I watched the series' two-hour pilot "Broken Bow," for the first time since its premier in 2001. Overall, it's a reasonable outing that handles all the introductions necessary in pilots without getting so bogged down that it spoils the pacing. "Star Trek: Voyager" returned to the Alpha Quadrant at the end of its seventh season on fumes. After 526 hours of "Star Trek" episodes set in the 24th century (TNG+DS9+VOY), new energy and ideas were needed and a series about the birth of the Federation was a good idea. Setting a show in the 22nd century should have afforded the ability to pull back from the advanced "treknology" of captain Picard's era into a more realistic science fiction setting (as was later achieved in "The Expanse.") There are some hints of that potential in the pilot, but unfortunately just as many indications that the show's writers were going to be lazy, and fall-back on exhausted "Star Trek: Voyager" style tropes. I'll divide these into the good, the ambivalent, and the bad.
I wrote (un)predictable, because I assumed that the ENT writers had, by now, gotten over the constant distrust between Archer and the Vulcans. Apparently not. Putting the Vulcans in such a bad situation just sets back the friend-making that's occurred over the past seven episodes. I was just starting to think that T'Pol and Archer might get along when she got under the blanket, but no. I guess that'll take at least four seasons (enough time to get canceled).
Ok, this immediately gets 2 points, no, make it 4, for having T'Pol and Hoshi strut about in very little which is great. Otherwise, there's not much that's remarkable with this episode, already it's very reminiscent ofDS9's "Starship Down" which is sort of a shame. And second, regarding all that's Klingon. It's mostly a reintroduction of what we already know. Though I haven't as of yet reviewed"Broken Bow", I recall when Enterprise first premiered, even from the first few seconds when we saw Klaang, I knew that the Klingons depicted the way we're most familiar with them (TNG and DS9 incarnations) in Enterprise, was always going to be a problem, and I think it's highlighted best (or is that worse?) here. We have the usual routine of the surly Klingon making threats, T'Pol explaining the culinary tastes of Ga'gh and Targ, officers dying at their posts gaining acceptance to theSto'vo'kor, the nonacceptance of cowardice in using escape pods. Half the purpose of a prequel is to tell how things have come to be, but because we have the eventual disruption of Klingon society where they stopped acting at all like we're most familiar in the 23rd century when Kirk encounters them, what we had in this episode doesn't satisfy at all. We're well and truly aware by now what Klingons eat, their obsession with dying in battle, and so on, so while an acceptable compromise is reached as to why Klingons stopped being so 'Klingon' inEnterprise's 4th season, it does seem a huge missed opportunity that Klingons from the very start of Enterprise couldn't have been depicted in the way we knew them from TOS in order to gain a better insight into that side of Klingon culture. 2b1af7f3a8