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Official 'Similitude' Details Released

By Caillan
October 11, 2003 - 8:10 AM

See Also: 'Similitude' Episode Guide

Star Trek: Enterprise will examine the ethical issues surrounding the cloning process in the upcoming "Similitude".

StarTrek.com yesterday released the below official synopsis of the episode, which is currently scheduled to air on November 19:

When Trip suffers a catastrophic injury, his only hope for survival is a transplant from a "mimetic simbiot" – a clone – which Phlox grows from one of his exotic creatures. But it's a very troubling solution.

"Similitude" was written by Odyssey 5 creator Manny Coto, who joins the Enterprise staff as co-executive producer. His other credits include Tales From The Crypt, The Outer Limits and Strange World. Veteran director and Star Trek alumnus LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge) returned to the Paramount lot to helm the episode. Burton has directed for Star Trek since the sixth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The episode's guest cast includes the following actors:

Shane Sweet has been nominated for six Young Artist Awards over the course of his career. His credits include the supporting role of Josh Stevenson in the Nickelodeon series, The Journey of Allen Strange, and guest parts in Married...with Children, Cheers, Picket Fences and Baywatch.

Adam Taylor Gordon was a natural choice for the eight-year-old Sim-Trip, having appeared as a young Trip Tucker in "The Xindi". Maximillian Kesmodel is also no stranger to playing younger versions of characters: he appeared as a four-year-old Max Keeble in Max Keeble's Big Move and young David Fisher in three episodes of Six Feet Under.

Production on "Similitude" wrapped after a seven-day shoot on Thursday, September 9, which also happened to be Scott Bakula's (Jonathan Archer) birthday. Most of the NX-01 sets were required for filming, including sickbay, engineering, the bridge and Trip's quarters.

In addition to the three actors playing Sim-Trip at various ages, some of Hollywood's youngest thespians were called in to portray baby Trip. Eight-month-old Trip was played by a pair of twins, while eight-week-old triplets brought the newborn clone to life.

The full production report can be found here at StarTrek.com.

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