Under intense scrutiny, the debut season of Enterprise
earned a passing grade from critics and Star Trek
fans alike. Voyager
ended its seven-season run just four months earlier, and fans were skeptical when Enterprise
premiered with a theme song ("Where My Heart Will Take Me," composed by Diane Warren and performed by Russell Watson) that defied Trek's revered theme-music tradition. This and other early reservations were dispelled when "Broken Bow" got the series off to a satisfying start, beginning in the year 2151 and establishing a pre-Federation focus on humanity's delicate relationship with the Vulcans, the controversial launch of the NX-01 Enterprise on an exploratory mission, and the potentially devastating consequences of the mysterious Temporal Cold War involving a time-traveling splinter group of the Suliban, a nomadic alien race. While establishing a testy relationship between Enterprise Capt. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and his smart-and-sexy Vulcan Sub-Commander, T'Pol (Jolene Blalock, in a short-banged wig and form-fitting "catsuit" that were later redesigned), the series introduced engineer "Trip" Tucker (Connor Trineer), whose surprise development in "Unexpected" made him a fan favorite; communications officer Hoshi Sato (Linda Park); helmsman Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery); weapons expert Lt. Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating), and chief surgeon Dr. Phlox (John Billingsley), a well-mannered Denobulan recruit from Earth's Interspecies Medical Exchange.
As a "prequel' series that predates the original Star Trek by 150 years, Enterprise built upon established Trek lore with episodes involving Vulcans ("Breaking the Ice"), Klingons ("Sleeping Dogs"), the blue-skinned Andorians ("The Andorian Incident," "Shadows of P'Jem"), and the Ferengi ("Acquisition") while offering stand-alone episodes (notably "Dear Doctor," "Fortunate Son," and "Shuttlepod One") that further acquainted fans with the Enterprise regulars. Early Trek technology is also introduced (including "phase pistols" and the rarely used, still-risky transporter), and the series drew strength from what many felt would be its primary weakness: unwritten history and the initial indecisiveness of Archer's bold foray into the unknown. Ending with a dazzling "Shock Wave" cliffhanger that leaves Archer stranded in a decimated Temporal Cold War future, Enterprise set a strong foundation for the events of season 2. --Jeff Shannon
Complete first series of the American television sci-fi programme, set 100 years before the events of the original 1960s series. In the mid-22nd century intergalactic space travel is in its infancy. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and his faithful crew begin the first voyages of the Starship Enterprise, its mission to expore new galaxies and seek out new life-forms, to boldly go (sic) where no one has gone before. In this series the human race makes its first contact with the Klingons, and also with the sinister Suliban race, something that will have deep ramifications as the series progresses. The crew also tries to help an alien race inflicted with a deadly illness, encounters space pirates, and meets an exiled group of Vulcans who have rejected the normal Vulcan conditions of logic. Episodes are: 'Broken Bow (1)'; 'Broken Bow (2)'; 'Fight Or Flight'; 'Strange New World'; 'Unexpected'; 'Terra Nova'; 'The Andorian Incident'; 'Breaking the Ice'; 'Civilisation'; 'Fortunate Son'; 'Cold Front'; 'Silent Enemy'; 'Dear Doctor'; 'Sleeping Dogs'; 'Shadows of P'Jem'; 'Shuttlepod One'; 'Fusion'; 'Rogue Planet'; 'Acquisition'; 'Oasis'; 'Detained'; 'Vox Sola'; 'Fallen Hero'; 'Desert Crossing'; 'Two Days and Two Nights' and 'Shockwave (Part 1)'.