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"Terra Nova"
ENT, Episode 1x06
Production number: 006
First aired: 24 October 2001
5th of 97 produced in ENT
5th of 97 released in ENT
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633rd of 728 released in all
Teleplay By
Antoinette Stella

Story By
Rick Berman & Brannon Braga

Directed By
LeVar Burton
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For the ENT episode with a similar title, please see "Terra Prime".

Enterprise investigates the mystery of a lost Earth colony whose inhabitants disappeared decades before. But that doesn't mean they left.

Summary Edit

Terra Nova colony, surface profile

A profile of the colony on Terra Nova

The crew of Enterprise is going to investigate what happened to the Terra Nova colony. This was the first extra-solar Earth colony, and they lost all contact after a couple of unfriendly transmissions. When they arrive at the colony, they find no one, only a ghost town. The site also has a low level of radiation that would be harmful to Humans in the long term.

An away team composed of Travis Mayweather, T'Pol, Jonathan Archer, and Malcolm Reed is dispatched. They make an unfriendly first contact with strange Humans, resulting in Lieutenant Reed being taken hostage. Archer and Phlox then return, unarmed, to try to build trust with the residents. The doctor offers to take Nadet to Enterprise to treat her lung cancer.

It turns out that the Novans were opposed to a second convoy of Humans going to live in the home they struggled to build. Following that, relations with Earth degraded and, when an asteroid hit the planet, the colonists erroneously concluded that Earth was taking the colony back by force. The ensuing radiation from the impact left only the children surviving, which led to three generations of hatred for off-worlders and a migration to the "underside," a network of caverns where there was no radiation. With this insight, it becomes clear why the Novans are still suspicious, even when Phlox offers his help.

Phlox later discovers that the water supplies of the underside have recently been poisoned by radiation and that could lead to the colonists' descendants' extinction. T'Pol suggests that the Novans be relocated in caverns in the southern hemisphere where there is no radiation. Jamin's first impression is that Archer has simply found a plan to take their home from them, but he finally agrees to talk to his people about the idea.

When they return to the planet, the rescue of a wounded Novan helps build trust between Nadet's son and the captain. When they finally reach the other Novans, Nadet insists on telling them what awaits them and they finally accept the relocation plan, avoiding extinction.

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Log Entries Edit

  • Captain's starlog, supplemental. Sub-Commander T'Pol has discovered the remnants of an impact crater that could explain the radiation.

Memorable Quotes Edit

"I'm not familiar with the early years of Human space exploration."
"Really? Every school kid on Earth had to learn about the famous Vulcan expeditions."
"Name one."
(after long pause) "History was never my best subject."

- Trip and T'Pol

"Asking favors of the Vulcans usually ends up carrying too high a price."

- Trip, to T'Pol

"My experience with Humans is limited, but I've come to learn that they are quite resourceful."

- T'Pol, to Captain Archer

"I promised my dad I'd see this place someday."

- Mayweather seeing Terra Nova on Enterprise's viewscreen

"If those aliens killed the colonists they could kill Malcolm, too."
"Those weren't aliens. They're Human."

- Mayweather and T'Pol

"I'm leg broke!"

- Akary

"If these are the descendants of the original colonists, they've never seen other Humans before. Maybe, we look as strange to them as they did to us."

- Archer, after realizing who the Novans really were

"How are you holding up?"
"Not badly, all things considered. But I really wouldn't mind getting this bullet out of my leg."

- Archer and Reed

"You Humans tried to gut our go-befores when they lived on the overside. Now you're trying to gut us!"

- Nadet

"Ever heard of Judge Crater?"
"Disappeared in the early 20th century. How about Amelia Earhart?"
"1937. Never found a trace of her. A lot of people spent years – decades – trying to figure out what happened to them. But neither of those mysteries holds a candle to Terra Nova. And we solved it!"

- Mayweather and T'Pol

"Giant rocks falling from the sky, shale! It's all shale! Take us back!"

- Jamin

"He speaks in shale."

- Athan, saying "He lies"

"What the hell do you think this is, a slave ship?"

- Archer to T'Pol

Background Information Edit

Cast and Production Edit

Vince Deadrick, Jr. and Steve Blalock

Stunt Coordinator Vince Deadrick, Jr. with stuntman Steve Blalock, during production on this episode

Trivia and Continuity Edit

Reception Edit

  • In a 2011 interview, Brannon Braga cited this as his least favorite episode from the entirety of Star Trek: Enterprise. "There happens to be an irony there. It was about finding a lost colony of humans, but it was boring and it was unfortunate that it was such an early episode," Braga critiqued. [1] He also described the installment as "terrible" and one of several first-season "mediocre scripts" which were an attempt to "go after something" and which were visually improved to a "great" extent by the cast and production crew. Braga concluded by calling it, "Not a bad concept, but not [...] a good episode." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part III: First Flight", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
  • This episode achieved a Nielsen rating of 5.1 and was watched by a total average of 8.35 million viewers. [2]
  • In Star Trek Magazine's "Ultimate Guide", this episode was rated 1 out of 5 arrowhead insignias. (Star Trek Magazine issue 164, p. 78)
  • The unofficial reference book Beyond the Final Frontier (p. 360) comments about this episode, "The first major misfire of the show, 'Terra Nova' isn't really about anything, and the big revelations are never anything but predictable. Perhaps it's because the 'first human colony' is presented so pessimistically, but the whole episode just feels wrong."

Video and DVD releases Edit

Links and references Edit

Starring Edit

Also Starring Edit

Guest Stars Edit

Co-Stars Edit

Uncredited Co-Stars Edit

Stunt doubles Edit

References Edit

Anorthosite; Asteroid; beresium; bio-sign; cancer; Conestoga, SS; Conestoga-type; Judge Crater; cytolitic injection; Denobulan; digger; Earhart, Amelia; Earth; ejecta; feldspar; geology; Geologic depression; "Great Experiment, The"; Logan, Mark; Luna; lymphatic system; Mars; millirad; Mitchell, Captain; MK-33; MK-34; New Berlin; Novans; phase pistol; radiation; Regolith; shale; Starfleet database; stun grenade; Tracey; Terra Nova; Terra Nova colony; Tucker, Charles I; Utopia Planitia; Vulcans

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