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First 'Fortunate Son' Info Revealed

By Christian
September 17, 2001 - 4:50 PM

LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge) will be back on the Paramount lot next week to direct his second episode of Enterprise's first season.

Sources reveal that 'Fortunate Son,' the tenth episode of the season, was scheduled to start shooting on the 24th of September. It is not known whether this date will be delayed by last week's temporary suspension of filming (story), but any delay would likely not be more than a few days.

Little is known about the episode, except for the fact that it will see the Enterprise encountering an Earth cargo ship. When the cargo vessel is attacked, its middle-aged commander, Captain Keene, is seriously wounded. The ship's command is then assumed by its first officer, Ryan Cross, a man around 30 years of age who has spent his entire life on cargo ships. Tension arises in the Enterprise's interaction with the cargo ship, as the hostile Cross distrusts Archer and his crew.

LeVar Burton is the first director known to be helming two episodes during the first half of the season, showing the producers' faith in the actor-turned-director. Burton indeed is an experienced Trek director, having started eight years ago with TNG's 'Second Chances' and continuing on DS9 and Voyager. He was rumoured for a while to be in the running to direct Star Trek X, but that assignment has since been handed to Stuart Baird.

As usual, please be aware that Paramount has released no official plot info on this episode yet, and until that happens, any such info from unofficial sources should be treated as you would any rumour.

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