Star Trek: Enterprise (season 4)

{5/5} “My targ won’t even recognize me.”

Star Trek: Enterprise season 4, aired in 2003-04

A group of genetically engineered humans has commandeered a Klingon ship and rescued the man they think of as their father, Arik Soong. Meanwhile, when T’Pol returns to Vulcan she finds her ex-betrothed still wants to marry her. When Trip and Hoshi return from a planet with a silicon-based infection, some incorporeal aliens are observing everything.

Most of the episodes this season are part of 2- or 3-episode arcs. The alien Nazi storyline wasn’t the most interesting, but all the other storylines were top notch.

We finally find out why the Vulcans of this time were acting different than we saw in the future. We also find out why the Klingons of The Original Series looked different than later ones.

The arc where they went to Vulcan and searched for the artifact left by Surak was memorable. In one terrific arc the Andorians and Tellerites come together aboard Enterprise for talks. The Mirror Universe arc was lots of fun.

I can understand why people were disappointed by the finale. But in order to not dislike it immensely I think all you have to do is consider it from the producers’ point of view — they were wrapping up the entire 2nd generation of Star Trek, from The Next Generation to Enterprise.

The show got better every year and then they cancelled it. If it were on today it would undoubtedly run for at least 7 seasons.

Joanna Cassidy guest stars as T’Pol’s mother. Brent Spiner guest stars as an ancestor of Dr. Soong’s.

Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (Star Trek: Prime Directive) joined the writing staff this season.

This is the 2nd time I’ve watched it. I previously reviewed season 3.

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One Response to “Star Trek: Enterprise (season 4)”

  1. Dave Switzer Says:

    The best things about this show:
    — the relationship between Archer and T’Pol
    — the relationship between Archer and Shran
    — the teamwork amongst the 7 main characters
    — showing how characters not much different from us could go out into space
    — figuring out clever resolutions to problems and tying things together in season 4

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