Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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T'Pol must save the ship after the crew becomes obsessed with trivialities during the approach to a black hole.


Patrick R. Norris (as Patrick Norris)


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Captain Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Matt Kaminsky ... Cunningham (as Matthew Kaminsky)


Enterprise is on its way to investigate a black hole in a trinary star system. Since the system is only reachable by impulse engine, the crew suddenly has time for less important matters. Captain Archer starts working on a preface of a book about his father and orders Trip to fix his chair. Hoshi takes over the mess hall as chef is sick. Malcolm starts working on a new security protocol. But T'Pol notices that the crew's behavior is becoming erratic. They seem to be fixed only on the thing they're doing right now and nothing may interfere. Hoshi wants to get a recipe right, Phlox tries to extract a piece of Mayweather's brain after he complained on a mild headache and Archer even yells at his dog while trying to write the preface. Then all the crew pass out and T'Pol must save the ship. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Release Date:

20 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode has the theme of a Star Trek crew being affected by a phenomenon, which makes everyone on the ship lose emotional control, completely grinding efficiency to a halt. This theme has been used several times previously, whether treated tragically or comically by the script. Examples include, but are not limited to, Star Trek: The Naked Time (1966), Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Naked Now (1987), Star Trek: The Next Generation: Sarek (1990), and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Fascination (1994). See more »


Trip is using a two-step regulator off the air tank he is using to power his pneumatic tools. The second needle is indicating zero pressure, yet the tool is working fine. See more »


[first lines]
Sub-Commander T'Pol: Science Officer's log, August 14th, 2152 - Enterprise remains on course for the trinary system. I've transmitted a distress call, but the nearest Vulcan ship is more than nine days away. By the time they arrive, they may only find debris, if that. Even if Enterprise makes it past the black hole without being destroyed, it seems likely the crew won't survive.
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Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Some of the Freshness of the Original
16 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The original Star Trek often dealt in serious situations that were also amusing. The encounter with the Space Brat and Tribbles, among others. In this one, T'Pol is the only one conscious on the Enterprise. She is doing a ship's log report as if she and the crew may be doomed. In flashback, the crew is on its way to get some pictures and do some research on a black hole. Unfortunately, a form is space sickness occurs as the crew begins to obsess on trivial things to a dangerous degree. Reed becomes a militant nut. Tripp needs to fix the Captain's chair, and goes beyond the bounds of a simple task. The Captain is writing a one page preface to a book about his father (which reaches 16 pages). And Phlox almost performs a lobotomy on Mayweather. T'Pol has to find a way to counteract this or everyone is doomed. There was a nice pacing and a sort of fun element to this as horrors begin to present themselves.

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