'Cold Station 12' Production Report Unfreezes Arc

By Michelle
September 9, 2004 - 11:17 PM

See Also: 'Cold Station 12' Episode Guide

Phlox's pen pal Dr. Lucas gets a face and Brent Spiner character Dr. Arik Soong attempts to retrieve more frozen embryos to breed a race of super-humans in "Cold Station 12", the second of a three-episode mini-arc on Star Trek: Enterprise.

The official Star Trek site posted the production report for "Cold Station 12", which began filming on Tuesday, August 24th and completed its shoot on September 1st. The sequel to "Borderland", "Cold Station 12" continues the story of Dr. Soong and the Augments he created. Having escaped from Captain Archer, who had hoped the doctor would help him control the rogue Augments who are creating havoc, Soong returns to the medical facility where years earlier he secretly stored hundreds more genetically engineered embryos. He involves Dr. Lucas, who has been transferred to Cold Station 12, in his plot to gestate the enhanced humans.

The episode was written by new writer Alan Brennert, who had worked previously with showrunner Manny Coto on Odyssey 5 and has science fiction writing experience from Stargate: Atlantis and the revivals of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. Longtime Star Trek director Mike Vejar, whose last outing was "Stratagem", directed "Cold Station 12."

The guest cast list for the episode is as follows:

  • Brent Spiner as Dr. Arik Soong
  • Richard Riehle as Dr. Jeremy Lucas
  • Alec Newman as Malik
  • Abby Brammell as Persis
  • Kris Iyer as C-12 Deputy Director
  • Kaj-Erik Eriksen as Smike
  • Adam Grimes as Lokesh
  • Amy Wieczorek as Denobulan Pilot
  • Jordan Orr as Young Malik
  • Kevin Foster as Security Guard #1
Riehle played Batai in the classic Next Generation episode "The Inner Light" and appeared in Voyager's holographic Irish town in "Fair Haven" and "Spirit Folk." Like Spiner, Newman and Brammell continue the roles they originated in "Borderland" as Augments. Iyer's role required complex prosthetic makeup, for his character suffers from a disease unleashed by Soong on C-12 that causes progressive, terrible convulsions with swollen veins and bloodshot eyes.

This installment of the arc shows Soong's hideout, filmed both in series time and for scenes set fifteen years in the past. Ten child actors played the young Augments, while Spiner was made up to look younger for the flashbacks. Areas of C-12 built on swing sets include a Control Hub, a Containment Cell, a Stasis Chamber for the embryos and the corridors that connect them. The episode also features the interior of a Denobulan medical shuttle.

TrekWeb posted a link to photos of Ryan from Houston's Mix KHMX 96.5, half of "Roula and Ryan", who will play a Denobulan in the episode. The radio disc jockey provided photos of his transformation by prosthetic makeup here.

"Cold Station 12" is likely to air on Friday, November 5th but UPN has not announced its sweeps month schedule yet. For the original production report, visit this page at StarTrek.com.

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