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== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
The {{EnterpriseNX}} is studying a [[hypergiant]] [[star]] when it makes contact with a scout ship from another [[species]], the [[Vissian]]s. Vissian [[Captain]] [[Drennik]] offers [[Jonathan Archer]] the use of one of their [[Vissian stratopod|stratopods]] to explore the inner workings of the star, an opportunity Archer gladly accepts, looking forward to improving the already friendly relations with the Vissians.
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=== Teaser ===
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The {{EnterpriseNX}} is excited to be studying a [[hypergiant]] [[star]] when it notices an [[alien]] [[ship]] twenty thousand kilometers closer in to it than they can get. They then make [[first contact]] with the [[Vissian]]s. Their {{dis|captain|rank}}, [[Drennik]], is quite friendly and offers [[Jonathan Archer]] an upgrade to study the star in return for a visit to their ship. Relieving the whole crew, who has by this time had many difficult first contacts, Drennik says meeting other cultures is one of their primary goals. Archer makes a plan for [[dinner]].
   
On ''Enterprise'', [[Malcolm Reed]] makes friends with the Vissian [[tactical officer]] while [[Charles Tucker III|Trip Tucker]] has a conversation with the chief engineer and his wife. Tucker then learns that the Vissians have three sexes: male, female and [[cogenitor]]. Cogenitors, who make up about 3% of the Vissian population, are treated in a very pragmatic way, being shipped from one couple to another to keep the population growing. A side effect is that they are treated like objects, not deserving names nor education.
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=== Act One ===
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Drennik and Archer have dinner in [[Captain's dining room|Archer's dining room]]. Drennik explains his ship is made of [[trinesium]], which is what enables him to be in that far. Further, one of their [[Vissian stratopod|stratopods]] has twice the shielding and can go further. Archer is impressed at the technology, and Drennik invites him to explore the inner workings of the star, an opportunity Archer gladly accepts, looking forward to improving the already friendly relations with the Vissians.
   
Feeling that they are less than [[slave]]s, Tucker makes friends with the Vissian engineer's cogenitor after he learned from [[Phlox]]' analysis that they have the same intellectual potential as the two other sexes. He teaches it how to read and tries to make it understand that it has the same rights as the rest of its species. He then shows it the ''Enterprise'' and is amazed when it beats him at a game of [[Go]], since the engineer has been undefeated for the last two years.
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Meanwhile, in the [[mess hall]], the two crews mingle. {{Trip Tucker}} is treating [[Traistana]] and [[Veylo]] to some [[ice cream]] while [[Malcolm Reed]] has a conversation with the [[Vissian engineer 001|Vissian chief engineer]] and his wife, [[Calla]]. In the interest of mingling, Reed and Tucker swap places. Tucker is happy to meet the engineer and hopes to visit his engineering room. They are sitting with another Vissian, though Tucker is surprised that the Vissian barely responds to his greeting. Calla, oddly, interjects and refers to the Vissian as "it," saying the Vissian does not have a name. Tucker is confused, and Calla simply explains that the Vissian is their [[cogenitor]], apparently helping her and her husband have a [[child]]. Her husband continues the conversation, pointing out he might need an [[inoculation]] since his [[engine room]] emits [[omicron radiation]].
   
From there on, events chain up fast. [[T'Pol]] makes a speech to Tucker about the touchy nature of [[First Contact]]s when she learns that he is not welcomed on the Vissian ship after the time he spent with the cogenitor. Then, the cogenitor asks Captain Archer for [[Political asylum|asylum]], understanding that it will never be able to have a decent life among its own people. In order to not offend the Vissians, Archer refuses.
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Tucker goes to [[Doctor]] [[Phlox]] for the injection and also asks him about these "cogenitors." Phlox isn't surprised, and tells Tucker it's a third [[gender]]. He begins to get excited to go into all the details when Tucker asks a simple question, but then Tucker stops himself, preferring to keep it a mystery. Phlox suggests Tucker keep an open mind, reminding him he's out here to meet other species.
   
