Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 1, Episode 3

Fight or Flight (3 Oct. 2001)
"Enterprise" Fight or Flight (original title)

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Captain Archer wants to convert curiosity into deeds and decides to enter a ship floating in space. Hoshi has trouble adjusting to life on Enterprise.



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Enterprise is in a region of space with no inhabited worlds and so there's not much exploring to do. Lieutenant Reed is trying to align the targeting scanners with ensign Mayweather and doctor Phlox is taking care of a slug that Ensign Hoshi took aboard, but isn't faring too well. Then Enterprise stumbles upon a ship adrift in space. T'Pol and captain Archer discuss if the crew should enter the ship to provide assistance if needed, but Archer and mankind's curiosity wins. The captain decides to take Reed and Hoshi with him. Hoshi however is having trouble adjusting to the life on the ship. Earlier she complained about her quarters not being on the port side and this time she tells Archer that she'd rather help from him the bridge because she's claustrophobic. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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In the show's opening credits, there is a "mystery ship" that appears between the the shot of Zefram Cochrane's Phoenix and Captain Archer's Enterprise. The mystery ship has a more primitive layout than the Enterprise, and huge blue impulse engines. This ship has never been named, and no explanation has been given as to what its function is, although some fans speculate that it may be the S.S. Valiant mentioned in Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966). See more »


Star streaks are backwards. Stars would look blue as you approached and red as you go away. See more »


[first lines]
[Hoshi is trying to animate a slug-like creature, tutting]
Dr. Phlox: I didn't realize you spoke slug.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: Desert Crossing (2002) See more »


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A Code of Behavior
18 October 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After two weeks in space, the only contact of the Enterprise's crew has been with a dying worm. Lieutenant Malcolm Reed is trying to align the scanners of the defense system with the support of Ensign Travis Mayweather; Dr. Phlox is researching a slug and a bat that have been brought aboard; Ensign Hoshi Sato is bored and feeling upset for the slug. When Enterprise sees a spacecraft adrift in space, Captain Jonathan Archer decides to go on board with Reed and Hoshi to contact the crew, but they find fifteen dead crewman. Sub-Commander T'Pol advises to leave the place for the safety of the Enterprise and crew. After an argument with T'Pol about code of behavior. Captain Archer decides to return to the craft with Dr. Phlox, Ensign Hoshi and the engineer Reed, and make contact with the planet of the crewman. Dr. Phlox finds that a component of the body of the aliens has been drained by the killers, and they are surprised by the spaceship that has killed the crew. When the situation is dramatic and critical, Hoshi contacts another craft from the breed that had been murdered, the Axanar.

"Fight or Flight" is a reasonable episode of Enterprise with a greater participation of the insecure Hoshi. T'Pol is more restraint by Captain Archer, but her advices are sensate and wise, contrasting with the impulsive Captain Archer. The preoccupation with the slug is silly, and the attitude of leaving the worm in another planet is irresponsible with the environment. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Luta ou Fuga" ("Fight or Runaway")

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