Star Trek: Enterprise (2002): S02E09 – Singularity


Introduction

“Singularity” is the thirty-fifth episode (production #209) of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the ninth of the second season.

The crew obsess over trivial matters when they explore a black hole in a trinary star system and succumb to its radiation.

Outline

It is 14 August 2152, and Enterprise decides to explore a unique black hole nestled within a trinary star system. Cruising at impulse, it will take a few days to get there, freeing the crew up for other activities. Captain Archer uses the chance to work on the preface for a book about his father, and also asks Commander Tucker to look at the Captain’s chair on the bridge. Meanwhile, Ensign Sato volunteers to help in the galley, Lieutenant Reed begins works on some new ship wide security protocols, and Doctor Phlox examines Ensign Mayweather’s headache.

Over the next few days the crew starts obsessing about their selected tasks. Their behaviour is also affecting their interactions – Reed and Tucker nearly come to blows, and Phlox sedates a frustrated and non-consenting Mayweather to perform an invasive medical test. The situation becomes so acute that Sub-Commander T’Pol, who remains unaffected, easily notices that everyone else is behaving oddly. Her investigation into the cause reveals that a peculiar form of radiation emitted from the black-hole is the underlying cause. Unfortunately, it will take two days to reverse course and leave the radiation field, and while she was determining this, everyone else on board has fallen unconscious.

There is an alternate path, but it will require piloting Enterprise closer to the dangerous black hole and she cannot navigate the treacherous field and pilot at the same time. T’Pol rouses the groggy captain with a cold shower and hot coffee, enough that he is able to man the helm. His ability to fly is sluggish however, and as they near the exit, a large crumbling asteroid blocks Enterprise’s path. Reed’s obsession created an automatic “Tactical Alert” that automatically kicks in and brings all defensive systems fully online, thus allowing T’Pol to blast the asteroids with the fully charged phase cannon. Once clear, things on-board soon return to normal, with the exception of the captain’s improved chair and Reed’s newly proven security protocol.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Patrick Norris.
  • Writer(s): Chris Black.
  • Release Date: 20 November 2002.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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