to survive until they are rescued. On the plus side, the alien is played by Gregg Henry.

The episode has a ticking clock, because once the sun comes up, the heat is going to be hot enough to kill Trip, and his new friend within hours.

In the system, Archer (Scott Bakula) and the crew attempt to find Trip before it is too late, and both parties are able to make some diplomatic headway with their new acquaintances.

Not a horrible episodes, but can we give Trip a break for an episode or two and focus on one of the other characters instead?


Captain’s log: date unknown

Rick Berman and Brannon Braga pen this episode that first debuted on 5 February, 2003.

T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) learns she may have to give up her position on the Enterprise when she is diagnosed with a disease that will affect her mind. Doctor Phlox (John Billingsley) advises her to seek out the aid of the Vulcans attending an Interspecies Medical Exchange.

We also get to meet one of Phlox’s wives, his second, Feezal (Melinda Page Hamilton), who comes aboard at the conference, and seems to develop romantic intentions towards Trip (COME ON!!!).

We get a better understanding of Denobulan’s culture, and the way their relationships work, but did it have to be Trip? I like the actor but come on, there are other actors in the cast.

We also see that the disease that T’Pol is suffering from, Pa’nar syndrome, a neural degradation due to the use of mind melds, something that the Vulcans, at this time, do not approve of, and hence they carry a stigmata, and the story is being used as an analogy for AIDS, and how governments ignored it.

And continuity reveals that Black Cat is this week’s movie.

The Human Adventure continues Thursday when I delve into another pair of episodes from the second season as I explore Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Series on blu-ray from Paramount Canada.

Boldly go…


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