Even though the two ships depart with the best wishes and their captains hoping that the incident will not interfere with the relation between [[Earth]] and [[Vissia]], the situation gets a lot less bright when Archer learns that the cogenitor committed [[suicide]], an evident result of the independence it developed out of Tucker's teachings. Calling Tucker to his ready room, Archer severely reprimands him for his interference, as it has not only resulted in the cogenitor's death, but has also denied the Vissian couple the chance to have a child for a long while. Tucker is deeply shocked, as Archer reminds him that despite all his time on ''Enterprise'', he still compares other cultures to Earth standards and interferes without thinking first. Archer is upset that first contact with the Vissians led to this conclusion, and Tucker begins to realize the consequences his actions can cause.
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The next day in the stratopod, Archer is amazed to be so deep inside the star. He's also surprised as Drennik adds a poignant quote from [[William Shakespeare]], having read several pieces of literature the previous night provided by [[Hoshi Sato]]. They notice [[ion|ionized]] [[hydrogen]] that is generating [[Magnetism|magnetic]] currents as they descend into the [[chromosphere]]. Meanwhile, Tucker visits the Vissian ship's engine room. The engineer explains they compress [[antimatter]] before [[deuterium]] is injected into the [[warp core]]; Tucker is impressed that they don't need magnetic confinement of their antimatter stream. During this, he also asks about the cogenitor. The engineer explains that they make up about 3% of the Vissian population and are normally "assigned" to a male-female couple during the procreation process. He says it's the "perfect ratio" for the percentage of cogenitors. The engineer moves on to the [[plasma]] converters, but Tucker continues asking about the cogenitor. He soon learns that they are not treated fairly, with no education provided and serving only one purpose in life. The language the engineer uses suggests it is treated almost like a [[pet]]. He chances the subject by saying that [[plasma converter]] [[polymer]] is composed of over 200 naturally-occurring elements when humans know of only 92, and Tucker says he's keeping an open mind.
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=== Act Two ===
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Archer packs for three days observing the star with the Vissians. [[T'Pol]] is a bit concerned at the lengthy visit, but Archer is too excited to hear her. He wants her to provide more literature recommendations for the Vissians. T'Pol then goes to give Tucker, in [[engineering]], the task of downloading the [[movie]] [[database]] to the Vissians. Tucker asks T'Pol about the cogenitors, concerned about the way they're treated. She knows tri-gender reproduction is not uncommon, but doesn't understand Tucker's concern. He says it's a question of [[Human rights]], prompting T'Pol to remind him they are not [[Human]] and to try to keep his opinions to himself, since Archer wants a good relationship with them.
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Tucker can't let it go, though. He goes to Phlox next and asks if he knows the mental capacity of the cogenitor, wanting to see if it's comparable to the male and female. Phlox didn't do that, since there's no reason to. Tucker suggests he perform the scan himself.
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Meanwhile, Reed continues to talk to Veylo in the mess hall, hoping to change her mind about their "bland" smelling food. They try different [[cheese]]s together. Veylo seems to be taking an interest in Reed, directly feeding him the cheese and sharing the same piece. She asks to visit the [[armory]] later and Reed jokingly but slyly responds with the old [[Earth]] expression: "I'll show you mine if you show me yours."
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On the stratopod, Archer and Drennik trade facts about their history, with Archer hoping that Drennik's people will make an exception to their short-distance traveling customs to visit Earth. They descend into the [[photosphere]]. After a while, Archer asks to take a turn at the [[helm]], and, despite the five [[spatial]] axes, Drennik allows him to [[pilot]]. Archer successfully does so, avoiding a flare that gives off a great deal of magnetic flux.
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On the Vissian ship, Tucker is shown the engine's operations some more, watching as the rotation of the [[quantum inverter]]s triples the anti-matter flux. Tucker also inquires about the engineer's living space, and he invites Tucker to dinner later, jokingly saying they'll try not to prepare anything too pungent. There, he carefully tries their food and learns that the taste isn't as surprising as the smell. For Vissians, the smell is more important. Tucker then asks if the cogenitor would join them, and so Calla goes to get it. Tucker really wants to perform a discreet [[neural scan]], which he does so and brings it to Phlox later. He confirms the cogenitor is just as mentally capable as the male and female. Tucker now has a problem.
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Later, Tucker goes back to the Vissian engine room and, under the pretense of getting some food in their mess hall, visits the cogenitor and hands it a [[PADD]], explaining it'll teach it how to read.
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=== Act Three ===
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Tucker sits the cogenitor down and teaches it how to use the PADD to read. Hesitating, the cogenitor warns Tucker he shouldn't even be there and that he doesn't understand. Tucker tries to make the cogenitor understand that it is just as smart as the males and females and is just as important in the reproductive process, yet has no rights and doesn't get to raise the child. Convinced, it takes the PADD and starts to use it, and smiles for the first time. Tucker goes back the next day, and, surprisingly, the cogenitor has a great reading proficiency and expresses interest in visiting the [[ocean]]s and [[mountain]]s in the text. Tucker is relieved, and leaves to go back to engineering, as he was under the pretense of being somewhere else. As he leaves, the cogenitor claims its name, [[Charles]], after Tucker.
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Archer continues to have fun piloting the stratopod under Drennik's direction while he monitors the measurements taken. If they come ten thousand meters closer to the star, a particle count of the photosphere can be collected. Soon, they come across another flare and Drennik instructs Archer to avoid it. He tries a couple maneuvers, like going 40 degrees to port, but realizes he can't avoid it. To Drennik's surprise, he decides to head right through it, comparing it to a wave in the ocean. Archer gives back the controls, since he obviously made a move Drennik wouldn't have.
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Meanwhile, Reed continues to interact with Veylo in the armory. While the Vissians have a bit more advanced weapons overall, they power their hand weapons the same way. Soon, in a more secluded section, Veylo directly states her intention to spend intimate time with Reed. Awkwardly, he states the custom of having dinner first, but apparently, on [[Vissia]], it's the opposite.
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Later, Tucker brings an excited Charles to the ''Enterprise''. While avoiding the other Vissians, Charles is shown the [[transporter]], engineering and a movie, ''[[The Day the Earth Stood Still]]'', in Tucker's [[quarters]]. They then talk about the movie (and a bit of [[Human history]]) over a game of [[Go]]. Surprisingly, Charles beats Tucker &ndash; he's been undefeated for the last two years.
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Tucker's actions catch up to him and T'Pol is informed that Tucker is not welcome on the Vissian ship anymore. She confronts Tucker in the [[situation room]], forcing him to describe what they've been doing and pointing out that Charles' education is not his business. Furthermore, he's undermining Archer's desire to have a successful first contact. Tucker objects to Charles' treatment and to T'Pol's priorities.
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While in engineering, Tucker sees that Charles has sneaked back onto the ''Enterprise'', explaining that Calla and her husband won't help it read, visit or explore. Tucker says they will, given time, but Charles instead asks to stay on ''Enterprise''.
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=== Act Four ===
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Archer and Drennik wrap up their journey and finally get back to their ships. Archer soon learns about the situation and has a talk one-on-one with Tucker. Tucker insists he did what Archer would do, but Archer dismisses that wholeheartedly, as encouraging Charles like he did is defying their culture. It's lot different than sending them books, which is, by the way, something the Vissians ''asked'' for. Archer now has to clean this up. He goes to Charles and explains it's not their place to decide what is within Charles' rights in Vissian culture. Charles then asks for [[Political asylum|asylum]], understanding that it will never be able to have a decent life among its own people.
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Archer now has to have a talk with Drennik, the engineer and Calla. Drennik states their quick friendship and the hope that the situation can be resolved peacefully. Archer's position, however, is that the asylum must be given serious consideration, especially when the individual views its treatment to be unfair. The engineer objects to the whole situation, and Calla says that they are also being treated unfairly. Archer objects to the way they talk about Charles, but receives objection to his characterization of their culture. Drennik allows Archer time to make a decision, and, later, Archer decides he can't grant asylum.
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Even though the two ships depart with the best wishes and their captains hoping that the incident will not interfere with the relation between Earth and Vissia, the situation gets a lot less bright when Archer learns that Charles committed [[suicide]], an evident result of the independence developed out of Tucker's teachings. Calling Tucker to his ready room, Archer severely reprimands him for his interference, as it has not only resulted in Charles's death, but has also denied the Vissian couple the chance to have a child for a long while. Tucker is deeply shocked and admits it's his fault, but Archer continues, reminding him that despite all his time on ''Enterprise'', he still compares other cultures to Earth standards and interferes without thinking first. Archer is upset that first contact with the Vissians led to this conclusion, and Tucker begins to realize the consequences his actions can cause.
   
