Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Dear Doctor 

Phlox is asked to save the Valakians from annihilation by disease. However, he discovers something unusual about the Menk, another humanoid race on the planet.


James A. Contner


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Captain Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Kellie Waymire ... Crewman Elizabeth Cutler
David A. Kimball ... Esaak
Christopher Rydell ... Alien Astronaut
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Larr
Alex Nevil ... Menk Man


Phlox is writing a letter to a human colleague on Denobula. He has a lot to write about; he's amazed by the affection crewman Cutler is showing for him and he must save an entire race. Enterprise picked up a pod with a Valakian who tells his race is suffering from a deathly epidemic. Phlox tries to find a cure and finds out Valakia is actually inhabited by two races. The Menk are a more primitive race and hard workers. Since they appear to be resistant to the disease, Phlox thinks investigating them may provide the answer. By doing so, he discovers something about the Menk that makes him reconsider curing the disease Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Release Date:

23 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chronologically first mention of the Ferengi, when the Valakian astronaut names warp-capable species they have encountered. See more »


When discussing Phlox's marital situation at the Menk camp, Ensign Cutler mispronounces Denobulans as 'Denoblians.' See more »


Dr. Phlox: [voice-over] I'd like to think, Doctor Lucas, that if I'd had a chance to talk to you face to face, you would have never let me even consider withholding my findings from the Captain. But I'm ashamed to say, I almost did just that.
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Features For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Good attempt, but not very well executed...
3 August 2018 | by abuonvinorossoSee all my reviews

This episode attempts to be a very classic example of what makes Star Trek rather unique -- on one level a straight forward science fiction show, but on a second level a program that addresses some very real and very interesting philosophical dilemmas that humanity either currently face, or might face, given certain conditions that our science and technology might someday present. This formula only works, however, when the writers of the episode understand the topic they are attempting to address. This story idea was really good and, as the current rating reflects (currently at 8.0), it is still, if only superficially, a pretty well produced episode. But, for many viewers who are knowledgeable of evolution and/or ethics, the fact that the writers really messed up both the science and the ethical philosophy that underlies the actions taken by Phlox and Archer, it makes this story rather contrived and hollow, and the conclusion rather ludicrous (e.g. since Phlox doesn't have a sound understanding of evolution and both characters reach a rather naive and unethical decision in the finale...under the misguided claim that they are making a hard, but ethical, decision). These problems don't kill the episode for many, but it certainly did for me.

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