The Enterprise makes way to a planet hosting the Interspecies Medical Exchanges convention. Phlox seeks to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with Vulcan doctors to learn more about ... See full summary »



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The Enterprise makes way to a planet hosting the Interspecies Medical Exchanges convention. Phlox seeks to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with Vulcan doctors to learn more about a highly-stigmatized neurological affliction only transmitted through Vulcan mind melds. The Vulcans discover T'Pol is afflicted. Believing the stigma to be unethical, T'Pol chooses not to reveal that her participation in the mind meld was not voluntary but the result of physical and mental assault. Meanwhile, Feezal, one of Phlox's wives is aboard to assist Trip in the installation of a sophisticated medical microscope. Trip is unsettled by her sexual advances toward him and even more so that her husband is little more than amused by her seemingly disloyal behavior. Written by Meribor

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One of the written languages seen on Dekendi III is a reuse of the Vidiian written language from Star Trek: Voyager. See more »


In the CG shot of the Interspecies Medical Exchange venue, just before the two Vulcan scientists are shown entering the room with Dr Phlox, there is another figure walking on the walkway one level down. When that figure passes a big device positioned against the wall, their shadow continues to go across the "ground," instead of trailing over the device. See more »


[Tucker is wondering whether to talk to Dr. Phlox about Feezal's advances]
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed: It might be a lot easier to avoid her advances than get Phlox angry. I once saw him lose his temper when one of his creatures bit him. It wasn't a pretty sight.
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References The Black Cat (1934) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Vulcan Intolerance, Human Morality
14 January 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While in the Interspecies Medical Exchanges Conference, Dr. Phlox tries to learn the state-of-art treatment for the lethal and stigmatized disease Pa'nar Syndrome with the Vulcan physicians. He lies to the doctors and does not tell them that T'Pol has been infected when she was forced in the mind meld one year ago. The bigotry Vulcans do not give any information while T'Pol does not accept to reveal that she was assaulted because she does not accept the stigma and prejudice against the minorities in her planet. When the doctors discover that T'Pol is infected, they request her return to Vulcan to meet the High Command. Meanwhile, one of the wives of Dr. Phlox comes to the Enterprise to instruct Trip about the installation of a complex neutron microscope, and she flirts with him, trying to seduce the uncomfortable Trip.

In "Stigma", the Vulcans show their prejudice against minorities and that in spite of being technologically advanced, they have a very narrow mind. Trip shows his character, respecting Dr. Phlox in accordance with the best principles of human morality and respect. And T'Pol gives an example of strong personality, walking the way she talks. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Estigma" ("Stigma")

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