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Industry rumors were flying in 2004 that the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise would be its last. Whether true or not, the cast and production crew proceeded with such enthusiasm and confidence that one would think the series had been renewed for the next ten years! The time frame is still the mid-22nd century, and the central setting remains the Enterprise NX-01, Earth's very first Warp Five starship. As ever, the ship's skipper is the bold and adventuresome Capt. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), while numbering among the crew are sexy Vulcan science officer T'Pol (Jolene Blalock), resourceful chief engineer Trip (Connor Trinneer), haughty British munitions expert Malcolm (Dominic Keating), helmsman and space-travel vet Travis (Anthony "A.T." Montgomery), brainy communications officer Hoshi (Linda Park), and ebullient Denobulan doctor Phlox (John Billingsley). Season four begins with a two-part time-travel episode, as Archer and the crew are catapulted back to World War II, the outcome of which may be negatively altered by the ongoing Temporal Cold War (as established in season one). Things take a upbeat turn when, after a double victory in space, the crew returns to a hero's welcome on Earth -- but is all this hero worship a good thing, or has rampaging xenophobia reared its ugly head? And in later development, a criminal left over from the dreaded Eugenics Wars is back in business, and the results may spell the end of humankind.
Devotees of the original Star Trek and its spin-offs will, as in previous seasons, enjoy the subtle references to things to come in future decades. Especially worth noting is a midseason three-part story arc which has a direct relation to the classic Star Trek episode "Amok Time." In addition, several significant guest stars show up in the roles that have made them famous (or rather, will make them famous if one accepts the premise that Enterprise is merely a prologue). Ultimately, the season concludes as the Vulcan T'Pol receives some important news that will have a major, and very positive, effect on her future (can there possibly be a spin-off series for T'Pol in the offing?) -- but first, the Enterprise crew, and indeed all of Starfleet Command, is challenged by a dangerous, alien-hating isolationist. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, (more)