Jeffrey Combs Enters 'The Twilight Zone'By Caillan
March 22, 2003 - 11:08 AM
Trek staple Jeffrey Combs (Shran) will star as a hypochondriac in an upcoming episode of Enterprise's lead-out show, The Twilight Zone.
In the segment, entitled "The Placebo Effect", Harry (Combs) turns up to his regular doctor exhibiting strange symptoms of an alien plague, according to a UPN press release. Although Harry is a notorious hypochondriac, the doctor must consider the possibility that he is indeed a carrier of the plague.
Sydney Tamiia Poitier, who currently stars on UPN's new comedy series, Abby, will fill the role of Harry's doctor. The teleplay for "The Placebo Effect" was penned by co-executive producer Brent V. Friedman, a former Dark Skies scribe and a WGA Award-nominee, based on a story by Rebecca Swanson. Jerry Levine (The Guardian) directed the segment.
The second segment, "Cold Fusion", stars Sean Patrick Flanery (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Dead Zone) as a scientist who becomes locked in a "deadly psychological struggle" with the creator of an infinite power source. "Cold Fusion" was penned by former Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda writers Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz and will feature Andromeda actors Gordon Michael Woolvett and Keith Hamilton Cobb.
Jeffrey Combs has had three recurring roles on Star Trek over the years — Weyoun and Brunt on Deep Space Nine and now the Andorian Imperial Guard Officer, Shran, on Enterprise. He also appeared as Krem in Enterprise's "Acquisition", Penk in Voyager's "Tsunkatse" and Tiron in Deep Space Nine's "Meridian".
UPN will air "The Placebo Effect" and "Cold Fusion" at 9:00 p.m. on April 2, after the new Enterprise episode, "The Crossing".