After almost 100 years of being held back by a "friendly"
alien race called the Vulcans, mankind is ready for interstellar
exploration. When a Klingon seeking refuge from other alien
pursuers is shot on Earth by a farmer, the Enterprise NX-01
receives its first mission: to return the wounded alien to
his homeworld. However, the aliens will not relinquish their
target without a fight...
pilot episode of Enterprise must be one of the most
talked-about 90 minutes of TV ever produced. However, for
UK audiences, the experience of watching the show has been
incomplete as Sky has chosen to show a 4:3 transmission of
Enterprise rather than the widescreen, 16:9 ratio format
it was made in. Fortunately, the VHS release maintains the
widescreen image and the result, at least visually, is a much-improved
pilot episode has a lot of work to do but the work level for
Broken Bow is even higher. Not only must it set up
the show, it also has to mesh with existing Trek mythology.
The Magnificent Seven-style rounding up of the Enterprise
crew is a nice touch and allows Captain Archer (Scott Bakula)
the chance to show his character's people skills. It also
gives plenty of opportunity to pad out the back-story.
the scripting and bland costume design leaves the three junior
male roles as almost totally interchangeable. Okay, one's
black, one's British and one's a good ol' southern boy, but
apart from that it's hard to tell them apart.
for the actual plot. well, it doesn't really make that much
sense but the pace of the action helps gloss over the weaknesses
in the story such as why there is a massive fleet of single-seater
Suliban run-abouts floating around inside a gas cloud.
overall, Broken Bow is a solid pilot that pretty well sets
up the show. More importantly, it's an enjoyable watch.
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