We wrap up our look at Star Trek pilot episodes with Broken Bow, the first adventure of Captain Archer and the crew of the Enterprise NX-01. Power ballad themes. Moody Vulcans. Hot decontamination. It’s all here in Star Trek: Enterprise. Join us! This episode is brought to you by Is it Cold in Here, Or is it Just You?
Vehicle: USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)
Film/s: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
I’ve been dancing around the outside of my core favorites, but can’t resist any longer. I love Trek. I love Trek films. And I love the Enterprise. Specifically, I love the NCC-1701-A. Whether exploring the depths of V’ger, taking on Khan, or heading for the second star to the right, Enterprise is as much a character as Kirk. She’s taken a beating, been completely rebuilt, and eventually replaced with a later model. But this version is my favorite, and always will be.
Then again, that 1701-E is a slick beast, and sports the coolest escape pods in Starfleet history. Heck, throw her in there, too. It’s an Enterprise love fest!
I’ve now watched twenty episodes of the first season of Enterprise, and I’m starting to wonder why they bother having Ensign Mayweather on the show. So far, they’ve barely featured the poor guy. At least they let him pilot the ship. Perhaps they have a nice Mayweather-centric episode later on in the series, but I’m not holding my breath. He’s so one-dimensional at this point that any sort of featuring would be an improvement.
For some reason, the Trek nerd in me refused to acknowledge Enterprise for a decade. I never did watch the series while it aired on television, and am just now working my way through the first season on Netflix. Having now sat through nine episodes, I’m shocked to admit that for a first season, most of these episodes are solid. How can this be? I’m supposed to hate them, aren’t I? I’ll hold off on final judgement until having seen the entire series, but right now I’m sorry for not having given it a chance…
..except for that godawful theme song. I can’t stand it. It’s been said a million times, but what the hell were they thinking?