Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2, Episode 22

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

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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. ... See full summary »

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Vissian Chief Engineer
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Vissian Cogenitor
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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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The board game that Trip and the cogenitor are playing is in fact a real game. Though never mentioned by name, it is the territory-conquest strategy game "Go" that came out of the Orient in the 4th century B.C. and is still quite popular in many circles today. See more »

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As T'Pol is reprimanding Trip, in a close-up you can clearly see that half of her eyebrow is brown paint rather than hair. Also the color doesn't quite match. See more »

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Captain Jonathan Archer: You knew you had no business interfering with those people. But you just couldn't let it alone. You thought you were doing the right thing. I might agree if this was... Florida, or Singapore. But it's not, is it? We're in deep space, and a person is dead - a person who'd still be alive if we hadn't made first contact.
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Way to totally screw it up, Trip!!!!
29 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When Enterprise is up close examining some cool space phenomenon, they meet up with a new species, the Vissians. These Vissians are very friendly, more advanced and seem like neat new friends. However, one thing about them really intrigued Trip--that they have THREE genders. There are men and women but to actually reproduce, they have a third gender. This is pretty strange but Trip's interest goes much further. He notices that people talk about this third gender more like it's a pet or slave and accord it a much lesser status. These beings are not taught to read or write, have interests of their own and are more like tools than anything else. Trip ascribes human standards to this and sees the third gender as being enslaved and that it is basically unfair. On his own and with no blessing from the Captain, Trip takes it on himself to meet one of these beings and teach it to read and think for itself. Not surprisingly, this ends up causing HUGE problems.

This is a very good episode, as it really pushes the idea that other cultures are not necessarily good or bad--just different and interfering could cause HUGE problems. Very interesting--one of the better episodes.

By the way, my daughter is sitting next to me and going crazy because in the show, they were playing the Chinese game, GO. And, they were playing it all wrong!! She was incensed and I thought this was freaking hilarious! Apparently other fans noticed this as well and their identical rant can be found at http://en.memory- alpha.org/wiki/Cogenitor_%28episode%29


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