(written from a Production point of view)
|ENT, Episode 1x01|
Production number: 001
First aired: 26 September 2001
|1st of 97 produced in ENT||→|
|1st of 97 released in ENT||→|
|←||629th of 728 released in all||→|
|A feature-length episode|
Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
James L. Conway
|April 16, 2151/2121|
|Arc: Temporal Cold War (1 of 13)||→|
Earth launches its first starship of exploration, Enterprise, on a mission to return an injured Klingon to his homeworld. (Series Premiere)
In San Francisco of the year 2121, a young Jonathan Archer paints a model of his father's spacecraft. When he recites a quote from a speech by Zefram Cochrane, Henry Archer tells him the inventor of the warp drive would be proud of him. Jonathan curiously asks about his father's ship, wondering if it will be bigger than "Ambassador Pointy's" ship. Henry corrects his son, noting that the Ambassador is actually named Soval, an extremely helpful Vulcan. Jonathan responds that – according to Billy Cook, an acquaintance of his – Humans would already be flying at warp five, if the Vulcans had not intervened. Although Henry Archer does not fully understand the reasons behind the Vulcans' constraint, he believes that there must be an explanation.
Thirty years later, the Broken Bow incident takes place in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, on Earth. A pair of aliens pursuing Klaang, the Klingon pilot of a crash-landed K'toch-class scout ship, attract the attention of a farmer named Moore. Although Klaang eventually manages to kill the aliens, he is shot with Moore's plasma rifle.
Aboard an inspection pod, Jonathan Archer, now a captain in Starfleet, and Commander Charles Tucker inspect the prototype NX-class starship Enterprise NX-01 in the Orbital Drydock Facility, a spacedock orbiting Earth. After being called back to Starfleet Medical, Archer attends a meeting where a group of high-ranking Starfleet officers, including Admiral Forrest, discuss Klaang with several Vulcan dignitaries: Ambassador Soval, Tos and Subcommander T'Pol. Archer also meets an alien doctor who is providing Klaang with medical care. Eventually, it is decided that Enterprise will launch ahead of schedule on a mission to return Klaang to the Klingons' homeworld, Qo'noS. The Vulcans completely disagree with this; they had objected to Humans returning Klaang out of fears that a perceived provincial attitude and accompanying volatile nature of Humans would complicate Human contact with the Klingons so soon. Vulcan objections, however, fueled the idea that Vulcans have deliberately withheld information from Earth for over a hundred years.
Aboard Enterprise, Lieutenant Malcolm Reed and Ensign Travis Mayweather discuss the vessel's transporter, a brand-new piece of equipment first installed on their ship. As they walk through a corridor, Mayweather reminisces about his childhood aboard cargo ships. When they enter Engineering, Reed introduces Mayweather to Commander Tucker. Meanwhile, Archer travels to Brazil to recruit linguist Hoshi Sato as his communications officer.
Another addition to Archer's crew is Subcommander T'Pol, whose assignment for the position of executive officer and science officer was obligatory in exchange for the Vulcan star charts. In the captain's ready room, T'Pol is introduced to Commander Tucker by Archer and she gives him a PADD confirming her new assignment. An embarrassing encounter with the captain's dog, Porthos, then follows, since Vulcan females have an heightened sense of smell. Along with T'Pol – whom Archer saw as a Vulcan "chaperon" – the Doctor he met before, at Starfleet Medical, is also added to Enterprise's crew.
At Enterprise's launching ceremony, Admiral Forrest makes a speech and remarks there is no better person to captain the first Warp 5 starship than the son of its inventor, Jonathan Archer. After this, a recording of a speech by Doctor Zefram Cochrane is played, from the dedication ceremony of the Warp Five Complex, 32 years ago.
- "On this site, a powerful engine will be built. An engine that will some day help us to travel a hundred times faster than we can today. Imagine it. Thousands of inhabited planets, at our fingertips. And we'll be able to explore those strange new worlds and seek out new life, and new civilizations. This engine will let us go boldly, where no man has gone before.
As these historic words are spoken, Archer remembers his childhood, when he and his dad placed an anti-gravity controller into the model. Mayweather then asks for instructions. He responds, "Take her out, Mr. Mayweather. Straight and steady." And so, the NX-01 Enterprise leaves spacedock and jumps into warp.
Meanwhile, in a strange chamber aboard an alien complex, a Suliban officer confers with a mysterious silhouetted figure and promises to recover evidence that the figure requires. This evidence apparently was in the hands of Klaang when he was pursued by the Suliban.
Aboard Enterprise, Archer observes a jar full of immunocytic gel worms in sickbay. The doctor he met earlier, a Denobulan in the Interspecies Medical Exchange program named Dr. Phlox, asks the captain to make sure that he doesn't shake the worms. Archer helps Phlox unpack medical equipment and an Altarian marsupial, an animal that makes the captain squirm because its droppings are used as medicine. Meanwhile, Travis Mayweather shows Commander Tucker the "sweet spot", an area of every ship where gravity is reversed. Mayweather is a well-traveled "space boomer" and has visited the planets Trillius Prime, Draylax, and both the Teneebian moons. Later, when Tucker enters the ship's mess hall, he is offered a seat by Crewman Fletcher but the engineer replies that he has already been asked to the captain's mess. There, the engineer eats with Archer and T'Pol while they discuss Human evolution.
However, all is not well – during a test of the ship's warp reactor, a verbal conflict between Hoshi Sato and T'Pol arises. When Ensign Sato insults T'Pol in the Vulcan language, the science officer retorts that she herself was instructed to speak English during her assignment aboard the ship and expects Hoshi to do the same. Later, the vessel loses main power while Archer, Hoshi and Phlox are in sickbay, trying to interrogate Klaang. Alien soldiers board Enterprise and attack the Starfleet officers. Klaang recognizes the aliens as Suliban and, although Archer manages to shoot one of the aliens, the Klingon is abducted from the ship.
On the bridge, an irritated Archer asks his crew why the Suliban were not detected by Enterprise's sensors. When Lieutenant Reed tells him that the starboard sensor logs did record a spatial disturbance, the captain orders the bridge crew to conduct a full investigation into the incident. T'Pol advises Archer to consult the astrometrics computer in San Francisco, believing that he himself has no hope of finding Klaang. However, the captain decides not to take her advice and forbids T'Pol from contacting Starfleet. In sickbay, Phlox shows Archer the corpse of the alien soldier that was left aboard Enterprise. The doctor has learned that the alien has Suliban DNA, but its anatomy has been altered by very sophisticated genetic modifications.
In engineering, T'Pol helps Tucker to review the sensor data. Archer and Sato soon enter. Using both Sato's translation of Klaang's words as well as T'Pol's reluctant assistance, Archer learns that Klaang visited Rigel X just before his scout ship crashed on Earth. The captain contacts the bridge and orders Mayweather to set course for the tenth planet in the Rigel system. Meanwhile, an alien officer aboard the Suliban complex interrogates Klaang in Klingonese. This Suliban officer asks Klaang where he left a particular unnamed item, but the Klingon claims ignorance. He tells the officer that he was sent to meet a Suliban woman named Sarin on Rigel X but that Sarin did not give him anything. As Enterprise approaches the planet, Archer and T'Pol brief an away team in the ship's launch bay. Archer informs the officers that Klaang was a courier and tells them to find the person who gave the Klingon whatever he was carrying, so they might find out why the Suliban have captured Klaang.
The team travel to Rigel X in Shuttlepod 1 and search in a trade complex on the planet's frozen surface. Reed and Mayweather are persuaded, by a man who claims that he saw Klaang, to watch a pair of alien females performing with butterflies. The pair of officers doubt the man's honesty and soon leave. While T'Pol investigates, Tucker finds difficulty with accepting several aliens that he encounters, including a Lorillian mother and son. Archer and Sato meanwhile catch a fleeting glimpse of a group of Klingons. Soon after, the entire away team is attacked and captured by Suliban.
