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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Release Date:

18 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode has a striking resemblance to Star Trek: Voyager: One (1998), where Seven of Nine must navigate the ship through a hazardous region of space and the crew is in a comatose state. She begins to hallucinate, too. See more »


Dr. Phlox: I for one will never complain again when I can't get a good seat on movie night.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Now You See It!
25 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

In order to cross a newly developing space disturbance, the crew must be put in a kind of stasis. Phlox is put in charge because he is not affected by the disturbance. One can sense anxiety in him from the start as he dictates a message to an old colleague. While he makes his rounds with Porthos, he begins to see things, including a Xindie insectoid. T'Pol, it appears, has been given the job of monitoring the ship's technology and engines. He is forced to deal with several crises and calls on T'Pol numerous times. At one point he doubts his ability to do the job. This is a good episode because Phlox is on screen much of the time and gives a very fine performance. The problems that exist seem to be germain to the mission.

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