Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2, Episode 22

Cogenitor (30 Apr. 2003)
"Enterprise" Cogenitor (original title)

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Episode credited cast:
Vissian Chief Engineer
Vissian Cogenitor
Veylo, Vissian Tactical Officer (as Laura Interval)
Calla, Vissian Engineer's Wife
Stacie Lynn Renna ...
Traistana (as Stacie Renna)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Breezy the Beagle ...


Enterprise encounters a hyper-giant, the first to be studied by humans. While there, they make first contact with the Vissians, a technologically sophisticated race with three genders. While making quick friends and eagerly learning about the advanced technology, Trip gets curious about the Vissians third gender, known as the Cogenitor, who is crucial in the Vissian reproductive process. While intellectually equal to males and females, the Cogentior are not granted the same liberties, such as freedom of travel, education, or even names. Against the wishes of the Vissians, Trip befriends the Cogenitor and encourages it to defy it's cultural boundaries, teaches it to read and shares Earth's movies with it. The Vissians are made aware of Trip's efforts and are insulted. Written by Meribor

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When Commander Tucker is trying to choose a movie to show to the cogenitor, one of the titles in the library is he fictional science fiction movie "The Bride of Chaotica", which is also referenced in an episode of Star Trek Voyager. See more »


Captain Archer orders the chief to prepare something to eat with no idea of what Captain Drennik might want to eat or what he would be offended by if served. See more »


Vissian Captain Drennik: "There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy."
Captain Jonathan Archer: Where'd you hear that?
Vissian Captain Drennik: Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 5. Your communications officer was kind enough to provide us with some of your literature. I assumed you approved.
Captain Jonathan Archer: Absolutely. But I didn't think you'd be quoting it the next day.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Original, Dramatic and Tragic- The Best Episode of the Second Season
23 January 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While preparing the sensors to observe a hyper-giant that will be transformed in a supernova, the Enterprise makes first contact with the amicable and highly developed Vissians. The race of explorers is invited to visit the Enterprise and the crews exchange information about each civilization. Trip is intrigued about the third gender of the Vissians, necessary for their reproductive process, and Dr. Phlox explains that there are many races with more than two genders and T'Pol asks him to not interfere with the Vissian culture. When Trip finds that the Cogenitor, who does not have a name, is illiterate and treated like and object, has the same level of intelligence of the males and females of its race, he decides to secretly encourage it to learn how to read and expand its culture, tragically affecting the relationship between humans and Vissians.

"Cogenitor" is original, dramatic and tragic, and certainly the best episode of the Second Season up to now. The story is important to show that there are different cultures where the concepts of what seems to be right or wrong are different from the standards of others and must be respected, no matter in deep space or on Earth. In Brazil we have a saying that could be translated as follows: "the hell is full of people with good intentions". Trip seems to have learned the lesson through the most difficult way when he sees the consequences of his action. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Cogenitor"

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