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Earth Faces Own 'Demons' In 'Enterprise' Future

By Michelle
February 21, 2005 - 2:04 AM

See Also: 'Demons' Episode Guide

"Humanity is having one last hurdle to overcome in forming the Federation," declared executive producer Manny Coto of his episode "Demons", which will be the third-to-last of Star Trek: Enterprise's fourth season. "The last hurdle isn't going to come from Romulans, it isn't going to come from Klingons, it comes from our own last vestiges of intolerance."

A production report at announces that Peter Weller will play a human leader opposed to a United Federation of Planets, a charismatic speaker with a fanatical devotion to the extremist Colonel Green, first seen in the original series' "The Savage Curtain." Weller, the star of RoboCop and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, was familiar to Coto as the star of Coto's previous series Odyssey 5.

LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge), who helmed "The Augments" earlier this season, directed Coto's script, which has a follow-up episode called "Terra Prime" - a reference to the name of the group that opposes the creation of an interplanetary coalition which could include Earth, Vulcan, Andoria, Rigel and others seen over the course of this season. A mortally wounded woman greets T'Pol during an assembly at Starfleet Command with evidence of a secret that concerns her.

The official site posted the following brief synopsis:

A xenophobic faction of humanity threatens to undermine talks to form a new coalition of planets.
The unofficial guest cast list for the episode is as follows:
  • Peter Weller as John Frederick Paxton
  • Harry Groener as Nathan Samuels
  • Eric Pierpoint as Harris
  • Tom Bergeron as Coridan Ambassador
  • Johanna Watts as Reporter
The reporter played by Watts is an old flame of Travis Mayweather's, while Harris, who first appears in "Affliction", is Reed's contact from a mysterious organization of secret operatives. Bergeron previously appeared in "Oasis" as D'Marr, while Groener - who "turned into a giant snake and ate Armin Shimerman" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer - played Tam Elbrun in The Next Generation's "Tin Man" and the "Magistrate" in Voyager's "Sacred Ground." Also appearing in the episode as an extra is Jay Schwartz, the publicist for Scott Bakula. Colonel Green, who appears only on a viewscreen, had not been cast at press time.

In addition to ship sets, "Demons" utilized the cave sets seen recently as white snow tunnels in "The Aenar", now repainted to serve as the Orpheus lunar mining complex. A scene between Reed and Harris was shot at Paramount's Wood Mill, serving as an alleyway by San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco skyline will be added in post-production. For the planetary conference itself, the crew utilized the Paramount Theater, whose lobby became the Assembly Hall of Starfleet Command. The first day of "Terra Prime" shooting also took place at the theatre.

"Demons" is currently scheduled to air on April 29th, with its concluding part a week later. For the original production report, visit this page on the official Star Trek site.

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