The Forgotten (Star Trek: Enterprise)

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"The Forgotten"
Star Trek: Enterprise episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 20
Directed by LeVar Burton
Written by Chris Black
David A. Goodman
Featured music Paul Baillargeon
Production code 320
Original air date April 28, 2004 (2004-04-28)
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"The Forgotten" is the seventy-second episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the twentieth episode of season three. It first aired on April 28, 2004, on the UPN network in the United States.

Set in the 22nd century, the series follows the adventures of the first Starfleet starship Enterprise, registration NX-01. Season three of Enterprise features an ongoing story following an attack on Earth by previously unknown aliens called the Xindi.


Previously on Star Trek: Enterprise, the Enterprise enters the Delphic Expanse after Earth is attacked by a prototype weapon sent by the Xindi. They are a group of five surviving races who each evolved on the same planet. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and the crew investigate the presence of a superweapon with which the Xindi intend to destroy Earth.

Captain Archer invites Degra on board the Enterprise in an attempt to gain his trust but Commander Tucker undermines the captain's efforts by repeatedly reviling the guest for the suffering Draga's species caused during an attacked of Earth in April, 2153 and killed Tucker's sister.

Meanwhile, a dangerous plasma fire erupts unnoticed on Enterprise's hull. Initially, the blaze is small, but it eventually grows into a spectacular, tall, green column of flame. The fire expands progressively until Tucker and Lt. Reed don space suits, venture onto the hull, and extinguish it. During this procedure, Ensign Sato informs Archer that Reed's proximity to the fire had caused the interior temperature of his suit to reach a dangerous forty-four degrees Celsius (121.2° Fahrenheit). To avoid heat exhaustion, Archer repeatedly orders Reed to return to the interior of Enterprise, but Reed remains until his task is complete. He successfully extinguishes the fire with Tucker, but becomes unconscious. When he returns to Enterprise, an emergency medical team led by Dr. Phlox gives him immediate attention.

Sub-Commander T'Pol enters Sickbay and discusses with Phlox the consequences of her Trellium addiction that had been introduced in the previous episode. She is troubled when Phlox tells her the addiction had likely caused permanent damage to her ability to control emotions. "You used Trellium for three months," he says. "You may have to learn to live with your emotions." This prognosis is more pessimistic than the one Phlox offered earlier.

Archer orders Tucker to write a letter to the parents of Jane Taylor (Kipleigh Brown), a member of his engineering team who died in one of Enterprise's recent battles.


"The Forgotten" marked the seventh episode of Enterprise to be directed by LeVar Burton.

The episode was the third of the season to be directed by Star Trek: The Next Generation alumni LeVar Burton. He had previously directed two episodes in each of the first two seasons of the show. "The Forgotten" marked the first episode jointly written by Chris Black and David A. Goodman. They had each written several episodes of the series previously on a solo basis, and Goodman also wrote the Star Trek themed Futurama episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before".[1]

Both Randy Oglesby and Rick Worthy returned in their recurring guest roles as members of the Xindi council, while Bob Morrisey returned to Enterprise as a Reptilian Captain, having previously appeared in the episode "Stigma" as Dr. Strom. Joining in a brief appearance as an Engineer in "The Forgotten" was Seth MacFarlane, creator of the television series Family Guy.[1] He made one further appearance in the series, in the season four episode "Affliction" where his character was given the name of Ensign Rivers.[2]

Production began on "The Forgotten" on January 23, 2004 and overlapped with three other episodes. This meant that the first day's shoot only involved Connor Trinneer, Jolene Blalock and Kipleigh Brown. When filming resumed after the weekend, the rest of the cast joined in the shooting on "The Forgotten" using a variety of standing sets for the Enterprise which are showing damage as a result of the action in earlier episodes. An additional set which made it's first appearance was the morgue on the ship, which was holding three Reptilian-Xindi as a result of the episode "Carpenter Street". Filming concluded on February 2, with an additional special effects shoot for the outside hull effects on the following day with Trinneer and Dominic Keating. The remainder of the cast began filming on the following episode, "".[1]

Reception and home media release[edit]

The first home media release of "The Forgotten" was as part of the season three DVD box set, released in the United States on September 27, 2005.[3] The Blu-ray release of Enterprise was announced in early 2013,[4] and released on January 7, 2014.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Production Report: Picking up the Pieces in "The Forgotten"". Star February 6, 2004. Archived from the original on February 8, 2004. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "MacFarlane, Seth". Star Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ Douglass Jr., Todd (September 27, 2005). "Star Trek Enterprise – The Complete 3rd Season". DVD Talk. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Enterprise Trekking To Blu-ray; Fans Helped Pick Covers". Star January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Miller III, Randy (January 7, 2014). "Star Trek: Enterprise - Season Three (Blu-ray)". DVD Talk. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 

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