Broken Bow

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Series: 'Enterprise'
Episode Title: 'Broken Bow'
Episode Number: 101
Synopsis: "Captain Archer volunteers to go where no human has gone before to return a Klingon to his home planet - over the objections of Earth's Vulcan allies."

Original Airdate: September 26, 2001
Rerun: September 17, 2005
Fan Rating: 8.2/10 (Full Poll Results)
Nielsens Rating: 7.0/11 (Full Report)


Written By: Rick Berman & Brannon Braga
Directed By: James L. Conway

Guest Stars:


  • The two-hour opening premiere of Enterprise.

  • Several character names are a homage to Star Trek alumni: Admiral Forrest, named after DeForest Kelley, Admiral Leonard (Leonard Nimoy), Commander Williams (William Shatner), and Farmer Moore (Ronald D. Moore).

  • Features an uncredited cameo appearance by James Cromwell as Zefram Cochrane.

  • Was rumoured to have been budgeted at $10-$15 million. (April 22, 2001 - TrekToday)

  • Started shooting the 14th of May, a week later than originally planned. Production wrapped on the 19th of June, after which the studio took a short break to prepare for filming the regular episodes. (May 12, 2001 - TrekToday)

  • Location shooting took place at several places in California, including the Hyperion Sewage Plant in Los Angeles and Westward Beach, Malibu. (May 20, 2001 - TrekToday)

  • Brannon Braga: "Our pilot tells the story of a crew that comes together for the very first time. The crew's mission is simple: a Klingon has crash-landed on Earth - we've never seen a Klingon before - and the Klingons want him back. We've got to take him home or there's going to be trouble with the Klingon Empire. So it's a little bit like 'Saving Private Ryan' - get the Klingon home. Along the way, we uncover a huge galactic conspiracy involving a new and deadly species called the Suliban. (August 24, 2001 - TrekToday)

  • Was screened to cast, crew, and special guests at the Paramount lot on Thursday the 20th of September. (September 22, 2001 - TrekToday)

  • The episode's novelization was written in less than a week, according to writer Diane Carey: "The novelisations [usually take] about two weeks, although Broken Bow was a four-day rocket ride. I sure don't want to do that very often! My hands still hurt!" (September 26, 2001 - TrekToday)

  • The role of the twin butterfly dancers was the first major television role for the Klimaszewski sisters: "We've put our skills to use in all different forms of entertainment. Enterprise gives us a chance to stretch our abilities even further, and we're pleased that our efforts have led us to share in Star Trek history." (September 26, 2001 - TrekToday)

  • This episode had its first scheduled repeat on the 9th of January, 2002.


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