Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2002 on UPN
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Episode Summary

While Enterprise is surveying a black hole in a trinary star system, the stellar phenomenon causes strange effects on the crew.

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  • Disappointingly predictable

    We've seen it all before. Crew affected by illness, everyone's behaviour changes, disaster is approaching and only one person can save the day. It's been done in every other series, and better.

    The pace is slow, the script unengaging. At least in Star Trek's original "Naked Time" we had Sulu brandishing a blade, Riley singing Irish ballads as the ship plummets to the surface. Here we have Trip obsessed with the Captain's chair and Hoshi fretting about her cooking.

    Enterprise was never my favourite Star Trek, but it was still capable of producing some really memorable episodes. Singularity, alas, is not one of them...moreless
  • All the crew contract a strange radiation sickness which requires them to over act

    This seems to be an enterprise version of "the naked time" TOS or the "naked now" TNG.

    A large gravitational body causes strange symptoms amongst the crew.

    But instead of causing a form of intoxication

    it causes obession with trivialities

    Trip Decides to build the captain a super chair.

    Reed becomes obessed with his tactical alerts and ship security.

    mayweather believes he must get to the bridge

    or face a court martial

    hoshi takes over the galley and proceeds to make the same family favourite for every meal

    an so on and so forth..


    what was bad the acting it could given "in a mirror darkley" a run for it's money on that score.

    hoshi and her soup i dont care


    it was super trivial

    and worst of all for an out of character ep it wasnt interesting or funny.

    the good

    the creepy doctor

    about to open up mayweathers skull

    the reed alert happening just in the nick of time

    the final solution to the captains chair debacle

    An okay episode with some anoying elementsmoreless
  • Not singularly unique

    The plot for this episode uses a tried and trusted device prevalent in all StarTrek franchises. I can remember there being at least one of these story-types in TNG, DS9 and Voyager. Basically its a crew affecting illness/plague story type, with problem-solving aspects for one of the crew that isnt affected. In this case, T'Pol. As you'd expect its heavily laden with dilemmas, i.e. the doctor becoming infected, though having the chef affected introduces a new aspect to the potential problems faced. Some localised conflict is present, as the crew's condition and situation worsens. You will find it worthwhile to watch if you feel a connection with the characters and actors, because the story is so well trodden. Otherwise, if you havent seen this type of story then you may be drawn in by the mystery of what is going on as well as how it is solved. On that point, the finale is definitely the highlight of the show as I didnt find the scenes between the crew exciting. Though to be fair they did a good job of building up the tension.

    Definitely feels like a filler episode as nothing really happens that may affect the story in future episodes.

    Definitely only worth watching if you love Enterprise or havent watched any of these types of episode before.moreless
  • great episode

    Enterprise is surveying a black hole at a distant star system. the black hole seems harmless from their perspective, but unknown to the crew, an invisible radiation is being emitted by the black hole and is affecting the minds of the human crew. T'Pol becomes the only person among the crew who can think straight. She races against time before the enterprise crew get themselves killed. It's an exciting episode. The crew gets affected by something that they couldn't see and they become a threat to themselves, it's a really great episode. It's a thriller, and each scene was so suspenseful.moreless
Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock

Sub-Commander T'Pol

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Linda Park

Linda Park

Ensign Hoshi Sato

Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery

Ensign Travis Mayweather

Baron Jay

Baron Jay

Starfleet Crewman (uncredited)

Guest Star

Mark Correy

Mark Correy

Engineer Alex (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Reed: (infuriated over Trip's focus on the captain's chair) This isn't a bloody pleasure cruise! Without proper discipline on this ship, this mission is doomed!
      Trip: Why don't you go play soldiers somewhere else?
      Reed: If this were a military situation, you'd be taken out and shot!

    • Archer: What'd you do? It seems totally different.
      Trip: I lowered it... By one centimeter.

    • (angry over Trip ignoring his red alert in favor of fixing Archer's chair)
      Reed: If this were a military situation, you'd be taken out and shot.
      (both start fighting)
      Archer: Hey, hey, hey, hey! (to Trip) I don't care what color the headrest is or whether it can serve me iced tea! I just want a place to sit when I'm on duty! (to Reed) And if I hear that alarm one more time, I may have you taken out and shot.

    • T'Pol: Are you feeling alright Commander?
      Trip: ...I know you don't think this chair is important, but you're wrong. What's the most critical component on this ship? The main computer? The Warp Reactor? Huh...?! It's the crew. And the most important member of the crew is the captain. He makes life and death decisions every day, and the last thing he needs to be thinking in a critical situation is: 'Gee! I wish this chair wouldn't such pain in the ass!'

    • Reed: It's a chair.
      Trip: It's the "Captain's" chair. It's just as important as your... Reed alert.
      Reed: 'Reed alert'. That's not bad...

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