Broken Bow

Star Trek: EnterpriseAn unidentified alien craft slams into a cornfield in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and its sole surviving pilot immediately abandons the wreckage, running from two other aliens in close pursuit. A fierce battle is waged on the adjacent farmland, but just when it seems that the crash survivor has prevailed, the farmer who owns the field fires a plasma rifle at him, stunning him.

Starfleet’s flagship, Enterprise, is still in spacedock orbiting Earth. Capable of reaching warp 5, Enterprise is the fastest ship in the fledgling Earth space fleet. Her captain, Jonathan Archer, is giving her the once-over from a shuttlecraft piloted by chief engineer “Trip” Tucker. His tour is cut short by an urgent summons from Starfleet, whose medical division has taken custody of the pilot of the ship which crashed in Oklahoma. Soval, the Vulcan ambassador to Earth, informs Starfleet that their patient is a member of a barbaric warrior race known as the Klingons. The Vulcans, who have been guiding Earth’s first steps into the interstellar community since making first contact with warp pioneer Zefram Cochrane a century earlier, insist that the Klingon’s corpse must be returned to his homeworld.

Captain Archer, who has been growing tired of Vulcan’s influence over Earth, resists this idea, pointing out that it’s within the realm of Earth medicine to nurse the Klingon pilot back to health and return him alive. Despite Soval’s warnings about Klingon customs, Archer insists upon launching Enterprise early to take the pilot back to his home. Soval protests, warning of offending the entire Klingon race, but Starfleet gives Archer his marching orders. He assembles his other crew members – linguist Hoshi Sato, tactical officer Malcolm Reed, and helmsman Travis Mayweather – and is joined aboard Enterprise by Vulcan science attache’ T’Pol and Phlox, an alien doctor who has been practicing at Starfleet Medical. As opposed as he is to any interference from the Vulcans, Archer isn’t especially concerned with making T’Pol’s time aboard his ship comfortable.

But the mission to return the Klingon to his planet isn’t that simple – more aliens, like the ones who pursued him to Earth, knock out Enterprise’s power systems, board the ship in a hit-and-run attack and kidnap him. Just before the Klingon is taken from the ship’s sick bay, he identifies his abductors as Suliban. Over T’Pol’s protests, Archer insists that the mission should now be one to find and recover their lost patient, not to return to Earth to accept failure. However, Dr. Phlox is more concerned when he investigates the body of a Suliban who was killed during the raid. Genetic alterations which go beyond the Suliban’s technology in the 22nd century – let alone Earth’s – indicate that someone is assisting them, or perhaps using them. When it is later revealed that the Suliban are being augmented by someone centuries in the future, Archer begins to wonder if he and his crew are in over their heads if they track down the Suliban…and before long, he’ll have to worry about who will take command of Enterprise should he be injured. Can T’Pol be trusted to carry out his standing orders?

Season 1 Regular Cast: Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer), Jolene Blalock (Subcommander T’Pol), John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Dominic Keating (Lt. Malcolm Reed), Anthony Montgomery (Ensign Travis Mayweather), Linda Park (Ensign Hoshi Sato), Connor Trinneer (Commander Charles “Trip” Tucker III)

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series theme “Where My Heart Will Take Me” written by Diane Warren, performed by Russell Watson

Guest Cast: John Fleck (Silik), Melinda Clarke (Sarin), Tommy “‘Tiny” Lister, Jr. (Klaang), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Jim Beaver (Admiral Leonard), Mark Moses (Henry Archer), Gary Graham (Soval), Thomas Kopache (Tos), Jim Fitzpatrick (Commander Williams), James Horan (Humanoid figure), Joseph Ruskin (Suliban Doctor), James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane), Marty Davis (young Archer), Van Epperson (Alien man), Ron King (Farmer), Peter Henry Schroeder (Klingon Chancellor), Matt Williamson (Klingon Council member), Byron Thames (Crewman), Ricky Luna (Carlos), Jason Grant Smith (Crewman Fletcher), Chelsea Bond (Alien mother), Ethan Dampf (Alien child), Diane Klimaszewski (Dancer), Elaine Klimaszewski (Dancer), and Porthos

Notes: Broken Bow, Oklahoma, the site of humanity’s first encounter with the Klingons according to the new Star Trek series, is actually a real place. Situated in southeast Oklahoma, about 30 miles from the Arkansas border and 45 miles from the Texas border, Broken Bow was originally an Indian village called Con Chito. When settlers moved in, it underwent a variety of name changes, ultimately being named Broken Bow in the early 20th century in honor of Broken Bow, Nebraska (confused yet?). As of 2001, the population of Broken Bow was about 4,000 people. Its original industry was lumber, but these days Broken Bow serves as one of southeast Oklahoma’s nicer tourist traps. It’s about two hours away from theLogBook.com’s home base in Arkansas.

