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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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 episode was directed by LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »

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According to Lt. Reed, the shuttle pod engines are above critical while exerting a force of 2500 kilodynes. Unless there was an unmentioned redefinition of the "dyne", a unit of force in the cgs-system, 2500 kdyn are equivalent to 25 Newton, which is approximately the gravity force of a mass of 2.5 kg on earth - something everybody can exert quite easily using a single finger. See more »

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Sim: So, what're you gonna do? Drag me down to sickbay? Force me onto a bio-bed at gunpoint?
Capt. Jonathan Archer: If you truly have all of Trip's memories... you know the answer to that. I don't have to tell you what's at stake. I must complete this mission; and to do that, I need Trip. Trip! I'll take whatever steps necessary to save him.
Sim: Even if it means killing me?
Capt. Jonathan Archer: Even if it means killing you.
Sim: You're not a murderer.
Capt. Jonathan Archer: Don't make me one.
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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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