 
== Memorable quotes ==
 
== Memorable quotes ==
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"''We're out here to meet new species, not tell them what to do!''"
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"''I did exactly what you'd do, Captain. It's not like I had much choice. I wasn't going to just—''"<br />
:- '''Archer''', to Tucker
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"''Will you excuse us, Sub-commander?''"<br />
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(T'Pol leaves Archer's ready room.)<br />
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"''I might have expected something like this from a first year recruit, but not you. You did exactly what I'd do? If that's true then I've done a pretty lousy job setting an example around here. You're a senior officer on this ship, you're privy to the moral challenges I've had to face. You ''know'' I've wrestled with the fine line between doing what ''I'' think is right and interfering with other species. So don't tell me you know what I would've done when ''I'' don't even know what I would've done.''"
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:- '''Archer''' and '''Tucker'''
   
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"''I was just told that the Vissian cogenitor died.''"<br />
"''I might have expected something like this from a first year recruit, but not you. You did exactly what I'd do? If that's true then I've done a pretty lousy job setting an example around here. You're a senior officer on this ship, you're privy to the moral challenges I've had to face. You ''know'' I've wrestled with the fine line between doing what ''I'' think is right and interfering with other species. So don't tell me you know what I would've done when ''I'' don't even know what I would've done''."
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"''What? How?''"<br />
:- '''Archer''', to Tucker
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"''Suicide, Trip. She killed herself.''"<br />
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"''That can't be. Why?'' (Pause) ''It's my fault. I'm responsible.''"<br />
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"''You're damn right you are. And it's not just her. There's a child who won't be conceived because of this, at least not for a long while. It's time you learned to weigh the possible repercussions of your actions. You've always been impulsive. Maybe this will teach you a lesson.''"<br />
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"''I understand.''"<br />
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"''Do you? I'm not so sure you do. You knew you had no business interfering with those people, but you just couldn't let it alone. You thought you were doing the right thing. I might agree if this was Florida, or Singapore, but it's not, is it? We're in deep space and a person is dead. A person who'd still be alive if we hadn't made first contact. I guess I haven't been very successful at getting through to you. If I had, you would have thought a lot harder before doing what you did.''"<br />
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"''You're not responsible.''"
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:- '''Archer''' and '''Tucker'''
   
 
== Background information ==
 
== Background information ==
* [[F.J. Rio]] previously played [[Enrique Muniz]] in the ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]'' episodes {{e|Starship Down}}, {{e|Hard Time}}, and {{e|The Ship}}, as well as [[Joleg]] in {{VOY|Repentance}}.
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=== Cast and characters ===
* [[Andreas Katsulas]] played [[Tomalak]] in the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation]]'' episodes {{e|The Enemy}}, {{e|The Defector}}, {{e|Future Imperfect}}, and {{e|All Good Things...}}. This episode marks his final appearance on ''Star Trek'' before his death in 2006.
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* [[F.J. Rio]] previously played [[Enrique Muniz]] in the {{s|DS9}} episodes {{e|Starship Down}}, {{e|Hard Time}}, and {{e|The Ship}}, as well as [[Joleg]] in {{VOY|Repentance}}.
* [[Laura Interval]] previously played [[Erin Hansen]], the mother of [[Seven of Nine]], in the ''[[Star Trek: Voyager|Voyager]]'' two-part episode {{e|Dark Frontier}}, credited in that episode as "Laura Stepp."
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* [[Andreas Katsulas]] played [[Tomalak]] in the {{s|TNG}} episodes {{e|The Enemy}}, {{e|The Defector}}, {{e|Future Imperfect}}, and {{e|All Good Things...}}. This episode marks his final appearance on ''[[Star Trek]]'' before his death in 2006.
* The [[Vissian stratopod]] interior was a reuse of the Starfleet [[inspection pod]], which was in turn a reuse of the ''[[Phoenix]]'' cockpit from {{film|8}}.
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* [[Laura Interval]] previously played [[Erin Hansen]], the mother of [[Seven of Nine]], in the {{s|VOY}} two-part episode {{e|Dark Frontier}}, credited in that episode as "[[Laura Stepp]]."
* This episode contains the second mention of [[photonic weapon]]s (the first being in {{e|Sleeping Dogs}}), a technology employed by the [[Vissian]]s. ''Enterprise'' was equipped with [[photonic torpedo]]es only a few episodes later, in {{e|The Expanse}}, suggesting that the Vissians shared the technology with the ''Enterprise'' crew.
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* The piano music played in his quarters by Tucker for the cogenitor is an excerpt from the first movement of [[Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|Mozart]]'s [[Piano Sonata Number 16|''Sonata in C'', K.545]].
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=== Sets and props ===
* When Tucker chooses a film to show to the cogenitor, the computer shows among the available science fiction films ''[[The Bride of Chaotica]]'', the [[B-movie]] that inspires [[Tom Paris]] (from {{USS|Voyager}}) for his [[holographic program|holonovel]] ''[[The Adventures of Captain Proton]]'', especially for the chapter {{e|Bride of Chaotica!}}.
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* The [[Vissian stratopod]] interior was a reuse of the Starfleet [[inspection pod]] first seen in {{e|Broken Bow}}. {{DrexFiles|2009/08/01/vissian-stratopod/#more-16333}}
* Other films on the list include ''[[Dixon Hill]] and the Black Orchid'', a reference to Captain [[Jean-Luc Picard|Picard]]'s favorite gumshoe as well as ''Mister Willis of Ohio'' and ''Celestial Navigation'', the names of episodes of the political drama ''The West Wing''.
 