Sato, T'Pol and Tucker are imprisoned by the alien soldiers in a section which is sealed by a force field. Archer is taken to a woman who looks Human but who changes her appearance after she kisses the captain. The woman's name is Sarin – the same Suliban female that Klaang met on Rigel X earlier. Sarin was once a member of the Cabal, the Suliban military. She informs Archer that the Cabal are following orders from a faction in the Temporal Cold War, a conflict fought through time. The Suliban are promoting internal strife in the Klingon Empire and Klaang was transporting evidence of this back to Qo'noS to prevent a civil war.
Sarin offers to help Archer find the Klingon, but agents of the Suliban Cabal discover them and open fire. Sarin frees the Starfleet officers but is killed in the fight between the Cabal and her small group of renegade Suliban. Archer, injured while on the run, manages to escape in the shuttlepod. With a damaged thruster, the shuttlecraft ascends into the atmosphere as T'Pol contacts Enterprise and announces that she is taking command of the ship. When Captain Archer loses consciousness, he dreams about himself as a child flying his model spacecraft on a beach with his father. He is disappointed when the model crash-lands in the sand, and his father tells him that he can't be afraid of the wind as T'Pol watches from the shore.
After Shuttlepod 1 has returned to Enterprise, T'Pol and Tucker use the decon chamber to rid themselves of a protocystian spore they picked up on Rigel X. Here, Tucker questions whether he should take command rather than T'Pol, because she was only assigned to the ship as an "observer". The engineer worries that T'Pol will not continue the search for Klaang if she takes command.
Six hours later, Archer regains consciousness in sickbay. Phlox removes, from Archer's leg, an osmotic eel that the doctor used to cauterize the captain's wound. T'Pol and Tucker visit and the Vulcan informs Archer that they have tracked a Suliban ship that left Rigel X just after the captain was injured. Archer is surprised that T'Pol didn't order a course back to Earth, but the Vulcan states that, as acting captain, she was obligated to anticipate Archer's wishes. Archer responds that, as acting captain, she could have done whatever she wanted.
As Enterprise continues to follow the Suliban ship, Archer, back in his quarters, is making a log entry, pausing the log several times to question himself about T'Pol's motives to continue the mission.
- "Enterprise starlog, Captain Jonathan Archer – April 16, 2151. We've been tracking the Suliban ship for ten hours, thanks to our... science officer, who came up with a way to tweak the sensors. I have no reason to believe that Klaang is still alive, but if... what the Suliban woman told me is true, it's crucial that we try to find him. I still haven't decided whether to ask Subcommander T'Pol about this 'Temporal Cold War.' My instincts tell me not to trust her."
Archer hears the warp drive changing and looks out his window to see that the ship has dropped out of warp. He contacts T'Pol, who asks him to come to the bridge.
There, a gas giant is displayed on the viewscreen. T'Pol tells Archer that the Suliban craft entered the planet's radiation belt a few hours ago, scattering the vessel's warp trail. T'Pol instructs Reed to run a spectral analysis on fragments he has detected nearby. The bridge crew finds that the fragments were left from fourteen different ships. Realizing that Enterprise has found an area used frequently by the Suliban, Archer orders Reed to activate the ship's weapon systems and to polarize the hull plating. The captain then directs Mayweather to set a course that will take the ship into the planet's atmosphere.
Aboard the alien complex, the Suliban officer talks with the mysterious figure. The officer is unsure whether Sarin gave the Enterprise crew anything, but he knows that Enterprise has followed a Suliban ship and is nearby. He promises the figure that he will destroy the Human vessel before it locates the Helix, the complex that he is currently on. The figure says that he didn't intend for Humans or Vulcans to become involved yet, and demands that the officer must stop Sarin's message from reaching Qo'noS.
In the atmosphere of the gas giant, Enterprise almost loses the warp trail. T'Pol estimates that the ship's condition should improve, shortly before the bridge starts to shudder. She uses a viewer at her station to determine that the quakes are being caused by unexpected liquid phosphorus. When the ship's condition improves, the officers detect two Suliban cell ships and the helix. Sato reads more than three thousand bio-signs aboard the alien station, but is unable to find Klaang with the ship's sensors. When Suliban ships start attacking, Enterprise returns to the phosphorus layer, where the enemy vessels can't find the Starfleet craft. T'Pol reports that the helix seems to be comprised of hundreds of other vessels, locked together by magnetic seals. When Sato finally detects Klaang aboard the complex, Reed suggests using the transporter to get him out but Archer finds Reed's plan too risky. The captain decides to use Enterprise's grappler to retrieve one of the attacking cell ships and bring it aboard Enterprise.
In the situation room, aft of the bridge, Mayweather questions Archer and Tucker about the workings of the captured Suliban vessel. As the engineer seems to be slightly unsure of the craft, Mayweather believes that he would make a better pilot. Archer replies that the ensign is needed on board Enterprise and Tucker believes that piloting the Suliban vessel won't be as hard as it seems.
In the captain's ready room, T'Pol attempts to discourage Archer from leaving. She suggests that he appeal for support from a nearby Vulcan ship. The captain suspects the Vulcan is displaying emotional concern, but T'Pol claims that the Vulcan High Command will hold her responsible if anything happens to Tucker or the captain. Reed enters, carrying two cases into the room – one holds a magnetic device and the other holds two newly designed weapons called phase pistols. According to the lieutenant, the weapons have two settings – stun and kill. He advises Archer not to confuse the two.
Archer and Tucker leave Enterprise and use the captured cell ship to travel to the helix, where they find Klaang. Although the Klingon is initially hostile, Archer threatens the alien with his phase pistol so he will cooperate with the captain's orders. Together, the three men move through the helix and attack any Suliban guard that approaches them. The captain instructs Tucker to return to the cell ship with Klaang while he stays behind and tries to separate the helix using the magnetic device. After doing so, Archer contacts Tucker and tells the engineer not to return for him, but to take Klaang to Enterprise. Tucker complies as several of the drifting enemy ships surrounding the commandeered cell ship collide.
Tucker ignites the cell ship's thruster exhaust, giving Sato, on board Enterprise, the opportunity to tell T'Pol what to look for. When T'Pol detects Tucker's position, she thanks Sato in the Vulcan language.
Aboard the helix, Archer fights with the alien officer. The alien nearly kills Archer with his own phase pistol, but the captain moves out of the way just in time. The alien chases Archer into another room where a strobing, pulsating light throbs. Just as the alien shoots again, Archer is beamed aboard Enterprise. Tucker apologizes for using the transporter, but claims it was the only way to recover the captain. Enterprise immediately leaves the gas giant at warp speed.
After arriving on Qo'noS, Archer, Klaang, Sato and T'Pol enter the Klingon High Council Chamber. As Klaang addresses the High Council in Klingonese, Sato tries her best to interpret his words. According to the linguist, Klaang says something about disgracing the Klingon Empire and mentions that he's ready to die. The Klingon Chancellor approaches Klaang and makes a small cut in his hand with a jagged dagger. The Klingons then pour some of Klaang's blood into a vial which they examine with a large scientific device. The extracted DNA from his blood contains a wealth of Suliban information. The Klingons shout in gruff approval, but soon quiet again. The Chancellor approaches Captain Archer and, holding the dagger against the captain's throat, says something in Klingonese that Archer interprets as a thanks. Once the Chancellor leaves, Sato comments that the captain's interpretation was incorrect, and claims that Archer wouldn't want to know what the Klingon actually said.
Aboard Enterprise, Archer tells his crew that the starship's mission is to continue. Tucker begins work on repairing the starship as Archer orders Mayweather to set a course for an inhabited planet nearby. Although there is an ion storm between the starship and its destination, the captain tells Mayweather that they can't be afraid of the wind.
Archer remembers himself as a child, standing beside his father as his model spacecraft flew across the sunny morning sky.
There are several deleted scenes from the feature version of the episode. There were three presented in the extra features of the Enterprise season one DVD release. The numbers on the scene tag are the numbers of what the scenes would have been in the episode.
