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"Terra Prime"
ENT, Episode 4x21
Production number: 097
First aired: 13 May 2005
96th of 97 produced in ENT
96th of 97 released in ENT
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725th of 728 released in all
Verteron array
Teleplay By
Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Manny Coto

Story By
Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and André Bormanis

Directed By
Marvin V. Rush
January 22, 2155
Arc: Terra Prime (episode) (2 of 2)  
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For the ENT episode with a similar title, please see "Terra Nova".

A Human isolationist leader threatens to destroy Starfleet Command unless all aliens leave the Sol system immediately. (Part 2 of 2)


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Carl Sagan Memorial Station

Carl Sagan Memorial Station on Mars

The Enterprise crew hurries to avert disaster. John Frederick Paxton is set to fire at the Starfleet Command complex by using their verteron array. Time is running out. While T'Pol and Trip Tucker are held hostages by Paxton, Paxton shows them the Vulcan-Human hybrid baby. In the meantime, the crew of Enterprise devises a plan to disguise the shuttle in a comet heading toward Mars' North pole. When the crew manages to get on the surface, the Carl Sagan Memorial Station plaque is observed. Tucker has to help Paxton to fix his weapons. When Tucker is caught sabotaging the weapons, Paxton orders him to be put into the detention center, from which he then escapes. When Archer, Reed, Phlox, and Mayweather infiltrate the Orpheus Mining Complex, they find Tucker and team up. They manage to get into the control room, where Josiah tries to prevent Tucker from shutting down the array, shooting him. Josiah is also shot and a firefight ensues between Paxton and Archer. A phase pistol shot misses and hits the window, causing the room to start to depressurize. Reed is hit. While Archer puts his mask on Tucker, Paxton speaks about Henry Archer and tells Captain Archer the reason why he turned against Humanity. He says Henry embraced the Vulcan aliens only because he wanted the warp five engine so badly. The window at this point breaks and Paxton arms the weapon. The beam fires into the Pacific Ocean killing some aquatic life, and not at San Francisco, as a result of Tucker's intervention. Then, after Paxton is arrested, the crew discovers that the shuttle pod was indeed sabotaged, confirming there is a Terra Prime operative on Enterprise. The crew scrambles to protect Nathan Samuels from harm. With the whole ship searching for him, Archer is confronted by the operative, revealed to be Ensign Masaro. He apologizes to his Captain, then puts a phase pistol to his head and pulls the trigger.

Meanwhile, Dr. Phlox scrambles to find a cure for the baby, named Elizabeth (for Tucker's late sister) by T'Pol, who is dying due to defects in the Terra Prime doctors' attempts to reconcile Human and Vulcan DNA. Unfortunately, Phlox is unable to save the girl.

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Archer holds a speech at the founding ceremony of the Coalition of Planets

Later, Tucker arrives in T'Pol's quarters, and Tucker informs T'Pol that the delegates want to attend Elizabeth's memorial. Though they are both still mourning their devastating loss, Tucker tells T'Pol that Phlox has determined that the flaws in the child are due to the cloning process, and that in the future, Humans and Vulcans could indeed have a natural child. In an ironic turn for the woman who refused to shake his hand when they first met, T'Pol takes the sobbing Tucker's hand in hers as they sit together.

Memorable QuotesEdit

"There's nothing normal about it."
"She's not an 'it'!"

- Paxton and Tucker, discussing Elizabeth

"If this coalition of Archer's works, then you'll be busier than ever."
"Quite right. So I suspect this is the last time we'll ever meet."
"Always the optimist."

- Harris and Malcolm

"You can't stop it from firing, I locked it."

- John Frederick Paxton

"She's dying."

- T'Pol

"Terra Prime... forever."

- John Frederick Paxton's final words on screen

"There are protesters chanting outside the Andorian embassy... and they're using words that aren't in the universal translator."

- Ambassador Thoris

"Hello. I'm your mother. You're going to need a name. We'll discuss that with your father."

- T'Pol, to the as yet unnamed baby Elizabeth

"Well, that was fun. Can we do it again?"

- Malcolm Reed, after the shuttlepod follows the comet into the atmosphere

"This is the 32nd planet I've set foot on!"

- Malcolm Reed and Phlox, after getting out of the shuttlepod on Mars' surface

"When you invited me to join this crew, I thought it would be an interesting... diversion, for a few months... some time away from the complications of family - which on Denobula can be extremely complicated. I didn't expect to gain another family... it hurts as if she were my child."

