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Star Trek: Enterprise, originally titled Enterprise until Season 3, is the sixth series set in the Star Trek universe. Created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, and based upon Gene Roddenberry's classic 1966 Star Trek (and its subsequent spin-offs), Enterprise was a prequel set a century before the time of Kirk and Spock. The series followed the voyages of the first starship Enterprise and mankind's first steps into the "final frontier". Initially titled as simply Enterprise, the series ran an abbreviated four seasons. The series debuted in 2001 on the United Paramount Network replacing Star Trek: Voyager. It was canceled in 2005.

As of 2024, due to its placement in the Star Trek timeline, Enterprise is the only Star Trek production whose continuity is not affected by the events of the 2009 film reintroducing the crew of James T. Kirk, making it the only TV series in the Star Trek universe to maintain continuity in both the prime and alternate realities.


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Enterprise was created in the hopes of revitalizing the Star Trek franchise since ratings for the previous series, Star Trek: Voyager, had waned near the end. Intended to be more modern, with characters far from Gene Roddenberry's 24th century Utopian Humanity, Enterprise was situated in one of the least explored eras in the Star Trek universe and a time only 150 years from present day.

Enterprise was set in the 22nd century, at a time before the Federation and while United Earth was just becoming a player in interstellar politics.

The producers – under the guidance of Roddenberry's successor, Rick Berman – sought to set the series apart from those that had come before, creating nearly every set, prop and costume anew and tending toward a more encompassing, "you-are-there" style of storytelling.

According to comments made by Executive Producer Brannon Braga in discussions with fans at, Berman's original idea for the series was to have the entire first season set on Earth as Humanity's first-ever warp starship was constructed. This was soon decided to be too far removed from the style of the franchise as a whole, and so the premise was redrafted.

Enterprise, like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine before it, featured numerous story arcs throughout its run. Story lines included the Temporal Cold War and the Xindi arc that took up the show's entire third season.

The series was the first to incorporate lyrics into its opening theme song (unused lyrics did exist for the original series' fanfare); it also did not include the words Star Trek in its title until the third season episode "Extinction".

Like its predecessor, Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise aired on UPN, rather than in first-run syndication like TNG and DS9. Premiering on 26 September 2001 with a strong opening, the two-hour pilot "Broken Bow" garnered a 9.9 overnight rating and a 15% share. Ratings, however, declined over the next few seasons, dipping to an average 2.5 million viewers an episode.

As early as the second season, rumors of the show's imminent cancellation pushed the producers to find new directions to take the series. Beginning with the series' third season, Enterprise adopted a darker tone and a more violent arc, in some ways mirroring the post 9/11 sentiment.

While many critics were impressed with the new pull of the series, ratings remained low, and the show was canceled at the end of its fourth season.

Even so, Enterprise accomplished a number of technical firsts for a Star Trek series. It was the first series to air in high definition, with "Exile" being the first episode to air in that format. It was produced with third-generation Sony HDTV cameras starting in Season 4; the first 3 seasons were filmed with traditional 35mm film cameras (which were then transferred to digital for broadcast). [1](X) The series was also the first to be produced in widescreen format. The decision to air Enterprise in the widescreen (16:9) format was made halfway through filming of the first season, which required episodes filmed prior to the decision to be re-telecined from the original masters (which had been filmed in the 4:3 ratio used for all previous Star Trek television series). [2]

Enterprise was nominated for five individual Saturn Awards, won an ASCAP Award in 2002 for "Top TV Series", was nominated for seventeen Emmy Awards, winning four, and two episodes were nominated for Hugo Awards.

Plot summary[]

Launched in the year 2151, the NX-class starship Enterprise (the first of United Earth's advanced warp five vessels) was at first on temporary assignment. Though years of preparation still lay ahead, the ship was unexpectedly put into service when a Klingon national crash-landed on Earth, putting the entire planet at stake should he not make it back to his people. Under the command of United Earth Starfleet Captain Jonathan Archer, son of the famed scientist Henry Archer, the crew of Enterprise succeeded in their mission, but found themselves surrounded by deeper mysteries. Warranting the extension of their assignment into a full-blown mission of deep space exploration, the crew of Enterprise set off into the unknown, taking with them a Vulcan science officer (or chaperone) named T'Pol and a Denobulan doctor named Phlox.

