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Enterprise (2001–2003)
Star Trek: Enterprise (2003–2005)
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The ENT series logo

Abbr.: ENT
Created by: Rick Berman
Brannon Braga
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Original network: UPN
Production dates: 2001–2005
Original run: 26 September 200113 May 2005
Episodes: 97 (4 seasons), 1 is feature-length (split into two parts for reruns)
Timespan: 2151-2155, Stardate 47457.1 (2370)
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The Enterprise

The Enterprise
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The cast in Season 1

The cast in Season 1
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The cast in Season 3

The cast in Season 3
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First and second season logo

Star Trek: Enterprise is the fifth live-action TV series set in the Star Trek universe and the sixth in total. Created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, and based upon Gene Roddenberry's classic 1966 Star Trek (and its subsequent spin-offs), Enterprise was a "prequel", set a century before the time of Kirk and Spock. The series followed the voyages of the first starship Enterprise and mankind's first steps into the "final frontier". Initially titled as simply Enterprise, the series ran an abbreviated four seasons. The series debuted in 2001 on the United Paramount Network. It was cancelled in 2005.

As of 2014, due to its status as a prequel series, Enterprise is the only Star Trek production whose continuity is not affected by the events of the 2009 film reintroducing the crew of James T. Kirk.

Summary

Enterprise was set in the 22nd century, at a time before the Federation and while United Earth was just becoming a player in interstellar politics.

One distinction from all previous Star Trek series, which used stardates to establish chronology via Captain's Log entries, was that Enterprise used Earth calendar references (days, months and years).

Enterprise, like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine before it, tended to avoid an episodic format and featured numerous story arcs throughout its run. Story lines included the Temporal Cold War and the Xindi arc that took up the show's entire third season.

Like its predecessor, Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise aired on UPN, rather than in first-run syndication like TNG and DS9. Initially, the ratings for Enterprise were as strong as those for Voyager, but the new series steadily lost viewers, and was finally canceled after its fourth season.

Numerous factors contributed to the demise of Enterprise. Due to its setting, the show was perhaps doomed from the start to step on the toes of previous canon and fanon, provoking the ire of the core Star Trek fan base. Enterprise may also have taken a ratings hit because viewers that used then-new digital video recorders were not yet included in official counts.

Even so, Enterprise accomplished a number of technical firsts for a Star Trek series, including the first episode aired in high-definition, "Exile", and the first episode produced entirely with digital video equipment, "Storm Front". The series was also the first to be produced in widescreen format.

Basic plot

Launched in the year 2151, the Template:ShipClass starship Enterprise, (the first of United Earth's advanced warp five vessels) was at first on temporary assignment. Though years of preparation still lay ahead, the ship was unexpectedly put into service when a Klingon national crash-landed on Earth, putting the entire planet at stake should he not make it back to his people. Under the command of United Starfleet Captain Jonathan Archer, son of the famed scientist Henry Archer, the crew of Enterprise succeeded in their mission, but found themselves surrounded by deeper mysteries. Warranting the extension of their assignment into a full-blown mission of deep space exploration, the crew of the Enterprise set off into the unknown, taking with them a Vulcan science officer (or chaperone) named T'Pol and a Denobulan doctor named Phlox.

Enterprise's first years were rocky; while the ship made contact with such species as the Suliban and the previously mentioned Klingons, such contact was not peaceful. In its first two years alone, the ship's crew found themselves in armed conflict with a range of species from the Tholians to the Coridan to the Borg... and things only got worse. By its third year in space, an alien species known as the Xindi brutally attacked Earth, killing millions.

The NX-01 was dispatched to a remote and previously uncharted area of space known as the Delphic Expanse in order to prevent the Xindi from completing their ultimate goal of destroying Humanity. While the ship was successful, after nearly a year in the Expanse, the ship suffered severe damage and many losses.

