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.
    • Chuck's exact quote is even featured at the top of the Ascended Meme trope page, although the example itself more closely fits an example of Ascended Fanon.
  • 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).
    • With "Extinction", Braga wanted to do "Threshold" over again—and do it right. That didn't work out so well. Braga called it "one of the singularly most embarrasing episodes of Star Trek I've ever been involved with" which is saying quite a lot. Even director LeVar Burton hated the episode, if Doug Mirabello (Rick Berman's assistant) is to be believed.
      "People generally knew when an episode was bad. We even had one director go to the producers and tell them he was ashamed to direct the episode where our crew turned into lizard people. The finalé was one of those where you’d go down to the stage and see people shaking their heads while reading the script.”
    • 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".
      • In 2009, Berman ultimately pulled a mea culpa, admitting that while his and Braga's intentions in making the finale were well-meant, he truly didn't expect the kind of vitriol it would receive - he was reputed shocked by the hostile response. In hindsight, he admits that it was a terrible idea that shouldn't have been done (at least, not in the manner that it was), if only because it felt such a bad taste in so many peoples' mouths.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Responsible for the much-loathed pop-song credits. Rick Berman is notorious for his milquetoast taste in music.
      • This is what it was supposed to sound 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.
    • On the commentary for "Demons", Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating have a laugh at how frequently the studio insisted on changing Scott Bakula’s hair to make him seem older or younger or roguish or straight-laced.
    • 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."
      Redditor: The very first thing I remember about that episode was thinking I was on the wrong channel when "Faith of the Heart" started playing... The next thing I remember thinking was "Temporal Cold War? Really? You don't usually put the shark in the first episode."
      • The failure of this arc, and the fan backlash it provoked, was a consideration in Berman's decision to limit the Xindi arc to 10 episodes interspersed with standalone stories, then prolong the Xindi storyline if it turned out to be a hit. Unfortunately, this let to a lot of half-baked scripts getting rushed out (including "Extinction", arguably ENT's worst). Like with the Kazon (VOY), the time travel mess seemed to confirm Berman's biases against long-form storytelling.
    • "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.
  • Flip-Flop of God: A macabre joy when watching ENT is catching all the little TOS references, many of which are used for black humor. In the second part of "In a Mirror, Darkly", the future biography of Hoshi Sato states that she was one of the 4,000 people killed by Kodos in the backstory to "Conscience of a King". Mike Sussman never intended for the data to be readable on screen, and on his website he says to take that biographical information with "a grain of salt." So call off the hitmen, please!
  • Follow Up Failure: Unfortunately, the premise was too big of a shift from past Star Trek shows. Enterprise found itself more often than not in a kill-or-be-killed struggle with a hostile alien species, and it seems this drove away many classic Trek fans. The only characters that didn't seem to have Multiple Personality Disorder were T'Pol and Phlox, and between them, only Phlox had serious acting chops. The Xindi arc had no payoff. After the detached episodes of seasons 1 and 2, and the constipated story in season 3, the fourth season was a second pilot in all but name; all those course corrections and retcons resulted in a fairly shallow adventure, in which Daniels does all the heavy lifting while Archer and company never quite have a handle on what's going on.
  • 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. The introduction of the Xindi — people in funny make-up bickering around a table — evokes the opening of The Phantom Menace inside the Trade Federation flagship and Senate chamber, with long conversations about trade negotiations and taxation. The idea of a multi-species alien alliance hell bent on destroying Earth is not exactly a new premise in sci-fi, either.
    • 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 pretty similar to the Xindi/Terra Prime arcs.
  • Franchise Killer:
    • TNG lasted seven years. DS9, seven years. Voyager, seven years...Enterprise got hit by a bus and passed away in a ditch somewhere in four years.
    • 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. That film and its sequel, despite further dividing the fanbase, were successful enough for Paramount and CBS to green-light a new Star Trek series which will premiere in January 2017.
  • The Other Darrin: Colonel Green was a major player in WWIII (a war hero) and the Eugenics Wars (not so much). Much like Hitler, his warped ideology and high body count gained him a lot of followers a century later. A facsimile of Green tried to kill Kirk in "The Savage Curtain"; here he was played by Phillip Pine. A clip of the younger Green, played by Steve Rankin, makes an appearance in ENT's "Demons".
  • Playing Against Type: It took a while for Bakula and the writers to get a handle on Archer. He started out as a happy-go-lucky, regular schmoe... Right before they blow it all up and just go full “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Sisko, Can You?” with Archer’s characterization. Which is more interesting, but also not really tailored to Bakula as a performer.
  • Real-Life Relative: Bonita Friedericy (Chuck) — who is, incidentally, married to John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) — appeared in "Regeneration" as a scientist who is assimilated by the Borg.
  • 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: Oh good gravy...
  • 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.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Many familiar faces from Trek, among them Brent Spiner (Data), Ethan Phillips (Neelix), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), and Jeffrey Combs (too many to list) do a victory lap on Enterprise.
    • Phillips, who dressed up as a Ferengi Nagus on VOY, and Combs, who played a Ferengi debt collector on DS9, both appear in "Acquisition" as Ferengi pirates.
    • Last we saw Soval, he was teaching Kes to put out a candle with her mind.
    • The last time we met L'Vas, he was staging a coup at Starfleet HQ ("Homefront", DS9). Now he's staging a coup on the Vulcan High Council. It's always something with that guy.
    • Cyia Batten, who played the first Tora Ziyal (before they decided to go older) and a race car driver in "Drive" (VOY), shakes her money-maker as an Orion slave girl ("Bound").
    • Vaughn Armstrong gives Jeffrey Combs a run for his money: He played 9 alien roles (mostly Klingons) all across TNG, DS9 VOY, and ENT. Armstrong also doubles as a Kreetassan captain in two episodes. Yep, that's him chewing out Archer in "A Night in Sickbay".

      His biggest role yet is that of Commodore Maxwell Forest, the man in charge of the NX project. Nice to be free of all that latex, eh?

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