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Fight Or Flight

Star Trek: EnterpriseA drifting alien derelict draws Archer’s attention, and he decides to investigate the ship – over T’Pol’s protests – with Reed and Hoshi in tow. But what they find is a ship whose crew has been murdered, their bodies being drained of vital fluids by a machine evidently left by another alien race. T’Pol advises Archer to keep moving, and he heeds her recommendation – until he decides that whoever attacked and killed that alien crew must be brought to justice. As the Enterprise returns to the derelict, Hoshi considers leaving Starfleet and returning to her teaching job on Earth, having decided that finding corpses aboard an alien ship isn’t for her. But she may not have to worry about making that call, for as the Enterprise crew returns to the alien ship, another vessel emerges from warp…the species responsible for the massacre has returned.

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Guest Cast: Jeff Rickets (Alien Captain), Brett Baker (Crewman #2), Max Williams (Crewman), Efrain Figueroa (Translator voice), and Porthos

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Strange New World

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise pays a visit to its first Earthlike world, which appears to be uninhabited. Captain Archer and a landing party take a shuttle down and find an inviting environment. T’Pol selects two junior crew members for their scientific qualifications, and Mayweather and Trip tag along (with Porthos in tow). But when Archer takes the shuttle back to orbit, the landing party’s overnight stay goes from Mayweather’s ghost stories around the campfire to a sudden severe storm. The explorers hastily set up a new camp in a series of caves, but once there, tensions run high. Ensign Novakovich runs outside, and when Trip and Mayweather go to find him, they both see mysterious figures – Trip sees a creature morph out of a rock face, and Mayweather sees humanoid life forms in the distance. Back in the caves, Ensign Cutler thinks she sees and hears T’Pol conspiring with more humanoid figures. The tension becomes hostility, and Archer’s attempt to fly a rescue shuttle down in the storm fails, almost killing him in the process. As a last resort, Reed uses the transporter to rescue Novakovich – with almost fatal results. And worse yet, Dr. Phlox’s examination of Novakovich reveals that it may be too late to bring the others back alive.

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Guest Cast: Kellie Waymire (Elizabeth Cutler), Henri Lubatti (Ethan Novakovich), Rey Gallegos (Crewman), and Porthos

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Unexpected

Star Trek: EnterpriseA ship with a cloaking device is discovered trailing the Enterprise, siphoning the ship’s waste warp plasma to power itself but also interfering with the Enterprise’s systems. Archer politely but firmly asks the aliens to stop following so close, to which they reply that they seek help repairing their own engines. Archer sends Trip over to assist, and after some initial difficulty adjusting to his new environment, Trip manages to help out with the repairs and befriend the alien engineer, a female. But when he returns to the Enterprise, he notices some strange physiological changes. Dr. Phlox informs Trip that he’s the first human male ever to become impregnated – and the first human to have mated with an alien, even though Trip doesn’t recall anything even remotely resembling sex. Archer decides to track the aliens down to get some answers – but unfortunately for Trip, by the time the Enterprise catches up with them, the aliens are now “borrowing” energy from a Klingon ship…and the Klingons show little intention of forgetting and forgiving, let alone allowing either the aliens or a shipful of human interlopers to live.

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Guest Cast: Julianne Christie (Ah’Len), Randy Oglesby (Trena’L), Christopher Darga (Klingon Captain), Regi Davis (Klingon First Officer), TL Kolman (Alien Man), John Cragen (Crewman), Drew Howerton (Steward), Mike Baldridge (Dillard), and Porthos

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Terra Nova

Star Trek: Enterprise70 years before the Enterprise’s first mission, an early warp-era attempt at interstellar colonization took humans to a planet they called Terra Nova, which at the time meant an 18 year round trip. But after the colonists had several strong disagreements with Earth via radio, all contact was lost – and no one knows what become of the Terra Nova colony. The Enterprise arrives there and surface scans reveal abandoned structures, but there are still signs of life. Archer, Reed and T’Pol take a shuttle down and discover a humanoid race in a series of caves. These beings are not only paranoid about any visitors, but they’re also well-armed and prepared to defend their home. There are distinct differences between the Enterprise crew and these people, but according to T’Pol’s tricorder, they’re perfectly normal human beings. Reed is captured and taken hostage, and in an effort to build good relations with the self-proclaimed “Novans,” Archer brings their leader and a terminally ill woman back to the ship, where Dr. Phlox cures her. However, Phlox also discovers that radiation poisoning is going to slowly wipe the Novans out. Archer finds a safe place for them to resettle…and now all he has to do is regain their trust and rescue Reed.