Upon returning home, Enterprise served a more diplomatic role in the service of United Earth, easing relations between the Vulcans, the Andorians, and the Tellarites, and paving the way toward a Coalition of Planets, an alliance that would eventually lead to the founding of the United Federation of Planets. Though still often tumultuous, Enterprise continued its mission of exploration as well, bringing Humans in contact with even more new worlds and new civilizations.

Throughout its ten-year voyage, the events of Enterprise shaped the next generation of space exploration. Enterprise was truly the first to "boldly go where no man had gone before..."

Main cast

Star Trek: Enterprise was the only live action Star Trek series to complete its run without a change in the cast. Star Trek: The Animated Series also didn't have a change in the main voice cast during its two seasons.

Recurring characters

Production crew

Episode list

Season 1

ENT Season 1, 25 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Date Original airdate
Broken Bow 1x01/02 001 2151-04-16 2001-09-26
Fight or Flight 1x03 003 2151-05-06 2001-10-03
Strange New World 1x04 004 Unknown 2001-10-10
Unexpected 1x05 005 Unknown 2001-10-17
Terra Nova 1x06 006 Unknown 2001-10-24
The Andorian Incident 1x07 007 Unknown 2001-10-31
Breaking the Ice 1x08 008 Unknown 2001-11-07
Civilization 1x09 009 2151-07-31 2001-11-14
Fortunate Son 1x10 010 Unknown 2001-11-21
Cold Front 1x11 011 2151-09-09 2001-11-28
Silent Enemy 1x12 012 2151-09-01 2002-01-16
Dear Doctor 1x13 013 Unknown 2002-01-23
Sleeping Dogs 1x14 015 Unknown 2002-01-30
Shadows of P'Jem 1x15 014 Unknown 2002-02-06
Shuttlepod One 1x16 016 2151-11-09 2002-02-13
Fusion 1x17 017 Unknown 2002-02-27
Rogue Planet 1x18 018 Unknown 2002-03-20
Acquisition 1x19 019 Unknown 2002-03-27
Oasis 1x20 020 Unknown 2002-04-03
Detained 1x21 021 Unknown 2002-04-24
Vox Sola 1x22 022 Unknown 2002-05-01
Fallen Hero 1x23 023 2152-02-09 2002-05-08
Desert Crossing 1x24 024 2152-02-12 2002-05-08
Two Days and Two Nights 1x25 025 2152-02-18 2002-05-15
Shockwave 1x26 026 Unknown 2002-05-22

Season 2

ENT Season 2, 26 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Date Original airdate
Shockwave, Part II 2x01 028 Unknown 2002-09-18
Carbon Creek 2x02 027 2152-04-12 2002-09-25
Minefield 2x03 029 Unknown 2002-10-02
Dead Stop 2x04 031 Unknown 2002-10-09
A Night in Sickbay 2x05 030 Unknown 2002-10-16
Marauders 2x06 032 Unknown 2002-10-30
The Seventh 2x07 033 Unknown 2002-11-06
The Communicator 2x08 034 Unknown 2002-11-13
Singularity 2x09 035 2152-08-14 2002-11-20
Vanishing Point 2x10 036 Unknown 2002-11-27
Precious Cargo 2x11 037 2152-09-12 2002-12-11
The Catwalk 2x12 038 2152-09-18 2002-12-18
Dawn 2x13 039 Unknown 2003-01-08
Stigma 2x14 040 Unknown 2003-02-05
Cease Fire 2x15 041 Unknown 2003-02-12
Future Tense 2x16 042 Unknown 2003-02-19
Canamar 2x17 043 Unknown 2003-02-26
The Crossing 2x18 044 Unknown 2003-04-02
Judgment 2x19 045 Unknown 2003-04-09
Horizon 2x20 046 2153-01-10 2003-04-16
The Breach 2x21 047 Unknown 2003-04-23
Cogenitor 2x22 048 Unknown 2003-04-30
Regeneration 2x23 049 2153-03-01 2003-05-07
First Flight 2x24 050 Unknown 2003-05-14
Bounty 2x25 051 2153-03-21 2003-05-14
The Expanse 2x26 052 2153-04-24 2003-05-21