* The stratopod's ability was later seen in a [[Klingon Bird-of-Prey]], which was viewed withstanding the outer edge of a star's corona. ({{film|4}}; {{TNG|Redemption}}; {{DS9|Once More Unto the Breach}})
 
 
* Several items from this episode were sold off on the [[It's A Wrap! sale and auction]] on eBay, including two [[ice cream]] glasses. {{stala|9349}}
 
* Several items from this episode were sold off on the [[It's A Wrap! sale and auction]] on eBay, including two [[ice cream]] glasses. {{stala|9349}}
* A Federation/Starfleet-built stratopod as Captain [[Drennik]] would have suggested to Captain Archer was not developed until [[2369]], when Dr. [[Beverly Crusher]] used the [[Ferengi]]-invented [[metaphasic shield]]ing technology on a Starfleet [[Shuttlecraft]] to enter the corona of a star. ({{TNG|Suspicions}})
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=== Continuity ===
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* This episode contains the second mention of [[photonic weapon]]s (the first being in {{e|Sleeping Dogs}}, where they were employed by the [[Klingon]]s), a technology employed by the [[Vissian]]s. ''Enterprise'' was equipped with [[photonic torpedo]]es only a few episodes later, in {{e|The Expanse}}, suggesting that the Vissians may have shared the technology with the ''Enterprise'' crew, or that Starfleet had developed the technology, based on the crew's observations of either the Klingons or the Vissians.
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* The piano music played in his quarters by Tucker for the cogenitor is an excerpt from the first movement of [[Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|Mozart]]'s [[Piano Sonata Number 16|''Sonata in C'', K.545]].
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* When Tucker chooses a film to show to the cogenitor, the computer shows among the available science fiction films ''[[The Bride of Chaotica]]'', the [[B-movie]] that inspires [[Tom Paris]] for his [[holographic program|holonovel]] ''[[The Adventures of Captain Proton]]'', especially for the chapter {{e|Bride of Chaotica!}}.
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* Other films on the list include ''[[Dixon Hill]] and the Black Orchid'', a reference to Captain [[Jean-Luc Picard|Picard]]'s favorite gumshoe as well as ''[[Mister Willis of Ohio]]'' and ''[[Celestial Navigation]]'', the names of episodes of the political drama {{wt|The West Wing}}. ({{ste|4|1|126}})
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* The stratopod's ability was later seen in a [[Klingon Bird-of-Prey]], which was viewed withstanding the outer edge of a star's corona. ({{film|4}}; {{TNG|Redemption II}}; {{DS9|Shadows and Symbols}})
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* A Federation/Starfleet-built stratopod as Captain [[Drennik]] would have suggested to Captain Archer was not developed until [[2369]], when Doctor [[Beverly Crusher]] used the [[Ferengi]]-invented [[metaphasic shield]]ing technology on a Starfleet [[shuttlecraft]] to enter the corona of a star in {{TNG|Suspicions}}.
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=== Reception and aftermath ===
 
* The book ''[[Star Trek 101]]'', by [[Terry J. Erdmann]] and [[Paula M. Block]], lists this episode as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" from ''Star Trek: Enterprise''.
 
* The book ''[[Star Trek 101]]'', by [[Terry J. Erdmann]] and [[Paula M. Block]], lists this episode as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" from ''Star Trek: Enterprise''.
* [[Manny Coto]] cited this as one of two episodes, from the first two seasons of ''Star Trek: Enterprise'', that he "especially enjoyed" (the other such episode being {{e|Regeneration}}). (''[[Star Trek Magazine issue 118]]'', p. 25)
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* [[Manny Coto]] cited this as one of two episodes, from the first two seasons of ''Star Trek: Enterprise'', that he "especially enjoyed" (the other such episode being {{e|Regeneration}}). ({{STM|118|25}})
* The game of Go played by Tucker and the cogenitor sadly doesn't make a lot of sense, particularly given that Tucker is supposed to be an experienced player. In particular, the "winning move" depicts the cogenitor actually losing a point by playing inside his/her own territory.
 
   
 
== Links and references ==
 
== Links and references ==
 
=== Starring ===
 
=== Starring ===
*[[Scott Bakula]] as [[Captain]] [[Jonathan Archer]]
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* [[Scott Bakula]] as {{dis|Captain|rank}} [[Jonathan Archer]]
*[[John Billingsley]] as [[Doctor]] [[Phlox]]
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* [[John Billingsley]] as [[Doctor]] [[Phlox]]
*[[Jolene Blalock]] as [[Sub-Commander]] [[T'Pol]]
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* [[Jolene Blalock]] as [[Sub-Commander]] [[T'Pol]]
*[[Dominic Keating]] as [[Lieutenant]] [[Malcolm Reed]]
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* [[Dominic Keating]] as [[Lieutenant]] [[Malcolm Reed]]
*[[Anthony Montgomery]] as [[Ensign]] [[Travis Mayweather]]
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* [[Anthony Montgomery]] as [[Ensign]] [[Travis Mayweather]]
*[[Linda Park]] as [[Ensign]] [[Hoshi Sato]]
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* [[Linda Park]] as [[Ensign]] [[Hoshi Sato]]
*[[Connor Trinneer]] as [[Commander]] [[Charles Tucker III|Charles "Trip" Tucker III]]
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* [[Connor Trinneer]] as [[Commander]] [[Charles Tucker III]]
   
 
=== Guest stars ===
 
=== Guest stars ===
*[[Andreas Katsulas]] as [[Vissian]] Captain [[Drennik]]
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* [[Andreas Katsulas]] as [[Drennik]]
*[[F.J. Rio]] as the [[Vissian]] [[Unnamed Vissians#Chief Engineer|chief engineer]]
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* [[F.J. Rio]] as [[Vissian engineer 001|Vissian chief engineer]]
*[[Becky Wahlstrom]] as the [[Charles|cogenitor]]
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* [[Becky Wahlstrom]] as [[Charles|Cogenitor]]
*[[Laura Interval]] as [[Tactical Officer]] [[Veylo]]
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* [[Laura Interval]] as [[Veylo]]
*[[Larissa Laskin]] as [[Calla]]
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* [[Larissa Laskin]] as [[Calla]]
   
 
=== Co-star ===
 
=== Co-star ===
*[[Stacie Renna]] as [[Traistana]]
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* [[Stacie Renna]] as [[Traistana]]
   
 
=== Uncredited co-stars ===
 
=== Uncredited co-stars ===
* [[Adam Anello]] as an [[EnterpriseNX operations engineer 007|operations division crewman]]
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* [[Adam Anello]] as [[EnterpriseNX operations engineer 007|operations division crewman]]
* [[Jef Ayres]] as [[Crewman]] [[Haynem]]
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* [[Jef Ayres]] as [[Haynem]]
* [[Joshua Brown]] as a [[Unnamed Vissians#Crewmembers|Vissian crewman]]
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* [[J.J. Bennett]] as [[EnterpriseNX operations crewman 020|operations division crewman]]
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* [[Breezy]] as [[Porthos]]
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* [[Joshua Brown]] as [[Vissian crewmembers 001|Vissian crewmember]]
 
