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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Dr. Oratt
Dr. Strom
Jeff Hayenga ...
Dr. Yuris (as Jeffrey Hayenga)
Vulcan Doctor


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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5 February 2003 (USA)  »

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This takes place in 2152. 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 »


Dr. Yuris: [referring to T'Pol] The mind meld was performed against her will.
Dr. Oratt: Can you verify this?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Why? So you can perpetuate your double standard? Condemn the infected when they meld by choice and sympathize with them when they don't?
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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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Further evidence that the Vulcans are not so wonderful and enlightened after all.
27 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A big theme of "Star Trek: Enterprise" is the friction between the Earth and Vulcan. While the Vulcans in other series (which were actually set AFTER this show chronologically) showed the Vulcans and super-stuffy yet noble, here they are far, far less noble. In fact, at times they are totally sanctimonious jerk-faces! Here in "Stigma" they are REAL jerk-faces.

The show begins with Dr. Phlox going to a medical conference and the crew going to visit this same planet. However, two interesting plots occur. First, Phlox is reunited with one of his wives--and the wife is VERY friendly towards Trip and seems to want to initiate a booty call with him. Second, T'Pol is apparently struggling from an illness (which was alluded to in an earlier show). But, the VERY prejudiced Vulcans hate anyone with the disease and the prevailing attitude is that the folks deserve the illness and their deaths is NOT such a bad thing (an obvious parallel to AIDS). Can Phlox and Archer somehow get these jerk-faces to somehow provide them with information as to how to cure the illness AND still manage to salvage T'Pol's career?

This is a good episode. I liked the humorous plot about Mrs. Phlox (or whatever her name was) and the one about the Vulcan illness was pretty good--though very obvious. Well worth seeing.

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