Star Trek: Enterprise (Season 1)

Star Trek: Enterprise Season 1
File:Startrek enterprise dvdset.jpg
Season 1 DVD Box set and cover art
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel UPN
Original run September 26, 2001 – May 22, 2002
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List of Star Trek: Enterprise episodes

Season one of Star Trek: Enterprise, an American television series, began airing on September 26, 2001, on UPN. The season concluded after 26 episodes on May 22, 2002. The series was developed by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who also served as executive producers. Season one regular cast members include Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Linda Park, Anthony Montgomery and John Billingsley.

Plot overview

The first two seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise depict the exploration of interstellar space by the crew of an Earth ship able to go farther and faster than any humans had previously gone, due to the breaking of the Warp barrier, analogous to the Bell X-1 breaking the sound barrier. The crew faces situations that are familiar to Star Trek fans, but are unencumbered and unjaded by the experience and rules which have built up over hundreds of years of Trek history established in previous Star Trek series. Star Trek: Enterprise takes pains to show the origins of some concepts which have become taken for granted in Star Trek canon, such as Lt. Reed's development of force fields and Captain Archer's questions about cultural interference eventually being answered by later series' Prime Directive.

A recurring plot device is the Temporal Cold War, in which a mysterious entity from the 27th century uses the Cabal, a group of genetically upgraded Suliban, to manipulate the timeline and change past events. Sometimes sabotaging Enterprise's mission and sometimes saving the ship from destruction, the entity's motives are unknown. Agent Daniels, a temporal agent from the 31st century, visits Captain Archer occasionally to assist him in fighting the Suliban and undoing damage to the timeline.

In the past ninety years since Star Trek: First Contact, the Vulcans have been mentoring humanity to what they see as an appropriate level of civilization, routinely holding back scientific knowledge in an effort to keep humans stranded close to home, believing them to be too irrational and emotionally-dominated to function properly in an interstellar community. When Enterprise finally sets out, the Vulcans are often conspicuously close by. This generates some conflict as, in several early episodes, Archer and others complain bitterly of the Vulcans' unsubtle methods of checking up on them.

Main cast

Episodes

Abbreviations:

