Embracing Emotions

Story: Fusion
Written By: Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman
Series: Star Trek: Enterprise
Year: 2002

This episode has some fascinating idea, but most of them don’t pay off until the third or fourth season. The Enterprise comes across a ship filled with Vulcans who have been outcast because they embrace their emotions and the taboo idea of mind melds. I think it was an interesting move to show the Vulcans as even more conservative than they are in previous shows.
It is one of the few episodes that not only raises interesting issues AND implants something that will pay off later and marks a slight change in a character. It is T’Pol who is definitely affected by her encounter with the Vulcans, and one day we will finally see by how much. It takes a while for this to pay off, but when it does, I think it was fairly successful.

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