Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 3, Episode 9

North Star (12 Nov. 2003)
"Enterprise" North Star (original title)

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Enterprise investigates a unknown colony with humans who still live a Wild West life. They seem to be suppressing an alien race.



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Episode cast overview:
Deputy Bennings
Gary Bristow ...
Alexandria M. Salling ...
Skagaran Girl
Jon Robert Baron ...
Skagaran Boy (as Jon Baron)


The crew of Enterprise is very surprised to find a planet with 6000 humans and around 1000 aliens living on it. Archer, T'Pol and Tucker start investigating. Scans show a settlement was created about 250 years ago and the people are still living a Wild West life. Archer soon finds out the aliens are called Skagaraans and the government of these Skags was overthrown many years ago by a certain Cooper Smith. There seems to be a lot of hatred towards them and they consider them lawless outcasts. Archer makes contact with Bethany, who illegally teaches the Skags in Skag Town. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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When Bethany teaches the Skagarans children about the humans' first flight on Earth by Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright in 1903, she mentions it taking place "almost 40 years after humans left their planet", which means the Skagarans had kidnapped the humans back during the mid-late 1860s. See more »


When Archer is wounded in the right shoulder. However, when he leans down over a railing a second later, his uniform shows no sign of an entry wound. See more »


[first lines]
Deputy Bennings: Any last words?
Skagaran: Go to hell!
Deputy Bennings: Didn't know Skags believed in hell.
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Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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I hate cowboy episodes....really, really hate them.
31 March 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One of the worst episodes of the original "Star Trek" was the one where a group of crew members were magically transported back to the famous O.K. Corral and the big showdown between the Earps and Clantons. I realize that many Trekkies would argue and say that it's a GREAT episode...and I can only assume these folks think every episode is great. But while there were some wonderful shows a few were klunkers--and "Spectre of the Gun" was among the dumbest.

Because of my hatred for this show, I had a strong predisposition to hate "North Star" because it, too, is set in the old west--which makes no sense in the 22nd century. Yet, inexplicably, the landing party find themselves in a nearly identical version of the west. The only big difference is that in addition to humans who live there is another race--one that is hated by these humans. How does all this work out? Do you really care?!

To enjoy Sci-fi, you need to suspend disbelief. However, I really cannot suspend it THAT much!! The idea is absolutely absurd and silly...and is among the worst episodes of season three.

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