Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 2, Episode 11

Precious Cargo (11 Dec. 2002)
"Enterprise" Precious Cargo (original title)

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While Trip is repairing a stasis pod at a Retellian cargo ship and the woman inside, heir apparent to the throne of Krios, wakes up, the ship makes a hasty departure. Trip must make a plan to escape.



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Dr. Phlox (credit only)
Firek Goff
Firek Plinn


Enterprise answers a distress call of a Retellian cargo ship. The crew, Goff and Plinn, tell they have a problem with a stasis pod that apparently carries a passenger. While both Retellians enjoy Enterprise' facilities, Trip tries to repair the pod which contains a beautiful woman. Then suddenly the woman wakes up. She seems to choke and Trip opens the pod, only to be knocked out by the quickly returned Goff. He escapes with his ship from Enterprise, leaving Plinn behind. The woman introduces herself as Kaitaama, heir apparent to the throne of Krios, and she suspects she's being held for ransom. Trip thinks of a plan to escape. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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[Kaitaama returns from the woods with only two handfuls of twigs]
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: That's the best you could do?
Kaitaama: There's very little dry wood.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Keep looking.
[Kaitaama sits down]
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: What're you waitin' for?
Kaitaama: I'm not your servant. *You*'re the one who was raised in a primitive environment. *You* find the wood.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: What's that supposed to mean?
Kaitaama: You're obviously better suited to physical labor.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: In case you haven't noticed, we're not in a palace. You said it yourself, you won't survive without my help, so it seems to me that ...
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Rather predictable but enjoyable.
27 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In many ways, this episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise" is highly reminiscent of the original "Star Trek" episode "Elaan of Troyius". Considering that this old episode isn't all that good, reworking the story doesn't bode well for "Precious Cargo".

When the show begins, a couple aliens get help with their ship from Enterprise. Oddly, however, these folks don't seem especially friendly and just want to leave as soon as possible with their cargo. And what IS the cargo--a woman in suspended animation who is supposedly being brought to her home world. What the crew doesn't realize is that the lady is actually a queen and she is their prisoner! Trip discovers this--but too late. He and the cargo are kidnapped and taken on a crazy trip--one where they soon went from totally hating each other to being crazy-pants in love...something which is really easy to predict.

Aside from a very humorous interrogation scene, there is so much about this show that is just old and clichéd. See the 'romance' and you'll see what I mean.

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