Top 10 Enterprise Episodes

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Enterprise' started by Seven of Five, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Seven of Five

    Seven of Five Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 1, 2001
    I finished my rewatch, so rather than going on about mediocrity like in my season two thread, I'll sing about the great bits that I've enjoyed along the way.

    10 - Dear Doctor
    I understand the episode is quite controversial, and I can see why. Phlox's declaration about not wanting to cure the Valakians as not to affect the course of Menk evolution is quite audacious. The lack of evolutionary knowledge is strange when a supposed science advisor is an actual writer for the show. However the argument between Phlox and Archer is compelling to watch, and I can't help but like the rest of the episode due to the narration of the story making it seem fresh, the sweet chemistry between Phlox and Cutler, and the fascinating way of seeing Phlox, Sato and Cutler learn about this new world.

    9 - The Andorian Incident
    Oh I loved this one when it first aired. As a DS9 fan I was looking forward to the appearance of Jeffrey Combs as Shran, and as a long-term fan of Star Trek, I was also looking forward to a new take on the Andorians. Well neither of them disappointed. It was good to see the Vulcan disdain for Andorians turn into something more shocking at the end - that early on in the series I wasn't expecting to see the Vulcan listening post at the end, and I loved how the story continued into the season. After years lack of continuity on VOY it was good to see.

    8 - Shuttlepod One
    Another excellent episode from season one. I love Trip and Reed stuck in this situation. It was a fantastic money-saving show with no new sets, and thus the intimate character work that was allowed to happen as a result was a joy to see. They're such fun together throughout the series, even in much crappier episodes. Stinky indeed.

    7 - In a Mirror, Darkly
    What a lot of fun this was. The shocking new take on the end of First Contact, the alternate opening credits and music, the constant evil-doing/lack of moral objection, the Gorn, the Tholians, Soval with a goatee, and of course, the Defiant. Seeing the crew turn on the lights on the old style bridge was a magical moment for a lot of fans I'd imagine.

    6 - Cold Station 12
    I loved the tension in this one, with Phlox's friend Dr. Lucas making an actual appearance. We begin to see Arik Soong trying to carry out extreme threats, but then ultimately failing. Malik on the other hand is made to cause pain. It was certainly riveting seeing Lucas caught up in the mess, and as we know his relationship with Phlox, it made it seem more real. Easily the most interesting part of the Augment arc for me. Brent Spiner was fun to watch throughout as well.

    5 - The Forge
    The Vulcan arc was easily the best set of episodes in season four, and so The Forge makes it into the top 10. It's a wonderful deep look at Vulcan culture, and plants the seeds of change for the next couple of episodes. I think some of the missteps that the Vulcans took in the first two seasons were set right nicely here, and then built upon as well. Soval is pretty awesome here as well.

    4 - Cogenitor
    What a wonderful episode. It's another look at an important reason for non-interference with other cultures, as Trip manages to ruin the life of the Vissian couple and inadvertently leads to the Cogenitor killing herself. I obviously wanted to side with Trip the whole episode, particularly as his chemistry with the Cogenitor was strong. Archer was right though, and seeing him come down on his friend was hard to watch. I also want to comment on the fine performance of Andreas Katsulas in the episode. The incredibly friendly Captain of the ship was a memorable character.

    3 - Azati Prime
    The episode where the shit hits the fan. Things in the Expanse kick up a notch from this point in, and seeing Enterprise getting pummelled was hard to watch. The crew being blow out into space when the hull buckles was more so. I did love over-confident Archer being beaten for information though, that was fun to see.

    2 - Damage
    I think the Xindi arc felt most real to me with this episode. Not being able to warp away was disastrous for the crew's mission, yet Archer's decision to steal the warp coil from NotDamar was a cruel, if necessary choice to save lives. Very hard viewing indeed, in particular when the crew are boarding the alien ship. Casey Biggs and Scott Bakula played a blinder here, and I would say this was Archer's In The Pale Moonlight moment.

    1 - Twilight
    Who doesn't love a bittersweet tale of unrequited love and a hopeless future? :D This is ENT's take on a tragic alternate timeline, and boy do they pull it off well. Archer's memory problems are particularly cruel. T'Pol must have the strength to tell him the same story again and again, day after day, whereas Archer has to hear the horror of losing the Xindi mission like it's the first time he's heard about it. The love the T'Pol has developed for her Captain is so subtle as well, yet drives everything that happens later in the episode. It was a truly fascinating look at what would happen if the mission in the Expanse failed, with the destruction of Earth, and then settling in the Ceti Alpha system of all places. :wtf:

    What are your favourite episodes then? I realise the show's been off for a while now, but it would still be nice to hear from other fans.
  2. Yanks

