Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Carbon Creek 

On the first anniversary of her assignment to Enterprise, T'Pol tells Archer and Trip about the first contact between humans and Vulcans, which involves three Vulcans becoming stranded in the town of Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania in 1957.


James A. Contner (as James Contner)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Capt. Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox (credit only)
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Cmdr. T'Pol / T'Mir
Dominic Keating ... Lt. Malcolm Reed (credit only)
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather (credit only)
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato (credit only)
Connor Trinneer ... Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Ann Cusack ... Maggie
J. Paul Boehmer ... Mestral
Hank Harris ... Jack
Michael Krawic ... Stron
David Selburg David Selburg ... Vulcan Captain
Clay Wilcox ... Billy
Ron Marasco ... Capt. Tellus
Paul Hayes ... Businessman


Celebrating T'Pol's one year anniversary as a member of the Enterprise's crew, Archer and Trip have dinner with her. Over dinner she tells them of the true first contact between Humans and Vulcans. It appears that her great-grandmother and a the crew of a scout ship crashed on 1957. Written by timdalton007

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As evidenced by the episode's script, this installment had the working title "Population: 612" which is the population of Carbon Creek as seen on the town sign. See more »


If the story takes place immediately after the Sputnik launch, the time frame is from 4 October 1957 to January or February 1958. They claim they were watching Sputnik for 3 weeks before they crashed, making the crash date roughly October 25th. They then spent 2 weeks in the woods before coming to town, that would make it November the 8th when they came to town. Yet the weather seems to be summer and fall throughout, which it would not be in southwest Pennsylvania. See more »


Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: [after the story] Do you realize you've just rewritten our history books?
Sub-Commander T'Pol: A footnote at best.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Footnote? This is like finding out Neil Armstrong wasn't the first man to walk on the moon!
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Perhaps he wasn't.
[Tucker groans]
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The Most Excellent Trek episode of All Treks
15 September 2013 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

And it embodies the Spirit of Trek, all of Gene Roddenberry's ideas are here in one fell swoop in this swell episode of "Enterprise".

Writer/Producer Dan O'Shannon of Cheers and Frasier worked well with Brannon and Rick to create this peep into Vulcan/Human history - And not one Temporal Causality Loop, Suliban Temporal Transporter, or any Department of Temporal Investigations Agents were used, this is a true Period Piece, true to the depicted Terran History around the time of Sputnik. I know, because I lived in that time. And this is how it looked.

Although T'Pol is telling this Fish Tale to Archer and Tripp, the character who wins the big prize is "Mestral" played by the great J. Paul Boehmer, who adds Vulcan to his list of Trek Aliens - He has been a Cardassian, a Borg, and a Nazi Soldier in Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. This is perhaps his best character and a most Logical Vulcan.

I had reviewed the Vulcan Enterprise Episodes of Season Four and had commented that the Vulcans were no longer acting like Vulcans, instead acting like angst and testosterone ridden teenagers with only Pon Farr on their minds.

Here, the characters of T'Pol/T'Mir and Mestral as well as "Stron" (Michael Krawic) and "Captain Tellus" (Ron Marasco) are true Vulcans, following the standards set by Leonard Nimoy, Mark Lenard ("Sarek"), Zachary Quinto, Tim Russ, and Alexander Enberg ("Vorik" from Voyager and "Taurik" from Next Generation Season 7 "Lower Decks"). I was pleased to see this, because Leonard Nimoy had set a Standard for Vulcans in The Original Series and all of those actors had followed suit to perfection.

The Season Four Enterprise "Vulcan Trilogy" The Forge, The Awakening, and Kir'Shara had changed Vulcans into petty, squabbling politicians and it is just not believable that they would act as they did, speak as they did, with venom and deceit.

But here, they do justice to all Vulcan canon.

This is why I consider this episode not just the best of Enterprise, but of the whole Trek Franchise. In The Original Series, the Vulcans were basically the heart of the show. Later, Klingons, Romulans, Ferengi, Bajorans and Cardassians and even Vorta and Jem'Hadar were added to the lists of uncountable Aliens. In all of Trek, we have seen parades of unidentified Aliens, drinking in Bars, sitting at the Helm, walking the corridors of The Enterprises, Serving bar in Ten Forward, and as Senators serving the Federation Council and even as Presidents of the Federation.

This episode was presented without gimmicks, without Technobabble and with a lot of Humanity. And it is probably the most touching depiction of T'Pol in the whole run of the show.

In making shows about Aliens, Trek quite successfully at times reflects on The Human Condition-Especially in the Interactions with "Hoomans". In Quark we saw a Barkeep with real heart, in Odo, we could see the Entire Human Race and that the good outweighs the bad. But The Vulcans are perhaps the best friends Humanity has ever had. It is in our exploration of Vulcanity that Humanity can be really be observed.

Ironically, Archer and Tripp think T'Pol had pulled their legs. Vulcans can imply, obfuscate, and misdirect, but Vulcans Never Lie.

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