Enterprise receives word that Captain A.G. Robinson died in an accident. Archer and T'Pol take a shuttle to confirm a dark matter nebula that has yet to be discovered. Enroute to the nebula, Archer recalls the beginnings of Starfleet's NX program, including an unauthorized adventure with Robinson, Tucker and himself.
Did You Know?
In the flashback sequences, Forrest has only one pip, which should indicate that he is an Admiral. By the time the NX-01 was ready to be commissioned he as three pips. There are not degrees of the rank of Commodore. Realistically, Forrest should have been an Admiral at the time of the NX test. Considering that there were still two more iterations of the ship before the NX-01, this would have given Admiral Forrest ample time to attain the rank of Commodore. See more
In the flashback sequences, Forrest has only one pip on his uniform, which should indicate that he is an Admiral, yet several times he is referred to as "Commodore".
By the time the NX-01 is ready to be commissioned he has three pips and is referred to as a Commodore. Unlike an Admiral's rank, there are no degrees of the rank of Commodore - only one.
Realistically, Forrest should have been an Admiral at the time of the NX test. Considering that there were still two more iterations of the ship to be built before the NX-01 (including the "Delta" which is the model flown by young Jonathan, with the full-size version appearing in the opening visuals of each show). This would have taken years, providing ample time for Admiral Forrest to attain the rank of Commodore.
Another incongruency is the rank of the four NX test pilots. If they had the rank of Captain during the original NX tests, years would have passed before the NX-01 was launched, giving Archer and the others a good five years during which they should have advanced. This indicates an error on the part of the writers as to military rank. It is quite common for test pilots to have an Air Force rank of Captain, but in the Navy (which is the metaphor for Star Fleet), this is the equivalent of Lieutenant. By all rights, the NX pilots should have been Lieutenants with one pip, not Captains with three pips. See more
By the time they figure out what's going on, we'll be halfway to Jupiter.
Written by Dennis McCarthy
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