Trivia: Star Trek: Enterprise

  • Ascended Fanon: "Future Guy"'s name came from fans who started using it to refer to the humanoid figure and eventually, the producers of Enterprise used it as the character's actual name in the script. In his video review of "Broken Bow" years later, Chuck Sonnenburg commented how it pains him that what should have been the Big Bad of the series ended up taking a name derived from sarcasm, another sign of how the Temporal Cold War was poorly plotted and poorly planned. He was listed on the Memory Alpha wiki as "Future Guy" for a few years, before being renamed "Humanoid Figure" in keeping with the site's in-universe tone.
  • Cast the Expert: In Season 3 when Enterprise takes a lot of damage, Paramount set builders were used for the Building Is Welding scenes.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: Radio Celebrity Bob Rivers appears as an extra in 2 different episodes.
    • The Other Wiki also says that a radio station contest winner also appeared in one of these episodes.
    • Winners of the USS Enterprise's (the aircraft carrier) Crewman of the Year competition also appeared as extras on the show.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Jolene Blalock, a die-hard Trekkie from childhood, was the most dissatisfied - and vocal - member of the cast. Like Nimoy and Russ before her, she spent an enormous amount of time reiterating how true Vulcans are supposed to act and criticizing the scripts. She also found it a bit silly how T'Pol's hair never moves (if a single hair was out of place during a firefight, they would send her to makeup and reshoot it).
    • A lot of cast members were appalled at the series finale episode "These Are The Voyages...", which rather than allowing Enterprise to end on its own terms, turned it into a Star Trek: The Next Generation story. By all accounts no one liked this story, even co-writer Brannon Braga: Supposedly, Scott Bakula barked angrily at Braga over the phone when he got the script; Manny Coto was unhappy with how it completely glossed over the Federation-Romulan War with a Time Skip, and declared his own episode "Terra Prime" to be the true series finale; Connor Trineer was incredulous at dying such a lame death; Blalock stayed true to form by slamming the showrunners (again) for their meddling; and even Jonathan Frakes had his doubts about the whole thing. The fallout from the episode was so acrimonious that it negatively affected Braga's relationship with co-producer/writer Rick Berman, who described it as a "valentine" for Trek fans. Whoops.
      Todd Douglass Jr.: I had to stop and think what Berman and Braga were thinking of when they wrote the episode, but I have a feeling it was after a late night filled with snickering and one of them saying, "The galaxy's not getting any of our bourbon".
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Responsible for the much-loathed pop-song credits. Rick Berman is notorious for his milquetoast taste in music. This is what it would have looked like. If that music sounds familiar, it should — it's "Archer's Theme," the closing credits music, originally intended for the credits sequence and written by the same person responsible for Deep Space Nine's theme. An even earlier concept resembled the other Trek series' credits even more, including the famous Opening Narration.
    • Also responsible for the Temporal Cold War arc. The original idea was to have the first season based on Earth, but the execs nixed that idea and insisted that it be similar in tone to Voyager, and have a Time Travel element to make it "more futuristic." The execs then realized the TCW was going nowhere and demanded that it be removed, which is why it was abruptly finished in "Storm Front."
    • "E2" is often remembered for ripping off half a dozen episodes. What isn't too well-known is that the writer was specifically asked to make a number of edits for it to mimic previous ideas.
    • "Stigma" was part of a network-wide AIDS awareness anvil drop.
    • "Dear Doctor" was supposed to end with Archer and Phlox at odds with one another over giving a potential cure to the Valakian and Menk, with Archer wanting it and Phlox opposing it. But execs didn't want any disagreements between them, making Archer and Phlox both agree to not help, thereby likely condemning both races to extinction.
  • Fan Nickname: Future Guy for the guy in charge of the Cabal from the 29th century that was part of the Temporal Cold War arc. He was never given a real name on the show.
  • Follow the Leader: It can't be a coincidence that ENT's announcement came shortly before the much-anticipated second chapter of the prequel trilogy. This would explain the Palpatine-like hologram who bosses the Suliban around.
    • Brannon Braga is on record as being a 24 addict and wishing he could write for a series like that. He later got his wish when FOX hired him to help produce that show. The undercurrent of foreign menace in 24 is not unlike the high-stress domestic situation on ENT.*
  • Franchise Killer: The series ended an 18-year run of Star Trek series on US TV, and fandom pretty much imploded during its run due to its divisiveness. Although there was talk of yet another Star Trek series being commissioned after Enterprise's cancellation, this was soon put aside in favor of restarting the franchise anew with the 2009 film. It has been nearly a decade since a Star Trek series was last on television, with no sign of anything official suggesting a return to the small screen in the near future.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Recycled Script: "E " has a lot of similarity to "Children of Time". This was actually because of Executive Meddling, as Mike Sussman had a different approach and pointed out how similar the changes would be to the DS9 episode.
