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Star Trek: Enterprise (UPN 2001-2005, Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock)

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This series is set over 100 years before James T. Kirk and over 200 before Jean-Luc Picard, Katherine Janeway and Benjamin Sisko. The captain of the Enterprise NX-01 is Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula, best know as Dr Sam Beckett of Quantum Leap).

The story arc unfolds revealing how the Human Race first explores space and how the United Federation of Planets was formed. The Vulcans, meanwhile, hold their heads in their hands in despair, while the impulsive, illogical, humans blunder into uncharted solar systems and civilisations. They believe that this will cause them more diplomatic problems that they can cope with!

The theme tune is very un-Star Trek but is quite fitting and appropriate – we wonder that the humans have to constantly prove themselves to the Vulcans. The crew of the Enterprise redeem themselves in traditional Starfleet fashion. There are times that you would think that the Vulcans are not what they seem. We become aware that they are hiding quite a bit and more! At times you might even suspect that they could very easily turn out to be the villains of the story arc.

The technology is not to be as advanced as Kirk’s era. In contradiction, the sets and scenes look more futuristic; but the show is more realistic. They don’t have reliable transporters, food replicators, Spock or Data.

production details
USA | UPN | 98×44 minutes | Broadcast 26 September 2001 – 13 May 2005

Creators: Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, Gene Roddenberry,

cast
Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox
Jolene Blalock as Sub-Commander T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery as Ensign Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer as Commander Charles ‘Trip’ Tucker III