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'Broken Bow' Script Review Online

By Christian
June 25, 2001 - 1:08 PM

A new review appeared online today of the script of 'Broken Bow,' the two-hour opening episode of Enterprise, containing both more plot info as well as thoughts on the quality of the series.

"[I'm] happy to say that, in current script form anyway, Enterprise is the best Trek pilot yet," wrote editor Garth Franklin at Dark Horizons. "[Enterprise] plays like a straight out action-adventure with the characters getting down to business right away and a lot more phaser shooting involved than all the previous pilots put together - the only sentimentality creeping in with the very hokey last two pages. [...] Of all the Treks I've seen before, the mix of politics and action as such in this pilot resembles 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country' the most - it ain't Trek at its best but its solid, very engaging and fun as well as being more appealing to non-Trek fans."

Dark Horizons based its review on the second draft of the Enterprise opening episode, dated November 2000. Changes may have made to the script since then, though the basic storyline is likely still the same. The review provides the following major new story points:

Garth Franklin at Dark Horizons concluded by saying he felt 'Broken Bow' would be "more elaborate, more gritty and more adventurous" than Star Trek has been in a while. "Its certainly got off to a more interesting start than either DS9 or Voyager did," he wrote. "It's the type of series that will pull in newcomers and those who thought the spin-offs lacked the gung ho and fun of the original series. [...] As a result I'm sure opinion of this series will be more argued over than any previous spin-off. - in my opinion though, it's not earth shattering but it's certainly a very good start and should be an interesting show."

In the full review, containing much more info on the characters and the premise of Enterprise, the episode was awarded a 7/10. As usual, please be aware that Paramount has released no official information on the Enterprise plot yet, and until then any such information from unofficial sources should be treated as you would any rumour.

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