Set in the 22nd century, a hundred years before James T. Kirk helmed the famous starship of the same name, ENTERPRISE takes place in an era when interstellar travel is still in its infancy. Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott B... more »akula) has assembled a crew of brave explorers to chart the galaxy on a revolutionary spacecraft: Enterprise NX-01. As the first human beings to venture into deep space, these pioneers will experience the wonder and mystery of the final frontier as they seek out new life and new civilizations.« less
Ed K. (GooRoo) from LACEY, WA Reviewed on 3/19/2016...
Scott Bakula is excellent as the captain of the Enterprise NX-01. He displays all of the (expected) enthusiasm of the first leader of an exploratory mission ... just a bit naive.
Connor Trinneer is very believable as the commander in charge of engineering, and the captain's long-time friend. (Also a bit naive.)
Linda Park shows the reason she was selected to play the part of the communications officer ... able to wrap her tongue and lips around a wide variety of sounds, as evidenced in the first episode, where she is seen conducting a class in South America.
Jolene Blalock is usually a very typical Vulcan, and this series allows her to portray what a Vulcan stripped (grin) of her emotional control can be like.
John Billingsley is the essence of an alien doctor enjoying the experience of providing medical assistance to a bunch of these strange earth people as they go out into the galaxy's new experiences. (His makeup and occasional CGI effects are ... interesting ... to say the least.)
Anthony Montgomery is the 'boomer' enjoying his part of the first warp 5 starship, and is, perhaps, the most level headed member of the crew.
Dominic Keating is the Brit doing his best to out-Vulcan Vulcans, while maintaining the safety of his starship and its crew.
Overall, a very believable set of scripts, well acted by the cast. But the season ending cliffhanger is a bit of a disappointment to me ... since I have to wait for season 2 before I can finish viewing. 8^( (I stopped viewing when I saw "Part I" as the title of the last episode. I recommend having season 2 to hand before viewing the entire disc.)
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Melanie A W. (novelwriter) from NEWINGTON, CT Reviewed on 11/30/2007...
I absolutely love this show! Season One has so many great episodes that it is hard to pick a favorite episode. It can be extremely funny when it wants to be and other times the episodes make you think. The quotes are so memorable that I find myself and my husband doing some of the lines we most enjoy.
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Fine start to a great show
Ted | Pennsylvania, USA | 02/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Star Trek Enterprise known in the first season simply as "Enterprise" goes back to the roots of the Federation when mankind begins to explore deep space. The first season contains some fine episodes
Broken Bow The crew of the Enterprise start their maiden voyage early to take a wounded Klingon back to his homeworld.
Fight or Flight The crew encounter an alien ship with a bunch of dead bodies aboard. An alien ship later arrives and accuses the Enterprise crew of killing them.
Strange New World Some of the crew land on an uninhabited planet. When they begin to see strange things, they feel that they are being watched.
Unexpected When the crew visit an alien ship, Trip's encounter with a female on board results in him becoming pregnant.
Terra Nova The Enterprise crew visit an outpost colonized by humans only to discover that they reverted to a primitive state.
The Andorian Incident The crew visit a Vulcan monastery and the Andorians later enter and accuse the Vulcans of spying on them.
Breaking the Ice The Enterprise encounters a comet and Archer sends a team down to explore, when they become trapped, a passing Vulcan ship offers to help.
Civilization The Enterprise meets a primitive alien race that is suffering from a disease and the crew offer to help.
Fortunate Son The crew of an Earth cargo ship are being mauraded by alien pirates and the Enterprise crew attempts to stop the people from starting a fight
Cold Front When group of Suliban sneak on board, an Enterprise crewmember reveals that he was sent from 900 years in the future to stop them.
Silent Enemy While an unknown alien ship is targeting the Enterprise and leaving, some crew struggle to find an appropriate item for Malcolm Reed's birthday.
Dear Doctor When Doctor Phlox asked by a dying pre-industrial alien race to help them, he faces a dilemma about whether helping them would be playing God.
Sleeping Dogs The crew encounter a gas giant planet with an abandoned Klingon ship in low orbit and a few become trapped on board when investigating
Shadows of P'Jem T'Pol is recalled by her superiors but is abducted during her last mission with the Enterprise crew. When she is rescued, it is decided that she can stay with Enterprise a little longer
Shuttlepod One When Tucker and Reed are on a shuttle mission and see pieces of the Enterprise hull, they are convinced their ship was destroyed.
