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Recap / Star Trek: Enterprise S01E06 "Terra Nova"

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(Not to be confused with the Fox series Terra Nova. No dinosaurs here.)

Enterprise heads to Terra Nova, Earth's first extrasolar colony, to resolve the mystery of how it disappeared seventy years ago.

  • Alien Lunch: Digger meat. Malcolm says it's "a little underdone".
  • Are We There Yet?: Courtesy of Archer, three hours and seventeen minutes before they reach Terra Nova.
  • Call-Forward: At the end of the episode, Travis mentions the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. The VOY episode "The 37s", which takes place two hundred years later, would reveal that her disappearance was due to an alien abduction.
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  • C.A.T. Trap: Nadette suffers a Freak Out in Phlox's imaging chamber.
  • Determined Homesteader: The Terra Nova colonists were so determined to keep their colony they refused to have another two hundred colonists join them. Inexplicably, Earth decided to let this slide, despite the fact that Terra Nova was the closest inhabitable planet available for colonization.
  • Name One: When Trip mentions how schoolkids on Earth learn about Vulcan space expeditions, T'Pol tells him to name one.
    Trip: (beat) History was never my best subject.
  • Only Fatal to Adults: The radioactive poisons released by the meteor killed all the adults. Only the young children survived.
  • Planetville: With only 200 colonists, the Conestoga colony would have been this. No explanation is given for why United Earth didn't just send subsequent waves of colonists to other parts of the planet, as the original settlers were in no way numerous enough to hold the entire thing.
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  • Too Dumb to Live: The independence movement is bizarre. Even in a best case scenario where none of the original 200 colonists were at all closely-related, this is not a large enough gene pool upon which to base a long-term society. Nor did it provide a sufficient safety net in the event of a catastrophe. This is illustrated by the fact that when the meteor hit they sent their children to seek shelter in the caves, seemingly with no adults to guide them. Presumably this is because the adult colonists thought they had to stay on the surface to fight off an invasion from Earth. But the end result was the kids regressing to a primitive hunter-gatherer society of cave-dwellers slowly dying from radiation-induced illness. Had Enterprise not shown up they would have died out completely within another couple of decades.
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  • The Topic of Cancer: Nadette is suffering from lung cancer when they're found. Fortunately, Phlox is able to easily cure her.
  • We Have to Get the Bullet Out: Fortunately for Malcolm, Phlox knows better than to do this before getting him back to Enterprise.
  • Wham Line: T'Pol surprises everyone with her report on the aliens who attack them on the planet:
    "Those weren't aliens. They're human."
  • The Worf Effect: Malcolm gets shot and captured by the Novans. And only a few episodes into the show. The Trope Namer would be proud.

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