What are the core and best episodes?

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  1. Galahir950

    Galahir950 Cadet Newbie

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    I am trying to create a list of the best and core episodes of Enterprise so I can try to lighten the load on my brother when I show him Enterpise. What episodes am I missing and what episodes do I not need?
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  2. JiNX-01

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    Bold titles (essential, in my opinion)
    ** Good episodes (in my opinion)

    ** Broken Bow I
    ** Broken Bow II
    Fight or Flight
    Strange New World
    Unexpected
    Terra Nova
    **The Andorian Incident
    Breaking the Ice
    Civilization
    Fortunate Son
    *Cold Front
    Silent Enemy
    Dear Doctor
    Sleeping Dogs
    ** Shadows of P'Jem
    ** Shuttlepod One
    Fusion
    Rogue Planet
    Acquisition
    Oasis
    Detained
    ** Vox Sola
    Fallen Hero
    Desert Crossing
    Two Days and Two Nights
    Shockwave I

    Shockwave II
    Carbon Creek
    Minefield
    Dead Stop
    A Night In Sickbay
    Marauders
    The Seventh
    The Communicator
    Singularity
    Vanishing Point
    Precious Cargo
    The Catwalk
    Dawn
    Stigma
    Cease Fire
    Future Tense
    Canamar
    The Crossing
    Judgement
    Horizon
    The Breach
    ** Cogenitor
    Regeneration
    ** First Flight
    Bounty
    ** The Expanse


    The Xindi
    Anomaly
    Extinction
    Rajiin
    Impulse
    Exile
    The Shipment
    ** Twilight
    ** North Star
    ** Similitude
    Carpenter Street
    Chosen Realm
    Proving Ground
    Stratagem
    Harbinger
    Doctor's Orders
    Hatchery
    Azati Prime
    Damage
    The Forgotten
    E2
    The Council
    Countdown
    Zero Hour


    Stormfront I
    Stormfront II
    Home
    Borderland
    Cold Station 12
    The Augments

    The Forge
    Awakening
    Kir'Shara

    Daedalus
    Observer Effect
    Babel One
    United
    The Aenar
    Affliction
    Divergence
    Bound
    ** In a Mirror Darkly I
    ** In a Mirror Darkly II
    ** Demons
    ** Terra Prime
    This Ain't The Valentine
     
     
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  3. Avro Arrow

    Avro Arrow Commodore Commodore

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    Really? Didn't we all agree that this never happened? :lol:
     
  4. JiNX-01

    JiNX-01 Admiral Admiral

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    Uh, there were a few who liked the episode.
     
  5. Gaith

    Gaith Vice Admiral Admiral

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    You will encounter pressure from some among these parts to omit "A Night in Sickbay". On no account must you give in. ;)


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  6. Bad Thoughts

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    Riker LARPs in the middle of a political and personal crisis. It's not essential to Enterprise, whether you like it or not.
     
  7. Ethros

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    JiNX-01, out of interest what is so essential about Vox Sola? I don't think I've even seen it since it first aired to be honest so can hardly remember it, is it something about the use of force fields?

    I also find it off how you've included TCW eps like Cold Front, but not Shockwave 1&2, Future Tense and Storm Front 1&2


    Also Borderland but not Cold Station 12/Augments, and United but not Babel One or The Aenar??

    And The Forgotten left out of the final Season 3 arc; all the eps from Azati Prime onwards are important to follow the ongoing story I'd say.

    And Bound but not Affliction/Divergence? Just seems like some odd choices tbh
     
  8. Xzpezer

    Xzpezer Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    In a mirror darkly was the best enterprise episode in my opinion i loved the premise of that show
     
  9. Isolinear

    Isolinear Commander Red Shirt

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    I agree. These choices are very weird. Stormfront may not have been very good, but it is essential as it ties up loose ends from Season3 and TCW.
     
  10. MacLeod

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    I would probably uprate "Shuttlepod One" to a must see. It's one of the best episodes of the first season and it's the start of the Malcom and Trip friendship. I would also downgrade "Vox Sola" from must to see, to recommended. I find it a decent enough episode, but hardly a must see.
     