Fusion A renegade group of Vulcans visit the Enterprise and introduce T'Pol to mind melding
Rogue Planet The crew visit a rogue planet and discover an alien ship on board with crew hunting an intelligent indigenous life form
Acquisition A group of Ferengi pirates commandeer the Enterprise and start to plunder it.
Oasis The crew are told about a nearby alien shipwreck with supplies they need but warned that it is haunted. (Rene Auberjonois who Odo on DS9 guest stars in this episode)
Detained Mayweather and Archer are captured by a group of aliens and taken to an internment camp for the Suliban.
Vox Sola A non-humanoid alien comes aboard the Enterprise and starts attacking crewmembers. Hoshi attempts to learn the alien's language so she can communicate with it.
Fallen Hero The Enterprise crew are assigned to transport the Vulcan ambassador to be questioned about alleged misdeeds.
Desert Crossing Archer and Trip is invited to an alien world by a man who unbeknownst to them, is a terrorist. (Guest stars crew from the real USS Enterprise which had just gotten back from Afghanistan prior to filming)
Two Days and Two Nights The Enterprise crew take shore leave on Risa
Shockwave part I The Enterprise is recalled after apparently causing the destruction of an alien colony, on their way back they are attacked by the Suliban and Crewman Daniels returns telling archer that the timeline was altered.
This overall is a great season and it is such a shame that ther series was cancelled so early."
The "Star Trek" Prequel That Failed to Attract Enough Fans
M. Hart | USA | 04/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Following the success of four live-action TV series and ten feature-length films, producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga attempted to create a fifth live-action "Star Trek" series that would be set approximately 100 years prior to the time of Captain Kirk (during the original "Star Trek" series, which ran between 1966 and 1969) and 100 years after the fictional character Dr. Zefram Cochrane flew the first warp-capable spaceship, as depicted in the 1996 film "Star Trek VIII: First Contact".
The new series, entitled "Star Trek Enterprise" debuted in the fall of 2001, only months after the previous "Star Trek" series, "Star Trek Voyager" concluded its seven-year run. The show's series premiere, entitled "Broken Bow", began with the appearance of a Klingon on Earth following a mishap long before the formation of the United Federation of Planets. To return the Klingon back to his home world, Capt. Jonathan Archer (played by Scott Bakula, formerly the lead actor of the sci-fi TV show "Quantum Leap", that ran between 1989-1993), gets permission from Starfleet to take the experimental starship named Enterprise, with serial number NX-01, to Kronos, in spite of the misgivings from Vulcans, who don't believe that mankind is sufficiently prepared to begin exploring other worlds and encounter more alien species. The NX-01 is the first man-made starship capable of traveling at a speed of warp 5. Capt. Archer then assembles the rest of his crew for the new Enterprise, including the non-human Dr. Phlox (John Billingsley), the Vulcan Subcommander T'Pol (Jolene Blalok), Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating), Ensign Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery), Ensign Hoshi Sato (Linda Park) and Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III (Connor Trinneer). With over 12,000,000 viewers watching the premiere episode, it initially appeared that UPN, which broadcasted the show, would have another successful "Star Trek" series, just as it had with "Star Trek Voyager". Unfortunately, subsequently shows had much smaller audiences that only continued to shrink with each season. The average number of viewers per episode for the first season was about 6.7 million; for the second season, this number dropped to 4.4 million and for the third season, the number dropped further to 3.8 million. It was during the fourth season that UPN decided to cancel the series, even though there were still another three seasons to be produced because the fourth season ratings dropped even further to 3.1 million viewers per episode.
The question, then, is why did "Star Trek Enterprise" fail to capture the attention of the estimated 30,000,000 "Star Trek" fans living in the U.S.A.? Personally, I believe several factors are responsible. First, the only truly interesting characters were Dr. Phlox and T'Pol. The characters of Reed and Trip were often annoying. However, the most annoying character during the first season was Capt. Archer himself, who repeatedly acted like an arrogant uninvited guest towards every alien species and outpost encountered. Second, the inclusion of the previously unknown species called the Suliban and the notion of a "temporal cold war" from the far distant future ran tangent to the notion that "Enterprise" was supposed to be a prequel leading up to the time of Capt. Kirk. Third, the technology and overall look of the NX-01 often appeared more advanced than what was used in the original 1966-1969 "Star Trek" series, which is supposed to be 100 years more advanced than "Enterprise". Fourth, insufficient attention was given to portraying the various extraterrestrial races responsible for for forming the United Federation of Planets: the Vulcans, the Andorians, the Tellarites, and the Alpha Centauris; as well as to other races known during Capt. Kirk's time. Though the Vulcans were a frequent race depicted in the first season of "Enterprise", the only other future founding race of the United Federation of Planets were the Andorians, which appeared in only two first-season episodes: "The Andorian Incident" and "Shadows of P'Jem". The blame for these various factors that directly contributed to the premature cancellation of "Star Trek Enterprise" rests solely with producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. Unfortunately, the addition of producer Manny Coto who did an amazing job of reconnected the fourth season of "Star Trek Enterprise" to the rest of the "Star Trek" TV series came too late to save the show.