"Broken Bow" deleted scene 092
Archer and Sato are meeting with an alien dockmaster in a landing port control tower, asking questions about Klaang, and querying what business he had on Rigel X. Although the dockmaster is preoccupied monitoring the traffic to the planet's trade complex, including a craft he calls Elkan Nine, he is curious to learn that the officers are Human and, with some persuasion from Archer, researches Klaang in Rigel X's records. He informs the officers that the Klingon visited the planet in a K'toch-class vessel seven days earlier, but does not elaborate on what Klaang did, or whom he met, stating that visitors to Rigel X "value their privacy". When Archer mentions the Suliban, the dockmaster claims he has never heard of the word, and suggests that the officers' translator must be malfunctioning. Sato, holding the translator, confirms that the device is not at error, however.
"Broken Bow" deleted scene 099
This scene features Reed and Mayweather, moments after having observed the butterfly dancers on Rigel X. The same alien who persuaded them to watch the dancers follows them through a crowded, narrow arcade and presents them with the opportunity to view an "inter-species performance". Seeing Reed consider this, Mayweather realizes that the alien knows nothing about Klaang and advises Reed that their "guide" is trying to take advantage of their interest in the new surroundings. Reed declines the offer and, as he and his companion walk away from the alien, Mayweather exclaims disbelief that they were almost fooled by the man. While the officers move past an entertainer demonstrating fire-breathing skills, Reed replies by reminding his companion that they are explorers.
"Broken Bow" deleted scene 154-155
In this scene, Sato and Reed discuss the symptoms of frost bite (as Sato is convinced she has it) while Enterprise NX-01 tracks the vessel they are following. When an alarm rings, and Mayweather alerts T'Pol (who we see, for a split second in her original look) to the fact they are losing sight of the ship, she orders an increase in speed. Mayweather reminds her that he cannot do so without authorization, which they subsequently receive from engineering.
"Where no man has gone before."
- - Said twice, first by young Jonathan Archer, reciting a speech by Zefram Cochrane, which is heard later
- - This was the very first line of the series.
"How big will it be?"
- - Jonathan Archer asks his father Henry about the upcoming starship to have the first warp five engine
"Neptune and back in six minutes."
- - Archer, marveling at Enterprise
"Great... you scratched the paint."
- - Archer, after a small inspection pod piloted by Tucker bumps into the bottom of Enterprise
"Where'd he come from?"
"Corn farmer named Moore shot him with a plasma rifle."
- - Archer, asking about Klaang, a Klingon with Williams and Forrest's response
"Volatile? You have no idea how much I'm restraining myself from knocking you on your ass."
- - Archer's first words to T'Pol, in response to her claim that Humans are not ready to make their own decisions
"Don't screw this up."
- - Forrest, after Archer declares he and the crew of Enterprise will return Klaang to Qo'noS
"It's a Klingot."
- - Admiral Leonard and Tos, while observing Klaang
"Listen to me, you're making a mistake!"
"When your logic doesn't work, you raise your voice? You've been on Earth too long."
- - Soval and Archer
"You're upside down, Ensign."
- - Tucker to Mayweather while in the sweet spot of Enterprise
"I heard this platform's been approved for bio-transport."
"I presume you mean fruits and vegetables."
"I mean armory officers and helmsmen."
"I don't think I'm quite ready to have my molecules compressed into a datastream."
- - Mayweather and Reed, discussing the ship's brand new transporter
"Keep your shirt on, loo-tenant."
- - Said twice, first by Malcolm Reed doing an impression of Trip Tucker, then by Tucker himself
"Four days and four days back. Then she's gone. In the meantime we are to extend her every courtesy."
"I don't know. I'd be more comfortable with Porthos on the bridge."
- - Archer and Tucker, discussing T'Pol
"I took a shower this mornin', how about you, Cap'n?"
- - Commander Tucker, making fun of T'Pol's heightened sense of smell
"You ever slept in zero-G?"
"It's just like being back in the womb."
- - Mayweather and Tucker while upside down in the "sweet spot"
"T'Pol tells me she's been living in the Vulcan compound in Sausalito."
"No kidding. I lived a few blocks nearby when I first joined Starfleet. Great parties in the Vulcan compound."
- - Archer and Trip
"Grandma taught me to never judge a species by their eating habits."
- - Trip, in response to T'Pol's criticism over Humans still eating the flesh of animals
"You can't be afraid of the wind."
- - Said twice, first by Henry Archer when young Jonathan Archer was having trouble flying a model starship, then at the end of the episode by Captain Archer, in reply to Ensign Mayweather's suggestion to fly around an ion storm, a minor spatial disturbance
"On this site, a powerful engine will be built. An engine that will someday help us to travel a hundred times faster than we can today. Imagine it - thousands of inhabited planets at our fingertips... and we'll be able to explore those strange new worlds, and seek out new life and new civilizations. This engine will let us go boldly... where no man has gone before."
- - Zefram Cochrane's speech from the dedication ceremony for the Warp Five Complex, in 2119
"Take her out, Mr. Mayweather... straight and steady."
- - Captain Archer, ordering Ensign Mayweather to leave space-dock
- - Captain Archer's order to engage warp and depart Earth
- - Phlox's advice to Captain Archer, before the Denobulan doctor smiles a massive grin
- - Hoshi Sato's Vulcan insult
"I'm not interested in what you think about this mission, so take your Vulcan cynicism and bury it along with your repressed emotions."
- - Archer, to T'Pol
"How complicated can it be? Up, down, forward, reverse... I'll figure it out."
- - Tucker's response to learning the controls of the captured Suliban vessel
"He says, 'his wife has grown ugly'?"
- - Hoshi Sato, translating Klingon spoken by Klaang
"I think the doctor's right, Captain; unless "stinky boots" has something to do with all this?"
- - Hoshi Sato, after Phlox explains that Klaang has no idea what he is saying
"Do you know how to tell him to shut up?"
- - Archer, asking Hoshi to translate his request into Klingon, and Hoshi, not even bothering to do so
"Now get the hell out there and make yourself useful."
- - Captain Archer, to T'Pol
[Klaang says something in Klingon]
"I don't particularly like the way you smell either!"
- - Trip Tucker, while flying back to Enterprise with Klaang
"Ensign Mayweather tells me that we'll be at Kronos in about eighty hours. Any chance he'll be conscious by then?"
"There's a chance he'll be conscious within the next ten minutes. Just not a very good one."
- - Archer and Phlox discuss Klaang's condition
"Your superiors don't think we can flush a toilet without one of you to assist us."
- - Captain Archer, to T'Pol
"A seven-foot Klingon doesn't go unnoticed."
- - Archer, on Klaang
"That's... never happened before."
- - Archer, to Sarin after she kisses him and transforms into a Suliban
"Bridge, we're taking damage down here! What's going on?"
"Just a little trouble with the bad guys."
- - Tucker and Archer
"I'll take that as a thank you."
"I don't think they have a word for thank you."
"What did he say?"
"You don't want to know."
- - Archer and Hoshi, in reference to the Klingon Chancellor's response to Klaang's return
"I hope nobody is in a big hurry to get home. Starfleet seems to think that we're ready to begin our mission."
- - Archer
"I'm reading an ion storm on that trajectory, sir. Should I go around it?"
"We can't be afraid of the wind, Ensign. Take us to warp four."
- - Travis Mayweather and Jonathan Archer
- This is the first episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, then called simply Enterprise, and the only feature-length episode of the entire series.
