Star Trek: Enterprise (TV Series 2001–2005) Poster



Based on the official Star Trek Chronology, the series begins 10 years prior to the founding of the United Federation of Planets and 90 years after the events of Star Trek: First Contact (1996). Episode one takes place approximately 115 years prior to the start of Star Trek (1966) and 213 years before Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
It was later revealed that if the series had returned for another season that one of the major story lines would have been the beginning of the war with the Romulan empire.
During filming of the pilot, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) actors Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data) and Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker) visited Scott Bakula on the set to give him advice about what to expect while working on the series. Both Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes guest starred in season 4 with Brent Spiner playing Data's creator's grandfather Dr. Arik Soong and Jonathan Frakes playing his original character.
The episodes Star Trek: Enterprise: Home (2004) and Star Trek: Enterprise: Daedalus (2005) both reveal that Earth and Vulcan are 16 light-years distant from each other. According to Gene Roddenberry, James Blish (who wrote short-story adaptations of episodes from the original Star Trek (1966) series, plus one original novel, "Spock Must Die!"), and multiple background sources (including endorsements from various scientists from the Harvard - Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), planet Vulcan would likely be in orbit around the trinary star system 40 Eridani, a real-life trinary star system located 16.45 light years from Earth.
Because the show is 100 years before Kirk, some old technology has reappeared: - flip-open communicators - manual sliders on the transporter - the science station viewfinder - Most of the sound effects for the Enterprise come from original 1960s Star Trek (1966) series - including all the bridge sounds, doors, communicator chirps, and most of the panel sounds. - Instead of shields, the Enterprise has polarized hull plating and instead of hand-held phasers, the crew are introduced to phase pistols. - There are no photon torpedoes, simply torpedoes. (Until the start of season 3) - The transporter has only recently been approved for transporting bio-matter (people)...and no one on the crew trusts it. It has 4 docking doors for shuttlepods. The design of 22nd century Enterprise NX-01 bears a striking resemblance to the 24th century Akira Class starship, first introduced in Star Trek: First Contact (1996). Enterprise carries a designation of NX-01 which, according to established canon, indicates a prototype starship. It also indicates the first Starfleet starship to use this naming convention. Enterprise is the first Starfleet vessel to use the new warp 5 engine developed by Zefram Cochrane and Jonathan Archer's father, Henry.
As with other Star Trek series, the number 47 appears numerous times throughout the show.
Majel Barrett, Joseph Ruskin, Clint Howard and Jack Donner are the only actors to appear in both this series and the original Star Trek (1966).
Admiral Forest is named after DeForest Kelley, the late Star Trek (1966) actor who played Leonard H. McCoy. Similarly, Commander Williams and Admiral Leonard from the pilot Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow: Part 1 (2001) are named after series stars William Shatner (James T. Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock).
The first name of Captain Archer was initially to have been Jeffrey. While the (American) producers of the show didn't see any problems with this name, UK fans pointed out the link to disgraced author, actor and politician Jeffrey Archer after learning of the name over the Internet. The name was changed to Jackson, but there was exactly one person in the country named Jackson Archer. To avoid lawsuits, Jonathan was chosen for a name because there were 20 Jonathan Archers.
T'Pol's age became a matter of some debate among fans (and a minor running joke on the series itself) during the show's first 3 seasons. According to the original writers' "bible" for the series, she is 67 years old at the time of Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow: Part 1 (2001), a fact confirmed by Jolene Blalock in interviews. In the season three finale, Star Trek: Enterprise: Zero Hour (2004), however, T'Pol revealed that she is actually 65 years old (and will turn 66 on her next birthday). It has been speculated that either the writers shaved a few years off her age (since bibles are only guidelines), made a mistake, or T'Pol is lying about her age and is really 70.
The theme song to the show, called "Where My Heart Will Take Me" and performed by Russell Watson, was composed by 'Diane Warren (II)' for the film Patch Adams (1998), and was recorded under the title "Faith of the Heart", by Rod Stewart, for that motion picture.
In various episodes, we see a small statue on top of a shelf inside Captain Archer's office. The statue is that of a man standing with his arm reaching out towards the sky. This is a smaller-scale model of the 20-meter tall statue of Zefram Cochrane that Geordi describes to Cochrane himself in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
The solar system in the title sequence is described in German.
Travis Mayweather was originally going to be a lieutenant because of his extensive space experience, but was made an ensign due to the age disparity between him and Malcolm Reed.
In the wake of the destruction of the US Space Shuttle Columbia on 1 February 2003, an opening screen was added to the episode Star Trek: Enterprise: Stigma (2003) (first air date 5 February 2003), which read "In memory of the Columbia crew...You will always be an inspiration." Further, just as the original US Space Shuttle prototype (which never reached space) was named "Enterprise" after the ship in the original Star Trek (1966), so it was revealed in Star Trek: Enterprise: The Expanse (2003) (first air date 21 May 2003) that the second Starfleet prototype ship (designation NX-02) was named in honor of the "second" Space Shuttle (actually the first to reach space), Columbia. Although the initial glimpses of NX-02 were of an incomplete ship in dry dock, she was seen more extensively in a story arc in season 4. It should also be noted that an "SS Columbia" was mentioned in the original "Star Trek" pilot, Star Trek: The Cage (1986), and a scout ship "USS Columbia" (designation NCC-621) appears briefly in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).
