Star Trek: Enterprise (2005): S04E22 – These are the Voyages…


Introduction

“These Are the Voyages…” is the series finale of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise. The 22nd episode of the fourth season and the 98th of the series overall.

“These Are the Voyages…” is a frame story, where the 22nd-century events of Star Trek: Enterprise are shown through a 24th-century holodeck re-creation during the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Pegasus” (S07E12).

The episode features guest stars Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Jeffrey Combs, as well as a voice cameo from Brent Spiner. Series creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who co-wrote the episode, conceived “These Are the Voyages…” as a valentine to Star Trek fans.

In this episode, the story moves to the year 2370, when Commander William Riker grapples with making a difficult admission to his commanding officer about a cover-up. Riker, after consulting Counsellor Troi, turns to the simulated events of the year 2161 for guidance, when the crew of Enterprise travels home to Earth for both decommissioning and the formation of the United Federation of Planets.

Reaction to “These Are the Voyages…” was negative. Critics and cast alike believed the Next Generation frame robbed the characters and their fans of closure, and that the death of Commander Tucker felt forced and unnecessary. The final episode attracted 3.8 million viewers, the highest number since the previous season.

After a strong premiere, Enterprise had grappled with declining ratings throughout its run. By the fourth season, fewer than three million viewers tuned in each week despite what some fans and critics considered an increase in episode quality.

After selling the syndication rights, UPN and Paramount announced in February 2005 that the fourth season would be the show’s last. With no new Star Trek episodes in the fall of 2005, the 2005-2006 season was the first year without a first-run Star Trek in 18 years. Despite the cancellation, Paramount hoped to revive the series, and Berman began work on a possible new Star Trek film, which was ultimately rejected in favour of the J. J. Abrams-directed Star Trek.

Outline

In 2370, Commander William Riker, aboard Enterprise-D, is troubled by the events of “The Pegasus” (S07E12) and seeks guidance. At Lieutenant Commander Deanna Troi’s suggestion, Riker sets a holo-program to the date 2161, some six years after the events of “Terra Prime” (S04E21), to a time when the original Enterprise (NX-01) is due to be decommissioned after ten years of active service. The starship and its crew are also returning to Earth for the signing of the Federation Charter, and Captain Archer frets over the speech he will give to the assembled delegates.

En route, Riker and Troi observe as Enterprise is contacted by Shran, a former Andorian Imperial Guard who Archer believed was dead. Shran is married to Jhamel (“The Aenar“, S04E14), and their young daughter has been kidnapped. He asks for Archer’s help in rescuing her from Rigel X. Archer decides to assist, despite Commander T’Pol’s warning that they may be late returning for the ceremony. Riker joins the Enterprise crew as it assaults Shran’s enemies and brings his daughter safely back. Troi also advises that Riker assume the role of ship’s chef, hoping to earn the confidence of the simulated crew. As he prepares food with the crew, he learns more about their memories and impressions of Tucker.

He also watches as the kidnappers board Enterprise, and how, in order to save Archer’s life, Commander Tucker overloads two conduits and dies after being mortally wounded. Riker notices that Archer is troubled that he must write a speech about how worthwhile their explorations have been, despite his friend’s death, but T’Pol assures him Tucker would have considered it worthwhile.

On Earth, Troi watches as Archer enters a crowded grand hall to give his speech and Riker joins her, now sure of what course he should take. The final shot of the episode is a montage of the ships named Enterprise: (NCC-1701-D, NCC-1701, and NX-01) as Captains Picard, Kirk, and Archer recite the “Where no man has gone before” prologue.

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Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Allan Kroeker.
  • Writer(s): Rick Berman and Brannon Braga.
  • Release Date: 13 May 2005.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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