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Enterprise’s Connor Trinneer Looks Back On Star Trek “Odd Couple” Trip & T’Pol-TGN

Summary

  • T’Pol and Trip’s romance in Star Trek: Enterprise was unexpected and became a defining element of the show.
  • Their relationship was complicated and required finding common ground between a Vulcan and a human.
  • Despite odd turns and a tragic ending, T’Pol and Trip’s relationship was the central romance of the series.


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Star Trek: Enterprise season 3 created an “odd couple” when Subcommander T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) and Commander Trip Tucker (Connor Trinneer) sparked an unlikely romance. The T’Pol got together with Trip by offering to help him heal from the death of his sister by use of Vulcan neuro therapy. This intimacy soon turned the Vulcan Science Officer and the good ol’ Southern Chief Engineer into a couple that became one of the defining elements of Star Trek: Enterprise two decades after the series ended.

In “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek” by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, Connor Trinner offers his perspective on Trip Tucker and T’Pol’s”complicated relationship” on Star Trek: Enterprise. Read his quote below:

For the first couple of years, no one seemed to know if it was going to be Trip and T’Pol or the captain and T’Pol. During the Xindi arc when she was doing all that neuro-pressure or whatever it was called to help him get through the death of his sister, she and Trip began to develop a deepened relationship. I don’t think it was ever on the page initially. What I liked about it was that it was a complicated relationship and it was one where he was trying to find common ground where they could relate to one another. That’s definitely kind of real life-ish. The fact she was a Vulcan and he was a human was a nice facet of the relationship. It was an odd couple.

Related: Star Trek: Enterprise Cast & Character Guide


T’Pol & Trip Are Still Defined By Their Enterprise Romance

Besides Trip Tucker’s death in Star Trek: Enterprise‘s series finale, Trip’s relationship with T’Pol is one of the best-remembered aspects of the prequel series. As Connor Trinner noted, T’Pol and Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) had moments that seemed like their characters could become romantic in Enterprise’s first 2 seasons. Meanwhile, T’Pol often asserted her Vulcan superiority over Trip. Trip and T’Pol starting a relationship in Enterprise season 3 seemed to come out of left field, while the obviously attractive Trip and T’Pol getting together gave Enterprise a license to ramp up the sexual component of the show.

Jolene Blalock didn’t like T’Pol and Trip becoming a couple on Enterprise.

Trip and T’Pol’s relationship took odd turns. T’Pol went through with an arranged marriage to another Vulcan soon after she confessed her feelings for Trip. Their DNA was then stolen to create their child, a binary clone named Elizabeth Tucker (Erin Price), who didn’t survive. Trip’s death in Enterprise‘s series finale then came years after they had stopped their relationship, but audiences never got to see how it came to that. A far cry from the wildly popular love story between Captain Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Counselor Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Picard, Trip and T’Pol were a curious match, but they were also the central romance of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Star Trek: Enterprise is available to stream on Paramount+.

Source: “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years: From The Next Generation to J. J. Abrams: The Complete, Uncensored, and Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek” by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross

  • Star Trek: Enterprise

    Release Date:
    2005-05-13

    Cast:
    Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

    Genres:
    Sci-Fi

    Seasons:
    4

    Story By:
    brannon braga

    Writers:
    Brannon Braga

    Streaming Service:
    Netflix, Paramount+

    Franchise(s):
    Star Trek

    Directors:
    Brannon Braga

    Showrunner:
    Brannon Braga

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