Of the 26 episodes the comprise the first season of "Star Trek Enterprise", the most memorable were "Broken Arrow", "Fight or Flight", "Strange New World", "Unexpected", "Terra Nova", "The Andorian Incident", "Breaking the Ice", "Civilization", "Fortunate Son", "Silent Enemy", "Dear Doctor" (one of the best first-season episodes), "Sleeping Dogs", "Shadows of P'Jem", "Oasis", "Two Days and Two Nights" and season finale "Shockwave, Part 1". One disappointing episode was "Fusion", which appeared to contradict descriptions from other "Star Trek" TV series that Vulcans had always practiced mind melds; as was the episode "Acquisition", which included the Ferengi: a species that had only been introduced in "Star Trek: The Next Generation", 200 years later.
Overall, I rate the first season of "Star Trek Enterprise" with 4 out of 5 stars. It was an interesting experiment that had it been given more time, probably would have blossomed into a far better series thanks to the efforts of Manny Coto."
RELEASE DATES FOR DVDS ??
Philip John Martin | glenpool, ok United States | 11/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I FOUND THIS ADDRESS ON THE INTERNET WITH THE RELEASE DATES; http://www.geocities.com/scifi_411/DVDlistings05.html
SEASON 1 - MAY 3RD 2005 SEASON 2 - JULY 12 2005 SEASON 3 - SEPT. 6 2005 SEASON 4 - NOV.?
No one's gonna bend or break me...!
Kevin Berne | Nussloch , Germany | 04/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"2001 saw the latest, and perhaps final, incarnation of the Star Trek spirit. After the regular end of "Voyager", the producers did not want another show put in the same timeframe explored since the inception of "The Next Generation", but even before the adventures of Captain Kirk himself. Answering to criticism of just repeating the same formula, they created a prequel show, which allowed some ties to established lore, but still gave them the opportunity to do something completely different. With a new crew, a fantastic captain and a new frontier spirit, the concept was a great one. Adding the final touch was the overall story arc, involving the so-called "temporal cold war", dealing with mysterious time-travellers from the future plotting to change the present. After all, for a first season of any show, and also any Star Trek show, it was very enjoyable, quickly finding it's roots and delivering compelling Sci-Fi television. Sadly, the harsh reality did not bless the show as one might have thought. To begin with, it started off pretty well ratings-wise, but soon ratings began to drop lower and lower. The show's promotion grew equally smaller and smaller, and by the end of the first year many people did not tune in any more. The reason for that, and for the continuing ratings decline in the following three years, has been, to put it mildly, subject to various discussions inside the so-called Star Tek fandom, with far too many people thinking they were the ones who had the perfect plan for Trek. You know, Star trek has always been a beacon for intellectual television, in all of it's incarnations. But now, if you visit a Star Trek forum of your choice, you will mostly find angry, agressive and completely psychotic people spending their time insulting and threatening those with a different opinion. When you, as a person, reach a point, at which you wish death to the producers of Star Trek and to many of your fellow fans, where you take the time to describe their various mental illnesses as well as ways to punish them for it, you should really consider having your head checked. By the way, the people doing so still claim to be the "true" Star Trek fans who have the given right to decide what is right and wrong and so deserve to attack their "enemies" in a way not worthy of any human being, Trek-fan or not. They should really ask themselves if any of their beloved Star Trek-idols (not from Enterprise, of course!) would behave anywhere near like that, and if perhaps something else, perhaps they themselves, are the problem here. When "The Next Generation" really lifted off in the early 1990's, it was the only genuine Sci-Fi show of it's calibre on TV at the time. Since not even the X-Files were on, every Sci-Fi-, Mystery- and Fantasy-Fan immediately watched it, and ratings went through the roof. As things go, it was not long after that when other fantastic shows started to show up on the screen, and made use of the newly created potential, which was a good thing through and through. Since nobody can watch everything and only a small part of the viewers of a particular show are really "fans", ratings went down continuously since the mid-end nineties. The show hit hardest by this phenomenon, as explained above, was "Enterprise". Now this development is generally explained to be caused by the inferior quality of the show "Enterprise", in a very questionable way, to say the least. To begin with, the same people who admired "The Next Generation", and claim to still do, now blame the producer of every Star Trek-show since Gene Roddenberry's death in 1991, Rick