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'Daedalus' Flies Above Trek Canon

By Michelle
October 28, 2004 - 3:26 PM

See Also: 'Daedalus' Episode Guide

Radical new transporter technology is the focus of "Daedalus", the tenth episode of Star Trek: Enterprise's fourth season. The creator of the transporter, Emory Erickson, comes aboard the NX-01 to test a far more powerful technique known as subquantum teleportation, which he believes will make starship technology obsolete for research. He brings his child with him, lending ominous portents to the title: in Greek mythology, Daedalus was an inventor who built artificial wings for himself and his son, only to watch the boy fly too close to the sun and die when the wings melted.'s production report for "Daedalus" notes that Emory also has a child - daughter Danica Erickson, who accompanies him to Enterprise when he tests his experimental transporter. The experiments lead to unexpected results all over the ship.

The episode was penned by Enterprise's two newest writers, Alan Brennert & Ken LaZebnik, who wrote "Borderland" and "Cold Station 12" respectively; "Daedalus" will be the second credit on the series for each. David Straiton, whose work was most recently seen in "Storm Front, Part II", directed.

The guest cast list for "Daedalus" is as follows:

  • Bill Cobbs as Emory Erickson
  • Leslie Silva as Danica Erickson
  • Noel Manzano as Ensign Burrows
Cobbs, a longtime film and television veteran, is probably best known to younger audiences from his recurring character on The Drew Carey Show, Tony, and from such films as I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. He was a regular on The Others and appeared in The Cotton Club and Demolition Man on the big screen as well as The Sopranos and The West Wing. Silva played Sarah Forbes on Odyssey 5, the cable series created by Manny Coto before he became an Enterprise executive producer.

"Daedalus" is what is known as a bottle show, meaning that shooting took place on sets that already existed. During the seven-day shoot, much of the ship was utilized, including the Bridge, Engineering, the Ready Room, various mess halls, crew quarters, corridors, Sickbay and the Launch Bay. Because the transporter figures so heavily in the storyline, two days were devoting to filming in the Transporter Alcove. An attempt was made to work on DVD special features during the shooting of the episode, but complications arose because of a power outage in Los Angeles that shut down the entire Paramount lot for a couple of hours.

"Daedalus" is tentatively scheduled to air on Friday, December 17th, following a rerun the week before. For the original production report, visit this page at

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