The first and last lines of the series are the same: "...where no man has gone before..."
During the run of the series, at least one reference is made to each of the other four series in the Star Trek franchise. The starship Defiant in the Mirror Universe (from the season 4 two-parter "In a Mirror, Darkly") is explained in the episode to be the same one from Star Trek: The Tholian Web (1968) in Star Trek (1966). Dr. Phlox makes a reference to the Binar species, who appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation: 11001001 (1988) in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). There is at least one reference to The Cardassians who were the main nemeses in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)). And finally, there was a reference to the Delta Quadrant in Star Trek: Enterprise: Regeneration (2003) which ties into the Borg presence in Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
This was the first Star Trek series to have an actual theme song, a fact that caused controversy among fans, who were split on the idea. The pilot episode used a different piece of music for the closing credits (in fact, an instrumental of the opening song) from the rest of the episodes. Beginning with the third season, the theme was revised to be more upbeat.
This is the only "Star Trek" series to have the same regular cast throughout its entire run.
Longtime Trek actor Vaughn Armstrong (famous for his many alien roles on various Trek series) appears here as a human for the first time. His character, Admiral Maxwell Forrest, is the commander-in-chief of the fledgling Starfleet.
Scott Bakula jokingly suggested prior to the filming of the two-hour premiere that Captain Jonathan Archer's middle name might be Beckett, a reference to his previous television series, Quantum Leap (1989), in which his character was Dr. Sam Beckett.
In the Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) episode Star Trek: The Next Generation: Yesterday's Enterprise (1990), two references are made to planet Archer 4. Since no one has ever mentioned this in connection with Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), it is probably coincidental. In Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), we see a a starship named "Archer" on the tactical display; a planet named after one of the founding fathers of the Federation is not to hard to believe.
"Star Trek" was originally left off the title because of its overuse in previous franchise titles and because "Enterprise" was just as instantly recognizable, from Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow: Part 1 (2001) all the way through Star Trek: Enterprise: Anomaly (2003). After the second season suffered low ratings, the third season adopted the title "Star Trek: Enterprise" starting with Star Trek: Enterprise: Extinction (2003). When Star Trek: Enterprise: The Xindi (2003) re-aired, "Star Trek" was added to the title. However, in re-airing "Anomaly", the title remained simply "Enterprise".
Originally Jolene Blalock's character of T'Pol was supposed to be called T'Pau. This was the name of a character that appears in Star Trek: Amok Time (1967), an episode of Star Trek (1966). They changed it at the last minute because if they used the character of T'Pau, they would have to pay royalties to the writer of the original Star Trek episode that she appeared in every time T'Pau was used, i.e. every episode of "Enterprise." Incidentally, the character of T'Pau later made an appearance in the three-part Vulcan renaissance story arc in season 4.
T'Pol held the rank of Subcommander. This rank is traditionally associated with the Romulans; however, since the Romulans and Vulcans were originally one race, it would not be improbable for them to have similar terminology or military structures.
It had been reported that NBC, the network that carried the original Star Trek (1966), was interested in acquiring this series, but lost out to UPN.
The interiors were inspired by a visit to a docked nuclear submarine.
The Chief Medical Officer of the Enterprise is Doctor Phlox. The name Phlox was a character of the Hierarchy race from the Star Trek: Voyager (1995) episode Star Trek: Voyager: Tinker Tenor Doctor Spy (1999). However, the name of the character in the Voyager episode was only used in the script and was never mentioned on screen.
Julia Rose, who has a recurring role as a space marine (MACO) in the 2003-2004 season, wears a uniform previously worn by Hilary Swank in The Core (2003). According to a September 2003 interview with Rose, the uniform still has a label with Swank's name on it.
The 'Star Trek Crews' from all the Star Trek series were ranked #2 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
The arm patches for the Enterprise crew, which features an overhead view of the Enterprise, is based upon the NASA Mission Patches which features the image of the rocket, capsule, or space shuttle used on the mission.
Executive Producer Manny Coto has stated that if the show were renewed for a 5th season, Commander Shran (Jeffrey Combs) would have been made a member of the Enterprise crew and become a regular on the show.
Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer), Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) and Connor Trinneer (Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III) are the only actors in appear in all 98 episodes of the series.
In Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Battle (1987) the system that the Enterprise D is in is called Xendi-Sabu. Based on how it is pronounced in that episode, this is a possible reference to the Xindi from Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)'s third season.
