Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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The Expanse 

An unknown probe fires on Earth from space, cutting a swath from Florida to Venezuela. Everything in the path of the attack was destroyed, resulting in the deaths of seven million humans ... See full summary »


Allan Kroeker


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Bakula ... Captain Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
John Fleck ... Silik
Vaughn Armstrong ... Admiral Maxwell Forrest
Gary Graham ... Ambassador Soval
Daniel Riordan ... Duras
James Horan ... Humanoid Figure
Bruce Wright ... Dr. Fer'at
Dan Desmond Dan Desmond ... Klingon Chancellor
Josh Cruze ... Captain Ramirez


An unknown probe fires on Earth from space, cutting a swath from Florida to Venezuela. Everything in the path of the attack was destroyed, resulting in the deaths of seven million humans including Tucker's younger sister Elizabeth. Enterprise is recalled to Earth for upgrades to the ship and to take on military crewmen. Silik gives Archer a message from the future about Earth's latest enemy. The Klingon Empire gives Duras another chance to capture Archer. Enterprise heads for infamous and dangerous Delphic Expanse. Written by Meribor

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21 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes of Enterprise" in the 2008 reference book "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. See more »


When the Enterprise first comes into Earth orbit we can see the swath as a black line starting in Florida (a little west of Lake Okeechobee south to Everglades National Park and across the Keys). Cuba is covered by a cloud in the shot, but we saw it hit at the start. Following a straight path, the black swath clearly ends by going through Panama (east of Panama City), not Venezuela as stated. And, no, that's not the canal, it's west of Panama City. See more »


Duras: Surrender, or be destroyed.
Capt. Jonathan Archer: Go to hell!
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References Star Trek: First Contact (1996) See more »


Archer's Theme [Enterprise - Music from the Original Television Soundtrack]
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Welcome to the Xindi
22 March 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

There is nothing quite like the laying down of a gauntlet. A race called the Xindi have as part of their mythology, a prediction that in 400 years, the Earth will launch an attack and destroy them. So to prevent this, they lay waste to a huge part of Earth and threaten to destroy the planet. Archer and the crew are called back to retrofit Enterprise and to confront the threat. It takes a lot of convincing to get off the mark. But off they go. Of course, Archer's constant pain in the butt, Duras, the Klingon commander, complicates things by continuing to attack Enterprise. This is a really loaded episode with great possibilities. Once again there are complainers about how this is contrived to raise ratings. What a horrible thing for the producers to do!

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