- The name of this particular episode (pronounced "Broken Boh", rather than rhyming with "cow") was chosen around the same time as the identically named town featured herein received its moniker. The name was used as this episode's title partly because it – in episode co-writer Brannon Braga's opinion – worked "great" as a title, another reason being that it integrated well with the naming of both the town and the Broken Bow incident. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 22)
Story and Script
- At first, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga did not plan to write this episode together, an experience that nevertheless set a precedent for subsequent episodes of the same series. "I don't know why we decided to write the pilot of Enterprise together, the first time we wrote together," Braga recalled. "We were working out the story; beating out the story, scene by scene, and one of us just said, 'We're practically writing this together. Let's do it!'"  Braga clarified, "I think maybe Rick said, 'What if we wrote this together? And I was like, 'Sounds great. You know, I don't want to write a two-hour thing by myself.'" ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part I: Countdown", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) Summing up the experience of writing this episode with Berman, Braga stated, "It went really well." ("In Conversation: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- The writing duo set out with a particular aim in mind. Admitted Brannon Braga, "Our goal, as lofty and pretentious as it sounds, was to do the best pilot ever for Star Trek." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 139, p. 22) How they would try to achieve this underwent much consideration, while the plot formed. Braga commented, "We had to basically come up with a story that would give Enterprise a reason to go on its first mission, other than: 'let's just launch and go out and have our first adventure.' We wanted to give Archer a specific noble goal – a test; an incident that would test humanity's ability to prove themselves, and kinda piss off the Vulcans, too. I had an image of Klingons in small-town America. My first image was, 'What if we show Klingons attacking Iowa?' Then we pared it down to, 'What if a Klingon crash-landed in a cornfield?'" Braga also noted that the mission he and Rick Berman decided upon – returning Klaang to his people, in defiance of the Vulcans – additionally enabled the writers to bring T'Pol on board the ship. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 22)
- After conceiving of the contortion abilities exhibited by the Suliban, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga consulted Visual Effects Producer Dan Curry, ensuring that it would be possible to show such flexibilities on-screen. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 27)
- Several of the guest characters' names were invented as homages to The Original Series. These consist of Admiral Forrest (named after DeForest Kelley), Admiral Leonard (Leonard Nimoy), Commander Williams (William Shatner) and Tos (an abbreviation of The Original Series).
- Farmer Moore was named after Ronald D. Moore, a former Star Trek staff writer and friend of Brannon Braga.
- The two Teneebian moons that Ensign Mayweather visited when he was young were originally scripted to be two Andorian moons.
- References, in this episode, to Phlox having enjoyed Chinese food in San Francisco were inspired by the creators of Enterprise, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, having originally written, in the development stages for the series, virtually contemporaneous scenes set in Chinatown. Also, San Francisco was used because it had been established as the primary location of Starfleet. ("In Conversation: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- This episode's script was entirely written without any of the show's regular cast having yet been selected. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 9, p. 22)
- Scott Bakula waited until after he and Paramount Television executives Kerry McCluggage and Garry Hart had read this episode's script before accepting the role of Jonathan Archer. Bakula later recalled, "Garry Hart told me when he read the script he immediately thought of me." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 9, p. 12) The script gave Bakula a similar impression. "They had him pretty much on the page when I got the pilot script," Bakula said of the character. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 14) His approval of the script actually helped convince Bakula into committing to portray Jonathan Archer over the course of the forthcoming series. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 9, p. 12) The actor subsequently commented, "Actually, the monumental event of the [first] season, for me, was the pilot." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 139, p. 33) Compared with later installments of the series, he found this outing was "very physical." In addition, of all Captain Archer's lines of dialogue from ENT Season 1, Bakula reckoned that his line here, "Let's go!" was the most like a catchphrase, such as, "Engage," "Make it so," or "Do it!" from the other series. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 27 & 30)
- Similarly to Scott Bakula, T'Pol actress Jolene Blalock auditioned for her role only after she read the script of this episode. "It was just brilliant," she later reminisced. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 37)
- It was a foregone conclusion that the main performers who were cast for this episode were about to become series regulars on Enterprise. However, Connor Trinneer's agent told him about this arrangement only after Trinneer – who had been auditioning for Charles "Trip" Tucker in extreme ignorance about the part – was cast in the role, with the agent stating, "This isn't a pilot. This is a show. This is episode one." Thereafter receiving and reading the script of this installment informed an initially surprised Trinneer that his role would be an extensive one in both this episode and the subsequent series. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- Hoshi Sato actress Linda Park was thrilled that this episode depicts the linguist at her place of work, Amazon University. "That side of her is great because we see her doing what she loves to do," Park enthused. Of Sato's dispute with T'Pol in this installment, the actress stated, "What she finds so annoying about the Vulcan is she seems to look down on people who are vulnerable and passionate and act with a sense of childishness. Hoshi thinks the Vulcan is arrogant and full of herself." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, pp. 52 & 53)
- While playing the Suliban's mysterious benefactor herein, actor James Horan was not given a copy of the full script but was instead provided with only the pages featuring his own dialogue. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 44)
- This episode features the first time that Vaughn Armstrong, who holds the record for playing the most numerous quantity of alien guest characters on the various Star Trek series, played a Human role, appearing as Admiral Forrest.
- This episode features the second of three guest appearances of a (former) WWE superstar on Star Trek (in this case, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.). The other two were The Rock and The Big Show.
- Though he usually worked on Enterprise as a stunt coordinator, Vince Deadrick, Jr. enjoyed performing as a security guard who – during the scene wherein Klaang is kidnapped from Enterprise's sickbay by invading Suliban – gets attacked and fires at the Suliban. "It was nice to have a little one-on-one between Scott [Bakula] and myself, holding that big old rifle," Deadrick stated. "It's fun playing that kind of stuff." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 138, p. 43)
- This is the second of two feature-length episodes of Star Trek directed by James L. Conway, the other being DS9: "The Way of the Warrior". Rick Berman originally contacted James Conway about the prospect of directing this installment on Friday 16 February 2001, when Conway received a phone call from Berman. "He says, 'I'm gonna ruin your weekend. I want you to direct the Enterprise pilot. It's a $12 million production.' Biggest production they've ever done, biggest production I would've ever done," recollected Conway. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) Scott Bakula agreed, "They spent a fortune on this pilot." (Cinefantastique, Vol. 33, No. 5, p. 21) Conway continued, "I had a wonderful weekend thinking about it." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- James Conway found that directing this episode easily fit into his schedule as an executive vice-president at Spelling Television. "They've often called me and wanted me to come and do a Star Trek show and I was not able to, but this time, because the pilot episode fell between seasons, we were just finishing our own pilots and I was available," Conway remembered. "When Rick [Berman] called, I was thrilled that he asked me, and thrilled that I was able to come in!" (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 46)
- As James Conway was available to direct this episode, official arrangements were made for him to do so, which took place over the next couple of weeks after the weekend of 17 and 18 February 2001. "We got Kerry McCluggage, president of Paramount, to sign off and UPN to sign off," the director said. "So, I started prepping Enterprise." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- When James Conway arrived to helm the episode, its script was finalized. "When I first read it, I said, 'This is a wonderful script, but I can't believe they're ever going to let us do it; it's so expensive!' There was a lot of action and a lot of visual effects – much more than you'd ever find on a television show. But they let us do it!" (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 46)
- This episode's preproduction period included five weeks of casting the performers, a process which James Conway was highly involved in. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- In total, the making of this episode involved the creation of forty-three different sets. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 3, Issue 3, p. 86) "It was definitely like a movie workload," noted Senior Illustrator John Eaves, who was tasked with designing the interiors and exteriors of the NX-class Enterprise as well as designing the other vessels that appear herein. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 48) Concerning the over-forty sets used in this episode, James Conway remarked, "We'd never walked on to [them] before – and that means you have to prelight and light all these sets for the first time." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 47)
