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Vissian Chief Engineer
Vissian Cogenitor
Veylo, Vissian Tactical Officer (as Laura Interval)
Calla, Vissian Engineer's Wife
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Traistana (as Stacie Renna)
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Enterprise encounters a hyper-giant star. 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. Against the wishes of the Vissians, Trip befriends the Cogenitor and encourages it to defy it's cultural boundarries, which the Vissians are made aware of, and are angered by. Written by Meribor

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The Vissian stratopod interior was a reuse of the Starfleet inspection pod, which was in turn a reuse of the Phoenix cockpit from Star Trek: First Contact (1996). See more »


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 »


Captain Jonathan Archer: If you can't get over a wave, you gotta dive through it.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Archer is sanctimonious
5 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

It took me awhile, but I finally warmed up to Enterprise. My least favorite character was Capt. Archer. He struck me as exceedingly arrogant and narcissistic. This episode epitomizes that perception. At the end of the episode when Captain Archer is berating Commander Tucker, Tucker tells the Capt that he was just doing what the Captain would have done, and that is absolutely true. The Captain replies "If that's true, then I've done a pretty lousy job setting an example around here", also absolutely true.

Let's recount some examples of Archer's escapades:

Archer get's involved in "championing" the rights of the downtrodden in "Detained" (Season 1 Episode 20). He decides he "must" free the captive Suliban, even though he and Mayweather were going to be released.

Season 1 Episode 6, The Andorian Incident, he decides to go against the wishes of the Vulcans at the P'Jem sanctuary. Why? It is their facility; they have been through raids by the Andorians before; the Vulcans want to let the Andorians look until they're satisfied and leave. Archer won't respect the wishes of the Vulcans and his interference results in the destruction of the sanctuary.

Season 1 Episode 16, Fusion, Archer "orders"/strongly "suggests" T'Pol to spend time with the visiting Vulcans, even though she is clearly uneasy at the thought. The result, she is assaulted by one of the Vulcans and develops Pinar Syndrome.

Season 1, Episode 17, Rogue Planet, Archer interferes on behalf of the downtrodden creatures that are being hunted. He interferes in the culture, on a "first contact" mission, by providing a masking agent so the creatures can evade the hunters.

Season 2, Episode 6, Marauders, Archer interferes on behalf of the downtrodden because he's never liked "bullies".

Season 2, Episode 21, Breach, Archer orders Doctor Phlox to perform medical treatment on a patient, against the patient's wishes. He says "On Earth, we don't let people die when we could save them." Really? I thought, even on Earth, a doctor must receive patient consent.

I'm not saying I agree or disagree with the actions taken by Archer or Tucker, just that, throughout this series, Archer will take certain actions, the consequences be damned, but chastise others for doing the same type thing. Like I said, overall I like the series, but I never learned to like Captain Archer.

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