Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 1 Episode 5

Unexpected

4
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2001 on UPN
8.0
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When Trip is dispatched to assist a Xyrillian ship with its power source problems, he is delighted to have a friendly encounter with one of the ship's female engineers. However, shortly after returning to Enterprise, he discovers that their seemingly innocuous interaction has led to a surprising result.moreless

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  • A funny and interesting episode

    8.5
    I liked this episode a lot. It was very funny and the Klingon scenes in the end had a lot of tension, perhaps as it involved characters we cared about but were not main characters (so we didn't know ex ante nothing serious would happen).



    My favourite episode of this series so far.
  • A unique portrayals of aliens and ...

    8.5
    Being a scifi geek one thing that troubles me frequently is the way aliens are portrayed as some type of extreme human most of the time. They have the same values, the same morals, the same everything just usually taken to a more extreme. Personally I think aliens would likely have some huge differences. This episode was one of the better times I have seen aliens really represented somewhat alien. The ship was interesting and definitely different. The alien technology was different. Their perspective on life was somewhat different too. Now as for the pregnancy that was very far fetched but it did take on an interesting perspective. Trip's take on his pregnancy was fun if not developed too much but what can you do in an hour. Finally there was the encounter with the Klingons. The Klingons though are basically always portrayed as extreme warriors with a value system accordingly. But Klingons are always fun so what the heck! Very good episode with some interesting development.moreless
  • embarrassing bad bad bad

    4.4
    trip gets pregnant

    and hilarity is supposed to ensue

    Unfortunately it aint funny

    it aint life threatening

    its just annoying like the way trip feels



    The aliens are pretty alien

    the decompression chamber

    the grass on the walls

    the wierd food/drink

    Thier spooky reptile appearance

    all good and realistic



    The inclusion of a holodeck was ok as they were so much more advanced than even the vulcans



    The klingons seemed to be thrown in at the end

    just for the hell of it

    they played no real part in the plot

    it seemd it was a ratings grab

    "hey kids look its those klingons"



    Some good ideas with one woeful central plot

    laugh at it not with itmoreless
  • great episode

    10
    Trip gets a chance to visit another alien ship that's having trouble with their power system. Trip meets with an alien crew member for just a few moments, everything seems fine, but when he returns to the Enterprise, he notices that something's growing inside of him. This episode shows something different. Instead of the interstellar conflict normally seen in a trek episode, there's a peaceful co existence with the aliens on this one. It's a good episode, I had a good time watching it. The effects of this episode is just stunning. We get to see stuff, it's a good one.moreless
  • This episode leaves me conflicted. I like the "Enterprise" series, but find this particular story line lacking.

    5.8
    This episode leaves me conflicted. I like the "Enterprise" series, but find this particular story line lacking.



    The plot appears driven by social imperative and politically correct thought. "Unexpected" explores the question of male pregnancy.



    In an episode that could have dealt with the issues of inter-species pregnancy with introspection and empathy, this plot instead turns to preachy dialog that attacks the viewer like a blunt object. "Star Trek" was always known for dealing with complex problems by placing them in subtle alien situations. This episode fall short of that tradition. This situation will be dealt with better latter in the series.



    The interaction with the aliens and the Klingons was clumsy and unfeasible.



    I like the series but would rather forget this episode.moreless
Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock

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

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: Trip initially says that he will be spending three days aboard the Xyrillian ship. Then, when Trip reports to Archer that he's almost done, Archer reminds him of how much he'd wanted to leave, only the day before. This implies that Trip was only there for less than two days. However, upon his return, T'Pol repeats that he was gone for three days.

    • Nitpick: Between scenes, Enterprise and the Xyrillian ship are shown flying alongside each other. However, the same exterior shot of the two ships is used each time. As such, the Xyrillian ship is shown passing Enterprise multiple times, and Enterprise never passes the Xyrillians.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Trip: (Shows Dr. Phlox the strange growth on his arm just below his wrist.) Far as I know, I've never been allergic to anything.
      Phlox: I don't believe you're having an allergic reaction. (exams the growth & calmly realizes what it is.) Tell me, did your visit to the Xyrillian ship involve any... uh... romance?
      Trip: (Dumbfounded.) What?!
      Phlox: Were you intimate with anyone?
      Trip: Doc, I was over there to repair a warp reactor. What are you talking about?
      Phlox: Seems you did a little more than repair work. (Readies a medical tricorder.)
      Trip: Meaning?! (Surprised.)
      Phlox: This is a nipple.
      Trip: I beg your pardon?! (Mentally stunned.)
      Phlox: (Actives the tricorder, & presses it to Trip's torso.) Ah, ah, the blastocyst is located between the sixth & seventh intercostals.
      Trip: What the hell are you talking about!?!? (Annoyed.)
      Phlox: I'm not quite sure congratulations are in order, Commander, but, you're pregnant.

    • Trip: Don't forget to come back for me.
      Travis: I don't know... We are kind of busy.

    • Archer: There's a bright side to all of this.
      Trip: Yeah? What's that?
      Archer: As far as we know, this is the first inter-species pregnancy involving a... human.

    • Trip: I'm the Chief Engineer. I spent years learning that position. I never had any intention of becoming a working mother.

    • T'Pol: One of the first things a diplomat learns is to not stick his fingers where they don't belong.

    • Archer: I'd like you to start seeing the doctor every eight hours. As your delivery gets closer he should be able to figure out what your post natal responsibilities might be.
      Trip: "Post natal responsibilities"?
      Phlox: You may very well be putting those nipples to work before you know it.

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