Star Trek: Enterprise (season 1)


Star Trek: Enterprise (season 1)
Star Trek: Enterprise Season 1
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Season 1 DVD cover art
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel UPN
Original run September 26, 2001 – May 22, 2002

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.

Contents

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 Original Airdate Written by NR V #
Broken Bow September 26, 2001 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 7.0 12.54 101 & 102
First contact with Klingons; the Enterprise (NX-01) is launched. Archer finds himself in the middle of a Temporal Cold War.
Fight or Flight October 3, 2001 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 5.7 9.18 103
Hoshi faces her fears on an alien ship whose crew was murdered, while Malcolm tries to upgrade the ship's defense system.
Strange New World October 10, 2001 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (teleplay)
5.0 7.81 104
A storm traps an away team on an alien world, while spores cause them to experience psychosis.
Unexpected October 17, 2001 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 5.2 8.16 105
Trip helps an alien crew fix their engines only to find himself pregnant.
Terra Nova October 24, 2001 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 5.1 8.35 106
An early human colony on Terra Nova mysteriously disappeared 70 years ago and Enterprise is sent to find out what happened to them.
The Andorian Incident October 31, 2001 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Fred Dekker (story)
Fred Dekker (teleplay)
4.5 7.19 107
Archer, Trip, and T'Pol are taken hostage by Andorians in the Vulcan monastery of P'Jem.
Breaking the Ice November 7, 2001 Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton 4.9 7.36 108
Malcolm and Travis seek Eisilium on a comet while T'Pol considers marriage to Koss.
Civilization November 14, 2001 Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman 4.6 7.14 109
Archer, Trip, Hoshi, and T'Pol go undercover to observe a pre-industrial civilization to find they aren't the first observers there.
Fortunate Son November 21, 2001 James Duff 4.8 6.11 110
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.
Cold Front November 28, 2001 Stephen Beck & Tim Finch 4.7 7.33 111
Archer finds out a crewman on Enterprise is helping to fight the Temporal Cold War against Silik and some of the Suliban.
Silent Enemy January 16, 2002 André Bormanis 3.7 6.11 112
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.
Dear Doctor January 23, 2002 Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton 3.7 5.65 113
Phlox & Archer must decide where their morals lie about letting a species live or die from a pandemic.
Sleeping Dogs January 30, 2002 Fred Dekker 3.9 6.50 114
Hoshi, Malcolm and T'Pol board an unresponsive Klingon ship on decaying orbit into the crushing pressures of a gas giant.
Shadows of P'Jem February 6, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (teleplay)
3.8 6.05 115
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.
Shuttlepod One February 13, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 3.4 5.33 116
Reed and Trip are stranded in a shuttlepod with no foreseeable help arriving before life support runs out.
Fusion February 27, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman
3.0 4.49 117
Enterprise encounters a crew of emotional Vulcans; T'Pol experiences her first mind meld, with unsettling results.
Rogue Planet March 20, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Chris Black
Chris Black (teleplay)
3.3 4.69 118
Enterprise finds a sunless solitary planet with a small group of Eska who are hunting wraiths, an indigenous telepathic shapeshifting species.
Acquisition March 27, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton (teleplay)
3.4 5.45 119
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.
Oasis April 3, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Stephen Black 3.3 5.64 120
Archer, T'Pol, Trip and Travis find a crew apparently alive on a ship that crash-landed years ago.
Detained April 24, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (teleplay)
3.0 4.88 121
Archer and Travis find themselves imprisoned in a Suliban internment camp by the Tandarans.
Vox Sola May 1, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Fred Dekker
Dekker (teleplay)
3.4 5.40 122
An unknown alien boards Enterprise and starts capturing crew members, linking them together neurologically.
Fallen Hero May 8, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Chris Black (story)
Alan Cross (teleplay)
3.2 5.34 123
Enterprise finds itself under attack while transporting a Vulcan ambassador.
Desert Crossing May 8, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Andre Bormias
Andre Bormias (teleplay)
3.0 4.68 124
Enterprise finds itself aligned with a terrorist group when Trip and Archer are forced to cross many kilometers of desert on an alien world.
Two Days and Two Nights May 15, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 3.1 5.26 125
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.
Shockwave, Part I" May 22, 2002 Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 3.3 5.28 126
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

  1. ^ a b "How did your favorite show rate? (2001–02)". USA Today. May 28, 2002. http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/2002/2002-05-28-year-end-chart.htm. Retrieved May 25, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Star Trek: Enterprise on DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/shows/Star-Trek-Enterprise/3975. Retrieved December 18, 2007. 
  3. ^ Peter Schorn (April 21, 2005). "Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete First Season". IGN. http://uk.dvd.ign.com/articles/606/606231p1.html. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ Eric Profancik (May 3, 2005). "Star Trek: Enterprise, Season One". DVDVerdict.com. http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/enterpriseseason1.php. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ A J Carson (April 29, 2005). "Star Trek: Enterprise: Season One DVD Review". tvdvdreviews.com. http://www.tvdvdreviews.com/enterprise1.html. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Emmy Awards, Awards for 2002". IMDB. http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000223/2002. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 

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