* [[Solomon Burke, Jr.]] as {{dis|Billy|Starfleet}}
 
* [[Solomon Burke, Jr.]] as {{dis|Billy|Starfleet}}
* [[Donna Burns]] as a [[Unnamed Vissians#Crewmembers|Vissian crewman]]
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* [[Donna Burns]] as [[Vissian crewmembers 001|Vissian crewmember]]
 
* [[Mark Correy]] as [[Alex]]
 
* [[Mark Correy]] as [[Alex]]
* [[Nikki Flux]] as a [[EnterpriseNX command crewman 003|command division crewman]]
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* [[Nikki Flux]] as [[EnterpriseNX command crewman 003|command division crewman]]
* [[Hilde Garcia]] as [[Crewman]] [[Rossi]]
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* [[Hilde Garcia]] as [[Rossi]]
* [[Glen Hambly]] as a [[EnterpriseNX operations ensign 004|operations division ensign]]
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* [[Glen Hambly]] as [[EnterpriseNX operations ensign 004|operations division ensign]]
* [[Scott Hill]] as [[Ensign]] [[Hutchison]]
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* [[Scott Hill]] as [[Hutchison]]
* [[Aldric Horton]] as an [[EnterpriseNX operations security 002|operations division crewman]]
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* [[Aldric Horton]] as [[EnterpriseNX operations security 002|operations division crewman]]
* [[Yoshi Jenkins]] as a [[Unnamed Vissians#Crewmembers|Vissian crewman]]
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* [[Yoshi Jenkins]] as [[Vissian crewmembers 001|Vissian crewmember]]
* [[John Jurgens]] as a [[EnterpriseNX command operations crewman 001|command division crewman]]
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* [[Roy Joaquin]] as [[EnterpriseNX sciences operations crewman 001|sciences division crewman]]
* [[Aouri Makhlouf]] as a [[EnterpriseNX sciences medical officer 003|medical crewman]]
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* [[John Jurgens]] as [[EnterpriseNX command operations crewman 001|command division crewman]]
* [[Marnie Martin]] as an [[EnterpriseNX operations crewman 015|operations division crewman]]
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* [[Aouri Makhlouf]] as [[EnterpriseNX sciences medical officer 003|sciences division crewman]]
* [[Michael McAdam]] as a [[EnterpriseNX command crewman 006|command division crewman]]
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* [[Marnie Martin]] as [[EnterpriseNX operations crewman 015|operations division crewman]]
* [[Marlene Mogavero]] as an [[EnterpriseNX operations engineer 009|operations division crewman]]
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* [[Michael McAdam]] as [[EnterpriseNX command crewman 006|command division crewman]]
* [[Bobby Pappas]] as an [[EnterpriseNX operations engineer 001|operations division crewman]]
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* [[Marlene Mogavero]] as [[EnterpriseNX operations engineer 009|operations division crewman]]
* [[Nelson Rose]] as a [[Unnamed Vissians#Crewmembers|Vissian crewman]]
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* [[Bobby Pappas]] as [[EnterpriseNX operations engineer 001|operations division crewman]]
* [[Jan Shiva]] as a [[EnterpriseNX sciences crewman 003|science division crewman]]
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* [[Nelson Rose]] as [[Vissian crewmembers 001|Vissian crewmember]]
* [[Jeff Welsh]] as a [[Unnamed Vissians#Crewmembers|Vissian crewman]]
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* [[Jan Shiva]] as [[EnterpriseNX sciences crewman 003|sciences division crewman]]
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* [[Jeff Welsh]] as [[Vissian crewmembers 001|Vissian crewmember]]
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* [[Sylva Wilson-Cox]] as [[Vissian crewmembers 001|Vissian crewmember]]
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* [[Unknown actor]] as [[Computer voice|male reading teach program (voice)]]
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=== Stand-ins ===
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* [[David Anderson]] &ndash; [[stand-in]] for [[Anthony Montgomery]]
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* [[Evan English]] &ndash; stand-in for [[Dominic Keating]]
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* [[Hilde Garcia]] &ndash; stand-in for [[Becky Wahlstrom]]
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* [[J.R. Quinonez]] &ndash; stand-in for [[John Billingsley]]
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* [[Richard Sarstedt]] &ndash; stand-in for [[Scott Bakula]]
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* [[Jessica Vash]] &ndash; stand-in for [[Jolene Blalock]]
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* [[Mark Watson]] &ndash; stand-in for [[Connor Trinneer]]
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* [[Susan Yee]] &ndash; stand-in for [[Linda Park]]
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* [[Unknown performers]] as
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** Stand-in for [[Andreas Katsulas]]
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** Stand-in for [[F.J. Rio]]
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** Stand-in for [[Larissa Laskin]]
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** Stand-in for [[Laura Interval]]
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** Stand-in for [[Stacie Renna]]
   
