Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 1 Episode 6

Terra Nova

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 24, 2001 on UPN

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  • Concept of first gallactic human settlement interesting....poorly executed and carried through.

    Very average episode, but that is par for the course as most season 1 Star Trek episodes fail to become enthralling until the writers work themselves into a groove.

    The concept of exploring Earth's first settlement outside our own solar system is an interesting one, but the way it is developed here falls short of it's promise and actually seems to drift into the implausible at points. One of the biggest things that screamed "flaw" at me and took me out of the episode was the degree to which the settlers physically evolved and at the same time intelectually regressed within the short time frame of two to three generations. It's possible that radiation from the "attack" could have hastened the physical change of developing facial scales and pigment but it is even more plausible that radiation at that high a level would have killed them; even if they fled underground since it is apparent that enough radiation reached them even underground to cause the above mentioned changes. The bigger flaw though is how the decendants of a society technologically advanced enough to send them 20 light years aways would within three generations just FORGET all the concepts, ideas and knowledge that enabled them to reach their new home. We are told that the radiation killed all the grown ups and left just the children (who have the greater ability to develop immunity to environmental threats), but you would think that some of the children were old enough to remember some of their lives up till that point. It seems unlikely that children that were up till that point raised with advanced technology such as computers, warp drives, scanners etc would just forget all about them and what they existed for and then revert to such simplistic concepts as "overside" and "underside", "shale", "cloud your tracks" when referring to the world around them.
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