Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 1, Episode 17

Fusion (27 Feb. 2002)
"Enterprise" Fusion (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 385 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 3 critic

Enterprise is on its way to explore the giant Arachnid Nebula when they rendezvous with a Vulcan ship that has been in space for more than eight years. Its crew is V'tosh ka'tur. That means... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(based upon "Star Trek" created by), (created by), 5 more credits »
Watch Episode
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 16 Jan 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 09 Sep 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 26 Jan 2013
 
a list of 2592 titles
created 01 Mar 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 04 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Fusion" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fusion (27 Feb 2002)

Fusion (27 Feb 2002) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Star Trek: Enterprise.
« Previous Episode | 17 of 98 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Kov
Edit

Storyline

Enterprise is on its way to explore the giant Arachnid Nebula when they rendezvous with a Vulcan ship that has been in space for more than eight years. Its crew is V'tosh ka'tur. That means they have a different interpretation of the teachings of Surak and try to find a balance between logic and emotion instead of suppressing them. Trip starts working on repairs with engineer Kov while captain Archer receives a message from the terminally ill father of Kov. Meanwhile another Vulcan, Tolaris, tries to convert T'Pol to their ways. He wants to do a mind meld with her. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Release Date:

27 February 2002 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Guest Star Robert Pine is the father of Chris Pine who played Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek (2009) movie. In addition, Pine is best known for his role on CHiPs (1977), which also featured future Star Trek actor Michael Dorn. See more »

Goofs

During T'Pol's conversation with Captain Archer in his office, when Archer says, "You've been busy avoiding them," T'Pol is shown from the front holding a pad at chest level. When the shot changes a second later, showing her from her side, she's holding the pad down below her waistline. See more »

Quotes

[Trip and Kov are talking over lunch]
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Where'd you hear that?
Kov: A Vulcan anthropologist told me he'd seen the ritual during an Earth expedition.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: They're not trying to *kill* the quarterback. They're just trying to keep him from throwing the ball or running with it. It's only a game, not a fight to the death.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Trek Nation (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Where My Heart Will Take Me
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Russell Watson
Episode: {all episodes}
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
exploring the meaning of emotion
26 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Although emotions are everywhere, in all of us, they are at the same time nowhere to be found, since everything you can put a finger on and call an emotion will be different for any other person experiencing the same state. And yet, the names of emotions seem to be self-explanatory and self-evident. Star Trek stories are never realistic, in the sense that they unroll in a world of big ideas, delivered theatrically and without the bounds of present reality. Star Trek can ask big questions and although the answers are not always thorough, I have found that of all the popular television, Star Trek is the only show where these "big questions" are centered upon so much at all.

One of the ways Star Trek does this is by having an alien race to stand for a metaphor or a symbol of one single human trait, flaw or a characteristic. The Volcans embody the rational part of us. Very often, this is portrayed as a flaw, the Volcans being arrogant and silly with their over-reliance on logic. This episode is special in that it portrays the Volcans' reliance on the suppression of all emotion and on logic as a vulnerability or disability. It also shows an interesting aspect of emotional exchanges in real human societies, that is, that emotions can be used in barter. If a person is drawn to a particular state, but depends on others to allow her to experience it, that person is susceptible to being used by people who see that they can use her need for a particular emotion to control her. This way, the emotion (be it fear, anger, lust, or security) becomes a sort of substance, like a drug, and the person who is drawn to it and must take it from others can be seen as an addict. This episode portrays this dynamic very well, along with the shame that a person who normally relies on her reason and composure to guide her in life feels when they own up to their addiction and / or find themselves incapable of resisting the need for a fix any more.

Unfortunately, this episode is not perfect, in my opinion, and this is mostly due to how Enrique Murciano plays his Volcan character Tolaris. I simply can't see how his portrayal can be read as a coherent character. My reaction to the character can be caused by an emotional response, however - I find the character disturbing. However, in general, almost every line he speaks has the same intonation pattern. He also somehow has a smile on his face most of the time. Something in this character just didn't totally "click" for me, especially that he was one of the leads. These emotional Volcans had great potential, and I feel that the episode did not explore the potential of those characters deep enough. Anyhow, this episode is certainly worth watching, one of the top episodes of the series, in my opinion. All the regulars do a great job, as usual, with Scott Bacula once again proving he is perfect as this kind of captain. Of course, Jolene Blalock's T'Pol is impeccable, as always. Really recommend this.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Humanoid alien females billandbonnie
worse ending to a Great Series ever! nwalters11
Same annoying mistakes as original series. ranb40
What I disliked about this series... ksjazzguitar
10 Years with no Star Trek Series! grauhase
New fan, annoyances in this show, does it get better? chrystalr-906-994524
Discuss Fusion (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page