Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
... Captain Jonathan Archer
... Dr. Phlox
... Sub-Commander T'Pol
... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
... Ensign Travis Mayweather
... Ensign Hoshi Sato
... Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
... Vissian Captain Drennik
... Vissian Chief Engineer
... Vissian Cogenitor
... Veylo, Vissian Tactical Officer (as Laura Interval)
... Calla, Vissian Engineer's Wife
Stacie Lynn Renna ... Traistana (as Stacie Renna)


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 film that Trip showed to the Cogenitor, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), was directed by Robert Wise who also directed Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). 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 »


[In connection with the Vissian cogenitor, Dr. Phlox and Tucker are talking about alien impregnation techniques]
Dr. Phlox: In this case, I imagine the cogenitor provides an enzyme, which facilitates conception.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: What do you mean by 'provides'?
Dr. Phlox: Well, first the female has to...
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: No - no, no, no, don't tell me. I don't think I wanna know.
Dr. Phlox: Oh, well - hm... I have pictures!
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Uh, I think I'll pass.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »


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Way to totally screw it up, Trip!!!!
29 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

When Enterprise is up close examining some cool space phenomenon, they meet up with a new species, the Vissians. These Vissians are very friendly, more advanced and seem like neat new friends. However, one thing about them really intrigued Trip--that they have THREE genders. There are men and women but to actually reproduce, they have a third gender. This is pretty strange but Trip's interest goes much further. He notices that people talk about this third gender more like it's a pet or slave and accord it a much lesser status. These beings are not taught to read or write, have interests of their own and are more like tools than anything else. Trip ascribes human standards to this and sees the third gender as being enslaved and that it is basically unfair. On his own and with no blessing from the Captain, Trip takes it on himself to meet one of these beings and teach it to read and think for itself. Not surprisingly, this ends up causing HUGE problems.

This is a very good episode, as it really pushes the idea that other cultures are not necessarily good or bad--just different and interfering could cause HUGE problems. Very interesting--one of the better episodes.

By the way, my daughter is sitting next to me and going crazy because in the show, they were playing the Chinese game, GO. And, they were playing it all wrong!! She was incensed and I thought this was freaking hilarious! Apparently other fans noticed this as well and their identical rant can be found at http://en.memory-

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