Enterprise discovers a pod with the body of a human, that seems to be wanted by both Sulibans and Tholians.



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Enterprise discovers a strange pod. After towing it in, the doctor confirms the dead pilot is human. Captain Archer suspects this man may be Zefram Cochrane, who developed the warp drive on earth, and disappeared with an experimental ship. When Tucker and Reed discover a stairway in the ship that is bigger than the ship itself and Phlox finds out the man's DNA contains several alien genomes, they begin to suspect there's something more to it. Then Suliban as well as Tholian ships appear on the scene. They want to have the pod and don't take no for an answer. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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19 February 2003 (USA)  »

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This episode inspired several missions in the MMORPG Star Trek Online (2010) which developed a backstory for how the pod ended up in 2152 and why the Tholians were so interested in it. See more »


When Archer and the Doctor are discussing the dead future human's DNA, his eyes move. See more »


Captain Jonathan Archer: If a Human and a Vulcan did have a child... I wonder if he'd have pointed ears.
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References Doctor Who (1963) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
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The Pod from the Future
18 January 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise finds a pod drifting in the space, and after opening it in Bay Launch 2, Archer discovers a human body. While investigating the interior of the pod, Trip and Reed find a mysterious stairway and conclude that somehow the ship is bigger inside. Meanwhile, Dr. Phlox finds that the DNA of the pilot has Vulcan and other alien genomes. When the hostiles Suliban and Tholian threaten the Enterprise with their warships demanding the deliver of the pod, Archer calls T'Pol and they go to Daniels' cabin. They unravel that the commission of the pod is nine hundred years ahead in the future.

"Future Tense" has interesting concepts and is full of action. The idea of a vessel bigger inside is revolutionary and original, against the existing principles of physics and therefore very intriguing. The reluctance of T'Pol in accepting that the pod is from the future is acceptable based on the logical principles of the Vulcan culture. However, how can she explain or contradict what she saw in Daniels' cabin? My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Futuro do Presente" ("Future of the Present")

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