Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 4, Episode 21

Terra Prime (13 May 2005)
"Enterprise" Terra Prime (original title)

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Paxton threatens to destroy Starfleet Headquarters if aliens won't leave Earth. The Enterprise must shut down the array on Mars, but it is defended well.

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With T'Pol and Trip hostage, John Frederick Paxton demands that all aliens leave the solar system or else he will destroy Starfleet Headquarters. With that warning and the clock counting, Starfleet orders Archer and the Enterprise to Mars to take out the weapon threatening Earth. Meanwhile, the cloned baby of T'Pol and Trip is getting sicker and time is running out for her as well. Imprisoned, Gannet Brooks reveals to Travis that she is a secret member of Starfleet Intelligence. She has been assigned to find a Terra Prime operative working undercover on the Enterprise. With the clock ticking, the future of the planned Federation lies in the balance. Written by timdalton007

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When the shuttlecraft comes in to land, there is a brief shot of a monument dedicated to Carl Sagan. Carl Sagan was a renowned scientist, specifically an astronomer. See more »

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John Frederick Paxton: We do not seek war; but if the aliens do not leave and force us to fight, I make this solemn promise to all of the sons and daughters of Earth, our future will be secure, because Humanity will prevail.
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Enterprise hits a home run on it's way out.
27 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the beginning...

In 2001, I started to watch the series Enterprise because something about the concept intrigued me. I had not gotten into The Next Generation, and I was too busy for DS9. I watched the re-runs of the Original Series when I was a kid, and that was the appeal that led me to Enterprise.

Two months after Enterprise debuted, the 9/11 terrorists attacks came. Anyone who watches Enterprise now, and wasn't alive or old enough back then probably can't imagine how big of a change that was for even someone such as myself - who at the time taught students how to file forms for government services. But the whole world stopped, and there was little time for the distractions of fictionalized TV. Some of these episodes were canceled, and broadcast during the wee hours of the night. Some came during very important war announcements.

Sometime in November 2001, a friend who had started watching Enterprise in the beginning as I had, asked if I was able to keep up. When I said that I wasn't, he informed me that UPN - the now defunct network that broadcast the show - was going to air a marathon to get viewers up to speed. I then told my friend that I would forgo the show for its original run, and watch it during its re-run period, because there was no way to get back into it, and judge it fairly.

"And," I said, "this show is going to have a hard time showcasing Science for Peace when most of America is suffering from a blood-lust."

What I didn't know is that those re-runs would never come...

Earlier this year, though, I had a chance to go through the whole series on Amazon Prime. I wasn't impressed. The first two years of the series were a mess. The characters were ill-defined, and sloppily utilized. The situations were banal. And, from the stories that were presented, the writers' interest in science was small.

The third season was at least coherent. The writers gained an interest in some science - the science of war. The Enterprise characters gained characterizations. And - finally! - there was a reason for Trip.

But it was the fatal fourth season that turned in the best episodes. And none better than Terra Prime.

The science dilemma of the show is how science advancements leave people behind. Don't just assume that the victims of advancements are the villains, such as the xenophobe John Frederick Paxton. No, everyone gets victimized for the furtherment of science: from Capt. Archer in DEMONS, the first part of this two episode story; to the very sad exploitation of T'Pol and Trip.

Yes, science is a tool that can be used for good or bad. This was the tale of those got stomped by it.

It's a pity that it took Enterprise four years to come up with a great Sci-Fi story.

(And can you believe they came up with one of the worst televised shows ever in the next installment?)


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