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On 27 November 2154, the chief-engineer Trip say goodbye to Enterprise
to work with Captain Hernandez in the sister ship Columbia. Meanwhile
in San Francisco, Dr. Phlox and Hoshi are attacked by three aliens
after having dinner and Phlox is kidnapped. Archer asks Reed to
investigate any trace of transport activity in that area and when Reed
checks the satellite logs, he is contacted by an acquaintance that
schedules a meeting with him. Trip uses his experience to keep the
scheduled launch date of Columbia and Hernandez questions why he quit
his position in Enterprise. Archer convinces T'Pol to perform a mind
melding with Hoshi and they discover that the abductors were Klingons.
They seek the Rigelian cargo ship that transported Phlox in the space,
but find only debris. Meanwhile Phlox is brought to a Klingon
laboratory to work with Dr. Antaak in the research of an antidote to a
deadly virus created from a Kinglon experiment with Augments that were
not able to stabilize human DNA. When the Enterprise is attacked by
four mutant Klingons that sabotage the ship, Captain Archer discovers
that Reed is not telling the truth and he loses his faith on his
lieutenant. The subroutines Klingon planted in Enterprise system affect
the reactor and the Enterprise needs to keep more than warp 5 to avoid
the explosion of the reactor and only Trip is capable to purge the
In this show, Archer loses his doctor, his chief-engineer and his chief of security at once. With the reduced complement, T'Pol and he need to work hard to resolve the problems in Enterprise. The unexplained treason of Reed that is sent to jail in Enterprise is the most intriguing part of this episode. The transference of Trip to Columbia is the sad part of this episode. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Doença Rara" ("Rare Disease")
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
As this episode opens a Klingon is prepared for an injection, he
protests that his death sentence was commuted and as the injection
begins he screams. After the opening theme the action has moved to the
Enterprise that has just returned to Earth. After leaving a San
Francisco restaurant Hoshi and Dr. Phlox are ambushed and the doctor is
abducted. There are few clues to the assailants but it appears they
transported from the scene and just before blacking out Hoshi heard
them say something that wasn't in English. Meanwhile Trip has
transferred to the Columbia and is getting acquainted with his new
colleagues. In order to find out what the abductors said T'Pol melds
with Hoshi and they learn Phlox was most likely abducted by Rigelians
and taken from Earth. The next time we see him he is in the Klingon
facility we saw in the opening scene. It soon becomes clear that they
want him to assist them in finding a cure for a pandemic that is
threatening the whole Klingon species. Trip may have moved to a new
ship but it appears that he is still connected with T'Pol; when he
start so daydream he enters her meditative vision. Malcolm is also
having problems; he is in contact with a shadowy organisation within
Star Fleet that knows more about Phlox's kidnapping that they want
Captain Archer to know. When Enterprise is attacked a group that
appears to be human board and sabotage the warp system, one of them is
captured and we learn that he is in fact Klingon; cut to Dr. Phlox and
we find that they look human because the Klingons have been
experimenting with the DNA of human augments to create augments of
their own. Unfortunately they have also created an augmented disease.
As the episode comes to an end Malcolm is in the brig after refusing to
tell the captain what he knows and the ship's warp drive as been
corrupted by a Klingon program which could lead to the loss of the
This was a good episode with plenty of intrigue. It was fun seeing Hoshi get to take part in the action for a change. The best feature of this episode was how they explained how Klingons changed appearance to look the way they did in the original series of Star Trek. I wasn't so sure about the apparent psychic link between T'Pol and Trip, hopefully it will become more interesting in later episodes. Malcolm's story was pretty interesting as I can't see him committing treason but equally it is hard to think what could be so secret that he'd rather go to the brig than tell Captain Archer.
The following is a summary of the episode #15 from the last season of
Enterprise: Trip begins his new assignment aboard the Enterprise's
companion ship; Aliens capture Phlox and force him to help them find a
cure for a virus that threatens their race.
The following section is a personal commentary by me: This episode is one of the best I've seen. It's too bad the series got canceled when it was finally getting good. I admit that I stopped watching this show for after the first two seasons. The whole romance between T'Pal and Trip was getting WAY to stupid. It was obvious that the ratings were lagging and they were adding sex to spice it up. It's only now that it's in reruns that I'm getting to see the best shows.
This episode has a ton of plot compared to a typical episode of "Star
Trek: Enterprise"--so hold on tight and be prepared for a heck of a
It begins with Enterprise and the crew back on Earth. Trip has inexplicably asked for a transport to the Enterprise's sister ship, the Columbia. He seems to be dealing with his feelings for T'Pol by running. Soon things get much worse for the crew, as Dr. Phlox is soon kidnapped by Klingon agents. Why would the Klingons go to all this trouble to get the guy? What gives?!
What follows is a very interesting episode about Klingon augments, Reed being sneaky as well as a horrific virus that threatens to possibly kill every Klingon unless Phlox can find a cure. It's all very exciting and complex--hence it's a two-parter. Well worth seeing.
As one who considers "Enterprise" an unfairly underrated series, I feel
compelled to comment on segments of the sub-par fourth season such as
this two-episode arc, that was, in effect, created for the sole purpose
of explaining why Klingons in the original series didn't have the
distinct "cranial ridges" featured in Klingons in ENT, TNG, DS9 and
Even though this "mini-arc" is an exciting and well-crafted tale, the rationale behind it is part of the reason that "Enterprise" failed as a series. Using the series to "set-up" the other Star Trek series that took place in the "future" was a sad waste of a good cast, excellent directors, and talented writers. It ultimately does a disservice to them all to use this series as little more than a device to explain events and distinctions found in the series that follow chronologically, even though they were produced years ago.
Like the much maligned series finale of "Enterprise" that employed members of TNG's cast, thus cheating the audience and the cast of a chance to make their finale about...well, about THEM, this arc is an artistic slap in the face of the Enterprise cast, writers and crew, as it wastes two episodes that could have been used to explore the relationships and develop the characters of Enterprise, instead of just "explaining" a matter of extremely minimal concern, i.e., why the Klingons in Kirk's era had smooth foreheads.
(I guess the producers felt it would have been too much to just trust that the fans of the series would understand that the reason that TOS's Klingons lacked cranial ridges was a simple matter of less developed make-up skills, and not a viral infection from a genetic augmentation experiment gone awry.)
Nevertheless, I gave it a seven (7) for some great action and good writing. The transfer of Trip by tether from the Columbia to the Enterprise at warp speed, alone, makes the two-parter worth watching!
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