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Cast & Crew

Director: Roxann Dawson
Written By: John Shiban

Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Gregg Henry as Zho’Kaan
Brad Greenquist as Khata’n Zshaar

Airdate Information

Originally Aired: Jan 8, 2003
Season: Two
Episode: Thirteen
Production: 039

Precious CargoWhat

Trip Tucker is alone on a test mission aboard Shuttlepod One when he is fired
upon by a territorial alien and forced to land on the night side of a moon.
As he tries in vain to contact Enterprise, he discovers his alien foe has also
made an emergency landing nearby, and the two nemeses must contend with each
other as the extremely hot rising sun threatens their survival.


Well, John Shiban is now as guilty as Berman and Braga of the horrible sin
that is plagiarism. It was a little creepy how some of our readers made the
"Enemy Mine" comparisons and were so perfectly on the money.

And here’s a big nit-pick: Sure Trip doesn’t want to leave his buddy behind
and they can’t beam Zho’Kaan up. How about beaming something down to the planet.
Who knows, a tent or tarp for shade, a fan to cool off, or (just maybe) some

High Point

Trip throwing the rock away instead of attacking Zho’Kaan. This show gets too
dialogue heavy and preachy. Sometimes non-verbals are a better (and often more
dramatic) ways of getting your point across.

Low Point

Could this dialogue be any more pointless or predictable:

Zho’Kaan: "When I attacked your ship, I’m glad I didn’t destroy it."
Trip: "That makes two of us."

The scene was meant to be a charming summary of their newfound friendship and
it turned into something silly and trite.

The Scores

Originality: "Zammis!" And that was much more entertaining. 1 out

Effects: Some at the beginning, then…nada. The alien make-up was nice. 4
out of 6.

Story: Zzzzzz. Hmm? Oh yeah. 2 out of 6.

Acting: Trinneer tries to make the most of truly trite, pointless dialogue.
4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Other than dire hope that the episode would get better,
nothing. 2 out of 6.

Production: Oh look, another cave. 3 out of 6.

Overall: Shiban fails us as a writer. The future seems pretty bleak for Trek
fans. 3 out of 6.

Total: 19 out of 42

Episode Media


Next Time on Enterprise (Jan. 15, 2003)

Next Time on EnterpriseA
Night in Sickbay
Originally Aired 10/16/2002 (See
Fiziko’s Review

Archer spends a fretful night in sickbay with Dr. Phlox after Porthos, Archer’s
pet beagle, picks up a deadly virus on an alien planet. Meanwhile, crew members
believe Archer’s increased stress level is due to Porthos’ illness, but Dr.
Phlox suspects it has to do with Archer’s repressed sexual tension and urges
Archer to discuss it with T’Pol.