Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 4 Episode 10

Daedalus

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 14, 2005 on UPN
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The inventor of the transporter, Emory Erickson, comes aboard Enterprise for a risky experiment.

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  • Great work for a bottle episode. Excellentwell.

    9.0
    Every now and again you have to do a small episode or two, with standing sets and a small guest cast (or not guest cast.) This was just such an episode....but what an episode it was.



    Deceit, intrigue and character development. All wrapped nicely in a potent story about family and trying too hard...or about washing up. What's left after retirement when you've spent your whole life striving to be the best? What happens to your family?



    These are human questions, the questions the Star Trek has always asked. The bonus here is, it's being asked by a major player in the universe as we know it, a man we have never seen or heard of before, but without whom ...well, there would be no transporter.



    Bill Cobbs does an excellent job with the pathos of a larger than life man, making his pain reveal the small man he is inside.



    And of course, the ethical questions of what he does and how far Archer should take things.



    These are all things Star Trek excells at, and this epsiode is certainly no exception. It's a bottle I'm glad to take a drink from.



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Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock

Sub-Commander T'Pol

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Linda Park

Linda Park

Ensign Hoshi Sato

Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery

Ensign Travis Mayweather

Bill Cobbs

Bill Cobbs

Emory Erickson

Guest Star

Leslie Silva

Leslie Silva

Danica Erickson

Guest Star

Noel Manzano

Noel Manzano

Ensign Burrows

Guest Star

Mark Correy

Mark Correy

Engineer Alex (uncredited)

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Phlox: (to T'Pol) You're reexamining your core beliefs, something most people never do.

    • Emory: Those early days were pretty terrifying. I'm lucky to be alive.
      Trip: Is it true you were the first person to go through?
      Emory: I wasn't about to let anyone else do it.
      Trip: You must have been scared.
      Emory: Terrified. That original transporter took a full minute and a half to cycle through. Felt like a year. You could actually feel yourself being taken apart and put back together. When I materialized, first thing I did was lose my lunch. (Trip laughs) Second thing I did was get stone drunk. Trick I learned from Zefram Cochrane. Now there was a man who knew the benefits of a little "liquid courage."

    • Trip: (Trip and Archer are walking through the ship bound for the transporter) I admit it. I've got a few butterflies. Okay, more than a few.
      Archer: You haven't stopped talking about this for a week.
      Trip: It's different for you. You grew up with the man. When I was seven, my mom bought me a book about him. Emory Erickson: Father of the Transporter. I made her read it to me every night for a month. That book is the reason I became an engineer.
      Archer: Did I ever tell you about meeting Zefram Cochrane?
      Trip: Yeah, only about 50 times.
      Archer: Then you know I understand how you feel. (Trip chuckles as they approach the transporter. A crewman is stationed at the controls. Trip gives the crewman a soft slap on his back. The crewman steps aside. Trip straightens his uniform as he take up his position)
      Archer: You want a mirror?
      Trip: You've got a mean streak in you, you know that? (Archer nods for Trip to activate the transporter. Emory Erikson, wheelchair bound, and his adult daughter, Danica, materialize from the matter stream)
      Emory: Nothing seems to be missing.
      Archer: Hello, Emory.
      Emory: Jonathan, look at you. I always suspected you'd be famous. Just didn't think that you'd be more famous than me! (Archer leans down to receive a hug from Emory)
      Danica: Jon.
      Archer: Good to see you. (gives Danica a friendly kiss and they hug)
      Danica: Oh, we have a lot of catching up to do.
      Emory: Do it later. I want a tour of this place.
      Archer: My Chief Engineer, Commander Charles Tucker.
      Trip: It's an honor.
      Emory: Guess you and I will be spending some time together.
      Trip: I'm looking forward to it.
      Archer: Danica. Trip.
      Emory: I hope you don't mind that I'm borrowing your ship, Captain.
      Archer: As long as you return it in good condition.
      Emory: Don't know if I can promise that. When this test is over, Enterprise and all of Starfleet could be obsolete.
      Archer: Sounds like you're trying to put me out of a job. (Emory laughs as he is pushed down the corridor by his daughter)

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode shares its title with a book based on Star Trek: Enterprise.

    • The title, "Daedalus", from Greek mythology, refers to the Athenian architect, inventor and master-craftsman of the same name. Though Daedalus was renown for many inventions, perhaps his greatest led to his and his son's escape from Crete and the tyrant Minos. This escape of Daedalus and Icarus occurred because Daedalus fashioned a new form of travel, winged flight. However, Icarus, over eager, flew too high, causing the wax, holding the wings together, to melt. Icarus fell into the sea and was lost. An aptly chosen title.

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