  11. jespah

    jespah Commodore Commodore

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    About the only thing I can think of that would make Vox Sola at all essential was the attempt to communicate with the entity. And that may be the first time (chronologically) in Trek where something that is that foreign (it's some sort of colony, it's not bipedal, etc.) is appealed to via communication versus just being shot at.
     
  12. JiNX-01

    JiNX-01 Admiral Admiral

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    I didn't list Vox Sola as essential. two ** mean I like the episode.

    I realize some of my entries were inconsistent. It was late at night and I was tired.

    Essential episodes were in bold face.

    I suppose I should clarify my choices.
     
  13. M.A.C.O.

    M.A.C.O. Commodore Commodore

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    My list of the most essential, entertaining AND least awful episodes would be:

    Season 1

    Broken Bow 1-2
    The Andorian Incident
    Breaking the Ice
    Cold Front
    Silent Enemy
    Sleeping Dogs
    Shadows of P'Jem
    Shuttlepod One
    Fusion
    Acquisition
    Detained
    Fallen Hero
    Shockwave

    Season 2

    Shockwave, Part II
    Minefield
    The Seventh
    The Communicator
    The Catwalk
    Stigma
    Cease Fire
    Future Tense
    Judgment
    Regeneration
    First Flight
    Bounty
    The Expanse

    Season 3

    The Xindi
    Anomaly
    Extinction
    Rajiin
    Impulse
    Exile
    The Shipment
    Twilight
    Similitude
    Carpenter Street
    Chosen Realm
    Priving Ground
    Stratagem
    Harbinger
    Hatchery
    Azati Prime
    Damage
    The Forgotten

    The Council
    Countdown
    Zero Hour

    Season 4

    Storm Front 1-2
    Home
    Borderland
    Cold Station 12
    The Augments
    The Forge
    Awakening
    Kir'Shara
    Babel One
    United
    The Aenar
    Affliction
    Divergence
    Bound
    In a Mirror, Darkly 1-2
    Demons
    Terra Prime
     
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  14. teacake

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    The best episode of Enterprise is E2.

    It is one of the best 3 episodes in all of Star Trek.

    BOW BEFORE IT.. and include it in your lists full of drab pineapple cakes!
     
  15. BruntFCA

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    I've always liked "E2", even back when it was called "Children of Time".
     
  16. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    :lol:

    SUPERIOR! It should be called Children of Time 2.0. Improvement.
     
  17. Bad Thoughts

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    Stormfront I and II are like the eighth night of Chanukah. It's the perfunctory ending to something that already given you all the joy it can. Moreover, whatever present you get from it is almost instantly forgettable. IMO, it's not essential. You don't need to know how the TCW ends, only that it does.
     
  18. Robbiesan

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    I really enjoyed watching Enterprise Proving Ground S03E13 again.
    http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Proving_Ground_%28episode%29

    Seeing the military tradition of the Andorians was what made it seem very realistic. The end result was plausible. There would be too much temptation to take the Xindi weapon.

    Sure the Enterprise is on a mission of exploration, but they shouldn't be nervous about the military aspects of the crew or other crews. Post-Vietnam a good portion of Hollywood has been reticent to fairly treat military drama. That's a mistake. Not the unabashed patriotic flavor, but a measured response in which we see the warts and honor of military life. I'd like to see more of that.

    More duty and dealing with military intrigue and captains working out the ethics of that.
     
  19. HopefulRomantic

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    Wise words. :mallory:

    My personal favorite is "Observer Effect," but "E2" is in my top 5, along with "The Forgotten" and "Twilight." All essential viewing, IMHO. As well as anything with Jeffrey Combs.
     
  20. Robbiesan

    Robbiesan Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Two observations about E2:
    1) One could watch this episode apart from the series and it would be as poignant as anything I've seen before.
    2) Ms. Blaylock had the great challenge of portraying two very different characters within the same episode, and likely did this to empty space each time and still conveying realistic emotions. Try doing that sometime when reading a part aloud. It's difficult enough to act with another person and find a rhythm and timing and connection. To do it all alone is fantastic and artful.