Official 'Crash Landing' Details Released

By Caillan
December 19, 2002 - 8:57 AM

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The Tholians will make their first Enterprise appearance in the upcoming episode 'Crash Landing', which also features the return of Archer's regular adversaries the Suliban. yesterday released the below official synopsis of the episode, currently set to air on February 19, 2003:

Far beyond where any Earth vessel has ventured before, the Enterprise crew is shocked to find a small craft adrift in space that contains what appears to be a human corpse. Trip Tucker and Malcolm Reed discover the craft holds some strange secrets, and the mystery deepens when the Suliban arrive making claim to the salvage. On top of that, Captain Archer is confronted by the Tholians, who also aggressively try to procure the enigmatic vessel.

The episode was written by Enterprise co-producers Mike Sussman and Phyllis Strong and helmed by James Whitmore Jr., who directed season one's 'Acquisition'. Whitmore Jr. has also directed episodes of Quantum Leap, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Roswell.

'Crash Landing' features the following guest actors:

  • Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Forrest
  • Cullen Douglas as Suliban Soldier

This episode marks Vaughn Armstrong's eighth Enterprise appearance as Forrest, having previously guest-starred in 'Broken Bow', 'Fortunate Son', 'Fusion', 'Fallen Hero', 'Shockwave, Part I', 'Shockwave, Part II' and 'Cease Fire'. The actor also played Kreetassans in 'Vox Sola' and 'A Night In Sickbay' and a Klingon in 'Sleeping Dogs'.

Cullen Douglas has appeared in series such as Sheena and Walker, Texas Ranger as well as the feature films 'Sunshine State' and 'Big Trouble.'

'Crash Landing' will mark the first time the xenophobic Tholians have been seen since their debut appearance in the third-season Original Series outing 'The Tholian Web.' In that episode the U.S.S. Enterprise was trapped in a web by two Tholian ships when Spock refused to leave their space. The Tholians were mentioned in later Trek episodes such as TNG's 'The Icarus Factor,' TNG's 'Peak Performance,' DS9's 'Life Support' and DS9's 'Homefront.'

The production report is available here at

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