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ST:E, Doctor's Orders - abates
Brilliant but slightly odd but very nice

Alden Bates
Date: 2006-01-04 19:51
Subject: ST:E, Doctor's Orders
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Tags:enterprise
Doctor's Orders: For Enterprise to travel through an anomolous region of space, most of the crew has to be put into temporary sleep.

What? No previously on Enterprise? Just shots of deserted ship interiors. "Hey, Brannon! Did we forget to pay the actors again?!" Oh, there's Phlox chasing Porthos. Phlox lets him in to where Archer is snoozing.

Enterprise continues through blue/pink space. Phlox talks to Porthos some more, and they go for walkies and Phlox does a brief expositionary flashback. Why, this is like the episode of Voyager where HoloDoc and Seven are the only ones awake.

More flashback bits of Phlox getting instructions and putting Archer under. Then while in engineering, Phlox hears a noise. More shots of Phlox jogging, wandering around nude, feeding animals, etc, the usual things then? While watching movies in the mess hall he hears noises again and goes to investigate.

It turns out to be a chain being nudged by a steam vent. He complains to T'Pol a bit and tries to convince her to keep him company for a while.

Later he hears noises again and sees something moving, but T'Pol is on the bridge. Later still, they share a meal and bond a bit.

While checking on Archer, Phlox sees something on the winghull. and consults with T'Pol, but scans show nothing unusual on or offboard. She suggests he gets some rest.

He attempts to do more rounds and encounters insectoid Xindi which may or may not be hallucinations. T'Pol is sceptical, but he grabs a gun and starts looking. Phlox starts tracking a biosignature, which turns out to be Porthos. T'Pol thinks he's been under stress. Phlox blusters and marches off.

Then he gets a calls from Hoshi and rushes to her quarters to find her in the shower with her skin melting, Then he realises she's still in bed and fine - he *is* hallucinating. Then he sees Archer before T'Pol finds him.

After a checkup, Phlox determines he was, indeed, hallucinating. He asks T'Pol to monitor the crew while he puts himself under, but she admits the altered space is affecting her as well. They're only 6 hours to getting out anyway.

At the tiem they expect to emerge, they discover the ship is still in the anomoly. Rechecking the sensor data, they find the ship will still be in the anomoly for another ten weeks. T'Pol suggests going to warp, then they argue over who's going to do it. Then they attempt to read the manual.

Phlox hallucinates Trip telling him that it's a bad idea. Which it pretty much is. They manage, after some messing around, to get to warp 2 and clear the anomoly. Phlox starts waking the crew, then realises that T'Pol has been unconscious the whole time. Nice twist. Teh end.
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Kiri
User: kiri_l
Date: 2006-01-04 16:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*falls over giggling* terrific summary! I enjoyed this more.. cept for seeing Porthos.

I stil think they should give Porthos his own ep.. where he talks about the crew/trip/etc.. Maybe flys the ship.
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2006-01-04 23:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yup, do a whole episode from Portho's point of view. That would be fun. :)
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Kiri
User: kiri_l
Date: 2006-02-19 18:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah. I'd like to see that. Course they'd probably stick an alien.. Hey.. how aobut Porthos and Archer switch places and porthos runs Enterprise while archer begs for a LOT of cheese. *snicker*
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2006-01-05 08:48 (UTC)
Subject: Jeff's View
John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock and the Dog Currently Known As Porthos trudge their way through a breathtakingly obvious search-and-replace remake of the Voyager episode 'One'. There are some nice character moments for Phlox, Porthos is as lovable as ever, and the shower scene with Hoshi is brilliantly nightmarish, but...it's a rip-off, what else can you say? Numerous bad plotholes dot the story like Expanse anomalies, the most obvious one of course being the fact that Phlox's hallucinatory state somehow makes him forget that T'Pol is out cold in her cabin. It's a telling point that at no point do you miss any of the other characters, which is surely one of the reasons to do a 'lone character' episode. One is supposed to think 'Ooh, this is different', but in fact the viewer is saying: "Does Phlox have to wake them up? It's almost better without them." Come on, Berman and Braga! This is appalling self-plagiarism, even for you!
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