Series: Enterprise - Season One
Episode: “Dear Doctor”
Trek Installment # 12
Viewing Date: September 23, 2009
Another strong showing for Enterprise as the spotlight finally turns on Phlox. Phlox is the best part of this episode, as the moral debate is a little bland for me. I mean to say, it’s interesting and I’m satisfied with its conclusion, but it just didn’t do much for me.
The development of Phlox is way past due, but it’s done very well here. I liked seeing his friendship with Hoshi, his working relationship with Archer, and his potential romance with Cutler through his eyes. And having Cutler along was something I appreciated, as I grew attached to her in “Strange New World.” Like I mentioned before, I would have loved to of seen a larger secondary cast build-up.
I watched that episode yesterday, and it was the first one that really, really pissed me off. Archer and Phlox did not have to "play God", all they needed to do was give a cure that they already had and help save countless lives. Instead, they decided to refuse help, to lie to the Valakians and condemn many of them to death... for what? The reasoning made no sense whatsoever. TheGodBen
already put it very well in words in his thread, as did flemm
in the same thread.
This episode's moral "dilemma" and conclusion was a horrible example of both faulty science and faulty ethics.
Furthermore, Archer's decision made no sense for his character, from what we had seen from him so far. I would have expected him to want to help the sick and dying people, not find an idiotic reason not to. And does Phlox know about the Hippocratic Oath? What kind of doctor is he?
Giving those people the cure would not have been "playing God" - it's called BEING A DOCTOR. That's what doctors are supposed to do. But the writers were not concerned with characters, all they cared about was to beat us over the head with their faulty ethics and faulty science.
Pity, because, before the Moral Dilemma and Decision of the Week, the episode was very good and very charming, and Phlox was being nicely fleshed out.
Two stars from me - 4 stars for the first 3 quarters of the episode, zero stars for the Moral Dilemma/Decision.