Enterprise's first years were rocky; while the ship made contact with such species as the Suliban and the previously mentioned Klingons, such contact was not peaceful. In its first two years alone, the ship's crew found themselves in armed conflict with a range of species from the Tholians to the Coridanite to the Borg... and things only got worse. By its third year in space, an alien species known as the Xindi brutally attacked Earth, killing millions.

The NX-01 was dispatched to a remote and previously uncharted area of space known as the Delphic Expanse in order to prevent the Xindi from completing their ultimate goal of destroying Humanity. While the mission was successful, after nearly a year in the Expanse, the ship suffered severe damage and many losses.

Upon returning home, Enterprise served a more diplomatic role in the service of United Earth, easing relations between the Vulcans, the Andorians, and the Tellarites, and paving the way toward a Coalition of Planets, an alliance that eventually lead to the founding of the United Federation of Planets. Though still often tumultuous, Enterprise continued its mission of exploration as well, bringing Humans in contact with even more new worlds and new civilizations.


During its four-year run, Enterprise was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards, mostly in "technical" categories such as visual effects and makeup. It won four: "Outstanding Hairstyling For A Series", "Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore)", and "Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore)" (twice).

Main cast[]

Star Trek: Enterprise was the only live action Star Trek series to complete its run without a change in the main cast. Star Trek: The Animated Series also didn't have a change in the main voice cast during its two seasons.

Special guest stars[]

Recurring guest stars[]

Production crew[]

Opening credits[]

The opening credits for Star Trek: Enterprise contained a number of images referencing modern-day as well as historical exploration and space travel leading up to the launch of Enterprise NX-01 in 2151, including the Enterprise OV-101 shuttle, named in real life in honor of Star Trek. Also used in the sequence is a clip of Zefram Cochrane's ship, the Phoenix, from Star Trek: First Contact, and the real-life animated footage of the Mars rover.

Two versions of the opening title sequence were created, one for the prime Star Trek universe to the tune of "Where My Heart Will Take Me" which was seen at the beginning of the majority of episodes, and the other which documented the rise of the Terran Empire in the mirror universe episodes "In a Mirror, Darkly" and "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II" which was done to an instrumental.

Episode list[]

Season 1[]

ENT Season 1, 25 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Date US release date
"Broken Bow" 1x01/02 40358-721 2151-04-16 2001-09-26
"Fight or Flight" 1x03 40358-003 2151-05-06 2001-10-03
"Strange New World" 1x04 40358-004 Unknown 2001-10-10
"Unexpected" 1x05 40358-005 Unknown 2001-10-17
"Terra Nova" 1x06 40358-006 Unknown 2001-10-24
"The Andorian Incident" 1x07 40358-007 2151-06-19 2001-10-31
"Breaking the Ice" 1x08 40358-008 Unknown 2001-11-07
"Civilization" 1x09 40358-009 2151-07-31 2001-11-14
"Fortunate Son" 1x10 40358-010 Unknown 2001-11-21
"Cold Front" 1x11 40358-011 2151-09-09 2001-11-28
"Silent Enemy" 1x12 40358-012 2151-09-01 2002-01-16
"Dear Doctor" 1x13 40358-013 Unknown 2002-01-23
"Sleeping Dogs" 1x14 40358-015 Unknown 2002-01-30
"Shadows of P'Jem" 1x15 40358-014 Unknown 2002-02-06
"Shuttlepod One" 1x16 40358-016 2151-11-09 2002-02-13
"Fusion" 1x17 40358-017 Unknown 2002-02-27
"Rogue Planet" 1x18 40358-018 Unknown 2002-03-20
"Acquisition" 1x19 40358-019 Unknown 2002-03-27
"Oasis" 1x20 40358-020 Unknown 2002-04-03
"Detained" 1x21 40358-021 Unknown 2002-04-24
"Vox Sola" 1x22 40358-022 Unknown 2002-05-01
"Fallen Hero" 1x23 40358-023 2152-02-09 2002-05-08
"Desert Crossing" 1x24 40358-024 2152-02-12 2002-05-08
"Two Days and Two Nights" 1x25 40358-025 2152-02-18 2002-05-15
"Shockwave" 1x26 40358-026 Unknown 2002-05-22

Season 2[]