Berman, along with his partner, Brannon Braga, who wrote and co-wrote some of the most famous episodes of "The Next Generation" and also "Voyager" as well as the critically acclaimed "Star Trek - First Contact", for destroying the Star Trek universe, obviously forgetting who it was that excited them so many years ago and kept the Star Trek phenomenon alive in the first place. Those people keep saying that Trek has become too much routine, but whenever the creative staff changes something, the self-proclaimed keepers of Trek-lore accuse them of ignoring Gene Roddenberry's vision. What they really want, nobody knows, but it might just be conflict itself for the lack of other ways to blow off steam. It seems to have become so easy just to criticise other people's efforts to make yourself feel better, while not offering any substancial or contstructive advice to correct the terrible situation you are criticising. It is just like in politics, and like something every bad politician does: You can not just improve yourself by discrediting others and being against everything else, you should have the courage to be for something and be able to say exatly what it is. If you can not do that, please do not tell other people what is right and wrong! Anyway, if someone hates something so intensely, why would he torture himself and watch it, just so that he can continue to attack the people actually enjoying it? I find this completely psychotic and could not imagine doing it myself. Live and let live, what is wrong with that? Why get so passionate to ruin somebody else for watching a TV-show just to get off you agression? But not only fans started to tear each other's throats, many important figures in the TV business felt compelled to chime in. Many of the former Trek producers and writers are now doing other shows, which are, for the most part, wonderful gems and great additions to the TV landscape and worth every minute of watching and owning, but why do certain ones of them chime into the negative chorus against Trek, which they wrote for, maintained and developed for years? How can you honestly write for something and, years later, claim that it was unralistic, stupid and uninteresting, and that just what you are doing now is oh so god? I for one can neither agree with that nor really take that kind of statement seriously. Even Jolene Blalock, member of Enterprise's cast, can not resist to occasionally tell the world how crappy she finds the show that has given her a job and made her popular. Why? She may not know herself! Much of it also has to do with the current press. At some point it was decided that it is no longer pop-culture to like Trek, but to hate it instead. Since it was dicovered that the better headline comes from discrediting the show and the franchise as a whole than to support it, each and everybody started to take aim at the Trek-franchise and pulled the trigger. It seems to be man's nature to occasionally change his mind, but the process should still have some foundation in reality and reason, and in this case I doubt that very much. As said before, you can not make yours better by discrediting someone others, I wish more people would realize that. To sum it up, Enteprise started it's run in 2001 and would go on for four seasons, after which it would be cancelled after 98 episodes. With bad publicity and overwhelming criticism against the very people who made the whole Star Trek-phenomenon so long-lasting and loved by the same people who then wanted to bring it down, this show still has one of the most, if not the most loyal group of fans, who know what the show stood and stands for, now and for the future. And they are not some geeky guys sleeping in their uniforms with the federation flag on their roof, uttering Klingon proverbs while in the grocery store or thinking they were captains of imaginary starships. They are normal, intelligent people who just enjoyed a fantastic TV-show with the certain Star Trek-spirit, and I could not for the life of me see what could be wrong with that. After 38 years, Star Trek will be put to rest in 2005, but not for good, believe me. Many people have understood what an entertaining show it was and is and the kind of message it sends, and no bad publicity in the world will change that. Every Trekkie should embrace the show with an open mind and decide wether he likes it or not for himself. If that is too much to ask for some people, then they should just watch or rant about something else. For all the others: Do not miss this wonderful show!"
Getting better all along
Michael Dombroski | Glen Burnie, MD | 04/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wish people would stop to think about the "greatest" Star Trek show ever... especially about how it took 3 season's before The Next Generation really got good. Enterprise was pretty good all along and the fourth (and sadly last) season is by far one of the best season's of Star Trek ever created. I only hope we fans won't have to wait too long for Star Trek's comeback from UPN/Paramount's mistake."