Season 3

ENT Season 3, 24 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Date Original airdate
The Xindi 3x01 053 Unknown 2003-09-10
Anomaly 3x02 054 Unknown 2003-09-17
Extinction 3x03 055 Unknown 2003-09-24
Rajiin 3x04 056 Unknown 2003-10-01
Impulse 3x05 057 Unknown 2003-10-08
Exile 3x06 058 Unknown 2003-10-15
The Shipment 3x07 059 Unknown 2003-10-29
Twilight 3x08 060 Unknown 2003-11-05
North Star 3x09 061 Unknown 2003-11-12
Similitude 3x10 062 Unknown 2003-11-19
Carpenter Street 3x11 063 Unknown 2003-11-26
Chosen Realm 3x12 064 Unknown 2004-01-14
Proving Ground 3x13 065 2153-12-06 2004-01-21
Stratagem 3x14 066 2153-12-12 2004-02-04
Harbinger 3x15 067 2153-12-27 2004-02-11
Doctor's Orders 3x16 068 Unknown 2004-02-18
Hatchery 3x17 069 2154-01-08 2004-02-25
Azati Prime 3x18 070 2154-01 2004-03-03
Damage 3x19 071 Unknown 2004-04-21
The Forgotten 3x20 072 Unknown 2004-04-28
3x21 073 Unknown 2004-05-05
The Council 3x22 074 2154-02-12 2004-05-12
Countdown 3x23 075 2154-02-13 2004-05-19
Zero Hour 3x24 076 2154-02-14 2004-05-26

Season 4

ENT Season 4, 22 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Date Original airdate
Storm Front 4x01 077 Unknown 2004-10-08
Storm Front, Part II 4x02 078 Unknown 2004-10-15
Home 4x03 079 Unknown 2004-10-22
Borderland 4x04 080 2154-05-17 2004-10-29
Cold Station 12 4x05 081 Unknown 2004-11-05
The Augments 4x06 082 2154-05-27 2004-11-12
The Forge 4x07 083 Unknown 2004-11-19
Awakening 4x08 084 Unknown 2004-11-26
Kir'Shara 4x09 085 Unknown 2004-12-03
Daedalus 4x10 086 Unknown 2005-01-14
Observer Effect 4x11 087 Unknown 2005-01-21
Babel One 4x12 088 2154-11-12 2005-01-28
United 4x13 089 2154-11-15 2005-02-04
The Aenar 4x14 090 Unknown 2005-02-11
Affliction 4x15 091 2154-11-27 2005-02-18
Divergence 4x16 092 2154-12 2005-02-25
Bound 4x17 093 2154-12-27 2005-04-15
In a Mirror, Darkly 4x18 094 2155-01-13 2005-04-22
In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II 4x19 095 2155-01-18 2005-04-29
Demons 4x20 096 2155-01-19 2005-05-06
Terra Prime 4x21 097 Unknown 2005-05-13
These Are the Voyages... 4x22 098 47457.1 2005-05-13

Proposed Season 5 stories

See: Undeveloped Star Trek: Enterprise episodes.

Related topics

Background

Perhaps the most controversial of all the Star Trek spin-offs, and certainly the most polarizing, Enterprise was created in the hopes of revitalizing the Star Trek franchise, ratings for the previous series, Star Trek: Voyager, having waned near the end. Intended to be more modern, with characters far from Gene Roddenberry's 24th century Utopian Humanity, Enterprise was situated in one of the least explored eras in the Star Trek universe and a time only 150 years from present day.

The producers - under the guidance of Roddenberry's successor, Rick Berman - sought to set the series apart from those that had come before, creating nearly every set, prop and costume anew and tending toward a more encompassing, "you-are-there" style of storytelling.

