Star Trek: Enterprise (season 1)

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Star Trek: Enterprise Season 1
Startrek enterprise dvdset.jpg
Season 1 DVD Box set and cover art
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 26
Release
Original channel UPN
Original release September 26, 2001 – May 22, 2002
Season chronology
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Season 2
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[edit]

The first two seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise depict the Human 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. In the ninety years since Star Trek: First Contact, the Vulcans have been mentoring and guiding Humans, routinely holding back scientific knowledge in an effort to keep them contained close to home, believing them to be too impulsive and emotionally dominated to function properly in an interstellar community. When Enterprise finally sets out, the Vulcans, often represented by T'Pol, are conspicuously close by. This generates some conflict as, in several early episodes, Archer and others often complain of the Vulcans' unsubtle methods of keeping an eye on them.

The early encounters and historic culture of familiar Star Trek franchise races, such as the Vulcans, Klingons, Andorians, Ferengi, Nausicaans, and Risans are also explored further. 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 lore and canon 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 Lieutenant Reed's development of force fields and red alerts, and Captain Archer's and Sub-Commander T'Pol's questions about cultural interference eventually being resolved 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, occasionally visits Archer to assist him in fighting the Suliban and undoing "damaged threads" in the timeline.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

In the following table, episodes are listed by the order in which they aired.

Abbreviations: "NR": Nielsen Rating; "V": Viewers in millions of people.

