Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 3, Episode 10

Similitude (19 Nov. 2003)
"Enterprise" Similitude (original title)

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Archer decides to make a fast-growing clone of Trip to help save his life while Enterprise is stranded in a dangerous field with nucleonic particles.



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Episode credited cast:
Sim Trip at 8
Shane Sweet ...
Sim Trip at 17
Maximillian Kesmodel ...
Sim Trip at 4 (as Maximillian Orion Kesmodel)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Breezy the Beagle ...


Trip is injured and fated to die. Desperate to save him, Phlox and Archer agree to use one of Phlox's alien pets to create a clone of Trip to farm for transplant organs. The clone, named Sim, matures to adulthood in mere days, retaining Trip's memories but developing his own personality. Written by Meribor

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This is the first time the term tricorder has been used to reference any scanning devices used by the crew. Phlox mentions that Sim took apart his medical tricorder out of curiosity. Until now, the devices had been referred to as "scanners." See more »


When discussing the larva, Phlox repeatedly uses the word "larvae" in conjunction with the pronoun "it". "Larvae" is the plural form of the noun. A doctor should know this. See more »


Sim: You wanna know what really stopped me?
Capt. Jonathan Archer: What?
Sim: My sister. And she was my sister as much as Trip's.
Capt. Jonathan Archer: I believe that.
Sim: I don't want what happened to her, to happen to anyone else.
Capt. Jonathan Archer: That's why I gave the order to create you.
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References A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Justifies the entire series
10 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I doubt I'll be awarding many 10s on a 1-10 scale for anything ever.

There was absolutely no flaw in this episode, but that's not enough, it actually went way beyond what could have been a 'good' story and hit the peak with everything working towards a compelling experience with no preaching or lameness, yet demanding consideration.

Enterprise is a sci-fi series. It's also part of the Star Trek universe, obviously. Enterprise is also a story of human exploration, dilemmas, and triumphs.

This particular episode hits every one of those right on the head, it's a true sci-fi story - but not beyond enjoyment by those who might be hesitant to watch hard sci-fi. It's a wonderful addition to the Trek universe, dealing with real issues with the Trek storyline as backdrop, yet accessible even to those who don't follow the various series. And the human element is abundant, every bit of it.

The acting by everyone involved was superb, and the plot excellent. The directing had the perfect balance between the harshness demanded by the story and the subtlety required to cover the intricacies involved.

I wanted to point out some specific scenes, but there were several and I can do this without any spoilers. Suffice it to say the dialog and character interaction varies from chilling to heart-rending - with plenty of subtleties along the way.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this episode to anyone, and if anyone involved ever sees this, congratulations on taking the allotted 40 something minutes and delivering something profound that all by itself justifies the entire Enterprise series and does the genre proud.

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