Official 'Rogue Planet' Information ReleasedBy Caillan
March 6, 2002 - 9:05 AM
See Also: 'Rogue Planet' Episode Guide
Captain Archer will be haunted by visions of a mysterious alien woman when Enterprise returns from reruns later this month.
While exploring an uncharted planet, Enterprise crew members encounter a group of aliens who are hunting down indigenous creatures for recreation. During their exploration, Archer is mesmerized by visions of a woman desperately attempting to communicate with him. The woman's ethereal distress signal informs Archer that she and others like her are actually the prey of the alien hunters. Heeding her call, Archer levels the playing field against the alien hunters.
'Rogue Planet' is the first episode to be written by supervising producer Chris Black, based on a story he devised with creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. Prior to joining Enterprise, Black penned episodes for series such as Cleopatra 2525 and Sliders. The episode was directed by Star Trek veteran Allan Kroeker, who helmed 'Fight or Flight' earlier in the season.
The official site also released details of the episode's guest cast:
- Stephanie Niznik as the Woman
- Conor O'Farrell as Buzaan
- Eric Pierpoint as Shiraht
- Keith Szarabajka as Damrus
All four guest actors have previously appeared in one or more Star Trek incarnations. Niznik played Ensign Perim in the feature film 'Star Trek: Insurrection,' but has also guest-starred in Diagnosis Murder, Sliders and JAG. O'Farell featured as Professor Carslon in DS9's 'Little Green Men' and has had recurring roles in N.Y.P.D. Blue, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Party of Five.
Best known for the role of Detective George Francisco in the cult classic Alien Nation, Pierpoint also played Kortar in Voyager's 'Barge of the Dead,' Captain Sanders in DS9's 'For The Uniform' and Ambassador Voval in TNG's 'Liasons.'
Szarabajka portrayed Teero in Voyager's 'Repression,' and has also featured as Daniel Holtz in Angel in addition to guest roles in Babylon 5, The X-Files and Roswell.
Enterprise regular John Billingsley (Doctor Phlox) recently spoke about the situation encountered in the episode. "We land on a planet in which a group of hunters appear to be hunting the native beasts," he said. "But it turns out that the native beasts are not beasts but peculiarly evolved shape shifters, who attempt to communicate to the captain the urgency of their plight to stop the slaughter."