|Production: USA, 2001- 2005
Cast: Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, John Billingsley, Dominic Keating, Anthony "A.T." Montgomery, Linda Park, Connor Trinneer
In year 2001 “Star Trek Voyager” was ending too, while “DS9” had already ended.
Trekkers could have been condemned to a life made of
remembrances: “Next Generation” spins-off had lost their attractive, a
total new idea was needed. So they thought about a prequel-serie, which
would have shown alla what had happened even before the original
serie. An age when Starfleet existed since a few years and Federation did
not exist at all, which means 150 years before captain Kirk’s adventures.
The “Enterprise” is the first Earth spaceship which can make interstellar voyages, is much smaller than the original serie’s Enterprise (with a 87 people crew instead of 430), doesn’t have “phasers” yet (but hey will arrive soon), and the famous transporter beam is in its first steps (used only for objects, not people). There are not the shields, the ship is simply armoured to defend itself from enemy attacks. Things are even worser because the ship is launched three months ahead of schedule, and the
crew is often in trouble handling totally new
tecnology and situations.
Also roles and duties of the crew are not always clear, and interstellar space is totally unexplored (at Kirk’s time many planetary systems are already known, so that a “Federation” exists…): in a nutshell, we can see the primitive chaos which led to the well-known “Star Trek” universe.
The famous vulcans are already known thanks to the first interstellar trip made by scientist Zephram Cochrane (the warp engines inventor, already seen or quoted in the previous series), but their mistrust of earthmen (not reliables because not rational enough) prevented them from sharing their technology, which obviously created some tension.
Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula, already seen in “Quantum Leap”) is an
experienced commander, but this is the first time he is in command of an
interstellar ship, so he finds himself by first in a totally new
situation. He dislikes vulcans for their prejudices towards humans, and
well knows the importance of his assignement.
First officer T’Pol (Jolene Blalok) is a vulcan woman. Vulcans absolutely asked for her presence aboard in change of some stellar maps, necessary to navigation. She mistrusts humans, and crew mistrust her: a really more difficult situation compared with the innocent quarrels between mr. Spock and dr. McCoy.
Dr. Phlox (John Billingsley) is another alien who was in San Francisco when the Enterprise was launched. His purpose on Earth was a period of studies
about human anathomy, he has to board the ship to assist a patient and
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating) is the officer responsible for arms, always facing new and malfunctioning devices, always ready to invent new paraphernalia.
Black ensign Travis Mayweather (Anthony A.T. Montgomery), the Enterprise’s pilot, is the youngest officer of the crew, but space has been his nursery: his parents were on duty on spaceships too, also if warp speed did not exist yet. Although an interstellar voyage is a totally new thing, he feels perfectly fit aboard.
On the contrary, ensign Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), responsible for communications, doesn’t feel so comfortable. She is a skilled interpreter, and is often forced to fix the malfunctionings of the universal translater, which has to be improved like a lot of other things.
Charlie Tucker (Connor Trinneer) is the chief engineer. Corageous and
indifferent to risks, in a certain way is very similar to captain Archer,
and is one of the reference men of the ship.
1) Broken Bow - Part I
2) Broken Bow - Part II
3) Fight or Flight
4) Strange New World
6) Terra Nova
7) The Andorian Incident
8) Breaking the ice
|10) Fortunate Son
12) Silent Enemy
13) Dear Doctor
14) Shadows of P'Jem
15) Sleeping Dogs
16) Shuttlepod One
18) Rogue Planet
22) Vox Sola
23) Fallen Hero
24) Desert Crossings
25) Two Days And Two Nights
26) Shockwave - Part I
27) Shockwave - Part II
33) The Seventh
34) The Communicator
36) Vanishing Point
37) Precious Cargo
38) The Catwalk
41) Cease Fire
42) Future Tense
44) The Crossing
47) The Breach
50) First Flight
52) The Expanse
53) The Xindi
59) The Shipment
61) North Star
63) Carpenter Street
64) Chosen Realm
65) Prooving Ground
68) Doctor's Orders
69) Hatchery 70) Azati Prime
72) The Forgotten
74) The Council 75) Countdown 76) Zero hour Fourth Season 77) Storm Front - Part I 78) Storm Front - Part II 79) Home 80) Borderland
82) The Augments
83) The Forge
87) Observer effect
88) Babel One
90) The Aenar
94) In a mirror, Darkly - part I
95) In a mirror, Darkly - part II
97) Terra Prime
98) These are the Voyages