A menage a toi, every time? Hmmm. Sounds like a Starfleet recruitment video to me.
Cast & Crew
Director: LeVar Burton
Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Scott Bakula as Captain
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
Dominic Keating as Lt.
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
as Dr. Phlox
Andreas Katsulas as Vissian Captain
F.J. Rio as Vissian Engineer
Larissa Laskin as Vissian Wife – Calla
Becky Wahlstrom as Cogenitor
Stacie Renna as Traistana
Laura Interval as Vissian Woman #2
Originally Aired: April 30, 2003
While studying a star in the early stages of going supernova, Enterprise encounters a race called the Vissians. The two crews get along famously, until Trip Tucker gets a little too curious about a member of the species’ third gender — a nameless individual called a "cogenitor."
Now this has promise. Sure, the bulk of the episode was predictable, but the twist ending and Archer’s reaction to Trip makes it worthwhile. I’m surprised that B&B had the brains (and the balls) to pull that particular ending off.
Archer’s dressing down of Trip. It’s about time we saw Archer commanding and not coddling. The fact that he even goes so far as to blame himself for setting a bad example goes a long way in repairing some of the damage suffered over the last two seasons.
Reed’s horny girl sub-plot. Was there a point to this? We already had one sub-plot with the two captains.
Originality: A third sex, while inventive, isn’t so original. Especially when the show was really just about a repressed subset of the alien society. 3 out of 6.
Effects: Beautiful (but not really important) effects for the protostar. 5 out of 6.
Story: I really did like the messy ending. Keeps watchers off-balance and eager for more. 4 out of 6.
Acting: Both the regulars and guest cast do a great job. 5 out of 6.
Emotional Response: The surprise ending got me. I totally expected the show to just end (like it does every week) with a silly, pointless bit of Prime Directive morality. Instead, the point of the Prime Directive is hammered home. 5 out of 6.
Production: Hey, no caves, but we did get a crampt alien shuttlepod. 4 out of 6
Overall: Alas, it’s just a throwaway race that we’ll probably never hear from again. We can still hope for more of the same drama next season. 4 out of 6.
Total: 30 out of 42
- Trip is curious about the cogenitor
- Reed chats with one of the Vissian visitors
- Archer gets to know the Vissian captain
- Reed takes aim
Next Time on Enterprise (May 7, 2003)
An arctic research team on Earth discovers debris from an alien vessel, nearly a century old, buried in a glacier along with the bodies of two cybernetically enhanced humanoids. Once those beings are thawed for investigation, they come to life and abduct the scientists and their transport vessel. Enterprise is called to intercept, but Captain Archer and his crew find these cyborgs to be an intractable, insidious enemy. [Video Teaser]
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