Subtitles are a common feature used throughout the series to translate whenever characters are speaking in non-English. Prior to this series, there have only been two individual episodes in total from two different Star Trek series to feature subtitles: Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Matter of Honor (1989) and Star Trek: Voyager: Tattoo (1995).
This is the only Star Trek TV show that is part of both the Classic Universe (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY and the first 10 movies) and the J.J Abrams Universe (Movie 11 and 12). Since the time-line was altered after the events of Enterprise.
The American astronaut shown in the opening credits is Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space, and later commander of Apollo 14. There is also archive footage of: Charles A. Lindbergh next to his plane Spirit of St. Louis, Robert H. Goddard the father of modern rocketry writing his theories on a blackboard, Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1 with which he broke the sound barrier and astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they board Apollo 11 to become the first men on the moon.
Footage created by Industrial Light and Magic for Star Trek: First Contact (1996) showing the launch of Cochrane's ship, the Phoenix, is included in the opening credits.
Jeffrey Combs (Shran/Krem), Gary Graham (Vulcan Ambassador Soval) and Matt Winston (Crewman Daniels) are the only actors, besides the regulars, to appear in all four seasons.
The first Star Trek series to not use "starring" and "also starring" in the credits; also the first to not name the characters being played by the actors (i.e. [Actor] as [Character]).
The bridge set has 80 plasma screens built into it.
Commander Tucker's nickname was originally to be "Spike". His eventual nickname 'Trip' comes from his being the third generation man of his family to be called Charles. Trip is short for triple.
The captain's chair used in the fourth season was originally from the Enterprise-E bridge set in an alternate ending for Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) which included Steven Culp, who had played Major Hayes in the third season, as Picard's new first officer.
There are two animal actors who portray the character "Porthos" on this series. The two female beagles are named "Prada" and "Breezy", the latter being younger (Porthos is supposedly a male).
Several episodes feature clips from classic movies as the crew enjoys occasional "Movie Night" diversions. Most of the films that have been featured, such as For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) and The Court Jester (1955) are, naturally, Paramount films (and Enterprise is produced by Paramount). However, one episode prominently featured footage from Frankenstein (1931), a Universal Studios production. By using films from its own libraries, Paramount thus avoided having to pay royalties.
While many cast members from "Star Trek" series become typecast and often find other work aside from acting (As Roxann Dawson and 'Robert Duncan McNeil' did), the cast of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) moved on to steady work and series regular roles on other programs.
Only Star Trek series besides Star Trek (1966) TOS to end "prematurely" as a result of a cancellation by the network as opposed to a decision by producers.
In at least two episodes the crew, or some other group, is seen using a device that is a Bajorian Tricorder from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
According to Jolene Blalock, a decision was made to change T'Pol's make-up - particularly her hairstyle - after three days of shooting. All Blalock's scenes for the first few days had to be reshot.
The advanced shuttle shown in Earth orbit in the opening credits bears the registry number "DV-169".
Although produced in widescreen since 2001 in anticipation of HDTV, actual broadcast of the series in HDTV by UPN did not begin until the fall of 2003, midway through season 3.
In many of the ready-room shots, a common modern-day CD rack can be seen on Captain Archer's desk. In fact, these common CD racks make another appearance (slightly modified) to appear as computer circuits onboard the Vulcan vessel Seleya during the 3rd Season episode Star Trek: Enterprise: Impulse (2003).
The only Star Trek series where the entire cast is credited in the opening credits in alphabetical order. For prior series, the performer playing the captain (Shatner, Stewart, Brooks, Mulgrew) was always listed first, regardless of alphabetical position. For this series, Scott Bakula gets top-billing anyway because his name is (conveniently) alphabetically first, among the principle cast.
Connor Trinneer discovered a lot of his friends were closet Trekkies when he got his role.
Malcolm Reed was named for a minor character in C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower books, which were also a major inspiration for the original Star Trek (1966). Both characters were English and came from families that had generations of career Navy men, although Malcolm Reed in Enterprise was the first to join Starfleet.
Out of all the main Xindi characters, the Xindi-Primate (played by Tucker Smallwood) was the only one whose real name we never learned.
This series did not use the traditional sound stages reserved for Star Trek series, because one of the stages, which last held the Star Trek: Voyager (1995) sets, was demolished following filming of the last Voyager episode.
Dominic Keating was denied a callback for a guest shot on Star Trek: Voyager (1995) because Rick Berman wanted him for this.
Anthony Montgomery (Travis Mayweather) once auditioned for two different roles on Star Trek: Voyager (1995), one of which was Tuvok's son Sek. Montgomery was the last actor to read for the role of Mayweather.
Enterprise is the first "Star Trek" series to be shot in widescreen format, to allow for HDTV format airing. Enterprise is the fourth Star Trek series in the franchise's history to have a September premiere date, and the first Star Trek series in fifteen years to premiere in September. The original Star Trek (1966), "Star Trek: The Animated Adventures" (1973)_ and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) all premiered in September. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995) both premiered in January.

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