Phlox is asked to save the Valakians from annihilation by disease. He discovers something about another humanoid race on the planet however.



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Episode credited cast:
Christopher Rydell ...
Alien Astronaut
Karl Wiedergott ...
Menk Man
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Valakian Nurse


Phlox is writing a letter to a human colleague on Denobula. He has a lot to write about; he's amazed by the affection crewman Cutler is showing for him and he must save an entire race. Enterprise picked up a pod with a Valakian who tells his race is suffering from a deathly epidemic. Phlox tries to find a cure and finds out Valakia is actually inhabited by two races. The Menk are a more primitive race and hard workers. Since they appear to be resistant to the disease, Phlox thinks investigating them may provide the answer. By doing so, he discovers something about the Menk that makes him reconsider curing the disease Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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23 January 2002 (USA)  »

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Christopher Rydell who plays Alien Astronaut, is the son of Director Mark Rydell and Actress Joanne Linville, who was the first ever female Romulan seen on screen, in Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident (1968). See more »


[Dr. Phlox is scanning a Menk, on which the latter asks something in his language]
Ensign Hoshi Sato: He wants to know what you're doing.
Dr. Phlox: Have you learned enough Menk to explain a molecular bio-scan?
[Sato replies to the Menk in Menk]
Crewman Elizabeth Cutler: What'd you say?
Ensign Hoshi Sato: Told him the Doctor was looking inside of him.
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A big ethical dilemma
21 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise comes upon a ship where there are a few folks in stasis. When they revive them, the humans learn that these people are from a plague-infested planet and they sent ships to space to look for more advanced species that might be able to help them cure the disease. Unfortunately, Dr. Phlox is having a heck of a time treating the illness. Plus, there is a serious ethical dilemma, as allowing the species to die out might just be in line with what would later be known as the prime directive.

This episode is interesting because it's told from the Doctor's perspective. In addition to the main plot there are some interesting subplots involving romance in the air for the Doc as well as his learning that the Captain is actually a far more capable man than he'd assumed.

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