First Three Regular 'Enterprise' Episodes Revealed

By Christian
August 21, 2001 - 10:21 PM

The first three regular Enterprise episodes will highlight many of Series V's most important elements, including the tension between T'Pol and the rest of the crew, the unfamiliarity with alien worlds and technology, and the aggressive behaviour of the Klingons.

TrekToday sources today sent in new information concerning the first three regular episodes of the season, set to air during the weeks after 'Broken Bow.' All three episodes have completed filming weeks ago, though some minor and unimportant reshoots were recently still going on for 'Fight or Flight.' Below you will find plot info for all three episodes:

  • 'Fight or Flight' - As previously reported, in this episode the Enterprise encounters a derelict ship floating in space. The crew of the ship is found suspended from hooks, with all fluids being drained from their body. It turns out that they have been killed by another alien race that is trying to extract "tri-globulin" from their bodies.

    When Archer realises that the alien race who did this may return, Phlox points out that the human body produces a similar substance - an ominous implication. After what were described as some good, very tense scenes between Archer and T'Pol, the Vulcan first officer manages to convince him that there is nothing to be done. Of course, eventually the aliens do return, meaning Hoshi Sato has to find a way to communicate with them to avoid the destruction of the Enterprise. 'Fight or Flight' was described as a good, somewhat creepy episode.

  • 'Strange New World' - This is the episode in which the crew encounter what they believe to be a friendly, uninhabited alien world, but that turns out to be far more dangerous than they ever expected. The crew members that visit the planet are infected by an alien pollen that induces hallucinations and paranoia.

    This episode will again feature some of the tension between T'Pol and the rest of the crew, as she is suspected of being in secret contact with the hostile aliens on the planet. 'Strange New World' will also showcase the unreliability of the early transporters, as a crewman is beamed back with debris embedded in his body.

  • 'Unexpected' - This apparently very funny episode will feature the male pregnancy first mentioned by Rick Berman in the recent TV Guide interview (story). 'Unexpected' opens when malfunctions start to occur on the Enterprise, and the crew notice an alien ship hiding in their exhaust wake. It turns out that the aliens are there to recharge their ship to try and get home. The Enterprise engineer, Charlie 'Trip' Tucker, goes over to the aliens to help them repair their ship - but unwittingly becomes pregnant in the process!

    Trip manages to fix the ship, and it departs. Once the crew figure out that Trip is indeed pregnant, they try to track down the aliens, and find them hiding in the slipstream of a Klingon ship. The Klingons are not at all receptive to Captain Archer and threaten to destroy both the alien ship and the Enterprise. For a change, T'Pol helps Archer resolve the situation, and the Klingons agree to leave the aliens unharmed - if they agree to trade some primitive holo-technology.

The full writing and directing credits for these episodes are not yet known, though Enterprise creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga have said that they came up with the story for the first and the third regular episodes of the series.

As usual, please be aware that Paramount has released no official information on the episodes following 'Broken Bow' yet, and until that happens any such information from unofficial sources should be treated as you would any rumour.

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