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Come Visit Andoria With 'The Aenar'

By Michelle
December 7, 2004 - 10:35 PM

See Also: 'The Aenar' Episode Guide

The Enterprise visits Andoria, a planet never before seen on televised Star Trek, as the hunt for a marauder brings Archer ever closer to the Romulans. The planet of a huge, blue gas giant, Andoria has its cities built underground for insulation from what are by human standards very cold temperatures.

"The Aenar", the titular Andorians of the 14th episode of Star Trek: Enterprise's fourth season, are an arctic subspecies of Andorians who are both blind and telepathic. Once it has been determined that the marauder ship in the region is being controlled by telepathy, Shran identifies the brainwave pattern as belonging to an Aenar, sending the Enterprise in search of answers amidst the ice.

The official site posted the following brief synopsis:

Archer visits Shran's icy homeworld to find an Andorian subspecies called the Aenar, to determine their connection to the marauder destroying ships in the region.
The teleplay for "The Aenar" was written by Andre Bormanis, whose most recent televised episode was "Awakening", from a story by executive producer Manny Coto. Bormanis' Mike Vejar directed the episode, a follow-up for him to this season's "Cold Station 12" and "Observer Effect."

The guest cast list for the episode is as follows:

  • Jeffrey Combs as Shran
  • Brian Thompson as Valdore
  • J. Michael Flynn as Nijil
  • Geno Silva as Vrax
  • Alexandra Lydon as Jhamel
  • Alicia Adams as Lissan
  • Scott Rinker as Gareb
Many of these cast members return from the last Andorian episodes, "Babel One" and "United". The Romulans Valdore, Nijil and Vrax are joined by Reman guards, as before, on the Romulan Command Center set. The pilot fro, "United" now has a name, Gareb, and is revealed to be Aenar. These cast members are joined by new guest stars Adams and Lydon; the latter played Jane Saunders during the third season of 24. The episode also utilized extras as Aenar and puppeteers for the antennae.

New sets to represent the Arctic region of the Aenar dwellings were built for the seven-day shoot, which encompassed a break for Thanksgiving. "The Aenar" is tentatively scheduled to air on February 11th of next year.

For the original production report, visit this page on the official Star Trek site.

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