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Star trek: Enterprise 1.01 - Broken Bow

Date: 16 April 2151
Threat advisory: High risk of entertaining activities

Episode propaganda

The final frontier has a new beginning.

Set in the 22nd century, nearly 150 years before James T Kirk and only 100 years from now, Star trek: Enterprise introduces you to the pioneering days of space exploration, when interstellar travel is in its infancy and a universe - and the unknown - portends both danger and awe. The crew of the Enterprise exhibits a sense of wonder as well as a little trepidation about the strange things and beings they will encounter. Being among the first to explore deep space, they will have to prove they are ready for life among the stars.

Klaang (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Junior) a 2-metre-tall Klingon, carrying vital information to his home world regarding the shape-shifting Suliban, is shot down over Broken Bow, Oklahoma USA, and pursued through cornfields by Suliban agents. The Klingon manages to kill his pursuers but gets shot by a farmer who speaks no Klingon.

While transporting the delirious Klingon home, Starfleet Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) encounters more Suliban, who invade his ship, the Enterprise, and kidnap Klaang. As Archer searches for their lost Klingon, he learns from a Suliban dissident that the Suliban are trying to instigate a Klingon civil war at the bequest of a time traveller. In return, the Traveller is teaching them how to enhance their DNA and give themselves superpowers.

Meanwhile, T'Pol (Jolene Blalock), the young Vulcan science attaché assigned to the mission, thinks Archer should have returned to Earth the minute the Klingon was captured...

Persons of interest

  • Scott Bakula .... Captain Jonathan Archer
  • Connor Trinneer .... Chief Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker III
  • Jolene Blalock .... Sub-Commander T'Pol
  • Dominic Keating .... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
  • Anthony Montgomery .... Ensign Travis Mayweather
  • Linda Park .... Ensign Hoshi Sato
  • John Billingsley .... Doctor Phlox
  • John Fleck .... Silik
  • Melinda Clarke .... Sarin
  • Tommy "Tiny" Lister Junior .... Klaang
  • Vaughn Armstrong .... Admiral Forrest
  • Jim Beaver .... Admiral Leonard
  • Mark Moses .... Henry Archer
  • Gary Graham .... Soval
  • Thomas Kopache .... Tos
  • Jim Fitzpatrick .... Commander Williams
  • James Horan .... Humanoid Figure
  • Joseph Ruskin .... Suliban Doctor
  • Marty Davis .... Young Archer
  • Van Epperson .... Alien Man
  • Ron King .... Farmer
  • Peter Henry Schroeder .... Klingon Chancellor
  • Matt Williamson .... Klingon Council Member
  • Byron Thames .... Crewman
  • Ricky Luna .... Carlos
  • Jason Grant Smith .... Crewman Fletcher
  • Chelsea Bond .... Alien Mother
  • Ethan Dampf .... Alien Child
  • Diane Klimaszewski .... Dancer
  • Elaine Klimaszewski .... Dancer
  • James L Conway .... Director
  • Rick Berman .... Screenwriter
  • Brannon Braga .... Screenwriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Saturn Awards 2002: Cinescape's female face of the future (Jolene Blalock), Best supporting TV female actor (Jolene Blalock)
  • See also Flashback for some uncanny conversation
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Mmm... well... hey... Broken Bow is not a bad way to start a series. The "meet the new character" scenes aren't too obvious and the whole situation is not what I entirely expected despite having already learned what the story was about.

The story: driven by internal conflict between allies and exacerbated by external conflict from a new enemy, this is the first Star trek series where the pilot has more point to it than selling the show. These storylines will go beyond the first 88 minutes of Enterprise and affect every episode for the next seven (here's hoping) years. Given that the show occurs before Kirk and after the early stuff in First Contact, there will also be some exciting times as the United Federation of Planets is formed and with a bit of luck, wars with the Klingon and Romulan Empires will be fought. Oh yeah, there'll be some character development, too. (Drama is all well and good but if there aren't any space battles Enterprise is going to be dropped from my viewing list quick smart.)

The Captain: this role is all important to Star trek series because even though the casts are ensemble based, the Captain is first among equals. All power on the ship derives from them so all actions of the ship are caused by them. There is huge conflict in this type of Hierarchy when the Captain is not boss of their own ship. Admirals are the bane of Captains everywhere, even the good ones. Some of the best drama in The next generation came from interfering, busy body and/or crooked Admirals. Jonathan Archer is, to everyone's detriment, yet another white male. Star trek has been bold in having black males and even (gasp!) women in command of ships, but it's a shame to see that as visionary a series as this is held back by the contemporary hegemony. Rich, white males rule this world despite being a triple minority (most of the world is poor, coloured and female). That said, Scott Bakula did some good stuff in Quantum Leap and even appeared in a movie that's worth seeing (see Life as a House), and what he does in Broken Bow is by no means the lowest point of his abilities.

The Chief Engineer: Charles Tucker III is Lieutenant Thomas Eugene Paris without the history, a blue-eyed, blond-haired all-American Aryan hero.

The First Officer: She didn't ask to be on the ship, she doesn't want to be on the ship, she doesn't like her shipmates, she disagrees with her shipmates' principles but it's her job so she has to put up with it all. Not to mention the smell. Jolene Blalock has the Vulcan emotional repression down to a fine art while still letting the audience know what she's feeling. Being a sexy, nubile Nubian doesn't hurt, either. She carries well the tradition that began with Uhura, that of distracting innocent young men from whatever else is going on in the show.

The creators have given themselves a helping hand by making the premise and the characters so varied (from each other albeit not from the other series) - it'll be a good show.

FYI: Commander Williams, Admiral Leonard and Admiral Forrest are named after William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Deforest Kelly of The original series.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 10 May 2002

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