    Yanks Commodore Commodore

    Jul 6, 2011
    NX01 Bridge
    #1 - Carbon Creek
    #2 - Observer Affect
    #3 - The Vulcan Arc
    #4 - Dead Stop
    #5 - First Flight
    #6 - Twlight
    #7 - Terra Prime/Demons
    #8 - Similitude
    #9 - The Seventh
    #10 - Azati Prime through Zero Hour

    A little cheating there including all the episodes in an arc, but I'm a huge Enterprise fan so... :D
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  3. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 19, 2011
    For me, even compiling a Top Ten is difficult. My Top Five would be
    #1 In A Mirror Darkly Part 1
    #2 In A Mirror Darkly Part 2
    #3 The Augments
    #4 Cold Station 12
    #5 Borderland
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  4. 2takesfrakes

    2takesfrakes Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 13, 2013
    California, USA
    Some of my personal favourites are, but not limited to:

    The Xindi
    The Forge
    and - dare I say it? - These Are The Voyages
  5. feek61

    feek61 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Nov 25, 2011
    In the Sunshine!
    I agree with everyone!!! I would also add "Broken Bow", "Fight or Flight" and "Carpenter Street"
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  6. Degra1

    Degra1 Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Aug 11, 2016
    Broken bow--great exciting pilot which did well establishing the 22nd century and was a great action adventure. Too bad most of the following two seasons couldn't maintain this balance

    The council-- key xindi episode with lots of exciting and intriguing developments; multiple players operating with conflicting agendas, more xindi development, exciting ending with the launch of the weapon and hoshis kidnapping. Exciting moment as archer comes face to face finally with the council loved learning the geographical location of where exactly the council had been all this season

    Countdown-- more epic storytelling with great visuals and tension and battles. Loved the interior of the weapon. Loved the sphere builders joining the fight. Exciting moment as the spheres activate and begin create more anomalies Loved how the writers brought Hoshi into the mix in a very central way. Loved how the writers were honest about having even the reptilian turn on their insect allies

    Zero hour. Again exciting wrap
    Up and enjoyed the trip to the future with Daniels ended with an intriguing cliffhanger. Cool shot with archer running down the catwalk as the xindi superweapon begins exploding Loved the way these last three episodes felt like a movie

    The forge-- wondrously epic giving the vulcans intriguing cultural insight, loved the on location shoots; arev captured perfectly the essence of being a Vulcan, loved all the namedropping and references included which were incorporated organically and logically into the script rather than to simple tickle fanboys. And I loved the whole mystical vibe created throughout the hour and the political intrigue and machinations among the vulcans. All if which were terribly engrossing. And the Soval mind meld restored this alien act back to this strange thing.

    Azati prime. Finally after dragging their feet the season finally kicks into high gear providing long awaited answers along with devastating action sequences. Loved the trip to the ENT j and the xindi arc brought a lot of powerful images alone including the ominous sight of the xindi weapon nearing completion. A few little issues bring it down-- the lightweight barbs by archer after he is captured felt tonally out of place in such a grave situation--for all archer knew the weapon has already been launched, Daniels should have taken a more active involvement helping convince the xindi they've been lied to. But overall an excellent hour

    Twilight. Interesting what if episode

    Regeneration- this isn't a truly excellent or classic episode but pretty clever how the borg were seamlessly brought into the prequel. The teaser and first act were by far the best parts of the episode focusing exclusively on the researchers and their discoveries about the borg from the fact they're made up of many different species to studying the nanoprobes Things go into predictable territory once the enterprise is brought into it covering the same points we've seen before on previous borg episodes and episodes of trek dealing with transforming into an alien life form such as TNG "identity crisis" including the moral struggle over whether to kill an assimilated victim or try to save them. Plus you had some writer fiat included to give archer a chance to defeat the borg such as the fact the borg didn't adapt much faster to the phase pistols. But sufficiently entertaining

    Firstt flight -- an episode that excellently captured that pioneering spirit enterprise as a prequel should have captured more often. Plus a nice contrast with its "simpler days" feel to the upcoming darker graver xindi arc the series is about to jump into

    Shuttle pod one-- again a great little episode utilizing the more primitive setting of the series. And unlike a lot of the series efforts to do quiet drama it actually IS engaging rather than just being a bunch of slow boring scenes that fail to truly engage
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  7. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Fleet Admiral Premium Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    I've never really thought of an Enterprise top 10 but I have been thinking about the show quite a bit recently. It really depends on the day, so today:

    1. The Forgotten - I really like this episode because it was a culmination of everything that happened in Season 3. We get Trip really having to deal with his loss, T'Pol fessing up about the trellium addiction, and after the previous two episodes, this was just really reflective. It was the episode that made me realize how awesome Season 3 really was.

