Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 2001 on UPN
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Captain Archer and the crew discover a fully inhabited, pre-industrial, Minshara-class planet. However, upon further investigation, they discover what appears to be advanced technology being used secretly, which may responsible for a terrible illness.

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  • great episode

    The Enterprise finds a planet with an advanced civilization. When the starship scans the planet surface the discover that the alien race is pre industrial. But when Capt. Archer sends an away team, they find out that some advance technology exists that maybe causing the inhabitants of the planet to get sick. This episode involves the crew of the Enterprise into a deadly encounter. It's action driven. The writers came up with a really good episode. I really enjoyed watching this one. It's a good episode, the effects were stunning. The storyline was fast paced. It was exciting watching it from start to finish.moreless
  • The excitement of an M class planet is marred by a mystery power source and a mysterious disease. With that alone any Star Trek fan may figure out this story line. "Civilization" is a comment on civilization and its negatives.moreless

    The excitement of an M class planet is marred by a mystery power source and a mysterious disease. With that alone any Star Trek fan may figure out this story line. "Civilization" is a comment on civilization and its negatives. This episode is marred by a preachy plot line and saved by a warming subplot between Captain Archer and a pharmacist.

    "Star Trek: Enterprise" is a series that had great promise. This episode makes the rise of the ugly head of preachy writing. The comments on "Civilization," nuclear power, pollution, and manufacturing indifference are less than subtle.

    There is a view into Vulcans and T'Pol. One of the first scenes is a mission planning meeting. T'Pols list says much about the different priorities of species. Later the refrain of the Vulcan protocols for first contact replays. Again it highlight the differences between species.

    In a bit silly theme, lines weave through the episode on UFOs and aliens. There is a comment on why aliens landed in corn fields on Earth, alien abduction, and the few who met aliens.

    Archer has a debate with his planet amour over blue versus yellow. The debate reminds one of the cliche red wire versus blue wire bomb defusing scene replayed in so many movies and series. "Civilization" is saved by the subplot of Captain Archer's evolving love for a planet inhabitant. This gifted scientist in a backward culture falls in love with him. This is well played and adds to the episode. This viewer wishes it was developed more. Love is one of higher life's greatest redeeming qualities. It has saved mankind throughout history. It saves the episode, "Civilization."moreless
  • This episode showed the series has enormous promise

    Archer finds an Minshara (M Class)class planet

    with a pre industrial society.

    As they study the planet ,whos people are called Acarli,

    t`pol detects a anti matter reactor down on the planet

    They deem this to be suspicous since they still use wooden sailing ships.

    The episode is quite reminsisent of the original series

    in that archer (like kirk)has to use force to stop interfering aliens

    while interfering himself(but for the best)

    the actress playing the apothacary is quite talented and she has a nice relationship with the captain

    one of the highlights of the episode

    Not earth shattering but very goodmoreless
Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock


Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Linda Park

Linda Park

Ensign Hoshi Sato

Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery

Ensign Travis Mayweather

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