Season four of Star Trek: Enterprise promises some major developments for the Starship Enterprise's chief engineer, Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III and Connor Trinneer couldn't be more excited about that. "I like the way they're dealing with Trip," he tells Ian Spelling.

"It's nice to be working," says Connor Trinneer, during a break from playing the first Starship Enterprise's Chief engineer, Commander Charles Trip Tucker III, in the fourth season of Star Trek Enterprise. "There was a major sense of relief on the set when we were making that first episode. It was nice to return to the set and it was really nice to have a job."

After narrowly escaping cancellation at the end of its third season, Star Trek: Enterprise is currently propelling Trip Tucker into a series of new and exciting situations. In the season's opening episodes alone, Trip has visited World War II America and watched his Vulcan love interest T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) tie the knot with a Vulcan scientist as part of an arranged marriage, and he's also encountered the notorious scientist Dr. Arik Soong (played by Star Trek: The Next Generation's Brent Spiner in a much touted guest-starring gig).

"Season four is paying a lot of attention to hooking Enterprise to the original series and the Star Trek timeline in general," notes Trinneer. "We'll be reintroducing some alien races that we haven't had on our show that have been around in Star Trek, like the Orions. Brent Spiner's character hearkened back not just to the Next Generation, but to Star Trek history and the Eugenics Wars. I wasn't featured particularly heavily in those episodes, but I worked with Brent Spiner. Brent is a great guy. He's a really good actor and a great dude.

"Overall, I'm involved a lot more than I was in the previous year," he continues, "I like the way they're dealing with Trip. He's doing what we all do - when things happen to you, you find the time to deal with them, you deal with them and you get yourself back on track. Now that they've got the chance to get back out there into space with a refitted ship I think he's as excited as he was initially, but with a bit more experience under his belt.

"Trip is going to have to deal with T'Pol's marriage. She got married and it wasn't to him, and he handled that very gracefully. I have no idea what they're going to do with Trip and T'Pol in terms of their relationship now. They're both still on the ship and they'll have to deal with each other. I guess there are still feelings involved, but I just don't know how that's going to manifest itself."

Trinneer's only wish for his character in season four is that he gets to spend some more screen-time with Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating), as it would allow the characters to develop their popular 'odd-couple' relationship. But beyond that, Trinneer is happy to discover where the writers plan to take Trip.

"Whenever people ask me what else I'd like to see for the character, I'm never really sure how to answer that," he reveals. "Would I like to see Trip in a motorcycle race? Sure, that would be fun. But the honest truth is that the writers are writing for this guy. I'm just playing this guy and figuring out stuff and adding stuff as we go along. If I had been asked that same question last year I would not have said, ' I'd love to play myself as a clone.' But we did that in Similtude and it was great. That's one of the things about working in sci-fi the sky is the limit.

"They've done a really good job writing for my character. They've always developed him nicely over the course of a year, so it's hard for me to say what else I'd like to see them do."


Reflecting on the show's previous season, Trinneer feels that the Enterprise crew's year-long battle to save the Earth from the Xindi took the series to new dramatic heights. "I like the whole year and the whole idea of the Xindi arc," he states. "I thought it was cool to do a season-long arc, which was something we'd obviously never done before. I appreciated coming back to a storyline we knew we'd be building on.

"I also thought they painted a couple of nice colors into what Trip was given to work with, and I liked that a lot. I thought there were a couple of really good episodes for me." The general consensus is that the best Trip episodes from season three were Similtude and The Forgotten. Similtude was a provocative drama which saw Trip being cloned to create a transplant donor necessary for his survival, while The Forgotten involved Trip confronting the Xindi weapon designer Degra over the death of his sister, Elizabeth.

"When I saw the script for Similitude, I thought, ' Wow, this is going to be fun to do,' " recalls Trinneer. "LeVar Burton directed that episode, and he and I work well together. The process I went through was figuring out how you play this guy who ultimately is Trip, but is sort of not Trip. People really seem to like that episode. "The Forgotten was really about the finality of Trip letting his sister go. That was a lot of fun for me, as an actor, to do. There was a lot of emotional range to play and go through. That episode was also directed by LeVar. He guided me through that and I think we hit the right notes with it."

If anything didn't work quite as well as intended during season three, it was the Trip-T'Pol relationship. While there was chemistry between the actors, the relationship wasn't always convincingly written or developed.

"I thought the relationship could have moved in a different direction during the course of season three and it could have been done so much more successfully than spending the time we spent doing the neuro-pressure scenes," says Trinneer. "I felt the relationship could have been built from the neuro-pressure moments more expansively. They didn't really go that way and so it was a little confusing to watch and to play."


Following Enterprise's debut in October, regular viewers are hoping that the show can build its ratings enough to ensure the series lives on into a fifth season. Trinneer shares their sentiments, and really doesn't like the idea that season four could be the show's last.

"How concerned am I? I want my job.", he states. "But realistically, all I can do is my best work and hope for the best. I've got nothing to do but my job and I'm focusing on that."

Whatever the fate of Enterprise, the Star Trek franchise will no doubt endure and eventually return in some form or another. And if Connor Trinneer was invited to reprise his role as Trip years after Enterprise's end, he wouldn't have to think long about his reply.

"I would absolutely be interested in doing that," he reveals. "It's not a scary prospect at all because I fully expect that Star Trek will be with me forever. However long Enterprise lasts, I know that once you're in Star Trek you're never out of it. There are the conventions. The fans pay tremendous attention to the franchise and to the actors. I think Star Trek will live past this show and if they do call me at some point in the future, I'd do it."