ENT Season 2, 26 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Date US release date
"Shockwave, Part II" 2x01 40358-028 Unknown 2002-09-18
"Carbon Creek" 2x02 40358-027 2152-04-12 2002-09-25
"Minefield" 2x03 40358-029 Unknown 2002-10-02
"Dead Stop" 2x04 40358-031 Unknown 2002-10-09
"A Night in Sickbay" 2x05 40358-030 Unknown 2002-10-16
"Marauders" 2x06 40358-032 Unknown 2002-10-30
"The Seventh" 2x07 40358-033 Unknown 2002-11-06
"The Communicator" 2x08 40358-034 Unknown 2002-11-13
"Singularity" 2x09 40358-035 2152-08-14 2002-11-20
"Vanishing Point" 2x10 40358-036 Unknown 2002-11-27
"Precious Cargo" 2x11 40358-037 2152-09-12 2002-12-11
"The Catwalk" 2x12 40358-038 2152-09-18 2002-12-18
"Dawn" 2x13 40358-039 Unknown 2003-01-08
"Stigma" 2x14 40358-040 Unknown 2003-02-05
"Cease Fire" 2x15 40358-041 Unknown 2003-02-12
"Future Tense" 2x16 40358-042 Unknown 2003-02-19
"Canamar" 2x17 40358-043 Unknown 2003-02-26
"The Crossing" 2x18 40358-044 Unknown 2003-04-02
"Judgment" 2x19 40358-045 Unknown 2003-04-09
"Horizon" 2x20 40358-046 2153-01-10 2003-04-16
"The Breach" 2x21 40358-047 Unknown 2003-04-23
"Cogenitor" 2x22 40358-048 Unknown 2003-04-30
"Regeneration" 2x23 40358-049 2153-03-01 2003-05-07
"First Flight" 2x24 40358-050 Unknown 2003-05-14
"Bounty" 2x25 40358-051 2153-03-21 2003-05-14
"The Expanse" 2x26 40358-052 2153-04-24 2003-05-21

Season 3[]

ENT Season 3, 24 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Date US release date
"The Xindi" 3x01 40358-053 Unknown 2003-09-10
"Anomaly (ENT)" 3x02 40358-054 Unknown 2003-09-17
"Extinction" 3x03 40358-055 Unknown 2003-09-24
"Rajiin" 3x04 40358-056 Unknown 2003-10-01
"Impulse" 3x05 40358-057 Unknown 2003-10-08
"Exile" 3x06 40358-058 Unknown 2003-10-15
"The Shipment" 3x07 40358-059 Unknown 2003-10-29
"Twilight" 3x08 40358-060 Unknown 2003-11-05
"North Star" 3x09 40358-061 Unknown 2003-11-12
"Similitude" 3x10 40358-062 Unknown 2003-11-19
"Carpenter Street" 3x11 40358-063 Unknown 2003-11-26
"Chosen Realm" 3x12 40358-064 Unknown 2004-01-14
"Proving Ground" 3x13 40358-065 2153-12-06 2004-01-21
"Stratagem" 3x14 40358-066 2153-12-12 2004-02-04
"Harbinger" 3x15 40358-067 2153-12-27 2004-02-11
"Doctor's Orders" 3x16 40358-068 Unknown 2004-02-18
"Hatchery" 3x17 40358-069 2154-01-08 2004-02-25
"Azati Prime" 3x18 40358-070 2154-01 2004-03-03
"Damage" 3x19 40358-071 Unknown 2004-04-21
"The Forgotten" 3x20 40358-072 Unknown 2004-04-28
"" 3x21 40358-073 Unknown 2004-05-05
"The Council" 3x22 40358-074 2154-02-12 2004-05-12
"Countdown" 3x23 40358-075 2154-02-13 2004-05-19
"Zero Hour" 3x24 40358-076 2154-02-14 2004-05-26

Season 4[]

ENT Season 4, 22 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Date US release date
"Storm Front" 4x01 40358-077 Unknown 2004-10-08
"Storm Front, Part II" 4x02 40358-078 Unknown 2004-10-15
"Home" 4x03 40358-079 Unknown 2004-10-22
"Borderland" 4x04 40358-080 2154-05-17 2004-10-29
"Cold Station 12" 4x05 40358-081 Unknown 2004-11-05
"The Augments" 4x06 40358-082 2154-05-27 2004-11-12
"The Forge" 4x07 40358-083 Unknown 2004-11-19
"Awakening" 4x08 40358-084 Unknown 2004-11-26
"Kir'Shara" 4x09 40358-085 Unknown 2004-12-03
"Daedalus" 4x10 40358-086 Unknown 2005-01-14
"Observer Effect" 4x11 40358-087 Unknown 2005-01-21
"Babel One" 4x12 40358-088 2154-11-12 2005-01-28
"United" 4x13 40358-089 2154-11-15 2005-02-04
"The Aenar" 4x14 40358-090 Unknown 2005-02-11
"Affliction" 4x15 40358-091 2154-11-27 2005-02-18
"Divergence" 4x16 40358-092 2154-12 2005-02-25
"Bound" 4x17 40358-093 2154-12-27 2005-04-15
"In a Mirror, Darkly" 4x18 40358-094 2155-01-13 2005-04-22
"In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II" 4x19 40358-095 2155-01-18 2005-04-29
"Demons" 4x20 40358-096 2155-01-19 2005-05-06
"Terra Prime" 4x21 40358-097 2155-01-22 2005-05-13
"These Are the Voyages..." 4x22 40358-098 47457.1 2005-05-13

