Star Trek: Enterprise (season 1)

The first season 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.

Star Trek: Enterprise
Season 1
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DVD and Blu-ray cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes26
Release
Original networkUPN
Original releaseSeptember 26, 2001 –

May 22, 2002
Season chronology
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List of Star Trek: Enterprise episodes

Plot overviewEdit

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 aliens of the Suliban species, 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 responsible for policing the timeline, occasionally visits Archer to assist him in fighting the Suliban and undoing damage caused by the Temporal Cold War.

CastEdit

Main castEdit

Recurring castEdit

EpisodesEdit

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

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDateDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1
2
1
2
"Broken Bow"April 16, 2151 (2151-04-16)James L. ConwayRick Berman & Brannon BragaSeptember 26, 2001 (2001-09-26)40358-72112.5[1]

Enterprise (NX-01) is launched, and Captain Archer finds himself in the middle of a Temporal Cold War involving Klingons and Suliban.

  • Originally shown as a Two-hour Pilot Movie, but in syndication is shown as 2 separate episodes.
33"Fight or Flight"May 6, 2151 (2151-05-06)Allan KroekerRick Berman & Brannon BragaOctober 3, 2001 (2001-10-03)40358-0039.2[1]
Ensign Sato faces her fears on an alien ship whose crew was murdered, while Lieutenant Reed tries to upgrade the ship's defense system.
44"Strange New World"UnknownDavid LivingstonStory by : Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
October 10, 2001 (2001-10-10)40358-0047.8[1]
A storm traps an away team in a cave on an alien world, and pollen spores cause them to experience psychosis.
55"Unexpected"UnknownMike VejarRick Berman & Brannon BragaOctober 17, 2001 (2001-10-17)40358-0058.2[1]
Commander Tucker helps an alien crew fix their engines, has an "interspecies encounter" in a holodeck, and returns to find himself pregnant.
66"Terra Nova"UnknownLeVar BurtonStory by : Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : Antoinette Stella
October 24, 2001 (2001-10-24)40358-0068.4[1]
Enterprise is sent to learn what happened to an early Human colony called Terra Nova.
77"The Andorian Incident"June 19, 2151 (2151-06-19)Roxann DawsonStory by : Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Fred Dekker
Teleplay by : Fred Dekker
October 31, 2001 (2001-10-31)40358-0077.2[1]
Captain Archer, Commander Tucker, and Sub-Commander T'Pol are taken hostage by Andorians in a Vulcan monastery called P'Jem.
88"Breaking the Ice"UnknownTerry WindellAndre Jaquemetton & Maria JaquemettonNovember 7, 2001 (2001-11-07)40358-0087.4[1]
Lieutenant Reed and Ensign Mayweather extract a rare chemical on a comet while Sub-Commander T'Pol considers marriage to Koss.
99"Civilization"July 31, 2151 (2151-07-31)Mike VejarMike Sussman & Phyllis StrongNovember 14, 2001 (2001-11-14)40358-0097.1[1]
Captain Archer and an away team go undercover to a pre-industrial civilization in order to investigate an unexpected sensor reading.
1010"Fortunate Son"UnknownLeVar BurtonJames DuffNovember 21, 2001 (2001-11-21)40358-0106.1[1]
The cargo ship Fortunate is damaged by Nausicaan pirates and Enterprise offers a helping hand, only to find the acting-captain has secret plans.
1111"Cold Front"September 12, 2151 (2151-09-12)Robert Duncan McNeillStephen Beck & Tim FinchNovember 28, 2001 (2001-11-28)40358-0117.3[1]
Captain Archer learns that Crewman Daniels is covertly helping to fight the Temporal Cold War against Silik and members of the Suliban Cabal.
1212"Silent Enemy"September 1, 2151 (2151-09-01)Winrich KolbeAndré BormanisJanuary 16, 2002 (2002-01-16)40358-0126.1[1]
Ensign Sato tries to find out what Lieutenant Reed's favorite food is, while Captain Archer deals with a secretive and aggressive alien first contact.
1313"Dear Doctor"UnknownJames A. ContnerAndre Jaquemetton & Maria JaquemettonJanuary 23, 2002 (2002-01-23)40358-0135.7[1]
Doctor Phlox and Captain Archer must decide the fate of two species suffering from an evolutionary pandemic.
1414"Sleeping Dogs"UnknownLes LandauFred DekkerJanuary 30, 2002 (2002-01-30)40358-0146.5[1]
Ensign Sato, Lieutenant Reed and Sub-Commander T'Pol attempt to help an unresponsive Klingon ship escape the crushing pressures of a gas giant.
1515"Shadows of P'Jem"UnknownMike VejarStory by : Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
February 6, 2002 (2002-02-06)40358-0156.1[1]
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.
1616"Shuttlepod One"November 9, 2151 (2151-11-09)David LivingstonRick Berman & Brannon BragaFebruary 13, 2002 (2002-02-13)40358-0165.3[1]
After finding debris from Enterprise, Lieutenant Reed and Commander Tucker are stranded in a shuttlepod far from help.
1717"Fusion"UnknownRob HeddonStory by : Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : Phyllis Strong & Mike Sussman
February 27, 2002 (2002-02-27)40358-0174.5[1]
Enterprise encounters a crew of emotional Vulcans; Sub-Commander T'Pol experiences an illicit mind meld, with unsettling results.
1818"Rogue Planet"UnknownAllan KroekerStory by : Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Chris Black
Teleplay by : Chris Black
March 20, 2002 (2002-03-20)40358-0184.7[1]
Enterprise finds a sunless solitary planet with a small group of aliens who are hunting "wraiths", an indigenous telepathic and shape-shifting species.
1919"Acquisition"UnknownJames Whitmore, Jr.Story by : Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : Maria Jaquemetton & Andre Jaquemetton
March 27, 2002 (2002-03-27)40358-0195.4[1]
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.
2020"Oasis"UnknownJim CharlestonStory by : Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Stephen Beck
Teleplay by : Stephen Beck
April 3, 2002 (2002-04-03)40358-0205.6[1]
Captain Archer and an away team find a mysterious crew apparently alive on a ship that crash-landed years ago.
2121"Detained"UnknownDavid LivingstonStory by : Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : Mike Sussman & Phyllis Strong
April 24, 2002 (2002-04-24)40358-0214.9[1]
Captain Archer and Ensign Mayweather find themselves imprisoned in a Suliban internment camp run by the Tandarans.
2222"Vox Sola"UnknownRoxann DawsonStory by : Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Fred Dekker
Teleplay by : Fred Dekker
May 1, 2002 (2002-05-01)40358-0225.4[1]
A strange, symbiotic alien creature boards Enterprise and starts kidnapping members of the crew.
2323"Fallen Hero"February 9, 2152 (2152-02-09)Patrick NorrisStory by : Rick Berman, Brannon Braga & Chris Black
Teleplay by : Alan Cross
May 8, 2002 (2002-05-08)40358-0235.3[1]
Enterprise finds itself under attack while transporting a controversial Vulcan ambassador.
2424"Desert Crossing"February 12, 2152 (2152-02-12)David StraitonStory by : Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and André Bormanis
Teleplay by : André Bormanis
May 8, 2002 (2002-05-08)40358-0244.7[1]
Commander Tucker and Captain Archer are invited to a desert planet by a man named Zobral, only to discover that he has ulterior motives.
2525"Two Days and Two Nights"February 18, 2152 (2152-02-18)Michael DornStory by : Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Teleplay by : Chris Black
May 15, 2002 (2002-05-15)40358-0255.3[1]
Enterprise finally arrives for shore leave on Risa. While there, the crew experience more than they are later willing to admit.
2626"Shockwave, Part I"UnknownAllan KroekerRick Berman & Brannon BragaMay 22, 2002 (2002-05-22)40358-0265.3[1]
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.