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directed by LeVar Burton
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Guest Cast: Erick Avari (Jamin), Mary Carver (Nadet), Brian Jacobs (Athan), Greville Henwood (Akary)

Notes: This is the first episode to identify Dr. Phlox’s race as Denobulan.

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The Andorian Incident

Star Trek: EnterpriseArcher decides to visit an ancient Vulcan monastery on a nearby world, despite T’Pol’s misgivings about emotional humans entering a sanctuary of Vulcan logic. But when Archer, T’Pol and Tucker land there, they find signs of damage and even T’Pol admits that something is wrong. That something is a heavily armed Andorian strike force which has taken over the monastery. The Enterprise visitors are now their hostages, along with the monks. Archer is subjected to a violent interrogation, during which he learns that the Andorians believe that the monastery is a disguised long-range surveillance facility. The monks deny this, but do nothing to stand up for themselves. Trip manages to contact Reed, who has been left in command of the Enterprise, and Reed leads an assault team straight into the monastery via the transporter system. But when the tables are turned on the Andorians, will Tucker discover that he’s been protecting helpless Vulcans – or helping them cover up a massive deception?

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Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Bruce French (Vulcan Elder), Steven Dennis (Tholos), Jeff Rickett (Keval), Richard Tanner (Vulcan), Jamie McShane (Tactical crewman)

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Breaking The Ice

Star Trek: EnterpriseA large comet attracts the attention of the Enterprise crew, and just as Reed and Mayweather are about to become the first humans to set foot on such a body, a Vulcan ship appears and its captain states unequivocally that he will be standing by and observing the Enterprise’s activities in the vicinity of the comet. This annoys Captain Archer – almost as much as having to answer some letters from Trip’s young nephew’s class – but the Vulcans’ presence becomes even more suspicious when Trip detects that they’ve sent T’Pol an encoded message in a way that almost avoids detection. Hoshi decrypts the message and Trip discovers that it’s a deeply private matter instead of skullduggery. When Reed and Mayweather become trapped on the comet, a diplomatic breach is the last thing Archer needs when he may have to call on the Vulcans for help.

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Guest Cast: William Utay (Captain Vanik)

Notes: Only a couple of episodes after his species is mentioned, Dr. Phlox here identifies his home world as Denobula Triaxa.

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Civilization

Star Trek: EnterpriseA visit to a tertiary star system reveals a surprise that the crew is eager to explore: an Earthlike world populated by millions of people who look, more or less, human. But when initial scans of their world reveal no advanced technology – and seafaring ships no more advanced than large sail-powered boats – T’Pol advises against a visit. The Vulcans have adopted a policy of not making contact until a civilization achieves warp technology, and T’Pol urges Archer to establish a similar rule. But the detection of a nuclear reactor complicates the matter. If aliens are already on the planet, will the Enterprise crew’s intervention prevent cultural contamination…or cause more harm?

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Guest Cast: Diane DiLascio (Riann), Wade Andrew Williams (Garos), Charlie Brewer (Alien)

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Fortunate Son

Star Trek: EnterpriseFor the first time since leaving Earth, the Enterprise gets a specific assignment from Starfleet – to turn around and see why the Earth freighter Fortunate, capable of only warp 1, has been broadcasting a distress signal. When the Enterprise arrives, the Fortunate is in no shape to travel, having suffered a vicious attack by Nausicaans. The Fortunate’s captain is down for the count, and Dr. Phlox begins treating him. The first officer seems eager for Captain Archer and the crew to leave rather than seeking their help. T’Pol discovers a possible reason for the Nausicaans’ attack: the Fortunate’s crew is holding a Nausicaan hostage. Archer wants the freighter’s crew to return the hostage to his people, to give humans a better image in the eyes of other races as it steps into the stars. But there’s one catch – the freighter isn’t under Starfleet’s jurisdiction, and the ship’s first officer is out for revenge.

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Guest Cast: Lawrence Monoson (Ryan Cross), Kieran Mulroney (Shaw), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Danny Goldring (Nausicaan Captain), Charles Lucia (Captain Keene), D. Elliot Woods (Boy), Elyssa D. Vito (Girl)

Notes: Both Captain Archer and Ensign Mayweather identify the Enterprise as an “NX class” starship, and Mayweather mentions that there are more such ships under construction.

