is the latest in the Star Trek television
series. The first episode
was "Broken Bow
" and aired on September 26, 2001
(though there were reports of it being shown in Canada the day before
This series takes place around 2151, at least a hundred years before Star Trek: The Original Series. The show follows the adventures of the first vessel from earth capable of warp 4.5, the Enterprise NX-01 and her crew. At this point in the Star Trek Universe, there is no Federation of Planets, and earth has only come in contact with a few alien species. Earth is being mentored by the Vulcans, who are (it appears) trying to hold them back from jumping forward too quickly. Probably for their own good. Earthlings of course, are an impatient, hasty species, and are trying to jump forward as quickly as possible.
CAUTION: May Contain Spoilers!
The first episode of Enterprise introduced the viewer to a bit of the history from the events detailed in Star Trek First Contact when the first warp engine was created and tested, and earthlings were introduced to their first alien species, the Vulcans. Jon Archer's father was an engineer who was (at least his son thinks) held back by the Vulcans and prevented from achieving the things he should have been let to. An alien ship crash lands in a field and a Klingon (with a new style head) is chased by a couple of green aliens. The green guys are blown up, but the Klingon survives (barely).
Starfleet, against the wishes of the Vulcans, decides not to pull the plug on him. Archer convinces them to send him and his newly commissioned warp 4.5 ship to Qo'noS to return the still unconcious Klingon to his people, with the hopes that he'll be up and going by the time they reach his homeworld (as a warrior race such as the Klingons, being a vegetable is not an honorable fate).
A Vulcan science officer is sent along with them to observe and help. This of course causes some tension but is also used as a plot device to get Archer to eventually trust Vulcans, and for T'Pol to eventually realize that sometimes humans aren't completely wrong.
Along the way to Qo'noS (go figure) they lose their patient to more of the green skinned aliens, called Suliban. T'Pol wants to turn around and consider their mission as over, but of course Archer wants to go and recover him.
Much adventure ensues, including an almost soft core decontamination scene, reference to a temporal war, and much else.
At the end of the show, T'Pol decides to stay, the ship is sent on it's way out into space to Boldly go where no man has gone before, or some such non-specific orders.
Please head to the Enterprise Episode Guide to find plot summaries of Enterprise episodes.