- Dr. Phlox, breaking the bad news about Elizabeth to Archer

"Up until about a hundred years ago, there was one question that burned in every Human, that made us study the stars and dream of traveling to them. Are we alone? Our generation is privileged to know the answer to that question. We are all explorers driven to know what's over the horizon, what's beyond our own shores. And yet the more I've experienced, the more I've learned that no matter how far we travel, or how fast we get there, the most profound discoveries are not necessarily beyond that next star. They're within us, woven into the threads that bind us, all of us, to each other. A final frontier begins in this hall. Let's explore it together."

- Captain Archer

"If a Vulcan and a Human ever decided to have a child, it'd probably be okay. That's sort of comforting."

- Tucker

Background informationEdit

Story and script Edit

  • Manny Coto originally pushed to have the short, gold-skinned species from "Journey to Babel" attend the Coalition of Planets conference, but it proved too expensive. He named the species Ithenite which was mentioned in "Azati Prime" before.
  • Ambassador Thoris was originally intended to be Shran, but the producers decided they wanted him in "These Are the Voyages..." instead. They consequently wrote him out of this episode's script.
  • An original version of the script had T'Pol singing a lullaby in Vulcan to her baby, when she says, "Hello, I am your mother."

Cast and production Edit

Music Edit

Jay Chattaway scoring Terra Prime

Jay Chattaway working on this episode's score

Enterprise (NX-01) score

A commemorative keepsake made from musical phrases in this episode

  • The spotting session for this episode, held to analyze where music would be used, was on 23 March 2005. At the session, the episode's composer, Jay Chattaway, found a rare occurrence in which not everyone agreed on the musical decisions which had to be made. "Interestingly enough, in this show, some people did not want to play Archer's [final] speech with music, nor the last big scene with Trip and T'Pol and the baby," remembered Chattaway. "But I said, 'You know, I hear the music already in my head – I know what it's going to sound like.' That indicates to me that the music belongs there, that it's uniquely inspired by that scene." Chattaway ultimately won those battles. Some of the musical cues he ended up writing for this installment were entitled "Trip Fights Back", "Archer's Speech", and "Grieving". (Star Trek Magazine issue 123, pp. 36 & 32)
  • This episode was the final one for which Jay Chattaway, a veteran Star Trek composer, scored the music. More than three-fourths of the musicians who performed on this episode's score were the same as those on Chattaway's first Star Trek score, for TNG: "Tin Man". Regarding the music for this historic installment, Chattaway reflected, "They [the musicians] actually turned down other work so that they could play it, which was very, very meaningful to me. It was very emotional. It was very hard for me to do the last score. I thought, 'Well, gee, I might not ever write a Captain's Log again.' I wouldn't turn the last cue ['Grieving'] in until I had rewritten it three times. I guess I was just hanging on – I didn't want it to end." On his handwritten score for "Grieving", Chattaway wrote, "Fine!" on 21 April 2005. To commemorate his final orchestration for Star Trek, Chattaway drew – on manuscript paper dated 22 April 2005 – a sketch of the Enterprise NX-01, illustrated entirely out of musical phrases from this episode's score. He created copies of this for all the musicians, producers and engineers he had worked with over the years, the sketch turning out to be an extremely popular keepsake. (Star Trek Magazine issue 123, pp. 35 & 30)

Continuity Edit

  • This is the only episode where Hoshi Sato is seen in command of Enterprise NX-01 during a mission.
  • This is the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise that is actually set in the 22nd century, as the series' finale, "These Are the Voyages...", is set in the year 2370.

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alien; Andorians; Archer, Henry; atmosphere; Berlin; Canberra; Carl Sagan Memorial Station; coffee; colorful metaphor; dome city; drink dispenser; Fleet Operations Center; Gardner, Admiral; gene; Gravity; Green, Phillip; guava; hiccup; hospital; hull plating; inertial damper; inter-species reproduction; ion; Mars; Mars Heritage Site; Mars Historical Preservation Society; Milky Way Galaxy; NASA; news screen; nausea; organic waste bag; oxygen; Pacific Ocean; Rigelian gene therapy; rover; Sagan, Carl; San Francisco Bay; Sojourner; suicide; Taggart's Syndrome; terraforming; Utopia colony; vegetarian; verteron array; Vulcans; World War III; Xindi; Xindi attack

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