Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Chosen Realm 

Enterprise is taken over by religious zealots who want to use the ship in a war against heretics.

Director:

Roxann Dawson

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Capt. Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Cmdr. T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lt. Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Conor O'Farrell ... Pri'Nam D'Jamat
Vince Grant ... Yarrick
Lindsey Stoddart ... Indava
Taylor Sheridan ... Jareb (as Tayler Sheridan)
David Youse ... Nalbis
Gregory Wagrowski Gregory Wagrowski ... Ceris
Matt Huhn ... ND Triannon
Kim Fitzgerald ... Crewman (credit only)
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Storyline

Enterprise answers the distress call of a Triannon ship. After taking them on board, D'Jamat, their leader, tells they are religious people visiting a sphere. They believe the Expanse, the Chosen Realm, and the Spheres were created by the Makers a 1000 years ago and that the anomalies are their breath. It soon becomes clear that these people don't have the best intentions. They take control of Enterprise and want to use it in the war against heretics. D'Jamat also orders the death of one crew member because Enterprise desecrated several spheres. Archer must choose. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The plot shares several elements with Star Trek: The Original Series: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (1969). See more »

Goofs

D'Jamat learns the history of Archer's mission by reading the Enterprise computer files. The files are written in English, a language with presumably no correlation to the written language of D'Jamat's people. While the Universal Translator lets someone understand unfamiliar speech, it cannot teach someone how to read. See more »

Quotes

[one of Archer's crew members has been killed in an explosion caused by one of the Triannons]
Pri'Nam D'Jamat: I also lost a crewman in that explosion, Captain. I'll say a prayer for them both.
Captain Jonathan Archer: [under his breath] Save your breath.
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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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Heavy-handed
15 November 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Enterprise takes on the issue of religious fanaticism in this overbearing recycle of the old 'our new fascist friends just took over the ship' plot (i.e. see TOS - Whom Gods Destroy, The Way to Eden etc). While the episode is clearly aimed at both American fundamentalist neoconservatives and the religious extremists they consider themselves incompatible with, it makes its points so unsubtly that it is very easy to ignore.

Enterprise encounters what appears to be a derelict ship, but as they approach the ship to dock, its life support systems suddenly start to work again. The crew of the alien ship seem polite enough, but eventually it becomes clear that Enterprise's research on the spheres of The Expanse is going to be exploited as a religion-based excuse to expropriate the ship and use it to commit genocide. If any of this sounds familiar (from previous ST stories or real world history), then you are catching on.

The episode is also probability-challenged. Enterprise's security system is too vulnerable and even after the aliens show their true colors, Archer keeps trying to 'work things out'. Not one of Roxanne Dawson better directing efforts.

The final scene is worth sticking around for.


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