- James Conway recalled that, once the sets for the interiors of Enterprise were built, he "sat in there probably for four or five hours over a number of days imagining, visualizing each scene and where the camera would go, trying to discover every possible place, interesting place, to put a camera and get a cool shot." He did this keeping in mind that other directors of later Enterprise episodes would likely arrive on the set with their first question being, "What angle hasn't been shot?" Conway told himself that he would like the answer to be that he had already shot every conceivable angle. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- Both the Interspecies Medical Exchange ward and the observation deck of the Orbital Drydock Facility were mostly redresses of a set that went on to represent Enterprise's armory, during the series run. (text commentary, ENT Season 1 DVD)
- The model starship which young Jonathan Archer plays with in flashbacks throughout this episode was designed by illustrator Jim Martin and built by the Paramount Pictures prop shop. (text commentary, ENT Season 1 DVD)
- The osmotic eel that Phlox uses on Archer's leg was created by Makeup Supervisor Michael Westmore. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 112)
- Upon initially reading the pilot script, Costume Designer Robert Blackman was intrigued with the idea of creating clothing designs that were not products of the extremely distant future. "With that, came a lot of interesting things we hadn't done before," he said. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 71)
- Robert Blackman produced full-body sketches of both the pair of butterfly dancers and the yellow-skinned alien man who, on Rigel X, invites Reed and Mayweather to watch them perform. Creating the look of the dancers entailed a collaboration between Blackman's costume department and Michael Westmore's makeup department. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 8, pp. 92 & 93)
- The producers at first hoped for production on this episode to begin in May 2001. However, as the costuming department prepared to start their efforts on Enterprise while simultaneously wrapping up work on Star Trek: Voyager, threats of an actors' strike loomed on Hollywood, endangering this plan. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 72)
- After five weeks of preproduction, a cast reading at Paramount gave the regular cast members their first chance to meet each other. James Conway stated about the episode, "It came alive right then and there [....] And then had a day rehearsal after that." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- This episode entered production very soon after the finalization of the making of Voyager. Noted Denise Okuda, "As soon as we could, we started in earnest on Enterprise." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part I: Countdown", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) Scott Bakula clarified, "They had two weeks off [after Voyager], I think, and then we were right back on it again." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part III: First Flight", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- The beginning of this episode's filming was one or two weeks after Jolene Blalock was cast as T'Pol and around three or four days to possibly a week after the official casting deal was made for Scott Bakula to play Archer. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) Owing to the quickness of the intermittent period between the making of the Voyager series finale "Endgame" and the production of this episode, Bakula had anxiety regarding the professionalism of the production team. "My biggest fear coming here was that the [stage] crew that's been here forever, and had just rolled over the last huge Voyager episode and had a week off and were back shooting the pilot, would be, like, 'Yeah, just get in the chair, whatever, and we'll shoot you.'" Bakula found, much to his relief, that he had no need to worry in such a way. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 25)
- Around the same time as shooting began on this outing, Vince Deadrick, Jr. presented Scott Bakula with a gift, to start their relationship off. "I knew he'd be doing a lot of stunts," Deadrick related. "So I gave him a little stunt bag with his name on it with a set of elbow and knee pads, and said, 'Here we go. These are for you.' I also told him we'd add as we go along, meaning probably a spine pad, hips and everything else." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 138, p. 42)
- The first scenes to be shot on the first day of this pilot episode's production were scheduled to be the bridge scenes that form part of Enterprise's launch, scenes supervised by James Conway. (text commentary, ENT Season 1 DVD) Preparing the bridge set for this footage at first proved troublesome; although each screen on the set for Enterprise's bridge was run by its own computer, there was some initial difficulty with the computers, all of which were in a video control room commonly referred to as "video village." Reflected Denise Okuda, "We got there the day of the shoot, the very first time on the pilot, at four-thirty in the morning, and we had technical difficulties. I can't even explain what it felt like. They had never all been fired up at the same time. So, we had some that were up, some that weren't. When we were getting that close to action, I really thought I was gonna have to go out and tell the first AD, 'Hey, we got a problem. We can't roll camera.' I did not want to do that." The difficulty was not completely resolved, with every computer firing up, until thirty seconds before the camera rolled. "Then we went to Craft Service, got a cup of coffee, went back up to the Art Department and collapsed," concluded Denise Okuda. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part I: Countdown", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) Also regarding the first day's filming, Dominic Keating remembered, "When I took that first step up onto the bridge, and Jim Conway said, 'Action,' it was like... well, here goes." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- The first day of this episode's production that involved John Billingsley incorporated the shooting of a scene he had auditioned with, when trying out for his role as Phlox. Though Billingsley had incorporated bird-like squawking in the scene consistently throughout his audition process as well as in front of James Conway, performing the same sounds during filming turned out to be unsuccessful. Dominic Keating happened to be on the set at the same time as the scene was being shot. Conway, meanwhile, was behind the video control room when Billingsley delivered the animal noises. In response, the director suddenly started repeatedly shouting, "Cut." "And Jim walked out from behind video village on to the set," continued Keating, "and looked John square in the eye and went, 'Are you shitting me?!' And [...] poor John. He just went, 'Listen, I'm not married to it.'" Nonetheless, the scene stayed exactly the same as it had been when Billingsley had auditioned with it. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- One of Vince Deadrick, Jr.'s favorite stunts came in this episode. This stunt had a Suliban-playing performer drop from the ceiling right into the camera, showing Klaang's perspective of a Suliban dropping down on top of him. Remembering how the performer who played the Suliban was involved in this successful stunt, Deadrick stated, "We had him on a ratchet or decelerator, and his nose actually ends up touching the frame of the lens [....] That was a fun shot to do. I felt really proud of that one." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 138, p. 43)
- Having witnessed the enormity of the pilot episode for the television series Terra Nova, Brannon Braga feels "Broken Bow" was made on an even bigger scale than that other pilot episode, which was touted by the media as "the biggest, most expensive pilot ever made." Braga pointed out, "Enterprise was the biggest pilot I've ever worked on. Even adjusted for inflation, it probably was more expensive too. And the number of days.... It was like a feature film." The making of this outing was a mixed experience for Braga, who later described it as "a ton of fun," "great" but also "stressful" and "a miserable time." Braga especially found it difficult to completely enjoy the filming of this episode, because he was extremely anxious about hiring a regular Enterprise writing staff before the pilot wrapped production. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- Unsure whether Enterprise would be broadcast with an aspect ratio of square-like 4:3 or widescreen 16:9, James Conway framed shots in this episode so that they were suitable regardless of whichever aspect ratio was used. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) The episode's production was at first complicated by the fact that the type of film initially used for shooting the series had to be compatible with DVD formats, causing Director of Photography Marvin Rush to make some choices he might otherwise have made differently. Production Designer Herman Zimmerman later noted, "We had some learning curves we had to assimilate the first few days of shooting, knowing that we were heading in that direction." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 61)
- During the first week of this installment's shooting period, Rick Berman and the principal cast of Enterprise took a break from filming on the Enterprise bridge set, which was on Paramount Stage 18. This was done in order to film a short presentation in which Berman introduced Scott Bakula, who proceeded to introduce the rest of the cast, including John Billingsley without Phlox's makeup and costume. ("Cast Introduction", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- This episode's production schedule consisted of more than seventeen days, at which point, Rick Berman stated, "We're half-way done with [it]." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 134, pp. 12 & 76) James Conway once referred to his duration on the episode as having been "five months." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part III: First Flight", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- This episode's production incorporated an unusual amount of location filming. Noted James Conway, "It was a very location-heavy show [....] We were on location more than we weren't. And we had very specific looks we had to do." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) Conway elaborated, "We did two days in Bakersfield [California] [...] and then we were three days at a water treatment plant and one day in an electrical power plant, and one day at Malibu, so we were out quite a bit." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 47) Bakersfield was used for the sequence depicting the Broken Bow incident, standing in for Broken Bow itself, whereas Malibu stood in for Hoshi Sato's Brazilian, outdoors classroom as well as some of its surroundings and Malibu's Zuma Beach was used for the beach scenes that feature in Archer's flashbacks. (text commentary, ENT Season 1 DVD) Rigel X scenes were filmed at the Redondo Power Plant and Hyperion Water Treatment Plant. ("These Are the Voyages..." text commentary, ENT Season 4 DVD) James Conway and Herman Zimmerman had "a lot of fun" capturing footage at the power plants and in Bakersfield respectively, though Conway later described the location work at the power plants as "the most difficult thing we shot," due to the fact that arranging these locations turned out to be "very time-consuming." There were several additions made to the locations for this production; a futuristic-looking grain silo and newly grown corn were added to the site selected in Bakersfield and atmospheric elements such as steam, dripping water and lights were taken to the power plants, with soap flakes used as snow in the seemingly outdoors footage set on Rigel X. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) The filming in Malibu likewise involved the addition of a yawning and the classroom itself. (text commentary, ENT Season 1 DVD) The footage taken in Bakersfield was shot on 12 and 13 June 2001, whereas the scenes captured in Malibu were filmed on 19 June 2001. (citation needed • edit) The late June filming of the Malibu scenes was near the end of the episode's shooting schedule. (text commentary, ENT Season 1 DVD)