# Title Written by NR V Original Airdate Prod. code
101 & 102 "Broken Bow" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga7.012.54September 26, 2001001 & 002
First contact with Klingons; the Enterprise (NX-01) is launched. Archer finds himself in the middle of a Temporal Cold War
103 "Fight or Flight" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga5.79.18October 3, 2001003
Hoshi faces her fears on an alien ship whose crew was murdered, while Malcolm tries to upgrade the ship's defense system. 
104 "Strange New World" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (teleplay)
5.07.81October 10, 2001004
A storm traps an away team on an alien world, while spores cause them to experience psychosis. 
105 "Unexpected" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga5.28.16October 17, 2001005
Trip helps an alien crew fix their engines only to find himself pregnant. 
106 "Terra Nova" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga5.18.35October 24, 2001006
An early human colony on Terra Nova mysteriously disappeared 70 years ago and Enterprise is sent to find out what happened to them. 
107 "The Andorian Incident" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Fred Dekker (story)
Fred Dekker (teleplay)
4.57.19October 31, 2001007
Archer, Trip, and T'Pol are taken hostage by Andorians in the Vulcan monastery of P'Jem
108 "Breaking the Ice" Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton4.97.36November 7, 2001008
Malcolm and Travis seek Eisilium on a comet while T'Pol considers marriage to Koss
109 "Civilization" Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman4.67.14November 14, 2001009
Archer, Trip, Hoshi, and T'Pol go undercover to observe a pre-industrial civilization to find they aren't the first observers there. 
110 "Fortunate Son" James Duff4.86.11November 21, 2001010
The cargo ship Fortunate was attacked by Nausicaans and the Enterprise lends a helping hand only to find the crew of the Fortunate has secret plans. 
111 "Cold Front" Stephen Beck & Tim Finch4.77.33November 28, 2001011
Archer finds out a crewman on Enterprise is helping to fight the Temporal Cold War against Silik and some of the Suliban
112 "Silent Enemy" André Bormanis3.76.11January 16, 2002012
Archer faces an enemy that doesn't respond to hails while Hoshi tries to find what Malcolm's favorite food is to surprise him for his birthday. 
113 "Dear Doctor" Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton3.75.65January 23, 2002013
Phlox & Archer must decide where their morals lie about letting a species live or die from a pandemic
114 "Sleeping Dogs" Fred Dekker3.96.50January 30, 2002014
Hoshi, Malcolm and T'Pol board an unresponsive Klingon ship on decaying orbit into the crushing pressures of a gas giant
115 "Shadows of P'Jem" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (teleplay)
3.86.05February 6, 2002015
T'Pol is recalled to Vulcan after the events of "The Andorian Incident". During her final away mission, she and Archer are kidnapped, leading to a confrontation between Vulcans and Andorians
116 "Shuttlepod One" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga3.45.33February 13, 2002016
Reed and Trip are stranded in a shuttlepod with no foreseeable help arriving before life support runs out. 
117 "Fusion" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman
3.04.49February 27, 2002017
Enterprise encounters a crew of emotional Vulcans; T'Pol experiences her first mind meld, with unsettling results. 
118 "Rogue Planet" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Chris Black
Chris Black (teleplay)
3.34.69March 20, 2002018
Enterprise finds a sunless solitary planet with a small group of Eska who are hunting wraiths, an indigenous telepathic shapeshifting species. 
119 "Acquisition" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton (teleplay)
3.45.45March 27, 2002019
A group of Ferengi hijack Enterprise, but Trip, Archer and T'Pol play mind games with the pirates in order to win back their ship. 
120 "Oasis" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Stephen Black3.35.64April 3, 2002020
Archer, T'Pol, Trip and Travis find a crew apparently alive on a ship that crash-landed years ago. 
121 "Detained" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (teleplay)
3.04.88April 24, 2002021
Archer and Travis find themselves imprisoned in a Suliban internment camp by the Tandarans
122 "Vox Sola" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Fred Dekker
Dekker (teleplay)
3.45.40May 1, 2002022
An unknown alien boards Enterprise and starts capturing crew members, linking them together neurologically. 
123 "Fallen Hero" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Chris Black (story)
Alan Cross (teleplay)
3.25.34May 8, 2002023
Enterprise finds itself under attack while transporting a Vulcan ambassador. 
124 "Desert Crossing" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & André Bormanis
André Bormanis (teleplay)
3.04.68May 8, 2002024
Enterprise finds itself aligned with a terrorist group when Trip and Archer are forced to cross many kilometers of desert on an alien world. 
125 "Two Days and Two Nights" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga3.15.26May 15, 2002025
After weeks of detours, Enterprise arrives for shore leave on Risa. While there, Archer encounters a woman who knows more about the Suliban than she's willing to admit. 
126 "Shockwave, Part I" Rick Berman & Brannon Braga3.35.28May 22, 2002026
The Enterprise is recalled to Earth after the crew is blamed for the accidental destruction of a colony world. En route, it is hijacked by Suliban and Archer is transported to a decimated 31st century. 

Broadcast and release

Season Timeslot Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1st Wednesday 8:00 pm September 26, 2001 May 22, 2002 2001–2002 #115[1] 5.9[1]

The first season DVD was released on May 3, 2005, ten days prior to the broadcast of the final episode of the series. This release marked a couple of firsts for Star Trek TV series DVD releases. It was the first to include extensive deleted scenes (although footage cut from the premiere of Voyager had been included in a featurette previously), and it was the first to include an outtakes or blooper reel.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date[2]
Season 1 26 May 3, 2005

Reception

IGN awarded the first season of the series a score of 6 out of 10, stating that "for every solid episode like Dear Doctor ... there's a dreadful misfire like Silent Enemy" and attributed the show's declining audience figures to the "early rocky-going".[3]

In reviewing the first season, DVDVerdict.com described the show as "seriously flawed" and noted "weak story telling".[4]

tvdvdreviews' AJ Carson was more positive, describing the first season as "flawed, but it is still among TV's best sci-fi series". While Carson noted problems such as "one dimensional" secondary characters and a visual aesthetic that was at odds with the series' place in the chronology of the franchise, it was also noted that the "series looks terrific, its cast is immensely likeable, and its scripts are intelligent".[5]

Awards

Two episodes of the first season of Enterprise won and were nominated for various Emmy Awards. The series premiere "Broken Bow" was awarded an Emmy for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series" and was nominated for two other categories, "Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series" and "Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Prosthetic)". A later episode, "Two Days and Two Nights", won in the category "Outstanding Hairstyling for a Series".[6]

References

External links

  • Memory Alpha
  • IMDb

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