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Cold Front

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise happens upon a ship carrying religious pilgrims en route to view an astronomical event in a stellar nursery – something they view as holy. During a tour of the ship, one of the pilgrims slips away in engineering and breaks an antimatter conduit – a bit of sabotage that becomes fortuitous when a plasma discharge from the nearby nebula ignites an antimatter cascade which would have destroyed the Enterprise had the conduit been in place. Shortly afterward, Captain Archer is approached by Crewman Daniels, one of the ship’s waiters, who tells the captain that he’s actually from the 31st century and is here to prevent Suliban interference in the timeline. Daniels also informs Archer that the visitor who broke the conduit was, in fact, none other than Silik – the Suliban with whom Archer barely survived a life-and-death struggle during the Klingon rescue incident. Daniels asks Archer to give him access to modify the Enterprise’s sensors so he can find and neutralize Silik, but when Silik later appears to Archer, the treacherous Suliban says that Daniels is the interloper out to derail Earth’s history.

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Guest Cast: John Fleck (Silik), Matt Winston (Daniels), Michael O’Hagan (Captain Fraddock), Joseph Hindy (Prah Mantoos), Leonard Kelly-Young (Sonsorra), and Porthos

Note: Talk about man’s best friend – it’s strongly implied in one scene that an Earth dog can detect the presence of a cloaked individual (including a Suliban). And stellar nurseries aren’t just science fiction – the Hubble Space Telescope has observed several, including the spectacular Eagle Nebula (also known as M-16), whose triple-pillared stellar nursery clouds have been used as background in movies (Contact) and other science fiction shows (Babylon 5’s Into The Fire episode).

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Silent Enemy

Star Trek: EnterpriseAs the Enterprise crew lays a string of communications relay satellites in the ship’s wake to speed up contact with Starfleet Headquarters on Earth, the ship is intercepted by an alien vessel which refuses to answer any hails, and then disappears into warp again. Archer hopes that it’s an isolated incident, concentrating his energy on another mystery – finding a suitable birthday gift for Lt. Reed, which proves more difficult that the captain expects. But when the alien ship returns, it attacks the Enterprise, and two aliens board the ship, killing members of the crew. Archer orders a return course for Earth, so the Enterprise can receive upgraded weaponry from Starfleet before continuing on her course. But the alien ship appears yet again, forcing Reed and Trip to try to make the upgrades in mid-flight – and even in the middle of combat. If they can’t perfect the new weaponry in time to fend off the aliens’ attacks, Reed may not live to see his next birthday.

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Guest Cast: Jane Carr (Mary Reed), Guy Siner (Stuart Reed), Paula Malcolmson (Madeline Reed), John Rosenfeld (Mark Latrelle), Robert Mammana (Engineer)
Notes: British actor Guy Siner has some cult SF in his past – he played fanatical Kaled General Ravon in the classic 1975 Doctor Who story Genesis Of The Daleks; Jane Carr, who played his wife, has much more recent SF in her resumè, having played one of Londo’s wives in the 1994 Babylon 5 episode Soul Mates.

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Dear Doctor

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a sublight spacecraft whose occupants are seeking help in fighting a degenerative and most likely lethal disease – one which afflicts not only them, but their entire species as well. Captain Archer pledges his support to them, but soon finds out that his offer of help may be unrealistic. Dr. Phlox is eager to help, but his enthusiasm is tempered by his practical understanding of the disease. A somewhat lesser evolved humanoid species from the same planet seems to be completely immune – and Archer faces the unenviable prospect of telling the dying portion of the population that they may be facing extinction via irreversible natural evolution.

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directed by James Contner
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Guest Cast: Kellie Waymire (Elizabeth Cutler), David A. Kimball (Esaak), Chris Rydell (Alien astronaut), Karl Wiedergott (Larr), Alex Nevil (Menk man)

Notes: Chronologically speaking, this episode is the Star Trek universe’s first mention of the Ferengi; according to Next Generation lore, first contact with the Ferengi didn’t occur until that series’ fourth episode, The Last Outpost (1987), though this Enterprise crew would actually come into contact with them first without realizing it (Acquisition).

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Sleeping Dogs

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a derelict vessel trapped in the dense atmosphere of a giant gas planet. Reed and T’Pol are assigned to pay the ship a visit, and Hoshi also volunteers. The ship turns out to be an unknown class of Klingon starship, manned by an unknown number of hostile Klingons. Using their familiarity with the ship to their advantage, the Klingons trap the Enterprise boarding party in their wrecked ship and steal their shuttle. The shuttle blasts out of the planet’s atmosphere at top speed, but doesn’t get past the Enterprise’s grappler. With the shuttle back on board, Archer and Trip wait for the Klingons to show themselves and stun them into submission. When she awakens, a female Klingon who appears to be in charge tells Archer that more Klingon ships will be arriving – and that the Enterprise will be no match. But due to the hazardous nature of the environment in which his crew members are trapped, Archer will need the Klingon woman’s help to retrieve them alive before the ship’s hull gives way – and that cooperation will not come easily.

