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Short summary

Enterprise answers a distress call of a Retellian cargo ship. The crew, Goff and Plinn, tell they have a problem with a stasis pod that apparently carries a passenger. While both Retellians enjoy Enterprise' facilities, Trip tries to repair the pod which contains a beautiful woman. Then suddenly the woman wakes up. She seems to choke and Trip opens the pod, only to be knocked out by the quickly returned Goff. He escapes with his ship from Enterprise, leaving Plinn behind. The woman introduces herself as Kaitaama, heir apparent to the throne of Krios, and she suspects she's being held for ransom. Trip thinks of a plan to escape.

At the 50th anniversary "Star Trek" convention in Las Vegas in August 2016, fans voted this the tenth worst episode of the "Star Trek" franchise.

In 2013, Brannon Braga stated that he considers "Precious Cargo" to be one of the worst Star Trek episodes ever.

The similarities between this episode and Звездный путь: Следующее поколение: The Perfect Mate (1992) include the fact that Krios Prime is heavily referenced in both episodes. Both characters central to the plot (Kamala and Kaitaama) were also from that planet.

T'Pol wears her Vulcan robes during Plinn's "tribunal" for the first time since her introductory scene in Звездный путь: Энтерпрайз: Broken Bow: Part I (2001).

The Ardanan power relay was a reuse of the chrono deflector from Звездный путь: Вояджер: Endgame (2001).

The tool that Kaitaama uses to threaten Trip is a modified version of a simple nail removal tool.

The "provisions" eaten by Trip and Kaitaama aboard the escape pod was jerky.

This takes place in September 2152.

Dr. Phlox does not appear in this episode.

Leland Crooke previously played Gelnon in two Звездный путь: Дальний космос 9 (1993) episodes.

Among the items from this episode which were sold off on an online auction were many crowbars.

Scott Klace had previously played Dremk in the Звездный путь: Вояджер: Juggernaut (1999).

This was the first Enterprise episode on which David A. Goodman worked.

Tucker's ruse of using his Starfleet uniform as bait for Goff to attack him is similar to what Miles O'Brien did to Vinod in Звездный путь: Дальний космос 9: Paradise (1994).

User reviews


  • comment
    • Author: Debeme
    Trip Tucker is the protagonist in this episode and while the episode may have been intended as something of a character study for him, we don't really learn anything new about him through this.

    Paadma Lakshi plays the precious cargo - a princess in a stasis pod being transported by pair of questionable individuals. Since she looks more human than the aliens who are transported, it should be no surprise that she is one of the 'good guys'. The aliens are not particularly bright and do not appear to be possessed of completely developed personalities.

    Though the script and story are a little better than usual for this series, the plot is almost completely predictable and Ms Lakshi's acting is actually below the franchise standard. Altogether average episode.
  • comment
    • Author: Hallolan
    The Enterprise receives a distress call from a Retellian cargo vessel and the crew tells Captain Archer that they have problem with the life support system of an alien that is transported in a cocoon. Trip goes to the alien ship to repair the system while Goff and Plinn come to Enterprise to have a shower and meal. Trip sees a beautiful woman in the cocoon that suddenly wakes-up, and Trip tries to help her to leave the spot. However, Trip is attacked by Goff, who leaves Plinn in the Enterprise and escapes with Trip and the woman. She introduces herself to Trip as Kaitaama, the First Monarch of Krios Prime, and she tells that she had been abducted by the Retellians that asked for a ransom. Trip decides to escape in the pod and convinces Kaitaama to come with him.

    "Precious Cargo" is a funny episode, and Trip recalled me Captain Kirk from "Star Trek" again, seducing another female alien. The unpleasant character of the gorgeous Padma Lakshmi actually did not need a consultation with Dr. Phlox to relieve her sexual tension with the presence of Trip. The Retellian Goff is easily lured by Archer and T'Pol, but I liked this episode. My vote is eight.

    Title (Brazil): "Carga Preciosa" ("Precious Cargo")
  • comment
    • Author: Yalone
    In many ways, this episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise" is highly reminiscent of the original "Star Trek" episode "Elaan of Troyius". Considering that this old episode isn't all that good, reworking the story doesn't bode well for "Precious Cargo".

    When the show begins, a couple aliens get help with their ship from Enterprise. Oddly, however, these folks don't seem especially friendly and just want to leave as soon as possible with their cargo. And what IS the cargo--a woman in suspended animation who is supposedly being brought to her home world. What the crew doesn't realize is that the lady is actually a queen and she is their prisoner! Trip discovers this--but too late. He and the cargo are kidnapped and taken on a crazy trip--one where they soon went from totally hating each other to being crazy-pants in love...something which is really easy to predict.

