Script Review Reveals 'Enterprise' Character DetailsBy Christian
July 4, 2001 - 11:49 PM
For the second time in as many weeks, an extensive review of the Enterprise pilot script has appeared online. While the first review revealed many new details of the 'Broken Bow' plot, this new review provided extra background on the series' seven main characters.
The review was written by 'Hercules' at TV and movie rumour site Ain't It Cool News, judging by the character names based on a recent version of the script. "You can never tell from a pilot script," Hercules wrote, "but the central relationships between Archer, TíPol and Tucker are compelling and evolve gracefully, and the show's set of supporting characters might turn out to be the best to grace a Trek series."
Much of the review focused on these characters, providing the following new details on Enterprise's main crew members:
- Jonathan Archer - The Enterprise's Captain is the son of one of Zefram Cochrane's early collaborators on the warp drive. He resents the Vulcans for not sharing more of their science, which would have tremendously helped his father's research - a resentment that is apparently not actually present so strongly in his father. Archer was born in San Francisco, and is described as a "reasonable but headstrong Kirk-like figure."
- T'Pol - Though she will eventually turn into the ship's de facto first officer, she starts out as a science attache with the Vulcan consulate. She is attached to the Enterprise's first mission as science officer, but manages to establish herself as second-in-command when Archer is badly injured midway through the mission, and she asserts that her Vulcan rank is higher than that of any of the remaining Starfleet officers.
- Charlie Tucker - The Chief Engineer, hand-picked by Archer, serves as the Captain's friend and confidant. He is described as being similar in character to Dr. 'Bones' McCoy.
- Hoshi Sato - The communications officer comes to Enterprise with a background as a linguistics professor, making her ill-prepared for space adventure. She apparently has extremely sensitive hearing.
- Malcom Reed - Little is learned about the ship's British Armory Officer in the pilot, though near the end of the episode he does provide Archer and Tucker with weapons that they have never seen before, but "we'll all find familiar."
- Travis Mayweather - The ship's helmsman, raised on interstellar cargo ships. The ships he grew up on were much slower than the Enterprise - he mentions that one trip, it took him three years to reach a planet known as Trillius Prime.
- Phlox - The ship's Doctor is selected for the mission because he knows the most about the physiology of the Klingon the Enterprise has to transport. He is delighted with the opportunity to study human physiology on board the ship. In addition, he apparently likes Chinese food, and "smiles like a character in the 'Black Hole Sun' video."
More information on 'Broken Bow' can be found in the full review. It also contains new information on the state of transporter technology in Enterprise, the villain from the future, and Hercules's opinions on whether the show will be any good. Click here to read it.