* AscendedFanon:
** "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 BigBad of the series ended up taking a name [[AppropriatedAppellation 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 AscendedMeme trope page, although the example itself more closely fits an example of Ascended Fanon.
* CastTheExpert: In Season 3 when Enterprise takes a lot of damage, Paramount set builders were used for the BuildingIsWelding scenes.
* ContestWinnerCameo:
** Radio Celebrity BobRivers appears as an extra in 2 different episodes.
** TheOtherWiki 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.
* CreatorBacklash:
** Jolene Blalock, [[PromotedFanboy a die-hard Trekkie from childhood]], was the most dissatisfied - and vocal - member of the cast. Like [[Creator/LeonardNimoy 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 ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' 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 TimeSkip, and declared his own episode "Terra Prime" to be [[CanonDiscontinuity the true series finale]]; [[spoiler:Connor Trineer]] was incredulous at [[DroppedABridgeOnHim 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. [[OffendingTheCreatorsOwn Whoops.]]
--->'''[[http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/18391/star-trek-enterprise-the-complete-fourth-season/ 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".
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** Responsible for the much-loathed pop-song credits. Rick Berman is notorious for his milquetoast taste in music. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8vslSWlsEg 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 ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'''s theme. An even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpwv1ZipTL4 earlier concept]] resembled the other Trek series' credits even more, including the famous OpeningNarration.
** 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 TimeTravel element to make it "[[ComicallyMissingThePoint 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."
--->'''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/startrek/comments/1xpx5b/to_those_who_watched_star_trek_enterprises_first/ 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 [[JumpingTheShark 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 [[FleetingDemographicRule 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 [[{{Anvilicious}} 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 [[{{Glurge}} condemning both races to extinction.]]
* FanNickname: 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.
* FollowTheLeader:
** It can't be a coincidence that ENT's announcement came shortly before the much-anticipated second chapter of the [[StarWars 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.
** Brannon Braga is on record as being a ''Series/TwentyFour'' 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.
* FranchiseKiller:
** 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. 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.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** First and foremost [[QuantumLeap Scott Bakula]] as Jonathan Archer and one episode featured [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine Dean Stockwell]] as an antagonist. Other episodes include Bruce Davison (Jareth in VOY's "Remember", and more famously Senator Kelly from the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' movies), [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir James Avery]] and [[Franchise/RoboCop Peter Weller]].
** [[Film/JackFrost1997 Scott MacDonald]] as Commander Dolim.
** [[Series/MadMen Mad Men's Duck]] as Archer's father in the pilot.
** Jeffrey Combs, who played a number of roles in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' appeared as a both a Ferengi and in a recurring role as the Andorian Shran.
** [[Series/{{Chuck}} Bonita Friedericy]] -- who is, incidentally, married to John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox) -- appeared in one second-season episode as a scientist who was [[FanonDiscontinuity assimilated by the Borg]].
** ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' creator SethMacFarlane made two cameos: one in Season 3 and the other in Season 4.
** Wrestling/TheBigShow shows up as an Orion in the episode "Borderland."
** Malcom was Tony, the TokenWhite in ''Series/{{Desmonds}}''.
* PlayingAgainstType: 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.
* RecycledScript: "[=E
=]" has a lot of similarity to [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine "Children of Time"]]. This was actually because of ExecutiveMeddling, as Mike Sussman had a different approach and pointed out how similar the changes would be to the ''[=DS9=]'' episode.
* RunningTheAsylum:
** 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.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: 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 ''Franchise/StarTrek''-related. Combined with a lack of promotion, [[http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20060217133704/http://www.ece.ucdavis.edu/~mvrojo/entratings.htm ratings]] hit their absolute lowest (with several falling below three million viewers).
* StuntCasting: Bakula's ''Series/QuantumLeap'' co-star DeanStockwell in "Detained."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/RussellTDavies, who was writing ''Series/DoctorWho'' at the time of ENT, was putting out feelers for a possible [[IntercontinuityCrossover 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 ExecutiveVeto, 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 [[HalfTruth veterinarian]] on Denobula, and was [[BackAlleyDoctor expressly forbidden]] from operating on humanoid lifeforms.
*** T'Pol was originally going to be T'Pau, who appears in [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]] episode "Amok Time" as [[AscendedExtra 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 [[HypercompetentSidekick 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!" ([[BestKnownForTheFanservice 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 [[SixthRanger 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 ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' in which he says, with utmost confidence, that the next ''Star Trek'' movie [[YankTheDogsChain 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 [[Film/StarTrek a new film]] - about [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries 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.
* WordOfGay: 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.
* WordOfGod: Word is that the events of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' 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]]Although the Borg incident in this series ''does'' explain [=TNG=]'s first run-in with the Borg[[/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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* DayOfTheJackboot
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace
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