    2. First Flight - This felt like a prequel episode and something we needed more of from Enterprise

    3. The Vulcan Trilogy - It's hard to separate the Season 4 arcs, so for this one, I'm going with all three. This salvaged the Vulcans for me and it was really well written.

    4. The Andorian Incident - The introduction of one of Enterprise's best stories and characters.

    5. Cease Fire - Love Soval in this one

    6. Broken Bow - Probably my favorite of the Pilots

    7. Azati Prime/Damage - Hard to seperate them really. This helped really bring Season 3 full circle with Anomaly

    8. Demons/Terra Prime - Probably the most timely episodes of the series and the real series finale

    9. Shuttlepod One - Love the chemistry between Trip and Malcom

    10. Minefield - Probably Reed's best episode and the introduction of the Romulans.
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  8. Kevin Thomas Riley

    Kevin Thomas Riley Admiral Admiral

    Jun 24, 2004
    In Engineering singing "Kathleen" with T'Pol
    Okay, I'm going to cheat a bit here, since a lot of my favourites a multiple story-arc episodes which are hard to separate. So with that in mind, my "10" favourites are, in broadcast order (don't ask me to rank them among themselves):
    • The Andorian Incident
    • Breaking the Ice
    • Shuttlepod One
    • Cease Fire
    • Azati Prime/Damage/The Forgotten
    • The Council/Countdown/Zero Hour
    • Borderland/Cold Station 12/The Augments
    • The Forge/Awakening/Kir'Shara
    • Babel One/United/The Aenar
    • Demons/Terra Prime
    So basically the mini-arcs of season four and the latter part of season three, plus a few assorted ones from the first season.
    Some ostensible "fan favourites", like Twilight, Cogenitor and Dear Doctor certainly didn't make the cut as I tend to not like them very much. Others are very good, but not as good as the ones above, and I had to choose.
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  9. ChristopherPike

    ChristopherPike Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 13, 2006
    Broken Bow
    The Expanse
    Fallen Hero
    North Star
    Silent Enemy
    Babel One/United/The Aenar
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  10. TREK_GOD_1

    TREK_GOD_1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 24, 2006
    Escaped from Delta Vega
    "In A Mirror Darkly" Part 1 & 2.

    You can toss the rest of this series.
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  11. Cox of Seagulls

    Cox of Seagulls Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Dec 1, 2012
    Rubbish. Mirror Darkly is fun but thin. It's a comic book. There's a good 15 or so better episodes.
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  12. TREK_GOD_1

    TREK_GOD_1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 24, 2006
    Escaped from Delta Vega
    ...barely remembered by anyone. "In A Mirror Darkly" brought viewers and praise ENT did not (normally) earn, inspiring many to wonder why the series failed to be that good all along.
  13. marlboro

    marlboro Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Mar 12, 2015
    Some interesting choices so far. I just picked up the series on BR. I'm gonna do a quick rewatch of my favorite 50 episodes, and I'll see if I can whittle them down to a top 10.
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  14. Greysun

    Greysun Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Nov 30, 2016
    1. Dead Stop
    2. Future Tense
    3. Twilight
    4. E2
    5. Zero Hour
    6. Cold Station 12
    7. In a Mirror Darkly 1
    8. In a Mirror Darkly 2
    9. Damage
    10. Impulse
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  15. Anders

    Anders Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Oct 1, 2017
    Oslo, Norway
    Good list.
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  16. Daisyjayne

    Daisyjayne Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Oct 20, 2017
    1 Cogenitor
    2 Broken Bow
    3 Shuttlepod One
    4 Storm Front 1&2
    5 Unexpected
    6 Observer Effect
    7 Demons/ Terra Prime
    8 Similitude
    9 Desert Crossing
    10 The Breach
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  17. Yanks

    Yanks Commodore Commodore

    Jul 6, 2011
    NX01 Bridge
    Wow, only 1 Season 3 episode! :)
  18. BlueStuff

    BlueStuff Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 15, 2011
    I've seen up to 3x02. I think that my top 10 will look very different when I've seen the entire series.

    1. Cogenitor
    2. Minefield
    3. Singularity
    4. The Andorian Incident
    5. Vox Sola
    6. Regeneration
    7. Dead Stop
    8. Shuttlepod One
    9. Silent Enemy
    10. The Expanse
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  19. Prax

    Prax Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 1, 2017
    Middle West
    In any order and off the top of my head.

    Future Tense
    The one with the Xyrillians
    Carbon Creek
    Dead Stop
    Doctor's Orders
    Dear Doctor
  20. ialfan

    ialfan Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 11, 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    Observer Effect
    In a Mirror, Darkly
    Demons/Terra Prime
    Babel One/United/The Aenar
    Silent Enemy
    First Flight
    Vox Sola
    ^ no particular order