Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Doctor's Orders 

While in command of Enterprise because the entire crew is in a coma, Dr. Phlox starts hearing some strange sounds.


Roxann Dawson


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


While traveling to Azati Prime, the Enterprise needs to cross a trans-dimensional disturbance phenomenon that could kill the humans. Dr. Phlox proposes to put the crew in coma for four days while the Enterprise travels through the phenomenon in impulse. In the middle of the journey, Dr. Phlox hears weird noises and T'Pol helps him to stay in the command of the ship. When they realize that the disturbance is longer than expected, Dr. Phlox needs to activate the warp engines to save the crew. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This episode is reminiscent of William Shatner's 1963 appearance in The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) in which he sees a gremlin on the wing of an airplane. Shatner later played Captain Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). See more »


Dr. Phlox: You need some rest. Let me walk you to your quarters.
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Doctor's orders?
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References The Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (1963) See more »


Archer's Theme
Written by Dennis McCarthy
[Closing credits music]
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John Billingsley is good but it is one of the weaker episodes
10 November 2020 | by snoozejoncSee all my reviews

Phlox places the crew in a coma so they can navigate a trans-dimensional space disturbance without suffering neurological effects.

I struggled with this one for a number of reasons, but it's just about watchable for Billingsley's depiction of Phlox' decent into a type of space madness and a bit of insight into the Denobulan race.

The plot is a rehash of episodes from Voyager and tries to be a scary, but doesn't do it with any real menace. We know everything is going to work out fine, so no genuine fear can be created for that reason alone, so you really wonder why bothered with a plot like this.

Performances are mixed because as solid as Billingsley is, Jolene Blalock looks very awkward during certain scenes.

There is a twist at the end that is so predictable it is virtually telegraphed from about the 13th minute of the episode and for me renders every scene that comes after it devoid of interest.

I like the character of Dr Phlox, but unfortunately most of the episodes that focus mainly on him seem to be not that well written. The best parts are when Phlox talks about the Denobulan culture and the characteristics of the people and society.

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18 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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