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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
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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

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

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

Memorable Quotes

"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


"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


"Ever heard of Judge Crater?"
"Crater?"
"Disappeared in the early 20th century. How about Amelia Earhart?"
"No."
"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


"He speaks in shale."

- Novan, saying "He lies"

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References

Anorthosite; Asteroid; beresium; bio-sign; cancer; Conestoga, SS; Template:ShipType; Judge Crater; cytolitic injection; Denobulan; digger; Earhart, Amelia; Earth; ejecta; feldspar; geology; "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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