According to comments made by Executive Producer Brannon Braga in discussions with fans at TrekMovie.com, Berman's original idea for the series was to have the entire first season set on Earth as Humanity's first-ever warp starship was constructed. This was soon decided to be too far removed from the style of the franchise as a whole, and so the premise was redrafted.

The series was the first to incorporate lyrics into its opening theme song (unused lyrics did exist for the original series' fanfare); it also did not include the words Star Trek in its title until the third season episode "Extinction".

Despite these departures, Enterprise producers also borrowed heavily from the classic series, using the triad of characters, Archer, T'Pol and Tucker in much the same way as Kirk, Spock and McCoy.

It was their intention to bring Star Trek back to its fundamental concepts of exploration and "cowboy diplomacy", with Scott Bakula as Captain Archer, a far more Kirk-like commander than previous Star Trek headliners.

Premiering on 26 September 2001 with a strong opening, the two-hour pilot "Broken Bow" garnered a 9.9 overnight rating and a 15% share. Ratings, however, declined over the next few seasons, dipping to an average 2.5 million viewers an episode.

As early as the second season, rumors of the show's imminent cancellation pushed the producers to find new directions to take the series. Beginning with the series' third season, Enterprise adopted a darker tone and a more violent arc, in some ways mirroring the post 9/11 sentiment.

While many critics were impressed with the new pull of the series, ratings remained low, and the show was canceled at the end of its fourth season. Despite the protests and a hoped-for fan-funded fifth season, production of Enterprise ceased at the conclusion of the 2005 television season.

Enterprise's opening title sequence is notable, featuring the Enterprise OV-101 shuttle, named in real life in honor of Star Trek, an interesting paradox. Also used in the sequence: a clip of Zefram Cochrane's ship, the Phoenix, from Star Trek: First Contact, and the real-life animated footage of the Mars rover.

Enterprise was nominated for five individual Saturn Awards, won an ASCAP Award in 2002 for "Top TV Series", was nominated for seventeen Emmy Awards, winning four, and two episodes were nominated for Hugo Awards.

Enterprise was the first series to air in high definition. It was produced in 1080i with Sony HD cameras starting in Season 4; the first 3 seasons were filmed with traditional 35mm film cameras (which were then transferred to digital for broadcast) [X]wbm.

The wrap party for Enterprise was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 7:00 PM. The notes "Dress Festive" and that cocktails, dinner, and a DJ are available are on the invitation. The introduction featured the following text: "This Mission May Be Over But Let's Get The Party Started! Paramount Network Television invites you and your guest to journey back in time at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and glimpse the future in the newly-launched Theodore Restaurant and Lounge. Let's commemorate the final voyage of Star Trek: Enterprise".

Brannon Braga revealed via his Twitter account that before cancellation there was some talk about setting the entire fifth season in the mirror universe. [1]

Video games

Only two official video games using the Enterprise-era have been released. They are: Star Trek: Encounters, and Star Trek: Legacy. However, these two games are not true Enterprise games. The two games cover all five Star Trek shows, not simply Enterprise.

Syndication

With four seasons, Enterprise reached syndication less than a year after its cancellation, in some markets airing multiple times a week. However, with the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, Enterprise was replaced in syndication by "remastered" versions of classic TOS episodes on 16 September 2006.

Episodes are available on CBS.com and its sister site TV.com. Netflix online streaming subscribers can also view episodes.

The first three seasons are also available on the Xbox Live Marketplace (currently US only), a premium service offered with the Xbox 360. Each episode costs about two to three US dollars, and are available in both standard and high-definition widescreen. Two part episodes are broken up into two separate episodes and must be purchased separately.

The first three seasons are also available on the iTunes Store in both standard and high-definition widescreen. The fourth season is available except for "Storm Front, Part 1" and "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part 1".

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