“Broken Bow” is the two-part pilot episode of the science fiction television series Enterprise (later renamed Star Trek: Enterprise).
It originally aired as a double-length episode and released as such, but was split into two segments for syndication.
It is the first Star Trek episode in the Prequel-Era.
A novelisation of the episode, written by Diane Carey, was published in 2001. The episode won the 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series, and was also nominated for sound editing and make-up.
It is nine decades since Zefram Cochrane produced humans’ first warp flight (as seen in the film Star Trek: First Contact), and Earth finally launches its first starship of exploration, Enterprise NX-01. Commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer, and against the objections of the Vulcans, it departs on an urgent mission to return an injured Klingon to Qo’noS, the Klingon homeworld.
Sarin, once a member of the Suliban Cabal, tells Archer that she gave Klaang a message regarding proof of Suliban involvement in recent attacks on Klingon factions, to be delivered to the High Council. The enhanced Suliban are following orders in a Temporal Cold War, and Suliban from the Cabal show up and attack. Silik kills Sarin, and Archer is shot, but the away team escape back to Enterprise. T’Pol modifies Enterprise’s sensors to track the Suliban vessel that attacked them, and they follow it to a gas giant. Meanwhile, aboard the alien complex, Silik talks with the mysterious figure again.
Within the gas giant is the Helix, a Suliban aggregate structure composed of hundreds of Suliban ships, which the Enterprise crew scan to find Klaang. Using the grappler, Enterprise successfully grabs an attacking Suliban ship, the pilot ejecting. After studying the captured ship and its controls, Archer and Tucker pilot it to the Helix. Becoming separated, Tucker returns with Klaang to Enterprise. After a brief physical confrontation between Archer and Silik in a temporally altered audience room, Tucker uses Enterprise’s new transporter to beam Archer out of the Helix.
They successfully deliver Klaang and his message (via the DNA in his blood) to Qo’noS and the Klingon Chancellor and Council. Archer tells Tucker and T’Pol that Starfleet has ordered them to continue their mission. After reconsidering his preconceptions of Vulcans, he also invites T’Pol to stay on board, and she agrees to seek permission to do so.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): James L. Conway.
- Writer(s): Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
- Release Date: 26 September 2001.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.