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by NR V Original air date Production
code
1/2 1/2 "Broken Bow" James Conway Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 7.0 12.54 September 26, 2001 40358-721 (001-002)
Enterprise (NX-01) is launched, and Captain Archer finds himself in the middle of a Temporal Cold War involving Klingons and Suliban.
3 3 "Fight or Flight" Allan Kroeker Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 5.7 9.18 October 3, 2001 40358-003
Ensign Sato faces her fears on an alien ship whose crew was murdered, while Lieutenant Reed tries to upgrade the ship's defense system.
4 4 "Strange New World" David Livingston Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (teleplay)
5.0 7.81 October 10, 2001 40358-004
A storm traps an away team in a cave on an alien world, and pollen spores cause them to experience psychosis.
5 5 "Unexpected" Mike Vejar Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 5.2 8.16 October 17, 2001 40358-005
Commander Tucker helps an alien crew fix their engines, has an "interpecies encounter" in a holodeck, and returns to find himself pregnant.
6 6 "Terra Nova" LeVar Burton Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 5.1 8.35 October 24, 2001 40358-006
Enterprise is sent to learn what happened to an early Human colony called Terra Nova.
7 7 "The Andorian Incident" Roxann Dawson Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Fred Dekker (story)
Fred Dekker (teleplay)
4.5 7.19 October 31, 2001 40358-007
Captain Archer, Commander Tucker, and Sub-Commander T'Pol are taken hostage by Andorians in a Vulcan monastery called P'Jem.
8 8 "Breaking the Ice" Terry Windell Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton 4.9 7.36 November 7, 2001 40358-008
Lieutenant Reed and Ensign Mayweather extract a rare chemical on a comet while Sub-Commander T'Pol considers marriage to Koss.
9 9 "Civilization" Mike Vejar Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman 4.6 7.14 November 14, 2001 40358-009
Captain Archer and an away team go undercover to a pre-industrial civilization, in order to investigate an unexpected sensor reading.
10 10 "Fortunate Son" LeVar Burton James Duff 4.8 6.11 November 21, 2001 40358-010
The cargo ship Fortunate is damaged by Nausicaan pirates and Enterprise offers a helping hand, only to find the acting-captain has secret plans.
11 11 "Cold Front" Robert Duncan McNeill Stephen Beck & Tim Finch 4.7 7.33 November 28, 2001 40358-011
Captain Archer learns that Crewman Daniels is covertly helping to fight the Temporal Cold War against Silik and members of the Suliban Cabal.
12 12 "Silent Enemy" Winrich Kolbe André Bormanis 3.7 6.11 January 16, 2002 40358-012
Ensign Sato tries to find what Lieutenant Reed's favorite food is, while Captain Archer deals with a secretive and aggressive alien first contact.
13 13 "Dear Doctor" James A. Contner Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton 3.7 5.65 January 23, 2002 40358-013
Doctor Phlox and Captain Archer must decide the fate of two species suffering from an evolutionary pandemic.
14 14 "Sleeping Dogs" Les Landau Fred Dekker 3.9 6.50 January 30, 2002 40358-014
Ensign Sato, Lieutenant Reed and Sub-Commander T'Pol attempt to help an unresponsive Klingon ship escape the crushing pressures of a gas giant.
15 15 "Shadows of P'Jem" Mike Vejar Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (teleplay)
3.8 6.05 February 6, 2002 40358-015
Sub-Commander T'Pol is recalled to Vulcan. During her final away mission, she and Captain Archer are kidnapped, leading to another confrontation between Vulcans and Andorians.
16 16 "Shuttlepod One" David Livingston Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 3.4 5.33 February 13, 2002 40358-016
After finding debris from Enterprise, Lieutenant Reed and Commander Tucker are stranded in a shuttlepod far from help.
17 17 "Fusion" Rob Heddon Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman
3.0 4.49 February 27, 2002 40358-017
Enterprise encounters a crew of emotional Vulcans; Sub-Commander T'Pol experiences an illicit mind meld, with unsettling results.
18 18 "Rogue Planet" Allan Kroeker Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Chris Black
Chris Black (teleplay)
3.3 4.69 March 20, 2002 40358-018
Enterprise finds a sunless solitary planet with a small group of aliens who are hunting "wraiths", an indigenous telepathic and shape-shifting species.
19 19 "Acquisition" James Whitmore, Jr. Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton (teleplay)
3.4 5.45 March 27, 2002 40358-019
A group of Ferengi hijack Enterprise, but Commander Tucker, Captain Archer and Sub-Commander T'Pol resist the pirates in order to win back their ship.
20 20 "Oasis" Jim Charleston Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Stephen Black 3.3 5.64 April 3, 2002 40358-020
Captain Archer and an away team find a mysterious crew apparently alive on a ship that crash-landed years ago.
21 21 "Detained" David Livingston Rick Berman & Brannon Braga (story)
Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong (teleplay)
3.0 4.88 April 24, 2002 40358-021
Captain Archer and Ensign Mayweather find themselves imprisoned in a Suliban internment camp run by the Tandarans.
22 22 "Vox Sola" Roxann Dawson Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Fred Dekker
Dekker (teleplay)
3.4 5.40 May 1, 2002 40358-022
A strange, symbiotic alien creature boards Enterprise and starts kidnapping members of the crew.
23 23 "Fallen Hero" Patrick Norris Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Chris Black (story)
Alan Cross (teleplay)
3.2 5.34 May 8, 2002 40358-023
Enterprise finds itself under attack while transporting a controversial Vulcan ambassador.
24 24 "Desert Crossing" David Straiton Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & André Bormanis
André Bormanis (teleplay)
3.0 4.68 May 8, 2002 40358-024
Commander Tucker and Captain Archer are invited to a desert planet by a man named Zobral, only to discover that he has ulterior motives.
25 25 "Two Days and Two Nights" Michael Dorn Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 3.1 5.26 May 15, 2002 40358-025
Enterprise finally arrives for shore leave on Risa. While there, the crew experience more than they are later willing to admit.
26 26 "Shockwave, Part I" Allan Kroeker Rick Berman & Brannon Braga 3.3 5.28 May 22, 2002 40358-026
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 Captain Archer is trapped in the future.

Broadcast[edit]

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]

Reception[edit]

In reviewing the first season, DVDVerdict.com described the show as "seriously flawed" and noted "weak story telling".[2] 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] 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".[4]

Awards[edit]

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".[5]

Media information[edit]

The first season DVD was released on May 3, 2005, ten days before 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[6]
Season 1 26 May 3, 2005

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "How did your favorite show rate? (2001–02)". USA Today. May 28, 2002. Retrieved May 25, 2007. 
  2. ^ Eric Profancik (May 3, 2005). "Star Trek: Enterprise, Season One". DVDVerdict.com. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Peter Schorn (April 21, 2005). "Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete First Season". IGN. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ A J Carson (April 29, 2005). "Star Trek: Enterprise: Season One DVD Review". tvdvdreviews.com. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Emmy Awards, Awards for 2002". IMDB. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Star Trek: Enterprise on DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved December 18, 2007. 

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