T'Pol finds unusual neutrino readings on a planet with a preindustrial society.


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Garos (as Wade Andrew Williams)
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Alien / Akaali #1


Enterprise discovers a Minshara-class planet populated by over 500 million Akaali. The society is preindustrial, but Archer and Trip can't wait to do some exploring. T'Pol strongly advises against it, she fears cultural contamination, but Archer thinks some make-up by Phlox will do the trick. Then T'Pol picks up neutrino emissions from the surface, most likely coming from an antimatter reactor. When Archer, Trip, Hoshi and T'Pol investigate, they meet Riann. She tells people got severely sick one month after a certain Garos started a curiosity shop. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Sub-Commander T'Pol: It's remote and sparsely populated. If you're exposed, there's a reduced risk of cultural contamination.
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Once again, Archer and the gang go blundering in....but with positive results.
20 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's obvious on this series that T'Pol is often irritated by how foolhardy the humans can be when it comes to meeting new races. Once again, the ship comes to a planet and Archer insists on landing to at least observe the Akaali. Fortunately, they at least took some of T'Pol's advice to heart and went in disguise. Also fortunate is that the ship DID investigate, as they soon are shocked to find that some other advanced species is on the planet in disguise also--and these beings are NOT particularly nice and don't mind if they kill a few of the Akaali in the process. So it's up to the landing party to right things without alerting the Akaali of their presence.

This is an interesting episode and a great example of the humans doing good because they are just so darned swell. Worth seeing but not among the better episodes.

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