- On a night before one of the days which was scheduled for filming at the water treatment plant, a party for foreign advertising was held on the Paramount lot, at which free alcohol was served. After a considerably drunk Connor Trinneer took four bottles of alcohol from behind the bar without authorization and went home, he participated in the film shoot the next day then proceeded to return home, where he received a phone call from Rick Berman. Trinneer, regretting his actions during the previous night, worried that Berman was calling to fire him for stealing the bottles but Berman's motive for making the call, much to the actor's relief, was actually because the producers of Enterprise had decided to change the first name of Trinneer's role from Spike to Trip. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- Encompassing seven layers of foul-smelling latex, the physical design of the butterfly dancers took nine hours to be painted. Diane Klimaszewski, who played the blue butterfly dancer, passed out and vomited due to the appliances. Despite these physical reactions to the latex, she considered the episode as being worth the discomfort. Regarding the experience of creating the scene in which she herself and twin sister Elaine Klimaszewski played the pair of aliens, Diane recalled, "We each had our own trailer and we were filming by the beach, near a water treatment plant. I had my trailer door open, so passers-by would look in and freak out to see this alien!" (Star Trek Magazine issue 119, p. 43)
- The scene showing Archer being transported, while running, from the Suliban Helix to the transporter platform aboard Enterprise involved live-action footage whose filming was organized by James Conway. "We had set up a shot and Jim really wanted to get it," explained Visual Effects Supervisor Ronald B. Moore. "It was getting close to the end of the shoot [....] When Jim set up the camera for this thing, he [Scott Bakula] was running right towards the camera." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- While directing this outing, James Conway endeavored to embellish it with "as many dynamic angles as I could find a way to put in." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 47) He filmed "every possible, cool angle I could find on the [Enterprise ship] sets." Conway went on to recall, "I also wanted the style of the show, as I directed the pilot, to not look like the other shows. And so, if you look at the show, you'll see one shot becomes another. There's often times that the camera's on somebody and it racks to this, or it's on somebody and it pans to that. So, the camera is helping discover us along the way, instead of the classic big wide shot, medium shot, close-up. I tried to use the camera in a very interesting way, to make it feel different and stand out." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) Despite thinking that the eventual version of the episode includes "a lot of dynamic shots" as well as "a lot of pace and energy," he also believes it contains no filming techniques that set it too far apart from the earlier-made Star Trek productions. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 47)
- Ultimately, James Conway – a director of fourteen previous televised Star Trek episodes – discovered that he was well-suited to the shooting of such an historically important installment of Star Trek as this. "Having been a fan, and having directed all those episodes and being fluent with all of the Star Trek stuff," he related, "it enabled me to completely understand all of the jokes and all of the subtext and be able to translate them to film." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 47)
- James Conway additionally found that the episode's production "ran very smoothly." "Our hours weren't too bad [....] Given all those things [the multitude of new sets and complex action sequences as well as the rare length of time spent on location], and with all the complications that we had, I thought it went incredibly well." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 7, p. 47) In addition, Conway reminisced, "The shooting was a delight, I had a great time every day [....] [It was] a great way to spend five months." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- Although the production team were initially told Enterprise would be shown with a boxy aspect ratio of 4:3, this was not the selection made by television network UPN. "At the last minute," said James Conway, "UPN finally said , 'Okay, we'll go widescreen.' So, I went back in and [...] every scene, I had to reframe visually in the bay, and futz with almost every shot to make sure it was framed properly." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- For the visual effects artists who participated in this episode's creation, the aim was simply (in Dan Curry's words) "to do the best work we've ever done." The workload they were presented with was an extraordinary challenge, though. "The pilot has over 300 effects shots in it; a lot of movies don't have that many, and they probably have more than a month or two to do them!" exclaimed Ron Moore. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 24) Given the pilot's extreme workload of visual effects shots, Moore considered it fortunate that the episode was the only one which his department had to concentrate on, at that time. ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- In order to tackle the massive amount of work, the in-house VFX team from Paramount brought in both of their regular CGI vendors, Foundation Imaging and Eden FX. Foundation was assigned to handle most of the space shots whereas Eden was principally brought in to deal with CG elements which had to be added to live-action footage. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 24)
- The workload was so enormous that, at Foundation Imaging, Robert Bonchune had to divide his supervising duties with David Morton. "This is the biggest thing we've ever done for Star Trek. We had over 70 shots, so it's a huge show," related Bonchune. "Dave Morton and I split the roles on the pilot. He supervised the gas giant stuff; I supervised model construction and space sequences." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 24)
- To make sure all the visual effects could be approved as quickly as possible, Dan Curry and his boss, Supervising Producer Peter Lauritson, regularly visited the CGI vendors instead of waiting for the companies to deliver their input. This freed Ron Moore from having to supervise the incoming shots and, as an alternative, he devoted himself to overseeing the compositing work at CIS Hollywood. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 24)
- The pace was frantic, especially because the VFX artists were unwilling to compromise on quality. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 24) "The thing that I stressed to our vendor companies and the staff," said Dan Curry, "is that the technology to create visual effects is available to anyone who wants to invest in the hardware, so what we have to do is make sure that we try to approach everything with superior artistry and thinking; we try to make sure that each shot informs the audience about what's going on and delights them with images and surprises." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 25) Curry relished the adrenaline involved in the frenetic approach to delivering the VFX and the process worked well, with all the shots being completed on time. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 24)
- One of the first shots that Eden FX did for this episode was that of the wrecked Klingon ship in the cornfield. In common with the other shots they delivered, this involved adding a CG element to live-action footage. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 27) An establishing wide shot of Amazon University was an obvious visual effect. Subtler VFX were used to expand the spacedock observation deck, adding an additional level to the room and making the audience larger. Phlox's immunocytic gel worms were also depicted with CGI. (text commentary, ENT Season 1 DVD)
- Showing the Suliban's extraordinary physical maneuvers and some of their technology in this pilot episode represented other challenges. In fact, adding a pre-echo effect to all the footage set in the temporal communications chamber was one of the most difficult effects in the whole episode. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 28) Midway through the installment's post-production schedule, Dan Curry explained, "Ron [Moore] has, working with Paul Hill at CIS, been focusing on the temporal chamber stuff [....] And I've been focusing on, among other things, the Suliban's [dislocation ability], again working with John Teska out of Foundation." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 77)
- As the live-action footage of Scott Bakula running aboard the Suliban Helix had been filmed without blue screen, the task of getting a matte for the visual effect shot of Archer simultaneously being transported off the ship was made much more difficult. It thus challenged the visual effects artists to an enormous degree. "It was very, very complex," admitted Ron Moore. "It was a very hard shot, which always surprised me [because] it was [simply] a transporter." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- Entirely CGI models were used for not only the Suliban but also the starship Enterprise's senior officers; this signified the first time such models were utilized for the regular characters of a Star Trek series. Regarding these digitized versions of Enterprise crew members, John Gross – a co-founder of Eden FX – said, "They were used a lot in the pilot." (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 28)
- By the time the group finished their task of completing a total of over 300 VFX shots, all members of the team were exhausted but happy with the experience. (Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 2, Issue 10, p. 30)
Music and Sound
- During shots set on the NX-01 bridge, background sound effects from the TOS-Enterprise bridge can be heard.
- An instrumental version of the ENT theme song, "Where My Heart Will Take Me", plays over the closing credits of this episode.
- By Star Trek's fictional chronology, this is the first episode of all six TV series.
