Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 2 Episode 14

Stigma

5
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 2003 on UPN
8.2
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Enterprise visits a planet where an Interspecies Medical Exchange conference is being held. Dr. Phlox tries to obtain research on a terminal disease from the Vulcan contingency, without revealing T'Pol has been infected by it.

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  • The best of the 'Star Trek' series is neither the classic sci-fi plots nor the epic space battles but the underlying social criticism of some episodes. This is one of those, where the facts depicted can clearly mirror facts from our history or society.moreless

    8.0
    The best of the 'Star Trek' series is neither the classic sci-fi plots nor the epic space battles but the underlying social criticism of some episodes. This is one of those, where the facts depicted can clearly mirror facts from our history or society.



    T'Pol is infected with a rare disease which can only be caught through mind melding. As such practice is considered an aberration, the infected are marked and condemned to suffer the intolerance and scorn of Vulcan society. This, of course, is an allegory of the actual problem with AIDS and the intolerance towards homosexuality.



    Some of the subjects treated back in 1966, when the original "Star Trek" was aired, had fortunately been outdated, let's hope that forty years from now this one could as well had been long forgotten.moreless
  • Mind-melders are a disease, is T'Pol the cure?!

    7.0
    Well actually no... but the plot of this episode presents a tale of unfair discrimination by the otherwise logical Vulcans against a minority of their own race. The other side to this episode, is the Vulcans reluctances to pursue a cure for the effects of this minorities actions against those Vulcans who become afflicated with a disease through no fault of their own, and so become tarnished.



    Presented from the pov of T'Pol who was unwillingly forced into this despised practice, who is pressed into a dilemma of whether to speak up to defend herself and fight against the illogical hatred, or stay silent in order to protect those mind-melders who do not forcibly practice their ability on others. Thus adding to the unfair treatment of the melders.



    As you may expect, this is more of a dramatic based story, where the action is restricted to scenes of emotional dialogue, across a series of difficult decisions that must be made by the Vulcans, T'Pol and a mind-melder. There is no real action and only the merest hint of intrigue, with revelation that mindmelders are good at hiding in open sight.



    Overall, the episode succeeds in painting the Vulcans as holier than thou (again). I didnt think this particular episode was up to the usual standard of the show, though it should be appaulded for highlighting an interesting facet of this ST era. The story's stakes arent life or death, so any potential ending was short on dread. The incessant threat to T'Pol's stay on Enterprise is used again to provide some threat that must be averted, but to be honest this has been used too many times already.

    Though I did enjoy Dr. Yuris, the melder "coming out" in order to save T'Pol from being recalled.



    Archer's part was important though seconadary, in that he plays the "human conscious" with expected ST captain's righteousness.



    Im a real fan of these types of episodes, where we get a revelation of some alien race, but these plots really need to be linked into some higher or larger storyline.



    Overall a disappointment for me.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

Melinda Page Hamilton

Melinda Page Hamilton

Feezal

Guest Star

Michael Ensign

Michael Ensign

Dr. Oratt

Guest Star

Bob Morrisey

Bob Morrisey

Dr. Strom

Guest Star

Mark Correy

Mark Correy

Engineer Alex (uncredited)

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When T'Pol meets with Dr Yuris, she tells him that the mind meld was involuntary, and he urges her to explain that to the other doctors. However, seeing as how their meeting was a secret, it was never an option for him to tell the others. However, during the hearing, Dr Yuris comes forward with the information and claims that T'Pol had made him promise not to share it. Archer also makes a comment to her about Yuris breaking his promise. She got Archer not to reveal it, but she had never discussed with Dr Yuris the possibility of him saying something.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • The following dedication appeared on screen before the episode began: "In memory of the Columbia crew... You will always be an inspiration." The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it reentered Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003, four days prior to the airing of this episode.

    • "Stigma" is Enterprise's contribution to an AIDS awareness campaign put together by Viacom and the Kaiser Foundation.

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