Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2, Episode 16

Future Tense (19 Feb. 2003)
"Enterprise" Future Tense (original title)

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



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Episode credited cast:
Suliban Soldier
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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 (

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This takes place in 2152. See more »


When Enterprise finds the Vulcan ship disabled and tries to go back to warp, the Tholians fire on them disabling their engines. This causes Enterprise to come to a stop, however, inertia should keep it moving at the speed it was traveling when it was hit. See more »


[last lines]
Captain Jonathan Archer: [of the High Command] I wonder... if they'll believe that Humans and Vulcans will be... swapping chromosomes one day.
Sub-Commander T'Pol: They're more likely to believe in time travel.
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Really good but it sagged a bit when things started repeating themselves.
27 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the show begins, Enterprise encounters a very odd space capsule. Inside they find a dead man--and he'd been dead for a long time. However, Dr. Phlox's autopsy discovers something that shocks them all--the human has traces of Vulcan DNA! And, later, Phlox also finds evidence of other alien DNA. Slowly they come to realize that the capsule is from another time--1000 years in the future and the dead man inside was a time traveler!

Soon, Suliban ships show up and insist that Archer turn over this capsule. When he naturally refuses, more Suliban ships appear and begin attacking. Enterprise takes off in space and soon finds that their support, a Vulcan ship, has been attacked by Tholians--and now the Tholians want the capsule as well!! Is there any way out of this mess?

This is a pretty exciting episode and I liked the idea of them finding a dead Dr. Who-like being. But the show also suffers from two things--too many occurrences where scenes are repeated again and again due to 'spatial anomalies' and this is quite annoying. Also, by the end of the show, nothing is really accomplished. Worth seeing but a bit weak.

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