Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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Fortunate Son 

Enterprise is sent to help the freighter Fortunate after an attack. However, its first officer, Ryan, is hiding something.


LeVar Burton


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




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
Lawrence Monoson ... First Officer Matthew Ryan
Kieran Mulroney ... Shaw
Vaughn Armstrong ... Adm. Maxwell Forrest
Danny Goldring ... Nausicaan Captain
Charles Lucia ... Capt. Keene
D. Elliot Woods ... Nausicaan Prisoner
Daniel Henson Daniel Henson ... Boy (as Daniel Asa Henson)
Elyssa D. Vito Elyssa D. Vito ... Girl


Admiral Forrest orders Enterprise to turn back to answer a distress call from the cargo freighter Fortunate. They have been attacked by Nausicaan pirates. Upon entering the vessel, captain Archer learns first officer Matthew Ryan has taken over since the captain was injured in the attack. He seems very reluctant to accept any help however and Archer must insist before Ryan agrees on Phlox examining the captain and engineers making repairs. Ryan seems to hide something and T'Pol will soon find out as she detects an alien life form. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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The sets used to depict the Fortunate were redressed NX-class sets commonly shown as areas of Enterprise. The hallways of the Fortunate were redressed corridors from Enterprise, with a new lighting scheme and several new additions to the walls. Similarly, the cargo bays of the Fortunate were the shuttlebays of Enterprise, filled with several types of cargo tubs and boxes. See more »


When Ensign Mayweather is talking to First Officer Ryan, he gets up from his station and walks around it while trying to talk Ryan down. No officer would leave their post, even for a few feet during a hostile situation. See more »


Captain Keene: My family's been on the Fortunate for three generations. Now, I'm gonna need at least a warp three engine to stay in business.
Captain Jonathan Archer: Maybe that's not so bad. At warp three, help's a lot closer than before. You won't have to go it alone.
Captain Keene: Going it alone's all we've ever done. For some of us, it's the reason we're out here - a chance to prove ourselves.
Captain Jonathan Archer: I think you've already done that.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Samaritan Snare (1989) See more »


Archer's Theme
Written by Dennis McCarthy
[Closing credits music]
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We need some space police!
21 March 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the show begins, annoying Nausicaan* pirates are attacking an Earth freighter. Soon, Enterprise is ordered to change course to investigate. However, the reaction of the freighter crew is strange and they seem like they don't want any help--even though their ship has obviously been damaged. It's obvious that they are hiding something--and when their secret is revealed, the ship takes off. What is it they are hiding and how will Archer handle it?

This episode brings up an interesting idea with space travel--who will police space? So, if there are space pirates, who is to stop them and how will they punish them? The Captain Ahab-like approach of the acting commander of the freighter is certainly one way! Overall, a rather interesting but not particularly outstanding episode.

*The Nausicaans was a name that was familiar but I didn't at first realize which episodes involved them. My wife looked it up--these were the nasty brutes who nearly killed Jean-Luc Picard when he was a stupid and headstrong Starfleet cadet--which is revealed in one of the final shows of "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

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