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Guest Cast: Michelle C. Bonilla (Bu’Kah), Stephen Lee (Klingon Captain)

Notes: This episode establishes that the Klingons had photon torpedoes before Starfleet did; this being a prequel, it’s technically the first appearance of that term in the Star Trek chronology. The Klingon ship, a new invention not seen in any of the other Trek series (probably meaning it has been retired by Kirk’s era), is a Raptor-class scout.

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Shadows Of P’Jem

Star Trek: EnterpriseFollowing Archer’s revelation of a Vulcan listening post on the disputed planet of P’Jem, the Andorians mount an attack on that outpost, destroying it completely. The Vulcan response is swift – diplomatic relations with Earth become very chilly, and T’Pol is cited as key player in the listening post’s discovery. She is to return to Vulcan for disciplinary action, something to which Archer objects. The captain is surprised when T’Pol shows no signs of resisting her impending reassignment. Archer takes T’Pol with him for one last mission, a visit to the planet Coridan. But the routine visit turns violent when their shuttle is shot down over the capitol city by rebels. Archer and T’Pol survive their shuttle’s crash-landing, but are taken hostage by the rebels, who proceed to demand weapons from the Enterprise for their safe return. The Vulcan ship which was to take T’Pol back to her homeworld arrives, and its captain tries to take charge of the situation. Trip isn’t eager to sit back and wait for the Vulcans to intervene and launches a rescue operation of his own – and he and Reed are just as quickly captured on Coridan. Their captors, however, turn out to be Andorians – still engaged in hostilities with the Vulcans. Andorian officer Shran informs Trip that the Enterprise crew has just walked into a conflict being engineered by both the Vulcans and the Andorians…and they’re not likely to walk out alive when the shooting starts.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
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Guest Cast: Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval), Steven Dennis (Tholos), Barbara Tarbuck (Chancellor Kalev), Jeff Kober (Traeg)

Notes: The planet Coridan is a reference to the Coridan treaty negotiated by Ambassador Sarek in the classic Trek episode Journey To Babel; that 1967 episode, incidentally, was the first appearance of the Andorians in Star Trek and made a brief mention of their conflict with the Vulcans. Also, Dr. Phlox mentions that T’Pol is not the first Vulcan officer to serve alongside humans on a Starfleet ship, but that she is the first whose tour of duty lasted more than a few weeks; the previous instances ended when, according to Phlox, the Vulcan officers found their human crewmates “chaotic and unpredictable.” Guest star Barbara Tarbuck played the part of another beleaguered alien leader in the 1991 Next Generation episode The Host.

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Shuttlepod One

Star Trek: EnterpriseTrip and Reed take a shuttlepod out to test a new systems modification which requires at least 20,000 kilometers’ distance from the Enterprise. At the same time, the Enterprise moves away from the rendezvous point to render aid to an alien ship in distress, but the rescue goes awry, leaving both vessels damaged. When the shuttlepod returns to the agreed-upon asteroid belt rendezvous, Trip and Reed see wreckage from the Enterprise – in reality debris from the recent accident – strewn across one of the asteroids, and they assume the worst: no one will arrive to pick them up, they have mere days of oxygen left, and they have no chance of reaching an inhabited world before then.

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Fusion

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a Vulcan vessel manned by a curiously cordial crew. Over dinner with the crew, T’Pol identifies them as Vulcans without logic, something which the Vulcans refute, claiming instead that they have reached a balance between emotion and logic. T’Pol is skeptical, and reluctantly agrees to try a few experiments in emotional awareness with the persistent Tolaris. But while Archer, Trip and the rest of the crew find themselves becoming fast friends with the emotion-embracing Vulcan visitors, T’Pol discovers that Tolaris is intimately, and dangerously, acquainted with some of his baser emotions.

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directed by Rob Hedden
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Enrique Murciano (Tolaris), Robert Pine (Tavin), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), John Harrington Bland (Kov)

Notes: This episode somewhat shockingly establishes that mind melds aren’t the norm among 22nd century Vulcans; the process is considered somewhat taboo, and T’Pol isn’t even aware of what’s involved or how to participate. Robert Pine is the father of Chris Pine, who would assume the role of Captain James T. Kirk in a big-screen reboot of the Star Trek franchise in 2009.

