When Trip rescues an exotic alien woman from her kidnappers, they find themselves on the run from her captors and, in the process, on an unexpected romantic adventure. Meanwhile, Archer holds one of the alien kidnappers captive on Enterprise and devises a scheme with T'Pol's help to pressure the reluctant prisoner to help them locate Trip.
The Enterprise crew has visitors - two Retellian cargo pilots, Firek Goff and Firek Plinn, need help repairing their life support systems. The pair explains that they have been hired to return a young woman to her homeworld. Because of their limited resources and the length of the trip, they are transporting her in stasis. A few days ago, her stasis pod began to malfunction. The crew cannot support a passenger out of stasis, so they need Trip's help repairing their systems. Firek Goff refuses Archer's offer to help them transport their passenger more quickly, but he does accept the captain's offer of a meal.
Trip, meanwhile, brings some equipment over from Enterprise and starts working. He finds himself intrigued by the woman in the stasis pod, and is surprised when she suddenly awakens. Goff and Plinn are signaled that the pod has malfunctioned, and Goff heads back to the ship. As Trip frees the woman from stasis, he notices that her wrists are bound - she is a prisoner, not a passenger. As Trip reacts, Goff attacks him, rendering him unconscious. Goff alerts Plinn to the chaos, but Plinn is caught by Reed before he can make it back to the ship, and Goff escapes with the mysterious woman and Trip in tow.
While Archer sets out after the ship, Goff orders Trip to repair the stasis pod. Trip knows that he's expendable once the repairs are finished, so he attempts to figure out an escape route. Unfortunately, he's having trouble understanding the alien woman, whose name is Kaitaama. He eventually locates the universal translator and the two are able to communicate, but Kaitaama is very combative. As royalty from Krios Prime, she treats him like a subject, ordering him around and questioning his methods. Trip doesn't much like this, but urges Kaitamma to escape with him. She's resistant, but finally agrees, and the two set out in the cargo ship's escape pod. After a turbulent ride, Trip finally locates a humid, swamp-like planet, and they land.
Back on Enterprise, Archer and T'Pol come up with a ruse to trick Plinn into giving them information, so that they might be able to track down Trip. Archer informs Plinn that he will face a harsh tribunal with T'Pol at the helm. He implies that T'Pol is very strict, and fond of handing down extreme sentences. Terrified, Plinn reveals the information they need to find Trip.
Meanwhile, Trip and Kaitaama have set up camp on the planet, but they can't seem to stop bickering. Despite this, there is a definite undercurrent of sexual tension between them. When their fighting finally comes to a head, Kaitaama suddenly pulls Trip to her, giving him a passionate kiss. Trip, in turn, kisses her back. Later on, Goff tracks them down, but they manage to trick him and render him unconscious. Moments later, Archer, T'Pol and Reed show up as well.
Back on Enterprise, a Krios ship shows up to take the prisoners into custody and return Kaitaama to her home planet. Trip ponders visiting Kaitaama, but notes that her family probably wouldn't like it. She agrees, but playfully notes that someday she'll have the authority to change the rules. Intrigued, Trip bids her farewell.
By douwe on 23 Apr 2007 00:06:13 This is a favorite episode for me. And why? A preference for close personal themes - the brash-but-shy Trip and the beautiful-but-haughty Princess Kaitaama of Krios. And of course, the devious treacherous Retellian pirates who have kidnapped them from under John Archer's nose. I would have scored higher for this, but if you include the universe series, this is where it would score.
By Ex Deux on 13 Apr 2003 09:09:56
In doing my reviews I often try to list past precedents for episodes but "Precious Cargo"'s plot is so old and has been used so many times, as recently as Madonna's latest flop, that there's simply no point in such an overview. Indeed the entire uptight rich girl meets working class guy where they end up isolated on a tropical island and struggling to survive before acting on their attraction to each other is such a hoary cliche that it ought to have spider webs around it and moss growing on...
If a casual viewer happened to tune in this week, they'd have but one question: So, this is what passes for Star Trek these days?
I sincerely hope not. I hope the producers realized this was a dog and aired it only because, faced with a deadline, they had no choice. I hope they can one day look back and laugh at this atrocity. Laughing is not likely to happen right now, however, as UPN and Enterprise continue to face woeful days of sagging ratings and a questionable future. With an episode...
Back in November, I said that "Marauders" wasn't much more than generic television - were I sufficiently paranoid (and unaware of an episode's lead time in filming), I'd wonder if "Precious Cargo" were made just to show me what generic television really is.
Actually, "generic" isn't quite the right term here, as the show was pretty clearly aiming to recall a very specific dynamic. You've got the get-his-hands-dirty pilot and engineer who rescues a princess. The princess, who was kidnapped...
The bad news: 'Precious Cargo' rips off TOS's 'Elaan of Troyius' and TNG's 'The Perfect Mate,' offering no plot twists that the viewer can't see coming. The good news: in spite of this, 'Precious Cargo' manages to be quite entertaining. Ninety-five percent of the credit should be given to Connor Trinneer, who gamely pulls off his half of what I suspect the writers think is Hepburn-Tracy type repartee (note to writers: if you want Hepburn-Tracy repartee, you have got to give your actress...