- Like previous spin-off premieres, the new crew of Enterprise was sent off by a character who made a crossover from a previous role; in this case, Zefram Cochrane returned, having previously appeared in both TOS: "Metamorphosis" and Star Trek: First Contact (played by Glenn Corbett and James Cromwell respectively, the latter of whom reprised the role in an uncredited capacity for this installment). Unlike previous spin-off premieres, Cochrane was not a main character from a series that directly preceded the new series. In the previous cases, Doctor McCoy was seen briefly in the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint"; Captain Jean-Luc Picard appeared in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine pilot, "Emissary"; and Quark had a cameo appearance in the Star Trek: Voyager pilot, "Caretaker", in which Morn also appeared.
- Sections of Zefram Cochrane's speech were taken from the opening narrations heard in the title sequences of The Original Series and The Next Generation.
- Porthos is the only character, besides the regulars, to appear in both this episode and the finale of the series, "These Are the Voyages..." (although technically, all Enterprise-related characters in the last episode are holograms created by the USS Enterprise-D's holodeck).
- Young Jonathan Archer's miniature starship that features herein reappears in the Season 3 episode "Similitude".
- The series finale of ENT, "These Are the Voyages...", establishes that Rigel X was additionally the last place visited by Enterprise before its decommission in 2161.
- This episode marked the first appearance of the Denobulans, in the form of Phlox, although the name of his species was not revealed until "Terra Nova".
- This episode portrays the First Contact between Earth and the Klingon Empire. The Klingons were, of course, seen on all of the previous Star Trek series, all taking place either one or two centuries after this episode. Other alien races seen on other Star Trek series who were encountered earlier by Enterprise include Andorians, Nausicaans, Ferengi, Romulans, the Borg, Tholians, Coridans, Orions, Organians, and, in the mirror universe, the Gorn.
- For the first time, this episode shows that the facial appearance of the Klingons, prior to the 23rd century, was much as it was in the 24th century; the Klingons in this outing appear with distinctive forehead ridges, in common with how they were established in Star Trek productions created subsequently to the making of the original series, set in the 23rd century. An explanation for the differences between how they are shown in this era and how they appear in TOS was finally provided in the ENT Season 4 episodes "Affliction" and "Divergence".
- The Enterprise crew went on to encounter the Klingons in the episodes "Unexpected", "Sleeping Dogs", "Marauders", "Judgment", "Bounty", "The Expanse", "The Augments", "Affliction", and "Divergence".
- In "Judgment", Captain Archer's advocate Kolos turns the Klingon court's attention to how Archer had assisted the Empire in the past, referring to events in this episode.
- The Temporal Cold War plot, which began in this episode, was continued in "Cold Front" and concluded in "Storm Front, Part II". The arc was intended to carry throughout the run of the series, but was mostly scrapped when the series took on a "new direction" in its third season.
- The scene in which Archer inspects Enterprise in drydock with Tucker is reminiscent of the scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture in which Kirk looks over the USS Enterprise with Scotty, or less notably, the scene in "All Good Things..." featuring Captain Picard and Lieutenant Yar.
Reception and Aftermath
- Rick Berman was extremely enthusiastic about this episode during its production. Seventeen days into the installment's shooting schedule, Berman gave an interview to Star Trek: Communicator in which he said of the pilot, "It is everything I had hoped it would be," and remarked that the episode's revelation of the Vulcans having been "rather patronizing" to Humans historically is "learned by the audience in a very entertaining fashion." Berman also commented about the selection of James Conway as the director of this outing, saying, "He couldn't have been a better choice because [...] the stuff we're getting from him is all pure gold." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 134, pp. 12, 13 & 76) Berman has repeatedly expressed, in hindsight, that he thinks this episode was "terrific." (; "In Conversation: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) In 2011, he named it as one of his favorites from all the episodes he himself worked on.  In 2012, Berman revealed a fondness for how one of the antagonist Vulcans is assigned aboard Enterprise but he criticized the first uses of both the phase pistol and, at least for beaming a lifeform, the transporter in this episode, saying these came too early in the run of the series. ("In Conversation: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- Brannon Braga was generally happy with this installment too; he termed it "certainly the most ambitious" of Star Trek's pilot episodes and went on to say, "If you look at the sheer amount of action sequences and production value, it was pretty impressive." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 139, p. 22) Braga also expressed, "I don't wanna sound self-aggrandizing, but I think it's the best Star Trek pilot all around. Maybe in part because the people making it had been there a while and they'd worked on all of them and perfected what they were doing. I don't know [....] One of the great things in the pilot I love is a really simple premise, that we have to take a Klingon back to his homeworld, and we lose him," said Braga with a chuckle, "like, in the first leg of the journey." Braga also agreed with Rick Berman's opinion that, once used in this episode, the novelty of the phase pistol and biological transporting wore off. ("In Conversation: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- James Conway was ecstatically pleased with how this pilot episode wound up, from a creative perspective. "I was very happy with the quality of what we were getting," he reflected. "When I saw the edited movie, I said, 'This is really good.'" ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- At one point, David A. Goodman called this outing "the best pilot of any of the sequel series." 
- The first footage from this episode that was seen by Connor Trinneer was viewed by him after he had completed his work on seven episodes of the series; he glimpsed sections of the pilot while rerecording lines of dialogue in a "looping" session. In an interview with Star Trek Communicator later that day, Trinneer declared, "The graphics and effects are unbelievable. It all looks outstanding. And it's a real experience seeing yourself in it all." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 56)
- Prior to the show's telecast premiere, UPN ran a pre-recorded message in which Scott Bakula urged viewers to donate blood to the American Red Cross in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The episode premiered just two weeks after those attacks.
- TV commercials promoting the series premiere incorporated the song "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling.
- A certain amount of controversy was sparked when it was decided to have the Klingons appear as they did after The Original Series – with their trademark forehead ridges. This at first caused much speculation and debate among fans as to how the race had evolved from having bony ridges on their foreheads, in this episode, to having smooth foreheads in Kirk's era. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 135, p. 74)
- This pilot episode was given a special premiere at the Paramount Theater, at Paramount Studios. wbm
- On its network premiere, this episode achieved a Nielsen rating of 7.0 and was watched by a total average of 12.54 million viewers, gaining a 16% share among adults aged eighteen to forty-nine, the show's target audience.  Regarding the Nielsen figure, Brannon Braga rhetorically asked, "Do you know how big that is by today's standards?" ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part III: First Flight", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) The fact that the episode was viewed by an average of 12.5 million viewers made it UPN's best Wednesday night rating, and its second highest-rate night of all time (after its launch night, when "Caretaker" premiered). (Star Trek Monthly issue 86) The pilot was well received by not only fans but also critics, earning positive reviews. James Conway was thrilled with the reactions to the episode. "The reviews were fantastic, and then the sixteen share. Not only that; it went up every half-hour, which is what you wanna see," he elucidated, "so nobody tuned out at any point and the ratings went up. Every half-hour, it got higher and higher and higher. So, that was the icing on the cake. So, in all ways, critically, audience-wise, creatively for me [...] it was just the best." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part II: Boarding the NX-01", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features) Of the episode's success, Braga remarked, "We pretty much accomplished what we set out to do [....] And the icing on the cake was the overwhelming response of the audience and critics. That was something we hoped and prayed would happen, but it exceeded our wildest expectations." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 139, p. 22)
- This episode won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series, beating out a later episode, "Breaking the Ice", in the same category. "Broken Bow" also received Emmy nominations for its prosthetic makeup designs and for its sound editing. Although many people at Paramount treated the news of the Emmy win as old hat because Star Trek's Emmys were most often won by the technical departments, Ron Moore liked coming to the set the next morning, as he had work there that day, and enjoyed talking to all his collaborators who were pleased for the visual effects artists. While Moore was on the set the same morning, one of the show's Assistant Directors let Moore know he had a phone call, a very rare event for him while on the set. The caller turned out to be Scott Bakula, who was calling to thank and congratulate the visual effects team, from New York. There, Bakula was holding up a show, which he was about to act in, just so he could make the call. Moore reminisced about the call, "It was the nicest thing, I'll never forget that." ("To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise, Part III: First Flight", ENT Season 1 Blu-ray special features)
- When this installment was released on VHS, Star Trek Magazine rated the episode 5 out of 5 arrowhead insignias. (Star Trek Monthly issue 90, p. 56) In the same publication's "Ultimate Guide", however, the episode was given only 4 out of 5 arrowhead insignias. (Star Trek Magazine issue 164, p. 77)
- The book Star Trek 101, by Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block, lists this episode as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" from Star Trek: Enterprise.