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Rogue Planet

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise encounters a rogue planet, an isolated world which was thrown out of its sun’s orbit. Though science generally dictates that such a world would be dead, but thermal energy from the planet’s still-active core have kept a thriving (if nocturnal) ecosystem alive. Archer heads up a landing party that happens upon a group of hunters, led by Damrus. The non-indigenous hunters seem friendly enough, and Malcolm even convinces them to let him join them on their next foray. While the others rest up, Archer keeps watch at the camp, and hears a woman call his name. He sees her, but is unable to catch up with her, and no one else in the camp can find any evidence that she was there. She appears again later as he, Trip and T’Pol are exploring, but she only approaches when Archer is alone. The hunt goes badly, and one of the hunters is nearly killed by an amorphous life form; he is taken back to the Enterprise by shuttle and Dr. Phlox restores him to full health. Archer insists on staying on the planet overnight to see if the mysterious woman contacts him again, and she does. This time she stays long enough to have a conversation, and Archer learns that she’s not human, but a member of a sentient shapeshifting species. Though interfering with the well-armed hunters doesn’t seem like an option, Archer has a plan for evening the odds in the shapeshifters’ favor.

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directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Keith Szarabajka (Damrus), Stephanie Niznik (Woman), Conor O’Farrell (Buzaan), Eric Pierpoint (Shiraht)

Notes: An interesting “future history” note – the Boy Scouts are apparently still earning merit badges in the 22nd century. Archer earned 26 of them and made it to Eagle Scout, while Reed accumulated 28, including a merit badge in exobiology. Any scouts hoping to earn a hunting merit badge are out of luck, as Archer points out that hunting for sport has been out of fashion on Earth for a century. Guest star Keith Szarabajka has guest starred on Babylon 5 and, at the time he guest starred on Enterprise, also had a recurring role on Angel as immortal vampire hunter Holtz.

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Acquisition

Star Trek: EnterpriseTrip is worried when Dr. Phlox fails to answer his requests to exit the decontamination chamber after returning from his latest mission. Trip manages to hotwire the door mechanism and escapes, discovering that the rest of the crew has been rendered unconscious and the ship has been boarded by a band of alien marauders. The large-headed, big-eared aliens are ransacking everything on the ship, from technology to food to female crewmembers. Trip manages to stay out of sight and watches as the aliens revive and interrogate Captain Archer. Trip manages to awaken T’Pol, and the three make preparations to take the Enterprise back. Archer tries to win the confidence of Krem, one of the aliens, while T’Pol and Trip sabotage the raiders’ efforts to steal anything else. Their resourcefulness will not only have to exceed the invaders’ greed, but play on it as well.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by James Whitmore, Jr.
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Ethan Phillips (Ulis), Jeffrey Combs (Krem), Clint Howard (Muk), Matt Malloy (Grish) and Porthos

Notes: Several perennial Trek guest stars appear here, including Jeffrey Combs (once again playing more than one species in the same Trek spinoff), Ethan Phillips (who played Neelix for seven years on Star Trek: Voyager, but made his first Trek appearance as a Ferengi in 1990’s Next Generation episode Menage a Troi, and Clint Howard, younger brother of Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, who had a cameo in a Deep Space Nine episode but was also the childlike alien Balok in the third Classic Trek episode ever filmed, The Corbomite Maneuver. For the record, chronologically speaking, this is the Star Trek universe’s first sight of the Ferengi, but nowhere in the episode was the aliens’ race revealed, preserving The Last Outpost‘s assertion that first contact with the Ferengi didn’t occur until that first-season Next Generation episode; remember, Picard said that when The Battle of Maxia occurred several years before Next Generation’s first season, the Stargazer crew had no idea who their attackers were.

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Oasis

Star Trek: EnterpriseOver dinner with an alien trader, the Enterprise crew learns of the site of a crashed starship on a nearby planet, but the trader seems spooked by what he saw when he went there. Archer, however, insists that the trader’s tale of a haunted spaceship isn’t enough to scare him off, especially when the Enterprise could use a few repairs using parts from the crash site. What he finds there, however, is what seems to be the ship’s entire crew, all in good health. Trip is particularly taken with Liana, the daughter of the ship’s engineer, though the others from her ship seem nervous about her spending so much time with him. Archer is concerned when some of the ship’s logs about the crash are irreconcilable with the physical evidence – particularly when a member of the crashed ship’s crew, who’s still very much alive on the ship, turns up long dead in an escape pod.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Stephen Beck
directed by Jim Charleston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Rene Auberjonois (Ezral), Annie Wersching (Liana), Tom Bergeron (D’Marr), Rudolph Willrich (Kuulan), Claudette Sutherland (Maya)

Notes: The casting department’s tribute to Trek series past continues with this episode’s inclusion of Rene Auberjonois, who – after a slightly inauspicious start in the Trek universe (his scenes as a Starfleet turncoat in 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country were cut from the theatrical print but restored for home video) – played Odo for all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Auberjonois reportedly told Scott Bakula during filming that he had already shot this episode (probably meaning the similar plotline of the DS9 episode Shadowplay).

