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 (imdb@tiele.nl)

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11 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Captain Archer, when offering assistance to the freighter captain, says they "can dock in our launch bay." Unless Archer was referring to some other ship, the freighter that was shown docked with Enterprise in earlier shots is comparable in size to Enterprise itself and would in no way be able to fit inside Enterprise's launch bay, which is sized to fit shuttlepods and other small craft. See more »


[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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Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
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Fairly standard ST:E episode. Decent story and script, but predictable and unchallenging
25 February 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Trip Tucker is the protagonist in this episode and while the episode may have been intended as something of a character study for him, we don't really learn anything new about him through this.

Paadma Lakshi plays the precious cargo - a princess in a stasis pod being transported by pair of questionable individuals. Since she looks more human than the aliens who are transported, it should be no surprise that she is one of the 'good guys'. The aliens are not particularly bright and do not appear to be possessed of completely developed personalities.

Though the script and story are a little better than usual for this series, the plot is almost completely predictable and Ms Lakshi's acting is actually below the franchise standard. Altogether average episode.

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