Proposed Season 5 stories[]

See: Undeveloped Star Trek: Enterprise episodes.

Related topics[]


The wrap party for Enterprise was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 7:00 pm. "Dress Festive" and notations that cocktails, dinner, and a DJ were available were on the invitations. The introduction featured the following text: "This Mission May Be Over But Let's Get The Party Started! Paramount Network Television invites you and your guest to journey back in time at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and glimpse the future in the newly-launched Theodore Restaurant and Lounge. Let's commemorate the final voyage of Star Trek: Enterprise."

Video games[]

Only two official video games set in the Enterprise era have been released – Star Trek: Encounters and Star Trek: Legacy. However, these two games are not true Enterprise games, as they cover the franchise as a whole.


With four seasons, Enterprise reached syndication less than a year after its cancellation, in some markets airing multiple times a week beginning on 17 September 2005. The syndication run of the series features the first episode of season 1, two episodes of season 2, and all episodes of the final season. Notable stations cleared Enterprise in syndication for most of the run including WNBC in New York City, KNBC in Los Angeles and WCIU in Chicago. However, with the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, Enterprise was replaced in syndication by "remastered" versions of classic TOS episodes on 16 September 2006.

Episodes are available on and its sister site Netflix online streaming subscribers can also view episodes.

The first three seasons are also available on the Xbox Live Marketplace (currently US only), a premium service offered with the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Each episode costs about two to three US dollars, and are available in both standard and high-definition widescreen. Two part episodes are broken up into two separate episodes and must be purchased separately.

All seasons are also available on the iTunes Store and on Amazon Instant Video in both standard and high-definition widescreen.



"Archer's Theme"[]

"Archer's Theme" is an instrumental piece of music used over the closing credits. It was composed by Dennis McCarthy.

The theme was originally intended to be played over the opening credits of the show. (citation needededit) McCarthy, having also composed the theme for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, wrote the piece in a style reminiscent of the later Star Trek series. Even though the piece opens with a subdued but recognizable version of Star Trek theme fanfare, McCarthy wrote it in keeping with the spirit of the show to be overall less classical and more modern instrumentally.

The producers' decision to use "Where My Heart Will Take Me" in its stead was a controversial decision that the producers made in an attempt to make the series appeal to an audience wider than that of existing Trek fans. (citation needededit)

Altogether four different versions of end credits were used in the show. In the pilot episode, "Broken Bow", an instrumental version of "Where My Heart Will Take Me", also known as "Faith of the Heart", was used.

In the following episode, "Fight or Flight", "Archer's Theme" is heard in a different arrangement. In addition, there is a different closing theme in the double feature "In a Mirror, Darkly", reprising this episode's unique opening credits music.

"Where My Heart Will Take Me"[]

See also: "Where My Heart Will Take Me".

The use of an album-oriented rock theme tune is in stark contrast to previous series in the franchise, and provoked a negative reaction in some fans, (citation needededit) to the point of protesting outside the studios.

One of its most prominent detractors is Simon Pegg. Pegg was a fan of Star Trek prior to appearing in the films, but according to a 2011 interview:

"I think that the theme music to Enterprise was probably the most hideous Star Trek moment in history. I couldn't believe that they had this great idea of sort of pre-Kirk/Spock Star Trek, and they gave it a dreadful soft-rock music start. It just seemed so ill-advised. I mention Admiral Archer [in 2009's Star Trek] – it isn't struck off because of the terrible music. Scotty actually mentions him. But [the theme music] is terrible. I've never seen Enterprise, because I couldn't get past that music. It would still be ringing in my ears when the show starts." [3](X)

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