"Canamar" is the forty-third episode (production #217) of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the seventeenth of the second season.

Star Trek: Enterprise episode
Episode no.Season 2
Episode 17
Directed byAllan Kroeker
Written byJohn Shiban
Featured musicBrian Tyler
Production code217
Original air dateFebruary 26, 2003 (2003-02-26)
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Mistaken for smugglers, Captain Archer and Commander Tucker find themselves on a prisoner transport ship.

The name of the episode is the Enolian alien's penal colony of Canamar.[1] The episode also feature T'Pol, and features guest characters such as the alien prisoner Kuroda, played by guest star actor Mark Rolston.[1][2]

The episode is directed by Allan Kroeker.[2]


Upon leaving the Enolian homeworld, Captain Archer and Commander Tucker are mistakenly identified as smugglers and arrested. They are placed on a prison transport headed for the penal colony known as Canamar. Among their fellow prisoners is a man named Kuroda, and a hulking Nausicaan. Back on Enterprise, Sub-Commander T'Pol, having found the abandoned shuttlepod, manages to convince an Enolian official that Archer and Tucker are innocent. Just as they are about to be released, however, Kuroda breaks free and takes down the guard and pilot.

When the vessel comes under attack from Enolian patrol ships, Archer convinces Kuroda to allow Tucker to assist them. Tucker manages to create a plasma cloud diversion, allowing the transport to jump to warp. Kuroda is impressed with Archer's ploy. In fact, Kuroda has come to respect Archer and asks him to join him on his next endeavor. As the two men talk, Kuroda reveals that he was 14 when he first spent time in a penal colony. He was innocent, but he still spent five years in prison, and started making a living as a criminal after he was released. Kuroda also finally reveals that they will rendezvous with another ship at Tamaal and destroy the transport. Archer, determined to save the other prisoners, enlists Tucker's aid.

Tucker is freed under the pretence of fixing a docking hatch, and manages to render the Nausicaan unconscious, but draws the attention of Kuroda, who realizes that Archer has been plotting against him all along. The transport soon docks, but when the doors open, Lieutenant Reed and Ensign Mayweather appear. The crew evacuate the transport, which is now in a decaying orbit, but Kuroda refuses to leave. Back on Enterprise, the Enolian official demands a report for his superiors. Archer tersely informs the official that he and Tucker were falsely arrested, and wonders how many others on their way to Canamar do not belong there.


The episode was directed by Allan Kroeker. It was written by John Shiban who previous wrote the episodes "Minefield" and "Dawn".[3]

Filming took eight days in two blocks, six days from December 13 to December 20 and after the holidays another two days on Monday and Tuesday, January 5 and January 6, 2003.[3] The majority of the regular cast finished after two days of filming, Bakula and Trinneer were required for the entire shoot, most of which took place on the Enolian prison ship.[3]

Guest start Mark Rolston who played Kuroda, previously appeared as "Lieutenant Pierce" in The Next Generation episode '"Eye of the Beholder". He found the fight scenes strenuous, and said "Scott [Bakula] and I must have spent ten hours filming the fights. And let me tell you, both of us are in our forties now so it's not quite as easy as it used to be."[4]


In 2021, The Digital Fix said this episode was "fun" and compared it to a theatrical movie.[5]


The episode was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Makeup For A Series (Prosthetic).[6]

Home media releaseEdit

This episode was released for home media use on DVD as part of the second series box set of Star Trek: Enterprise.[7] Season Two was released on Blu-ray Disc August 20, 2013.[8]


  1. ^ a b Erdmann, Terry J. (2008-09-23). Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, and Why. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4391-1787-3.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Mark; Parkin, Lance (2003). Beyond the Final Frontier: An Unauthorised Review of the Trek Universe on Television and Film ; Season Summaries, Characters, Episodes, Movies. Contender Entertainment Group. ISBN 978-1-84357-080-6.
  3. ^ a b c "Production News 01.08.03 Back to Work, Folks". Archived from the original on 2003-04-15.
  4. ^ "Mark Rolston Talks Enterprise 'Canamar.'". Archived from the original on 2003-04-10. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  5. ^ Baz Greenland (2021-04-02). "Star Trek: Enterprise Revisited - A Look Back At Season Two". The Digital Fix. Retrieved 2021-03-25.
  6. ^ "Enterprise Nabs Five Emmy Noms". Star July 18, 2002. Archived from the original on August 6, 2002. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  7. ^ Ordway, Holly E. (August 7, 2005). "Star Trek Enterprise – The Complete Second Season". DVD Talk. Archived from the original on July 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "Enterprise Season: Two Blu-ray Available August 20". May 23, 2013. Archived from the original on February 18, 2014.

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