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Detained

Star Trek: EnterpriseCaptain Archer and Ensign Mayweather are guests – not by their own choice – of the Tandarans, a race whose military zone they unwittingly violated while exploring in a shuttlepod. They quickly discover that they’re the only human prisoners in a Tandaran detention center otherwise populated by the Tandaran guards and a host of genetically unaltered Suliban captives, including women and children. Colonel Grat, the commandant of the detention center, seems cordial enough at first, promising that Archer and Mayweather will be freed soon, it seems that no such amnesty is in store for the Suliban. When Archer questions Grat’s treatment of the Suliban – who turn out to be innocent civilians and not members of the Suliban Cabal – Grat extends the Enterprise crewmen’s stay and begins to interrogate the captain about his own Suliban encounters all the way back to Broken Bow and Silik’s infiltration of the Enterprise during a later mission. Despite Archer’s claims of being an innocent bystander, nothing will quell Grat’s suspicions – or his willingness to hold the prisoners indefinitely.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by David Livingston
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Dean Stockwell (Colonel Grat), Christopher Shea (Sajen), Jessica D. Stone (Narra), Dennis Christopher (Danik), David Kagen (Major Klev), Wilda Taylor (Woman)

Notes: Dean Stockwell was Scott Bakula’s co-star in every episode of Bakula’s previous hit series, Quantum Leap.

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Vox Sola

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise crew’s first contact with a race called the Kreetassans ends abruptly. The visitors storm out of dinner, demanding to leave the ship and offering no explanation as to what has caused them offense. Archer and the crew are disappointed, but go about their business, unaware that an amorphous life form has attached itself to the alien ship and has now slipped aboard the Enterprise. It nests in a cargo bay, and reels in the first two crewmembers to see it with tendrils. When Archer and Trip go to investigate, they too are captured by the life form, which begins feeding on them as well as connecting their brains and nervous systems. T’Pol is left in charge, and she finds herself trying to restrain a crew which seems to increasingly favor taking violent action to free their comrades.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Fred Dekker
directed by Roxann Dawson
music by Paul Baillargeon

Guest Cast: Vaughn Armstrong (Kreetassan Captain), Joseph Will (Rostov), Renee Goldsberry (Kelly), and Porthos

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Desert Crossing

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise resumes course for Risa, but is diverted yet again by a distress call. It picks up a shuttle commanded by Zobral, who lives on a nearby desert world. Zobral’s gratitude extends to offering a banquet to Archer and Trip, who repaired the damaged shuttle. When they reach Zobral’s homeworld, it seems his hospitality is considerable – until T’Pol contacts the captain from orbit with a disturbing report. She has been hailed by a government official from Zobral’s planet, claiming that Zobral is a terrorist. Archer tries to make a diplomatic retreat, but Zobral cuts off his escape. It turns out that Zobral is indeed fighting a war against the planet’s ruling government, claiming centuries of racial inequity – and also claiming to have heard that Archer is a great warrior who freed thousands of Suliban from a detention center. Worse yet, Zobral’s encampment comes under heavy fire, forcing Archer and Trip to hide in the desert. But as eagerly as the planet’s government is hunting down Zobral, even that may not be a safe place.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga & Andrè Bormanis
directed by David Straiton
music by Velton Ray Bunch

Guest Cast: Clancy Brown (Zobral), Charles Dennis (Chancellor Trelit), Brandon Karrer (Alien Man), and Porthos

Notes: During the game scene at the beginning of act three, there’s a Trek oddity – a brief shot of Archer which was shot on video, not film. Though footage sourced on video has been used before – such as Seska’s distress call in the Voyager episode Basics Part I – it has always been on a viewscreen, and never before a full-screen shot; the entire series would later adopt digital video instead of film in season 4. Bozeman, Montana is also referenced as the landing site of the Vulcan ship – and therefore also the home of Zefram Cochrane – in Star Trek: First Contact; Bozeman was also the site of Alexander’s wild west holodeck program in A Fistful Of Datas, not to mention the name of the temporally-displaced starship in Cause And Effect. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s the birthplace of executive producer Brannon Braga.