 
=== References ===
 
=== References ===
[[adventure]]; [[Alsatian munster cheese]]; [[android]]; [[Henry Archer|Archer, Henry]]; [[Robert Michael Ballantyne|Ballantyne, Robery Michael]]; [[body-surfing]]; [[cheese]]; {{dis|Chef|Enterprise NX-01}}; [[cherry]]; [[chromosphere]]; [[cogenitor]]; [[Didiron mountain range]]; [[Earth]]; [[first contact]]; [[Florida]]; [[gigajoule]]; ''[[The Gorilla Hunters|Gorilla Hunters, The]]''; [[Great Continent]]; ''[[Gulliver's Travels]]''; ''[[Hamlet]]''; [[Human rights]]; [[hypergiant]]; [[iceberg]]; [[ice cream]]; [[kilometer]]; [[Klaatu]]; ''[[Macbeth]]''; [[multiphasic emitter]]; [[musical]]; [[navigation sensor]]; [[nucleosynthesis]]; [[Oahu]]; [[Oliver La Farge|La Farge, Oliver]]; [[omicron radiation]]; [[phase cannon]]; [[photosphere]]; ''[[A Pictorial History of the American Indians|Pictorial History of the American Indians, A]]''; ''[[Piano Sonata Number 16|Mozart Piano Sonata Number 16]]''; [[political asylum]]; [[Porthos]]; [[quantum inverter]]; [[sarium]]; [[sex]]; [[William Shakespeare|Shakespeare, William]]; [[Singapore]]; [[Sophocles]]; [[Stilton cheese]]; [[suicide]]; [[sundae]]; [[Jonathan Swift|Swift, Jonathan]]; [[thriller]]; [[trinesium]]; [[Vissia]]; [[Vissia system]]; [[Vissian]]; [[Vissian starship]]; [[Vissian stratopod]]; [[Vulcan]]s; [[warp drive]]; [[western]]
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[[act]]; [[adventure]]; [[Alsatian munster cheese]]; [[android]]; {{revname|Henry|Archer}}; [[armory officer]]; {{revname|Robert Michael|Ballantyne}}; [[bearing]]; {{dis|bit|tack}}; [[body-surfing]]; [[cheese]]; {{dis|Chef|Enterprise NX-01}}; [[cherry]]; [[chromosphere]]; [[circumference]]; [[cogenitor]]; [[cooking]]; [[density]]; [[Didiron mountain range]]; [[Earth]]; [[expression]]; [[first contact]]; [[Florida]]; [[gigajoule]]; ''{{revname|The|Gorilla Hunters}}''; [[Great Continent]]; ''[[Gulliver's Travels]]''; ''[[Hamlet]]''; [[Horror]]; [[hull]]; [[hull temperature]]; [[Human rights]]; [[hypergiant]]; [[iceberg]]; [[ice cream]]; [[inanimate object]]; [[kilometer]]; [[Klaatu]]; [[Knopf]]; {{revname|Larry|LeSueur}}; ''[[Macbeth]]''; {{dis|mass|physics}}; [[meter]]; [[microgravity lab]]; [[multiphasic emitter]]; [[musical]]; [[navigation sensor]]; [[nucleosynthesis]]; [[Oahu]]; {{revname|Oliver La|Farge}}; [[omicron radiation]]; [[particle count]]; [[phase cannon]]; [[photosphere]]; ''{{revname|A|Pictorial History of the American Indians}}''; ''[[Piano Sonata Number 16|Mozart Piano Sonata Number 16]]''; [[political asylum]]; [[Porthos]]; [[positron]]; [[quantum inverter]]; [[reading]]; [[sarium]]; [[schematic]]; [[Science Fiction]]; [[senior officer]]; [[sex]]; {{revname|William|Shakespeare}}; [[Singapore]]; [[Sophocles]]; [[steward]]; [[Stilton cheese]]; [[suicide]]; [[sundae]]; {{revname|Jonathan|Swift}}; [[tactical officer]]; [[temperature]]; [[thriller]]; [[trinesium]]; ''[[Twelve Months That Changed the World]]''; [[Vissia]]; [[Vissia system]]; [[Vissian]]; [[Vissian starship]]; [[Vissian stratopod]]; [[Vulcan]]; [[warp drive]]; [[Western]]
   
===[[Motion picture library]] titles==
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==== Motion picture library titles ====
''[[Animal Control]]'', ''[[Apache Serenade]]'', ''[[Attack of the Martians]]'', ''[[Banned in Phoenix]]'', ''[[Beyond the Rocky Mountains]]'', ''[[The Bride of Chaotica|Bride of Chaotica, The]]'', ''[[Canyon of the Rustler]]'', ''[[Curse of the Buccaneer]]'', ''[[The Day the Earth Stood Still|Day the Earth Stood Still, The]]'', ''[[Death in Arizona]]'', ''[[Escape from Dodge City]]'', ''[[Celestial Navigation]]'', ''[[Frontier Maverick of the West]]'', ''[[Jailhouse Promise]]'', ''[[Love's Lovely Love]]'', ''[[Montana Ambush]]'', ''[[Sheriff's Revenge]]'', ''[[The Stagecoach of Flame]]'', ''[[Fear Planet]]'', ''[[It Came From Beneath the Refrigerator]]'', ''[[The Man From San Francisco]]'', ''[[Mister Willis of Ohio]]'', ''[[The Planet of the Undead|Planet of the Undead, The]]'', ''[[Strange Case of Mr. Cigars]]'', ''[[Pirates From Hell]]'', ''[[Supernova Dawn]]'', ''[[Dixon Hill and the Black Orchid]]'', ''[[The Underworld Aliens|Underworld Aliens, The]]'', ''[[World Beyond Zero]]''
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'''[[Motion picture library]]''': ''[[Animal Control]]''; ''[[Apache Serenade]]''; ''[[Attack of the Martians]]''; ''[[Banned in Phoenix]]''; ''[[Beyond the Rocky Mountains]]''; ''{{revname|The|Bride of Chaotica}}''; ''[[Canyon of the Rustler]]''; ''[[Celestial Navigation]]''; ''[[Curse of the Buccaneer]]''; ''{{revname|The|Day the Earth Stood Still}}''; ''[[Death in Arizona]]''; ''[[Dixon Hill and the Black Orchid]]''; ''[[Escape from Dodge City]]''; ''[[Fear Planet]]''; ''[[Frontier Maverick of the West]]''; ''[[It Came From Beneath the Refrigerator]]''; ''[[Jailhouse Promise]]''; ''[[Love's Lovely Love]]''; ''{{revname|The|Man From San Francisco}}''; ''[[Mister Willis of Ohio]]''; ''[[Montana Ambush]]''; ''[[Pirates From Hell]]''; ''{{revname|The|Planet of the Undead}}''; ''[[Sheriff's Revenge]]''; ''{{revname|The|Stagecoach of Flame}}''; ''[[Strange Case of Mr. Cigars]]''; ''[[Supernova Dawn]]''; ''{{revname|The|Underworld Aliens}}''; ''[[World Beyond Zero]]''
   
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* {{Startrek.com|cogenitor|"Cogenitor"}}
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* {{wikipedia-quote|Cogenitor}}
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* {{IMDb-ep|tt0572191}}
   
 
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Enterprise encounters the Vissians, a race that includes a third gender of "cogenitors" who are treated as second-class citizens.

Summary

Teaser

The Enterprise NX-01 is excited to be studying a hypergiant star when it notices an alien ship twenty thousand kilometers closer in to it than they can get. They then make first contact with the Vissians. Their captain, Drennik, is quite friendly and offers Jonathan Archer an upgrade to study the star in return for a visit to their ship. Relieving the whole crew, who has by this time had many difficult first contacts, Drennik says meeting other cultures is one of their primary goals. Archer makes a plan for dinner.

