Story: Dear Doctor
Written By: Maria Jacquemetton & André Jacquemetton
Series: Star Trek: Enterprise
This episode features Dr. Phlox more prominently than before, which is good...because I think he is rather interesting. This is the first episode to really let him grow as a character too. Billingsley does a good job overall.
A problem is that the Prime Directive was initiated because of mistakes that were made. This show made sure they never made those mistakes mentioned...they just come to the conclusion that they should really make up some kind of rule. It would have been far more interesting to see this crew making the very mistakes that leads to the rule being implemented.
Beyond the main plot, the character development for Phlox is pretty good. We get to see that Crewman Cutler has a crush on Phlox, that was interesting. We also saw Movie Night, which is actually a tradition on the ship I like, sort of like Enterprise’s answer to TNG’s Poker Night, or going to Quark’s or Vic’s on DS9. Seeing Trip crying like a baby during the flick was pretty funny.
Mixed episode. I enjoyed the character stuff for Phlox but despised the outcome of the plot.
NEXT TIME: Helping the Klingons