Enterprise investigates a unknown colony with humans who still live a Wild West life. They seem to be suppressing an alien race.

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The crew of Enterprise is very surprised to find a planet with 6000 humans and around 1000 aliens living on it. Archer, T'Pol and Tucker start investigating. Scans show a settlement was created about 250 years ago and the people are still living a Wild West life. Archer soon finds out the aliens are called Skagaraans and the government of these Skags was overthrown many years ago by a certain Cooper Smith. There seems to be a lot of hatred towards them and they consider them lawless outcasts. Archer makes contact with Bethany, who illegally teaches the Skags in Skag Town. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Chronologically, this is the first time that a Starfleet officer asks for transport while specifying how many to beam up. See more »

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During the operation to save Bethany's life, Phlox removes a bullet from her right side. Later, when she comments to Archer that she feels fine and doesn't even have a scar, she indicates where she was shot by touching her left side. See more »

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[first lines]
Deputy Bennings: Any last words?
Skagaran: Go to hell!
Deputy Bennings: Didn't know Skags believed in hell.
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References The Thing (1982) See more »

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Where My Heart Will Take Me
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Russell Watson
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I hate cowboy episodes....really, really hate them.
31 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One of the worst episodes of the original "Star Trek" was the one where a group of crew members were magically transported back to the famous O.K. Corral and the big showdown between the Earps and Clantons. I realize that many Trekkies would argue and say that it's a GREAT episode...and I can only assume these folks think every episode is great. But while there were some wonderful shows a few were klunkers--and "Spectre of the Gun" was among the dumbest.

Because of my hatred for this show, I had a strong predisposition to hate "North Star" because it, too, is set in the old west--which makes no sense in the 22nd century. Yet, inexplicably, the landing party find themselves in a nearly identical version of the west. The only big difference is that in addition to humans who live there is another race--one that is hated by these humans. How does all this work out? Do you really care?!

To enjoy Sci-fi, you need to suspend disbelief. However, I really cannot suspend it THAT much!! The idea is absolutely absurd and silly...and is among the worst episodes of season three.


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