Act One

Drennik and Archer have dinner in Archer's dining room. Drennik explains his ship is made of trinesium, which is what enables him to be in that far. Further, one of their stratopods has twice the shielding and can go further. Archer is impressed at the technology, and Drennik invites him to explore the inner workings of the star, an opportunity Archer gladly accepts, looking forward to improving the already friendly relations with the Vissians.

Meanwhile, in the mess hall, the two crews mingle. Trip Tucker is treating Traistana and Veylo to some ice cream while Malcolm Reed has a conversation with the Vissian chief engineer and his wife, Calla. In the interest of mingling, Reed and Tucker swap places. Tucker is happy to meet the engineer and hopes to visit his engineering room. They are sitting with another Vissian, though Tucker is surprised that the Vissian barely responds to his greeting. Calla, oddly, interjects and refers to the Vissian as "it," saying the Vissian does not have a name. Tucker is confused, and Calla simply explains that the Vissian is their cogenitor, apparently helping her and her husband have a child. Her husband continues the conversation, pointing out he might need an inoculation since his engine room emits omicron radiation.

Tucker goes to Doctor Phlox for the injection and also asks him about these "cogenitors." Phlox isn't surprised, and tells Tucker it's a third gender. He begins to get excited to go into all the details when Tucker asks a simple question, but then Tucker stops himself, preferring to keep it a mystery. Phlox suggests Tucker keep an open mind, reminding him he's out here to meet other species.

The next day in the stratopod, Archer is amazed to be so deep inside the star. He's also surprised as Drennik adds a poignant quote from William Shakespeare, having read several pieces of literature the previous night provided by Hoshi Sato. They notice ionized hydrogen that is generating magnetic currents as they descend into the chromosphere. Meanwhile, Tucker visits the Vissian ship's engine room. The engineer explains they compress antimatter before deuterium is injected into the warp core; Tucker is impressed that they don't need magnetic confinement of their antimatter stream. During this, he also asks about the cogenitor. The engineer explains that they make up about 3% of the Vissian population and are normally "assigned" to a male-female couple during the procreation process. He says it's the "perfect ratio" for the percentage of cogenitors. The engineer moves on to the plasma converters, but Tucker continues asking about the cogenitor. He soon learns that they are not treated fairly, with no education provided and serving only one purpose in life. The language the engineer uses suggests it is treated almost like a pet. He chances the subject by saying that plasma converter polymer is composed of over 200 naturally-occurring elements when humans know of only 92, and Tucker says he's keeping an open mind.

Act Two

Archer packs for three days observing the star with the Vissians. T'Pol is a bit concerned at the lengthy visit, but Archer is too excited to hear her. He wants her to provide more literature recommendations for the Vissians. T'Pol then goes to give Tucker, in engineering, the task of downloading the movie database to the Vissians. Tucker asks T'Pol about the cogenitors, concerned about the way they're treated. She knows tri-gender reproduction is not uncommon, but doesn't understand Tucker's concern. He says it's a question of Human rights, prompting T'Pol to remind him they are not Human and to try to keep his opinions to himself, since Archer wants a good relationship with them.

Tucker can't let it go, though. He goes to Phlox next and asks if he knows the mental capacity of the cogenitor, wanting to see if it's comparable to the male and female. Phlox didn't do that, since there's no reason to. Tucker suggests he perform the scan himself.

Meanwhile, Reed continues to talk to Veylo in the mess hall, hoping to change her mind about their "bland" smelling food. They try different cheeses together. Veylo seems to be taking an interest in Reed, directly feeding him the cheese and sharing the same piece. She asks to visit the armory later and Reed jokingly but slyly responds with the old Earth expression: "I'll show you mine if you show me yours."

On the stratopod, Archer and Drennik trade facts about their history, with Archer hoping that Drennik's people will make an exception to their short-distance traveling customs to visit Earth. They descend into the photosphere. After a while, Archer asks to take a turn at the helm, and, despite the five spatial axes, Drennik allows him to pilot. Archer successfully does so, avoiding a flare that gives off a great deal of magnetic flux.

On the Vissian ship, Tucker is shown the engine's operations some more, watching as the rotation of the quantum inverters triples the anti-matter flux. Tucker also inquires about the engineer's living space, and he invites Tucker to dinner later, jokingly saying they'll try not to prepare anything too pungent. There, he carefully tries their food and learns that the taste isn't as surprising as the smell. For Vissians, the smell is more important. Tucker then asks if the cogenitor would join them, and so Calla goes to get it. Tucker really wants to perform a discreet neural scan, which he does so and brings it to Phlox later. He confirms the cogenitor is just as mentally capable as the male and female. Tucker now has a problem.

Later, Tucker goes back to the Vissian engine room and, under the pretense of getting some food in their mess hall, visits the cogenitor and hands it a PADD, explaining it'll teach it how to read.

Act Three

Tucker sits the cogenitor down and teaches it how to use the PADD to read. Hesitating, the cogenitor warns Tucker he shouldn't even be there and that he doesn't understand. Tucker tries to make the cogenitor understand that it is just as smart as the males and females and is just as important in the reproductive process, yet has no rights and doesn't get to raise the child. Convinced, it takes the PADD and starts to use it, and smiles for the first time. Tucker goes back the next day, and, surprisingly, the cogenitor has a great reading proficiency and expresses interest in visiting the oceans and mountains in the text. Tucker is relieved, and leaves to go back to engineering, as he was under the pretense of being somewhere else. As he leaves, the cogenitor claims its name, Charles, after Tucker.

Archer continues to have fun piloting the stratopod under Drennik's direction while he monitors the measurements taken. If they come ten thousand meters closer to the star, a particle count of the photosphere can be collected. Soon, they come across another flare and Drennik instructs Archer to avoid it. He tries a couple maneuvers, like going 40 degrees to port, but realizes he can't avoid it. To Drennik's surprise, he decides to head right through it, comparing it to a wave in the ocean. Archer gives back the controls, since he obviously made a move Drennik wouldn't have.

Meanwhile, Reed continues to interact with Veylo in the armory. While the Vissians have a bit more advanced weapons overall, they power their hand weapons the same way. Soon, in a more secluded section, Veylo directly states her intention to spend intimate time with Reed. Awkwardly, he states the custom of having dinner first, but apparently, on Vissia, it's the opposite.

