This Day in Entertainment History: Star Trek Enterprise Premieres (September 26th, 2001)

It was the first Star Trek prequel series, set a hundred years before the voyages of Captain Kirk and Commander Spock: Enterprise premiered on September 26th, 2001.

The cover art for the first season Blu-Ray release of "Star Trek: Enterprise" from CBS Home Entertainment.

It was the first Star Trek prequel series, set a hundred years before the voyages of Captain Kirk and Commander Spock: Enterprise premiered on September 26th, 2001.

Immediately following the end of Star Trek: Voyager's seven year run, Enterprise went into production and would premiere on the United Paramount Network (UPN) the same year that Voyager ended.

Set in the 22nd century before the founding of the United Federation of Planets that was a staple of the previous four Star Trek shows, Enterprise starred Scott Bakula as Captain Jonathan Archer. Archer and his crew led Earth's first warp-five starship into exploring the final frontier.

The series, Trek's first to be shot in widescreen, woud last three years before the threat of cancellation. The third season of the show had a season-long story arc, after two years of mostly stand-along episodes. The show lived for one more season.

That fourth season was held in high acclaim by many Trek fans and featured storylines to tie-in or set-up elements from the other Star Trek series. However, the cancellation axe fell again—and for good—and the series ended after 98 episodes.

It would be the last Star Trek series to air after 18 years of continuous production from The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise that began in 1987.

The show would later be released on DVD and is currently being released on Blu-Ray. A petition for a fifth season on Netflix attracted several thousand signatures, but there has been no official talk of the show making a return as of the writing of this article.


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