- The unofficial reference book Beyond the Final Frontier (p. 358) says about this pilot episode, "An excellent start, a clever bend of Star Trek traditions, like Klingons and alien dancing girls, and intriguing new elements like the time-traveling baddies and the spiky relationship with the Vulcans. An episode that introduces the new characters well, it has some nice variations in tone, from comedy to action. It's a shame the transporter is used as a deus ex machina – it's not so much that you see the solution coming, it's that after 700 previous episodes of Star Trek it's hard to get excited about seeing it."
- Several items from this episode were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay, including a language lecture computer  and a Suliban interrogation device.  The disruptor rifle used by Klaang at the beginning of this episode was also auctioned off in It's A Wrap! (item #2890), along with a Denobulan medical chest used by Phlox (item #480).
Video and DVD Releases
- UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, Paramount Home Entertainment): Volume 1.1, catalog number VHR 5325, 1 April 2002.
- As part of the UK VHS collection Enterprise 1.1-1.3 Collectors Edition: 19 August 2002
- As part of the ENT Season 1 DVD collection.
- As part of the Star Trek: Fan Collective - Klingon collection.
- As part of the ENT Season 1 Blu-ray collection.
Links and references
- Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer
- John Billingsley as Doctor Phlox
- Jolene Blalock as Subcommander T'Pol
- Dominic Keating as Lieutenant Malcolm Reed
- Anthony Montgomery as Ensign Travis Mayweather
- Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi Sato
- Connor Trinneer as Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III
- John Fleck as Silik
- Melinda Clarke as Sarin
- Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr. as Klaang
- Vaughn Armstrong as Admiral Maxwell Forrest
- Jim Beaver as Daniel Leonard
- Mark Moses as Henry Archer
- Gary Graham as Soval
- Thomas Kopache as Tos
- Jim Fitzpatrick as Commander Williams
- James Horan as the Humanoid Figure
- Joseph Ruskin as a Suliban Doctor
- Marty Davis as Young Archer
- Van Epperson as an Alien Man
- Ron King as Farmer
- Peter Henry Schroeder as the Klingon Chancellor
- Matt Williamson as a Klingon Council Member
- Byron Thames as a Crewman
- Ricky Luna as Carlos
- Jason Grant Smith as Crewman Fletcher
- Chelsea Bond as a Alien Mother
- Ethan Dampf as a Alien Child
- Diane Klimaszewski as a Dancer
- Elaine Klimaszewski as a Dancer
- Tyler Abrams as a linguistic student
- Anthony Acker as a Vulcan delegate
- F. Alekseyeva as a Human civilian
- David Keith Anderson as a Human civilian
- Jef Ayres as Crewman Haynem
- Irina Bazidott as a scientist
- Kenneth Beck as a Human civilian
- Woody Bosco as a Human civilian
- Connie Bosmans as a Vulcan delegate
- Rafael Boza as a linguistic student
- Margery Bradbard as a Starfleet admiral
- Solomon Burke, Jr. as Billy
- B. Burton as a Human civilian
- Paulo Caillile as a linguistic student
- Sofie Calderon as a science division crewman
- Mario Carter as an operations division crewman
- Manuel Cazz as a linguistic student
- Gina Chai as a Human civilian
- Michael Chong as a scientist
- Marijane Cole as a Human civilian
- Cecilia Conn as a command division crewman
- Mark Correy as Alex
- James Cromwell as Zefram Cochrane
- Vince Deadrick, Jr. as a security crewman
- Janet Dey as a Human civilian
- Sandro DiPinto as a science division crewman
- Milton James Donaldson as a Human civilian
- Renae Duran as a linguistic student
- Bob Earns as a Vulcan delegate
- Evan English as Ensign Tanner
- L. English as a Human civilian
- Alyssa Espinoza as a linguistic student
- Mimi Fisher as Bennett
- Susan Foley as a Starfleet Medical surgeon
- Stacy Fouche as an operations division crewman
- Devinna Garcia as a linguistic student
- Edwin Garcia as a linguistic student
- Hilde Garcia as Crewman Rossi (deleted scene)
- Lindly Gardner as an operations division crewman
- Hank Gartrel as a Human civilian
- N. Gehr as a Human civilian
- Maria Celeste Genitempo as a Human civilian
- Angela Giampietro as an Alien Woman
- Nelson Grande as a linguistic student
- J. Harris as a Human civilian
- Alberto Hector as a linguistic student
- Dieter Hornemann as a Vulcan delegate
- Aldric Horton as an operations division crewman
- Cheri Isabella as an operations division crewman
- Roman James as a Starfleet Rear Admiral
- Betty Jimenez as a linguistic student
- Connie Kang as a linguistic student
- Debra Lamb Bailleaux as an alien fire eater (deleted scene)
- Steven Lambert as a Suliban agent
- Kristin Lindquist as a Human civilian
- Sven Lindstrom as a linguistic student
- James Lozano as a linguistic student
- Betty Matsushita as a Human civilian
- Christy Melendrez as a linguistic student
- R. Michael as a Human civilian
- Marlene Mogavero as an operations division crewman
- Simone Montanti as a Human civilian
- Shauna Moore as a scientist
- Gilbert Morales as a linguistic student
- Arthur Murray as a Markalian dock crewman (deleted scene)
- Carmen Nogales as an operations division crewman
- J. Nunez as a Human civilian
- Stephanie Nunez as a linguistic student
- W. Oldford as a Human civilian
- Glenn Ota as a Benzite on Rigel X
- Sonia Parikh as a linguistic student
- Monica Parrett as a command division crewman
- Woody Porter as Starfleet Rear Admiral
- Sandra Quoos as a linguistic student
- David Richards as Markalian dockmaster (deleted scene)
- Cesar Rodriguez as a linguistic student
- R. Rosenberg as a Human civilian
- Tobias Schonleitner as a Vulcan delegate
- J. Scott as a Human civilian
- Mernoosh Shazadi as a Starfleet admiral
- Paul Sklar as a Suliban
- Pablo Soriano as a Human civilian
- Joel Steingold as a Human civilian
- Darryl Stewart as a Starfleet admiral
- Quint Strack as a command division crewman
- Max Thayer as a Human civilian
- A. Thomas as a Human civilian
- M. Tucker as a Human civilian
- Thelma Tyrell as an operations division crewman
- Cynthia Uhrich as an operations division crewman
- John Wan as an operations division crewman
- Mark Watson as a Human civilian
- Mike Watson as a Suliban agent
- Gary Weeks as an operations division crewman
- Todd Wieland as an operations division crewman
- David Williams as a scientist
- K. Williams as a Human civilian
- Jon Wright as a Markalian dock crewman (deleted scene)
- Prada as Porthos
- Unknown performers as two Starfleet Medical surgeons
Stunt doubles and stand-ins
- David Anderson as
- Kenneth Beck as stand-in for Vaughn Armstrong
- Larry Carroll as stand-in for Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.
- Gina Chai as stand-in for Linda Park
- Amy Kate Connolly as
- Stand-in for Melinda Clarke
- Stand-in for Linda Park
- Utility stand-in
- John Duff as running double for Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.
- Evan English as
- Diamond Farnsworth as stunt double for Scott Bakula
- Anthony Gaffe as stand-in for David Richards
- Gregory Hinton as stand-in for Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.
- Lisa Hoyle as stunt double for Jolene Blalock
- Simone Montanti as
- Mike Muñoz as stand-in for Marty Davis
- J.R. Quinonez as
- Stand-in for John Billingsley
- Utility stand-in
- Jeff Sanders as stunt double for Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.
- Richard Sarstedt as
- Pablo Soriano
- Mark Watson as stand-in for Connor Trinneer
- Mike Watson as stunt double for Connor Trinneer
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