Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 3 Episode 10


Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2003 on UPN
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Episode Summary

Trip is injured during an attempt to improve the warp engines. Archer allows Phlox to create a symbiote of Trip, which will only live for fifteen days and provide neural tissue needed for a vital transplant.

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  • I struggled very hard not to cry but in the end I somehow held them back...

    I am a guy but this episode had so much feeling that I felt like a hormonal chick at the end of a sad chick flick. Had I not been in a room with people when I saw this I would have ran out of kleenex. The concept was incredibly sad yet was a story of true loyalty. This may be the best episode I have seen yet but I don't think I could watch it again. It was so intense it was actually hard for me to watch.moreless
  • Tear Jerker... One of the best episodes I think. Great character build and never a better way to make you think.

    Tear Jerker... One of the best episodes I think. Great character build and never a better way to make you think.

    Not to spoil the show, but this was by far one of the best. It was original and set a standard that should be followed my other SciFi Shows. I am in Awe of the performace of T'pol and Trip. Both played their parts with sharp precision.

    Tear Jerker... One of the best episodes I think. Great character build and never a better way to make you think.

    Tear Jerker... One of the best episodes I think. Great character build and never a better way to make you think.moreless
  • Another awesome Trek episode.

    This episode was one of Enterprise's best. Not only did it have a dramatic and convincing storyline, but it tackled one of today's ethical issues: cloning. Was it right to make a clone of Trip, let him live, then kill him to save the original Trip? Star Trek did an exceptional job at tackling this fragile issue. It showed the complex emotions surrounding the decision, like Archer's anger at saving Trip no matter what. The crew's emotional attachment to Sim, especially T'Pol's. What I think the best thing for this episode was, was that they showed that while Sim was against giving up his life for Trip's, it was his decision in the end, and Sim knew that he wouldn't live much longer. Its just the way they portrayed such an issue relevant to today's society. It was done brilliantly.moreless
  • The Single Best Episode in the Series! This is why I watch Star Trek More than any other it demonstrated what Star Trek is. In the best tradition of Star Trek, they took an issue, and they ran with it morally further than anyone wanted to hemoreless

    The Single Best Episode in the Series!

    I know that, that might be a bold claim, but this episode more than any other in the series demonstrated what is best about Star Trek. On top of the post 9/11 moral questions that were so important to season three, this episode, dealt with the moral implications of a current ethical dilemma, cloning and it's uses (including the possibility of organ harvesting). It did this, in the best tradition of Star Trek, by taking the issue, examining the basic moral implications thoroughly, and then running with it much further than anyone else wanted to hear, and really left us with solid questions about life in general and (even though we're nowhere close to advance in the field) really made us think about what the decision to clone a person could mean. Everything they did, from the necessity of healing trip, to the genetic memory and growth acceleration of the clone, as well as the relationship with T'Pol, serves to really make us feel for the implications of the issue. I know that enterprise might've been the worst of all the Star Trek shows, but this one episode redeems it in so many ways (as does the fourth season, as long as we forget about the series finale).moreless
  • I loved it! (spoilers!)

    A great episode, Star Trek drama at its best.

    The episode was full of morals such as; what's right and what's wrong, a person's reason for being. How Archer was born to Captain Enterprise and Sim was born to save Trip.

    It was so sad, Sim trying to figure out if all the memories and emotions were his or Trip's....I swear i cried for half the episode. I hope to see more episodes like this (not the whole Trip nearly died thing, but the qualilty of the story, but my opinion is a bit bias considering i am a Trip fan).moreless
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

Shane Sweet

Shane Sweet

Sim-Trip (Age 17)

Guest Star

Adam Taylor Gordon

Adam Taylor Gordon

Sim-Trip (Age 8)

Guest Star

Maximillian Orion Kesmodel

Maximillian Orion Kesmodel

Sim-Trip (Age 4)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: It seems odd that for a ship that was running low on just about every supply and material, that Enterprise had a torpedo to spare to be Sim's coffin.

    • Trivia: Archer's model starship he plays with as a boy in "Broken Bow" reappears in this episode.

    • Trivia: Sim tells Archer that he can't think of anything worse than spending his last days in the shuttlepod, and then corrects himself, saying that it would be worse to be trapped inside with Malcolm. This, of course, is a reference to season one's "Shuttlepod One", in which Malcolm and Trip, fearing that Enteprise has been destroyed, are trapped together aboard a shuttlepod for several days.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sim: It's not that I'm scared of dyin', It's just that, I can't imagine not bein' here tomorrow.
      (Sim goes to leave, but turns and stops)
      Sim: Ya wanna know what really stopped me? (from leaving on the shuttlepod)
      Archer: What?
      Sim: My sister... And she was my sister as much as Trip's.
      Archer: I believe that.
      Sim: I don't want what happened to her to happen to anyone else.
      Archer: That's why I gave the order to create you.
      Sim: Do me a favor when this is over. If Commander Tucker decides to do any more modifications to the engines, tell him to watch his ass.

    • Archer: 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?
      Archer: Even if it means killing you.
      Sim: You're not a murderer.
      Archer: Don't make me one.

    • T'Pol: Symbiots are living, conscious entities. We'll be growing a sentient being for the sole purpose of harvesting tissue.
      Archer: I'm aware of the ethical implications. If we weren't in the Expanse, maybe my decision would be different, but... we've got to complete this mission. Earth needs Enterprise. Enterprise needs Trip. It's as simple as that.

    • Archer: The most difficult test facing any captain, any crew, is the loss of a shipmate. We've come here to honor one of our own. In the time we knew him, he showed us just how much one life can truly matter. We will never forget what he did for us and for the ship he loved so much. We will go forward with renewed determination to complete this mission, so that his sacrifice won't just have been for the people on this ship, but for all the citizens of Earth.

    • Sim: You said to me once that commanding a starship is what you were meant to do. I guess this is what I was meant to do. Good luck, Captain.

    • Sim: I'm sorry I doubted you, Doc.
      Phlox: No need to apologize.
      Sim: Yes, there is. You see I don't just remember Trip's childhood. I remember mine. You made a damned good father.
      Phlox: You were a damned good son.

    • T'Pol: You wish to spend your last hours in engineering?
      Sim: Why not? The two things I care about most are in this room.

  • NOTES (3)


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