UPN Releases First 'Stigma' PhotosBy Caillan
January 4, 2003 - 5:26 AM
See Also: 'Stigma' Episode Guide
UPN today released the first official photos from the upcoming Enterprise episode 'Stigma'.
The image to the right shows actors Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) and John Billingsley (Phlox) in the episode, in which "T'Pol she learns she's contracted a fatal virus from a mind-meld," according to a UPN description.
Written by executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga and directed by veteran Trek helmer David Livingston, 'Stigma' is Enterprise's contribution to the AIDS awareness campaign instituted by Paramount's parent company, Viacom (story). If the news gets out that T'Pol has become infected by this degenerative disease, known as Pa'nar Syndrome, she will be an outcast among the Vulcans, who shun all those who suffer from the virus.
In an interview last month , Berman said the ramifications of T'Pol's infection could be explored in further episodes. "By the end of the episode, we're left with some open story elements. What we would most likely deal with is T'Pol's desire to educate the Vulcan people and destroy this sense of prejudice held against [sufferers of Pa'nar Syndrome]."
The episode also features a somewhat lighter subplot, in which one of Phlox's three wives, Feezal, comes aboard the NX-01 to install a neutron microscope.
'Stigma' is currently scheduled to air February 5 on UPN.