Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 1 Episode 9

Civilization

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 14, 2001 on UPN
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  • 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.

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    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."
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