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"Fight or Flight"

(Star Trek: Enterprise production code 003)
  • written by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
  • directed by Allan Kroeker
  • music by Jay Chattaway
  • 43 minutes
Region 1

Region 2

03: Fight or Flight

At first glance, this mostly looks like a pretty decent episode, though not an outstanding one. However, as season one continues and perspectives shift towards hindsight, this is actually one of the better episodes of the first season. It is focused more on Hoshi than on anyone else, and provides one of the best windows into her character that she will ever get on the show.

Hoshi's language talents are showcased in this episode, and the situation of the day certainly piles on some challenges in that arena. This seemed an interesting thing to do in this episode, but a logical extension of the premise of "Star Trek: Enterprise" could easily dictate most of these same difficulties would arise each time they contact a new species, which would be often since almost everyone was new at this stage. Could the language barrier remain interesting if this challenge was repeated each time? How many more episodes could make use of this? If only a few, was it ever a good idea to start with it? And what kind of cheats might the show pull from its more established future to circumvent this?

Thankfully, the challenge is a success this early in the show, and largely because Hoshi's real challenge here is with her confidence, and with her ability to adjust to the new lifestyle she has opted for on board Enterprise NX-01. There's a nice metaphor in this story with a slug-like specimen picked up from a passing world, now transplanted to an environment that "she" isn't well-suited for. Hoshi finds it easier to talk about the slug's predicament instead of her own, although the mirroring of the two is quite obvious to both the audience and her shipmates. It's a nice device for the episode on its own merits, while also setting off a bit of a red flag on the biological contamination aspects of the Prime Directive, which further highlights the fact that Starfleet hasn't really thought of the Prime Directive yet.

As with "The Galileo Seven" in original Star Trek's first year, our sole Vulcan character becomes the story's only vocal advocate for respectful non-involvement, while everyone else (Earthlings & Phloxling) would rather jump in with both feet. This story has a better sense of knowing where it's going with this issue than "The Galileo Seven", which is to be expected, but it's also interesting to note how much of what will become standard Prime Directive philosophy is here presented to be largely a Vulcan concept. That code of conduct is not, however, complete in being an ideal for Humans. Archer has a nice moment near the end where he remembers to add our code of conduct to the mix, and get a better outcome. Nice.

The story has an action climax that feels a bit imposed onto the story merely to provide energy and excitement. It works in part by also bringing a side-plot with Malcolm Reed to a satisfactory resolution, but what is being sidestepped here are extended negotiations to find solutions that might suit all the parties involved. As it stands, we learn precious little about the tale's true antagonists, who have no voice in this piece at all. And so perhaps Enterprise's actions went a bit too far in this case.

But in the end, this is an interesting story that couldn't really be told quite like this at any other point in Star Trek history, because Trek will move on and develop rather quickly. With such hindsight in mind, the uniqueness of "Fight or Flight" is something to be savoured while it lasts.

Read the next In-depth Analysis Review: "Unexpected"

This story has become available on DVD and Blu-ray in the Enterprise Season One box sets:


DVD Canada


7-disc DVD set

DVD Extras include:

  • Featurette: Creating Enterprise
  • Enterprise Profile: Scott Bakula
  • Cast Impressions: Season One
  • Star Trek Time Travel: temporal cold wars and beyond
  • Enterprise secrets
  • Admiral Forrest takes center stage
  • Outtakes and deleted scenes
  • hidden NX-01 File featurettes
  • Inside Shuttlepod One
  • Pilot story audio commentary by writer/creators
    Brannon Braga and Rick Berman.
  • text commentary for the pilot story "Broken Bow".
  • text commentaries on "The Andorian Incident"
    & "Vox Sola".
Blu-ray U.S.

Blu-ray Canada

Blu-ray U.K.

NEW to Blu-ray for March 2013!

Blu-ray Bonus features include:

  • All extras from the standard DVD set, plus:
  • "In Conversation" featurette w. Berman & Braga
  • "Cast Introduction"
  • "Enterprise: On the Set" featurette
  • "To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise" featurette
  • Pilot story audio commentary by Connor Trinneer (Chief Engineer Trip Tucker), Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed), writer Brannon Braga, director James L. Conway, and FX producer Dan Curry.
  • Audio commentary by Dan Curry and
    writer André Bormanis on "Silent Enemy"
  • Audio commentary by writers Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong on "Shadows of P'Jem"
  • Audio commentary by Braga, Trinneer, Keating, and director David Livingston on "Shuttlepod One".

Review written by Martin Izsak. Comments on this article are welcome. You may contact the author from this page:

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Read the next In-depth Analysis Review: "Unexpected"

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