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Similitude

Cast & Crew

Director: LeVar Burton
Written By: Manny Coto

Starring
Scott Bakula as Captain
Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Chief
Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as Sub-commander
T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Lt.
Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery
as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi
Sato
John Billingsley
as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Shane Sweet as Sim-Trip (Age 17)
Adam Taylor Gordon as Sim-Trip (Age 8)
Maximillian Orion Kesmodel as Sim-Trip (Age 4)

Episode Information

Originally Aired: November 19, 2003
Season: Three
Episode: Ten
Production: 062

What Happened

After an accident in Engineering leaves Trip mortally injured, Dr. Phlox attempts to save the chief engineer by creating a “mimetic simbiot” — a clone — of him to harvest neural tissue from it. In its very short lifespan, the simbiot grows rapidly from baby to adult, and surprises the crew with detailed memories of the real Trip’s life. Meanwhile, the accident has left Enterprise disabled and adrift inside a destructive space cloud, so the crew attempts to free the ship before they are stranded forever. [Video Preview]

Review

Vacation’s over. Next week B&B return as writers for Enterprise. On the upside, it’s only for one episode. In the meantime, we have this little gem of an episode. Pulling in topical bits from the science community, Manny Coto creates an iteresting piece with some great dialogue and a plot that you actually care about. All while maintaining (if not enhancing) the overall pacing and tension of the story arc.

High Point

The “Don’t Make Me a Murderer” scene. Nice change of pace from the normally bland acting and dialog.

Low Point

I’m having a hard time buying jets of flame shooting from a warp core. Is it just me?

The Scores

Originality: The topic’s been bandied about in science ethics forums, but I don’t know if Sci-Fi’s taken a stab at this one. 5 out of 6.

Effects: Overburns and particulate build-up. I mean, what’s not to like? 5 out of 6.

Story: Topic bits and interesting twists. A far-above-average for this show. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Nice acting. Seems like everyone wanted to bring this one to life. 4 out of 6.

Emotional Response: It manages to wrap you up into the ethical concerns and not dismiss them as just a subplot. 5 out of 6.

Production: Nothing standout, it’s all sets we’ve used before. And while the flames had no scientific rationale, they did look cool. 5 out of 6

Overall: Really underscores Archer’s determination and delivers an interesting story. And we’ll need to enjoy it while we can. Next week, Berman and Braga return as writers. 5 out of 6.

Total: 33 out of 42

Episode Media

From StarTrek.com

Next Time on Enterprise (November 26, 2003)

Carpenter Street

Ex-crewman Daniels, a temporal agent from the future, appears on Enterprise and sends Archer and T’Pol back in time to 2004 Earth, to learn why three Xindi-Reptilians have been detected in the timeline where they’re not supposed to be. Using 22nd-century technology, Archer and T’Pol scour Detroit, Michigan, and locate an abandoned factory where the Xindi are developing a biological weapon with the help of a local medical worker. [Video Preview]

Additional Notes and Comments

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