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Old April 9 2013, 07:32 PM   #91
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The birthday quest was indeed an odd subplot for a Star Trek series, and seemed more appropriate for one of those teenaged girls shows I never watched. I'm sure the cake onstage was delicious for everyone after the shoot, but I'd never seen pineapple cake as shown here. I was expecting pineapple upside down cake.
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Old April 9 2013, 10:14 PM   #92
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The whole birthday sub-plot didn't bother me at all; in fact I rather enjoyed it. It really was an easy way for the writers to show Malcom's guarded personality and it gave us some insight into his character.
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Old April 9 2013, 10:47 PM   #93
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The birthday quest was indeed an odd subplot for a Star Trek series, and seemed more appropriate for one of those teenaged girls shows I never watched. I'm sure the cake onstage was delicious for everyone after the shoot, but I'd never seen pineapple cake as shown here. I was expecting pineapple upside down cake.
I'm trying to think how you could infuse the maximum amount of pineapple flavour into a cake. I like hummingbird cake because of the pineapple but it could always do with having MORE pineapple.
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Old April 9 2013, 10:58 PM   #94
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Hummingbird cake, that's a new one on me too. How many hummingbirds does it take to make one? Is it the entire hummingbird, or just its eggs?

A hummingbird surprised me once. I was on an outside balcony at work, 9 floors above street level. There were some flower planters near the railing. A hummingbird came straight up about 2 feet away from my face and went after the flowers in the planter. It was a fascinating 20 seconds.
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Old April 9 2013, 11:12 PM   #95
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It's funny how small snapshots of life remain with you forever.
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Old April 9 2013, 11:12 PM   #96
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And our good ole moral Doctor Phlox has no problem with giving detailed medical information about anyone on request!
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Old April 9 2013, 11:13 PM   #97
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Yeah how does he know Hoshi wasn't plotting to kill Reed with one of his allergies?
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Old April 9 2013, 11:37 PM   #98
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That was a big problem, though maybe Phlox later verified the "orders" with Archer.
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Old April 10 2013, 12:06 AM   #99
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Orders from a military superior don't matter. There is a thing called Doctor-patient confidentiality. At least among the ethical doctors... though Dear Doctor already proved that doesn't ally to Phlox.
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Old April 10 2013, 12:16 AM   #100
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I'm studying "Dear Doctor" today, preparing for its analysis, and it may be a lengthy one judging from my first notes. Phlox obviously doesn't follow all aspects of the Hippocratic Oath.
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Old April 11 2013, 02:02 AM   #101
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1:13 - Dear Doctor

TV Blurb: Cutler makes a suggestion, T'Pol gets on her back, and Phlox faces a decision.

Archer orders Phlox to find a cure for a disease killing an alien race, but the situation becomes more complex than anyone realizes. Wriiten by Maria Jacquemetton & Andre Jacquemetton. Directed by James A. Contner.

Although I try to avoid major spoilers when writing these essays, it may be unavoidable here. I know the episode ranks at the top of people's Shitlist. There are no fantastic special effects or action scenes, but it's an interesting study of the creature named Phlox.

We see Phlox at the beginning of his morning routine upon entering Sickbay, feeding the specimens. Phlox dictates a letter in voice-over throughout the episode, similar to TNG's "Data's Day".

When Cutler starts getting friendly, Phlox seeks advice on how to proceed from others. There's a very nice scene with Phlox and Hoshi discussing his problem during a Denobulan language lesson.

Eventually the Alien Of The Week shows up, his race is dying of a disease, and Archer tells Phlox to find a cure. What he eventually finds puts him in conflict with Archer. John Billingsley was apparently disappointed with the final episode's resolution, preferring one that had been in an earlier draft of the script.

We learn a lot of things about Phlox in this episode. He's impressed with humans' desire to help others. He's not always comfortable being around Vulcans. Phlox's personality in some ways reminds me of the stock sci-fi character of an eccentric professor. Depending on his moral compass, the eccentric professor could easily become a mad scientist.

Archer has a separate decision to make, similar to whether you should give your car keys to a guy you just met, who's never even been in a car before, and wants to drive downtown in your Porsche.

When the secret of the alien society was revealed, I saw comparisons to TOS' "The Cloud Minders". It also reminded me of reasoning used during America's 19th century antebellum era. The episode's final fade-out bookends the teaser's opening.

Next: "Sleeping Dogs"
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Old April 11 2013, 02:08 AM   #102
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I have a pet hate for this episode because two people I know gave up ENT in absolute disgust because of the decision made in it.
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Old April 11 2013, 02:32 AM   #103
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So is the problem people have with the episode Phlox's decision, or Archer's solution?
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Old April 11 2013, 03:18 AM   #104
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I just don't think this episode is that bad, lol, maybe I'm not going to get along here afterall! It's been a while since I've seen it; perhaps another viewing is in order.
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Old April 11 2013, 03:25 AM   #105
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Yeah... Phlox basically proves he's morally bankrupt by condoning genocide in this episode and Archer seems more bothered that he got involved with their problem than the moral implications they're facing.
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