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?
Our series on Star Trek television pilot episodes continues. Captain Janeway and the crew of the USS Voyager are whisked away to the Delta Quadrant for a meeting with the Caretaker in this inagural episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Tuvok is undercover, Paris is burning, and Neelix has a few tricks up his sleeve. This episode is brought to you by Holographic Healing.
Our Trek through the worlds of the Federation continues with Emissary, the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space NIne. Sisko and crew stand ready to take on the Cardassians, or any other species wanting to exploit wormholes and abandoned space stations. This episode is brought to you by Beach Giggles.
We are about to watch the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, for the podcast next week. This has me questioning something I never did the entire time I was enjoying this series way back when. Exactly why is this show called Deep Space Nine? What Deep Space is the station in? It’s right near Bajor, isn’t it? Sure, it’s a long way from Earth, but after all, Earth isn’t the only planet in the Federation. Then again, I’m glad the show isn’t called Star Trek: In Orbit Nine.
Tonight, we continue our look at the pilot episode of each Star Trek series by delving into Encounter at Farpoint, the inagural voyage of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Jean-Luc Picard and crew take the Enterprise D where only Q knows what is going on. Gaze upon the manly wonder of Riker, and weep with the emphathy of Troi. Watch for intergalactic jellyfish! This episode is brought to you by Onesies.
We begin our look at the various Star Trek pilot episodes with the original series pilot, The Cage. Join us for an adventure with Captain Pike, his stalwart crew, and bulbous-headed aliens. This episode is brought to you by Pulsing Veins.
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!
Sure, the Romulan Warbird is larger, and has a funky looped wing, but in terms of predatory design, nothing beats the Klingon Bird-of-Prey in the Star Trek universe. Specifically built to resemble its namesake, this ship is the perfect counterpart to its aggressive crew. Bonus points awarded for being able to travel through time and transport humpback whales. Also known to scare the crap out of whaling vessel crews.
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?