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Fallen Hero

Star Trek: EnterpriseT’Pol somewhat surprisingly recommends that the crew needs a vacation, and even takes the liberty of pointing Archer toward a planet called Risa. But just as Trip is getting his hopes up about the reports of Risa’s brand of hospitality, Starfleet contacts the ships with new orders – an urgent mission to pick up a Vulcan ambassador from the planet Mazar. When the Mazarites deliver Ambassador V’Lar to the Enterprise, Archer is told that she is being expelled due to criminal charges – charges of which V’Lar says she is guilty. The Enterprise leaves without incident, but before long, the Mazarites are in pursuit, demanding that V’Lar be handed over to them again. When the Mazarites attack and make it clear that they’re willing to kill Archer’s entire crew, the captain begins to wonder just what crimes his visitor has committed.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga and Chris Black
directed by Patrick Norris
music by David Bell

Guest Cast: Fionnula Flanagan (V’Lar), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), John Rubinstein (Mazarite Captain), J. Michael Flynn (Mazarite Official), Dennis Howard (Vulcan Captain), and Porthos

Notes: It is established here that this is the first time the Enterprise has actually reached warp five. We also learn that T’Pol attended the Rekahr Academy on Vulcan – which could also be the “Vulcana Rekahr” which was cited as T’Shanik’s alma mater in the Next Generation episode Coming Of Age.

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Two Days And Two Nights

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise finally arrives at Risa, and though Archer initially resists the idea of joining his senior officers for shore leave, T’Pol convinces him that he needs it just as much as they do. Malcolm and Trip try their hand at meeting indigenous specimens of the opposite sex, only to find themselves in a trip that, while it may not cost them their lives, will certainly cost them their pants. Hoshi has a little more luck in this regard, and her language lessons with a fellow visitor to Risa become an exercise in a more universal tongue. Dr. Phlox takes the opportunity to remain aboard the Enterprise and enter a Denobulan hibernation phase – one from which he will emerge most disoriented if awakened early, which becomes a major issue when Mayweather is injured while rock climbing. Captain Archer takes Porthos planetside for a couple of days of relaxation and encounters a beautiful woman named Keyla. In the course of discussion, she reveals that her husband and her entire family were slaughtered by Suliban, but when she tries to get Archer to divulge strategic information on his encounters with the Suliban, the captain suspects that her story doesn’t add up.

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story by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
directed by Michael Dorn
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Dey Young (Keyla), Kellie Waymire (Cutler), Rudolf Matin (Ravis), Joseph Will (Rostov), Dennis Cockrum (Freebus), Donna Marie Recco (Dee’Ahn), James Ingersol (Alien Man), Jennifer Williams (Alien Woman), Geoff Meed (Dee’Ahn), Stephen Wozniak (Latia) and Porthos

Notes: Actor Stephen Wozniak (born in 1971) is no relation to Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Shockwave – Part I

Star Trek: EnterpriseThe Enterprise enters orbit of the Parogan homeworld, a planet whose atmosphere has flammable elements requiring any visiting craft to descend unpowered. But moments after Malcolm reports shutting off the engines, the planet’s atmosphere turns into a massive fireball – and a colony of 3,600 miners on the surface is instantly wiped out. Starfleet’s response is swift: the Enterprise is recalled to Earth, her mission cancelled, and the crew will be reassigned. Worse yet, the Vulcans recommend that Earth’s interstellar exploration program be postponed…by a decade or more.

As the Enterprise is en route back to Earth, Archer is visited by Crewman Daniels – an operative from the future fighting in the temporal cold war with the Suliban – even though it seemed Daniels was killed by Silik several months earlier. Daniels confirms for Archer that the Enterprise shuttle wasn’t responsible for the colony’s destruction, and that the event never happened, according to future history. He gives Archer instructions that enable him to capture a Suliban vessel, confiscate some vital data, and clear the Enterprise crew of any wrongdoing. Even though someone’s violated the rules of engagement of the temporal cold war in the future, it hasn’t ended Enterprise’s mission.

Just as the crew begins to relax, a swarm of Suliban vessels surrounds Enterprise. Silik hails Archer and tells him to board one of the Suliban pods which will dock with the Enterprise shortly. If the captain doesn’t comply, the Enterprise will be destroyed.

But according to future history, Captain Archer never boarded the pod. He became stranded in the 31st century – a victim, along with the man he knows as Crewman Daniels, of the temporal cold war.

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directed by Allan Kroeker
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: John Fleck (Silik), Matt Winston (Daniels), Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest), James Horan (Humanoid figure), Stephanie Erb (Receptionist), David Lewis Hays (Tactical crewman)

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