Star Trek: Enterprise (2001): S01E04 – Strange New World


Introduction

“Strange New World” is the fourth episode (production #104) of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise.

Enterprise encounters a new world much like Earth. A small crew stays on the surface overnight to continue researching the planet.

During the night, a violently windy storm brews and forces the crew into a local cave. In the cave, however, the crew members believe they are not alone.

Outline

Enterprise passes a previously unknown Minshara-class planet with an Earth-like atmosphere and surface. Captain Archer orders a shuttle to be prepared for an away mission. After an afternoon studying the planet, Sub-Commander T’Pol, Commander Tucker, and Ensign Mayweather request further time on the planet, and do so with Archer’s approval. Crewmen Cutler and Novakovich are also allowed to remain on the surface to study nocturnal life. The Captain and Lieutenant Reed then return to Enterprise.

Later that evening, a violent storm front approaches so Tucker suggests that the landing party use the cave that T’Pol discovered earlier for shelter. Once there, Mayweather goes back to the original camp-site to recover food, and notices three humanoid life-forms wandering around, but T’Pol’s scans reveal no unusual bio-signs. In the confines of the cave, Crewmen Cutler and Novakovich begin seeing and hearing humanoids too. Tucker also reports to Archer about seeing a mysterious alien life form too. Searching for these other lifeforms, T’Pol takes a phase pistol and walks deeper into the cave. In her absence however, the landing party then become increasingly suspicious of her behaviour, thinking that she is withholding information about the aliens from them.

Concerned, Archer and Reed attempt to reach the landing party in a shuttlepod, but cannot do so until the wind dies down. Novakavich is emergency beamed up due to his erratic behaviour and bio-sign, and Doctor Phlox finds he has been exposed to tropolisine, a hallucinogenic compound found in pollen. Phlox also discovers he is near-death, poisoned by an unexpected side-effect of the chemical. On the planet, Tucker is increasingly suffering from hallucinations. T’Pol reports to Archer that he is irrational and that Mayweather and Cutler are nearly unconscious. Reed beams an antidote down to the cave, and despite Tucker’s interference, T’Pol is able to administer it. The next morning, the storm blows over, and everyone is fine.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): David Livingston.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
  • Release Date: 10 October 2001.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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