Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Doctor's Orders 

While in command of Enterprise because the entire crew is in a coma, Dr. Phlox starts hearing some strange sounds.


Roxann Dawson


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




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


While traveling to Azati Prime, the Enterprise needs to cross a trans-dimensional disturbance phenomenon that could kill the humans. Dr. Phlox proposes to put the crew in coma for four days while the Enterprise travels through the phenomenon in impulse. In the middle of the journey, Dr. Phlox hears weird noises and T'Pol helps him to stay in the command of the ship. When they realize that the disturbance is longer than expected, Dr. Phlox needs to activate the warp engines to save the crew. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

18 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie Dr Phlox is watching when his hallucinations first begin is The Court Jester starring Danny Kaye. See more »


Dr. Phlox: [to T'Pol] Would you mind not creeping around the ship like a Draxxan cloud viper?
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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An interesting twist at the end make this one worth seeing....
9 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very odd episode, as most of the time it's ONLY Dr. Pholox who is in the show! It seems that the part of space they are in is toxic somehow to humans and Phlox and T'Pol man the ship by themselves as the rest of the crew are in suspended animation. However, over time, Phlox starts going batty--perhaps caused by that part of space or his overactive imagination...or both. Regardless, after a while Phlox starts seeing all sorts of things that cannot be real but totally terrify him. He's so scared that he even considers wakening some of the crew...though T'Pol manages to calm him and talk him through the worst of it. At the very end comes an amazing twist that makes this otherwise unremarkable episode well worth seeing.

In many ways, IMDb is right that the show is highly reminiscent of the episode from "The Twilight Zone" with William Shatner where he is a passenger on a plane who thinks he's seen a monster on the wing destroying the aircraft. It also is rather reminiscent of a "Star Trek: Voyager" episode where Seven of Nine is also having a lot of scary hallucinations. Regardless, it is very different and a nice change of pace for the show.

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