Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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T'Pol finds unusual neutrino readings on a planet with a preindustrial society.


Michael Vejar (as Mike Vejar)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Capt. Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Cmdr. T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lt. Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Diane DiLascio ... Riann
Wade Williams ... Garos (as Wade Andrew Williams)
Charlie Brewer ... Alien / Akaali #1


Enterprise discovers a Minshara-class planet populated by over 500 million Akaali. The society is preindustrial, but Archer and Trip can't wait to do some exploring. T'Pol strongly advises against it, she fears cultural contamination, but Archer thinks some make-up by Phlox will do the trick. Then T'Pol picks up neutrino emissions from the surface, most likely coming from an antimatter reactor. When Archer, Trip, Hoshi and T'Pol investigate, they meet Riann. She tells people got severely sick one month after a certain Garos started a curiosity shop. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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T'Pol makes reference to a protocol which states that it is wise "to wait until a society develops warp drive before initiating first contact." She goes on to say that it would be wise for Starfleet to adopt these "Vulcan protocols." Starfleet later adopts them as part of the essential Prime Directive, serving as a benchmark for measuring development of a civilization and admission to the Federation. See more »


It is an odd coincidence that the Akaalis' culture also involves kissing and that it has the same meaning. It is more odd that Archer would make that assumption. See more »


Garos: You're not from this province, are you?
Captain Jonathan Archer: [scanning Garos] No. And neither are you. Your DNA doesn't match any other life form on this planet.
[Garos takes out a scanning device of his own to check out Archer]
Garos: Nor does yours.
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References Star Trek: The Original Series: The Changeling (1967) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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What you do when your translator fails
19 August 2020 | by snoozejoncSee all my reviews

Archer explores a planet with a pre-industrial society and discovers other visitors have taken already taken an interest.

This episode starts off strongly with a lot of build up and excitement to doing some proper exploration. Unfortunately it doesn't really continue with the same tone. It just evolves into a pretty run of the mill Star Trek episode where the crew go in costume to mingle with another humanoid race and get drawn into a bit of trouble.

As these type of episodes go, it is pretty good. One scene where Archer's universal translator fails is quite memorable and when the plot starts to unfold things do get relatively exciting. Arch definitely channels his inner Captain Kirk in this one during his interaction with the locals. No wonder T'Pol has a difficulty with this level cultural contamination. All with the best of intentions though.

Overall though I would describe it as a missed opportunity to see something different during these early years of Starfleet exploration.

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