Later, Tucker brings an excited Charles to the Enterprise. While avoiding the other Vissians, Charles is shown the transporter, engineering and a movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still, in Tucker's quarters. They then talk about the movie (and a bit of Human history) over a game of Go. Surprisingly, Charles beats Tucker – he's been undefeated for the last two years.

Tucker's actions catch up to him and T'Pol is informed that Tucker is not welcome on the Vissian ship anymore. She confronts Tucker in the situation room, forcing him to describe what they've been doing and pointing out that Charles' education is not his business. Furthermore, he's undermining Archer's desire to have a successful first contact. Tucker objects to Charles' treatment and to T'Pol's priorities.

While in engineering, Tucker sees that Charles has sneaked back onto the Enterprise, explaining that Calla and her husband won't help it read, visit or explore. Tucker says they will, given time, but Charles instead asks to stay on Enterprise.

Act Four

Archer and Drennik wrap up their journey and finally get back to their ships. Archer soon learns about the situation and has a talk one-on-one with Tucker. Tucker insists he did what Archer would do, but Archer dismisses that wholeheartedly, as encouraging Charles like he did is defying their culture. It's lot different than sending them books, which is, by the way, something the Vissians asked for. Archer now has to clean this up. He goes to Charles and explains it's not their place to decide what is within Charles' rights in Vissian culture. Charles then asks for asylum, understanding that it will never be able to have a decent life among its own people.

Archer now has to have a talk with Drennik, the engineer and Calla. Drennik states their quick friendship and the hope that the situation can be resolved peacefully. Archer's position, however, is that the asylum must be given serious consideration, especially when the individual views its treatment to be unfair. The engineer objects to the whole situation, and Calla says that they are also being treated unfairly. Archer objects to the way they talk about Charles, but receives objection to his characterization of their culture. Drennik allows Archer time to make a decision, and, later, Archer decides he can't grant asylum.

Even though the two ships depart with the best wishes and their captains hoping that the incident will not interfere with the relation between Earth and Vissia, the situation gets a lot less bright when Archer learns that Charles committed suicide, an evident result of the independence developed out of Tucker's teachings. Calling Tucker to his ready room, Archer severely reprimands him for his interference, as it has not only resulted in Charles's death, but has also denied the Vissian couple the chance to have a child for a long while. Tucker is deeply shocked and admits it's his fault, but Archer continues, reminding him that despite all his time on Enterprise, he still compares other cultures to Earth standards and interferes without thinking first. Archer is upset that first contact with the Vissians led to this conclusion, and Tucker begins to realize the consequences his actions can cause.

Memorable quotes

"Can't forget Vulcan longevity, captain. A hundred years from now... how old would that make you?"

- Tucker, when T'Pol says she may be around for the supernova of a hypergiant in a century


"Pretty nice to make first contact without anyone thinkin' about charging weapons."

- Tucker


"This is called vanilla and this is chocolate. Give it a try. Oh, no. Wait. You've got to eat the cherry first. This."
"Why?"
"Uh, you just do."
"A Human tradition?"
"Exactly."

- Tucker, introducing the Vissian women Traistana and Veylo to ice cream sundaes


"Trip Tucker. Welcome aboard."
"Hello."
"It has no name. It's our cogenitor."

- Tucker, introducing himself to the Vissian cogenitor and Calla


"Your father? It's hard to imagine. The man who developed warp drive on my world lived nearly a thousand years ago."

- Drennik, commenting on the fact that Archer's father was involved in further developing warp drive on Earth


"Don't tell me. I don't think I want to know."
"Oh, well... I have pictures!"
"Uh, I think I'll pass."

- Tucker and Phlox, discussing multi-gender mating techniques


"They treat her like a pet. Kept in a room, not taught to read or write, no name. Porthos has a name!"
"It's not our place to judge the customs of other cultures."
"We're not talking about taking your shoes off when you walk into someone's house. This cogenitor's treated like one of Phlox's leeches. You pull it out of its tank when you need it, then you throw it back in."
"Tri-gender reproduction is not uncommon."
"That's not what I'm talking about. This is a question of... Human rights."
"They're not Human."

- Tucker and T'Pol


"Can we visit the armory later? I'm anxious to see your tactical array."
"There's an old Earth expression: I'll show you mine if... you show me yours."

- Veylo and Malcolm Reed


"I did exactly what you'd do, Captain. It's not like I had much choice. I wasn't going to just—"
"Will you excuse us, Sub-commander?"
(T'Pol leaves Archer's ready room.)
"I might have expected something like this from a first year recruit, but not you. You did exactly what I'd do? If that's true then I've done a pretty lousy job setting an example around here. You're a senior officer on this ship, you're privy to the moral challenges I've had to face. You know I've wrestled with the fine line between doing what I think is right and interfering with other species. So don't tell me you know what I would've done when I don't even know what I would've done."

- Archer and Tucker

"I was just told that the Vissian cogenitor died."
"What? How?"
"Suicide, Trip. She killed herself."
"That can't be. Why? (Pause) It's my fault. I'm responsible."
"You're damn right you are. And it's not just her. There's a child who won't be conceived because of this, at least not for a long while. It's time you learned to weigh the possible repercussions of your actions. You've always been impulsive. Maybe this will teach you a lesson."
"I understand."
"Do you? I'm not so sure you do. You knew you had no business interfering with those people, but you just couldn't let it alone. You thought you were doing the right thing. I might agree if this was Florida, or Singapore, but it's not, is it? We're in deep space and a person is dead. A person who'd still be alive if we hadn't made first contact. I guess I haven't been very successful at getting through to you. If I had, you would have thought a lot harder before doing what you did."
"You're not responsible."

- Archer and Tucker

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Motion picture library titles

Motion picture library: Animal Control; Apache Serenade; Attack of the Martians; Banned in Phoenix; Beyond the Rocky Mountains; Bride of Chaotica, The; Canyon of the Rustler; Celestial Navigation; Curse of the Buccaneer; Day the Earth Stood Still, The; Death in Arizona; Dixon Hill and the Black Orchid; Escape from Dodge City; Fear Planet; Frontier Maverick of the West; It Came From Beneath the Refrigerator; Jailhouse Promise; Love's Lovely Love; Man From San Francisco, The; Mister Willis of Ohio; Montana Ambush; Pirates From Hell; Planet of the Undead, The; Sheriff's Revenge; Stagecoach of Flame, The; Strange Case of Mr. Cigars; Supernova Dawn; Underworld Aliens, The; World Beyond Zero

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