    Aside from a very humorous interrogation scene, there is so much about this show that is just old and clichéd. See the 'romance' and you'll see what I mean.

    UPDATE: By the way, it isn't just me who hated this episode. At the 50th anniversary Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, this was voted as one of the 10 worst of all episodes from every Trek franchise! That is some ignoble designation!
  • comment
    • Author: Doukree
    This episode has some fun things going for it. First of all, a couple aliens who are having trouble with their ship are helped by Archer and the Enterprise. It turns out they are a couple low-lifes who have some interesting cargo. It is a gorgeous princess who is being taken to a planet to assume her role as royalty. She and Tripp end up together in a tight little escape pod, sparring all the way because she can't tolerate "commoners." There is all this sexual tension going on as they attempt to survive on a water covered planet. There is a great scene where Archer and T'Pol interrogate one of the aliens who was left behind, making him think he will be executed. T'Pol pretends to be a heartless judge who has already had 17 crewmen executed. Lots of fun, but, of course, very easy to figure out.
  • comment
    • Author: Dilmal
    This is among the most humorous Trek episode of the modern era. It reads like a 1950s sci-fi short story.

    Campy as all getout, our two lovebirds, Kaitaama and Trip end up on a miserable watery planet with a single jungle continent. They begin by hating each other, Kaitaama being the princess of Planet Krios.

    Kaitaama is disagreeable of everything but agrees to keep her disagreement quiet while Trip works on rescuing them from aliens who took them hostage.

    This is an episode that reflects original episodes of "Trek" with Trip playing the boy-charmer and Kaitaama the difficult chick. It is not politically correct. It is not in line with 2010-era taboos or "the establishment" TV industry.

    This, along with the humor intentionally woven into the story makes it likely the funniest Trek of the modern era! Thanks to the writers for this breath of fresh air!
  • comment
    • Author: Modigas
    Apart from the pleasure of seeing Lina Wertmuller's magnificently titled and very successful 1974 film "Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August" replayed in space (with Connor Trinneer standing in for Giancarlo Giannini and Padma Lakshmi for Mariangela Melato), there's not much here. T'Pol's willingness to engage in subterfuge seems a little surprising, as does the lack of natural dangers (animal or insect) in a swampy alien environment.
  • comment
    • Author: Marg
    The Enterprise encounters a ship needing repairs. When Trip goes aboard to help out the Retellian freighter, he encounters an unexpected passenger in a stasis pod. But is she a guest of the ship or a prisoner?

    Woof! Talk about terrible! This script is about as clichéd a plot as ST:E could have possibly have come up with. The age-old plot device of two characters stuck in a terrible situation finding their hate turn into love is extremely hackneyed and I could have done without it for this one.

    To make matters worse, the actress playing Kaitaama is a horrible actress and is unfortunately on screen for the majority of this episode. Trip is acting circle around her and I don't even think Connor Trinneer is that good of an actor!

    Predictable as they come, this episode should be skipped unless you're a Star Trek completist.
  • comment
    • Author: Ielonere
    Enterprise is without a doubt the worst iteration of the Star Trek franchise that made it to television. The premise of Enterprise was extremely promising; a prequel to the original Star Trek series wherein we would see earth's progression from embattled backwater to prime-position on the Federation. However, from the very beginning episode it became clear that the series was simply going to pander to the sexual frustrations/dysfunctions of the more die hard fans by showing a lot of skin and sexual tension (i.e. T'pol and Trip changing in front of each other, Captain Archer in the shower, male and female crew giving each other the up-and-down glances to foreshadow future "hook ups" written into the story etc). In this extremely bad episode, Trip is forced to rescue a Paris Hilton styled princess, with an excruciatingly horrible "performance" from Padma Lakshmi (she has got to be the worst walk-on actress ever) from some "bad guys". Of course there is the same basic sexual tensions, skin (she rips the bottom of her dress off during the escape) and wafer-thin dialogue. Poorly written, acted and cast. Truly the low-point all around.
  • Episode cast overview:
    Scott Bakula Scott Bakula - Captain Jonathan Archer
    John Billingsley John Billingsley - Dr. Phlox (credit only)
    Jolene Blalock Jolene Blalock - Sub-Commander T'Pol
    Dominic Keating Dominic Keating - Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
    Anthony Montgomery Anthony Montgomery - Ensign Travis Mayweather
    Linda Park Linda Park - Ensign Hoshi Sato
    Connor Trinneer Connor Trinneer - Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
    Padma Lakshmi Padma Lakshmi - Kaitaama
    Scott Klace Scott Klace - Firek Goff
    Leland Crooke Leland Crooke - Firek Plinn
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