BroadcastEdit

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[2] 5.9[2]

ReceptionEdit

In reviewing the first season, DVDVerdict.com described the show as "seriously flawed" and noted "weak story telling".[3] 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".[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]

In 2019, CBR rated Season 1 of Enterprise as the 27th best season of all Star Trek seasons up to that time.[6]

AwardsEdit

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".[7]

Media informationEdit

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[8]
Season 1 26 May 3, 2005

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Episode List: Star Trek: Enterprise". TV Tango. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "How did your favorite show rate? (2001–02)". USA Today. May 28, 2002. Retrieved May 25, 2007.
  3. ^ Eric Profancik (May 3, 2005). "Star Trek: Enterprise, Season One". DVDVerdict.com. Archived from the original on December 18, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2010.
  4. ^ Peter Schorn (April 21, 2005). "Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete First Season". IGN. Retrieved September 30, 2010.
  5. ^ A J Carson (April 29, 2005). "Star Trek: Enterprise: Season One DVD Review". tvdvdreviews.com. Retrieved September 30, 2010.
  6. ^ "Every Star Trek Season of TV Ever, Ranked from Worst to Best". CBR. January 4, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Emmy Awards, Awards for 2002". IMDb. Retrieved September 30, 2010.
  8. ^ "Star Trek: Enterprise on DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2007.

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