  • Running the Asylum: Season Four alone has more explicit references to the original series then all previous Star Trek series combined. "In a Mirror, Darkly" restaged some events from a TOS episode frame by frame, also featuring a faithful reconstruction of a bridge similar to the original Enterprise.
    • This is also a rare case of this sort of thing dramatically improving the show on all fronts. Since the new staff really cared about making a good Trek show, they worked a lot harder at making the show good than previous teams had.
  • Screwed by the Network: By Season 3, ratings were no longer steadily dropping, but they also hadn't rebounded either. Though renewed for a fourth season, the network opted to move the series to Friday nights, which was seen as a death sentence not just by fans, but by the production staff. It's been suggested that with UPN shifting more interest towards the female demographic, they had less interest in anything Star Trek-related. Combined with a lack of promotion, ratings hit their absolute lowest (with several falling below three million viewers).
  • Stunt Casting: Bakula's Quantum Leap co-star Dean Stockwell in "Detained."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Russell T Davies, who was writing Doctor Who at the time of ENT, was putting out feelers for a possible live-action crossover. This was guessed to be an unfounded rumor until Brannon Braga confirmed it.
    • Initial plans for the show that were changed before filming:
      • In very early stages of planning the show, the producers considered setting the entire first season on Earth and focusing on the lead-up to the mission, and only actually launching the Enterprise NX-01 in the season finale (which would make the title "Enterprise" a bit of a pun, in fact). There was an Executive Veto, and they were told to get exploring space from the start.
      • Andre Bormanis’ original pitch for the character (strangled in the crib by Berman and Braga) was that Phlox turns out to have not been a Doctor but a veterinarian on Denobula, and was expressly forbidden from operating on humanoid lifeforms.
      • T'Pol was originally going to be T'Pau, who appears in the original series episode "Amok Time" as the priestess officiating at Spock's wedding. The character T'Pau later appears in the fourth season of ENT as a guest character.
      • Mayweather was originally envisioned as older and more seasoned, making him a valuable advisor to the comparatively rookie Captain Archer. He was ultimately rewritten as green and desperate to prove himself, not unlike Wesley Crusher.
    • Like Combs, J.G. Hertzler lobbied for his Klingon defense attorney, Kolos, to join the NX-01. "They could use an old curmudgeon like me to balance all the hot young men and women on the show!" (Fat chance.)
    • Mike Sussman's original idea for "E-Squared" would be the Columbia being thrown back in time instead—a result of trying to use Xindi vortex technology (likely salvaged from the crashed probe weapon). The NX-01 crew would thus meet the NX-02 crew's descendants.
    • The network wanted to kill Archer off at the end of "Zero Hour". Which would have been… interesting. Manny Coto has admitted that he was tempted.
    • Plans for a fifth season, which was never made due to the show being cancelled:
      • The NX-01 would have been refitted with a secondary hull underneath the warp nacelles, ceramic plating, and a deflector dish, which makes it look very much like the prototype for what would become the Constitution in TOS. The new design appeared in the 2011 "Ships of the Line" calendar.
      • Shran would have become a main character and joined the NX-01 in an advisory capacity. Jeffrey Combs had been pushing to become a Trek regular since the eighties, and compared his perpetual b-status to watching a baseball game from the outfield.
      • Several reappearances of characters or species from the original series would have included the character Flint, the cloud city of Stratos, and the Kzinti from the animated series.
      • There would have been more stories set entirely in the Mirror Universe, following up on "In a Mirror, Darkly". They would have consisted of several standalone episodes interspersed throughout the season.
      • Tensions with the Romulans would have escalated, as a prelude to the forthcoming Earth-Romulan War.
      • More would have been revealed about T'Pol's father, specifically that he was a Romulan sleeper agent, leading up to the reveal that T'Pol was half-Romulan, explaining her inherent difficulties with emotion.
      • Peter Weller would have directed a few episodes, as part of the deal he made for his guest role in season four.
    • There exists an interview with Scott Bakula conducted in the run-up to the release of Star Trek: Nemesis in which he says, with utmost confidence, that the next Star Trek movie would be about him and his crew. Come 2008 (later delayed to 2009, but close enough), after what would have been the customary seven years, we did indeed get a new film - about Captain Kirk. Presumably, if either Nemesis or Enterprise - most likely both - hadn't bombed, we would have seen Captain Archer on the big screen instead.
  • Word of Gay: Reed, courtesy of Dominic Keating and to absolutely no one's surprise. The character is canonically straight, but fandom is more or less unified in believing that ENT's Armory Officer plays for the other team.
  • Word of God: Word is that the events of Star Trek: First Contact did alter the timeline of Enterprise somewhat (also explaining the more advanced technology), though whether this actually puts it in a different timeline to the other Trek shows is still up in the air.note . Not to mention whether everyone on the staff agrees with the statement or not, which is also up in the air.

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