The first season of Star Trek: Enterprise may have begun in the year 2001, but it's 2151 A.D. so far as the stars (and the fans) are concerned. Now that the Vulcans have (none too enthusiastically) been persuaded to provide humans with star charts that will permit them to travel through deep space, Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) and his crew are ready to climb aboard the Enterprise NX-01, Earth's first Warp Five starship. Loyally serving under Archer's command are attractive Vulcan science officer T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) (who has been sent along because the Vulcans aren't entirely convinced that the humans are advanced enough to handle the job alone); Archer's old pal Cmdr. Charles "Trip" Tucker III (Connor Trinneer), the ship's chief engineer; stuffy British munitions expert Lt. Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating); interstellar-travel veteran Ensign Travis Mayweather (Anthony "A.T." Montgomery), the Enterprise's helmsman; resident "brain" Ensign Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), the ship's communications officer; and Denobulan doctor Phlox (John Billingsley), who has a working knowledge of virtually every species and civilization in the galaxy. And we mustn't forget the ship's mascot, Archer's pet beagle, Porthos.
No sooner has the Enterprise undertaken its first mission than the crew discovers that they have become enmeshed in the long-running Temporal Cold War, and that they had better keep several steps ahead of a mysterious futuristic, genetically manipulative race called the Suliban. Along the way, the Enterprise personnel have their first major encounters with the redoubtable Klingons and the mercurial Ferengi (though the latter race is never identified by name), the sensitive Hoshi has her first panic attack, the entire crew becomes hostile and paranoid thanks to a hallucinogenic pollen, a rapidly growing alien baby threatens to engulf the Enterprise, the mystery of the "lost colony" Terra Nova is solved in rather disturbing fashion, Trip uncovers a startling secret about T'Pol, and a Suliban subversive manages to insinuate himself onto the ship. Also, fans of the old sci-fi series Quantum Leap should enjoy the episode "Detained," which reunites actors Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell. The season ends with the first of Star Trek: Enterprise's cliffhangers, as Archer and former crew member Daniels (Matt Winston) are compelled to travel through time to thwart a deadly Suliban sabotage scheme. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi