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"Star Trek: Enterprise" Broken Bow (TV Episode 2001) Poster

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(2001)

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Hoshi's insult to T'Pol, "Ponfo mirann", loosely translates to "Go to hell".
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Three of the prominent Starfleet officers are called Admiral Forrest (Vaughn Armstrong), Admiral Leonard (Jim Beaver) and Commander Williams (Jim Fitzpatrick). These names are an homage to the three lead actors from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966): DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner. One of the Vulcans from the High Command is called "Tos", which is a reference to TOS, as The Original Series, is often called.
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Up to this series, the pilot of each Star Trek series after the first included a cameo of a character from the previous one. However, because "Enterprise" takes place 100 years before Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), the cameo was not of a series character, but of Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell), who appeared in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and in Star Trek: The Original Series: Metamorphosis (1967) portrayed by Glenn Corbett.
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Vaughn Armstrong, a longtime Trek actor, appears here as a human for the first time, bringing his total Trek appearances to eleven - as 9 different characters, and 7 different species (human, Cardassian, Klingon, Romulan, Borg, Vidiian, Hirogen).
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Trip and Archer's first conversation describes Warp 4.5 as "Neptune and back in six minutes." This would make Warp 4.5 roughly 82 times the speed of light and allow travel at approximately one light-year every four days.
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During filming of this episode veteran Star Trek actors Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes visited Scott Bakula on the set to give him advice about what to expect while working on the series.
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Ensign Mayweather, when discussing the transporters, says "from what I'm told, [the Captain] wouldn't even put his dog through this thing." The dog in question is Captain Archer's beagle, Porthos. Years later, in the film reboot Star Trek (2009), a surly Montgomery Scott describes his ongoing punishment by Starfleet as a consequence of attempting to prove a transporter theory correct by transporting "Admiral Archer's prize beagle," who was transported and never rematerialized.
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Creator Rick Berman has said that the Suliban were named after the Taliban (they were named long before September 2001).
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Prior to the premiere, UPN ran a pre-recorded message in which actor Scott Bakula urged viewers to donate blood to the American Red Cross in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks which occurred just two weeks prior to the series premiere.
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The Inspection Pod is actually a minor redesign of the cockpit section of Zefram Cochrane's Phoenix from Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
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There is a scene in this episode where Jolene Blalock, as T'Pol, bared her navel. This required removal of Blalock's navel piercing ring. According to interviews given by Blalock, the ring proved very difficult to remove, and forced Blalock (in full Vulcan make-up) to visit a nearby tattoo-body piercing shop to have it removed.
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In the "Star Trek" chronology, this is the first episode of all seven television series.
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This episode confirms that the transporter was invented much earlier in the Star Trek timeline than was previously believed. In his book "The Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future", Michael Okuda speculated that the transporter was invented shortly before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). This was suggested by a line from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (which took place a century later) which stated that transporters had been safely used for personal transport for about 100 years. However, this line could also have referred to a deadly transporter accident in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), indicating that since then, no major incidents had taken place, and the technology was considered safe. The later episode Star Trek: Enterprise: Daedalus (2005) placed the invention of the transporter somewhere in the early 22nd century.
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Captain Archer jokes that the Vulcans don't think Humans can flush a toilet without their help. This is an in-joke regarding the fact that restrooms of any kind are never seen and rarely mentioned in any of the Trek series. (Star Trek: First Contact (1996) has one of the more memorable allusions to bathroom activities in Star Trek.) In Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), an eagle-eyed observer can occasionally see that in the wall display of the Enterprise-D's decks, there is only one bathroom on board.
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The title refers to Broken Bow, Oklahoma, a real town incorporated in 1911 and named after the town in Nebraska where the founding fathers came from.
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This takes place in 2121 and April 2151.
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In his recorded speech, Zefram Cochrane says, "...let us go boldly where no man has gone before," thereby robbing tiresome individuals everywhere of the chance to pointlessly pontificate about split infinitives.
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The only feature-length show of the entire "Enterprise" series.
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This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes" of Enterprise in the 2008 reference book "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.
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The theme song to the show, called "Where My Heart Will Take Me" and performed by Russell Watson, was composed by Diane Warren for the film Patch Adams (1998), and was recorded under the title "Faith of the Heart", by Rod Stewart, for that motion picture.
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Tom Lister Jr. (Klaang) is the second World Wrestling Entertainment superstar to appear on Star Trek, being preceded by Dwayne Johnson and followed by the Big Show.
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First exhibit of the Denobulan super-smile.
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Moore, the farmer who shoots Klaang, is named for Ronald D. Moore.
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Mission Date: 16 April 2151
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According to Jolene Blalock, a decision was made to change T'Pol's make-up - particularly her hairstyle - after three days of shooting. All Blalock's scenes for the first few days had to be reshot.
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In Capt. Archer's cabin, there is a photo on the wall of a Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 Clipper. Gene Roddenberry was, at one time a pilot for Pan Am. Also displayed next to the Clipperphoto is a small statuette of Zefram Cochrane with his arm reaching out, presumably a smaller-scaled model of the 20-meter-tall statue of Cochrane that Geordi described to Cochrane himself in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
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Several supporting actors in the pilot had previously appeared in different roles on earlier Star Trek series including James Cromwell, John Fleck, Gary Graham, Mark Moses, Thomas Kopache, Joseph Ruskin, James Horan, and especially Vaughn Armstrong. Several subsequent episodes would feature other actors who had previously appeared on Star Trek in other roles.
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Gary Graham (Soval) was once considered for the roles of both Benjamin Sisko and Captain Janeway before the decision was made for Janeway to be female and for Sisko to be an African-American.
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Joseph Ruskin (Suliban doctor) appeared in every Star Trek television series except Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), although he did appear in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) . With the exception of Majel Barrett, who has appeared in every Star Trek series, he was the only actor to appear in all four of the series in question. Furthermore, given that Barrett only provided the computer voice in Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Star Trek: Enterprise, Ruskin was the only actor to appear on screen in all four series mentioned above. Along with Majel Barrett, Clint Howard, Jack Donner, and Vince Deadrick, he was one of only five actors to appear in both Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and Star Trek: Enterprise. He, Barrett and Howard also appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). Jonathan Frakes also appears in four series (all but the Star Trek: The Original Series (1966): The Original Series). Ruskin also worked on two Star Trek video games, lending his voice to Master Si'tann in Star Trek: Hidden Evil (1999) and to Admiral Nolotai and Vulcan Master N'Kal in Star Trek: Away Team (2001).
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Thomas Kopache played Mirok in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Next Phase (1992), Train Engineer in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Emergence (1994), Enterprise-B communications officer in Star Trek: Generations (1994), Viorsa in Star Trek: Voyager: The Thaw (1996), Kira Taban in two episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Tos in "Enterprise: Broken Bow" and a "canary in a coal mine" in Star Trek: Enterprise: Harbinger (2004).
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This is the first "Star Trek" production to feature scenes set in the 22nd Century.
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First mention of Dr. Phlox's fondness for egg drop soup.
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James Horan has appeared in all four Star Trek spin-off television series. He played Jo'Bril in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Suspicions (1993), Lt. Barnaby in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Descent (1993), Tosin in Star Trek: Voyager: Fair Trade (1997), Ikat'ika in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In Purgatory's Shadow (1997) /Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: By Inferno's Light (1997) and the recurring "Humanoid Figure" in "Enterprise". In addition he lent his voice to the video games Star Trek: Klingon Academy (2000) and Star Trek: Starfleet Command III (2002).
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Thomas Kopache is one of a handful of actors to appear on all four of the Star Trek TV spin-off series. His largest role was as Kira Nerys's father Kira Taban, appearing in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)'s fifth and sixth seasons. He is one of only five actors to play seven or more different characters in the Star Trek franchise, the others being Jeffrey Combs, Randy Oglesby, J.G. Hertzler, and Vaughn Armstrong.
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Originally when this started filming, they attempted to film it so it could be seen in HDTV format, but there were unspecified problems. These problems were quickly fixed.
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The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.
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Van Epperson has appeared in three Star Trek spin-off series. His first Star Trek appearance, as a morgue attendant in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time's Arrow: Part II (1992) was deleted from the final version but he is still credited in the ending crawl. His second Star Trek appearance was a Bajoran clerk in charge of the station's assay office in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Q-Less (1993). In his third Star Trek appearance, he played a "burlesque show alien" (credited as Alien Man) in Star Trek: Enterprise: Broken Bow (2001).
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Thomas Kopache is one of only a few actors to appear on all four of the Star Trek TV spin-off series and is one of only five actors to play seven or more different characters in Star Trek, the others being Jeffrey Combs, Randy Oglesby, J.G. Hertzler, and Vaughn Armstrong.
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Mark Moses (Henry Archer) also played Naroq in Star Trek: Voyager: Riddles (1999).
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Gary Graham (Soval) also played the role of Tanis in Star Trek: Voyager: Cold Fire (1995).
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Jim Fitzpatrick's (Commander Williams) uniform and an arctic gear undershirt worn was sold off on an online auction.
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Gary Graham's (Soval) wig and a collection of his costumes was sold off on an online auction.
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During filming of the pilot, veteran Star Trek actors Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes visited Scott Bakula on the set to give him advice about what to expect while working on the series. Both actors later guest starred on "Enterprise"'s fourth season.
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Filming of the pilot episode featured a scene in which Jolene Blalock, as T'Pol, bared her navel. This required removal of Blalock's navel piercing ring. According to interviews given by Blalock, the ring proved very difficult to remove, and forced Blalock (in full Vulcan make-up) to visit a nearby tattoo-body piercing shop to have it removed.
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This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes of Enterprise" in the 2008 reference book "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann.
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Joseph Ruskin (Suliban Doctor) appeared in every Star Trek television series except Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (although he did appear in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) starring the TNG crew). With the exception of Majel Barrett, who has appeared in every Star Trek series, he was the only actor to appear in all four of the series in question. Furthermore, given that Barrett only provided the computer voice in Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), Ruskin was the only actor to appear on screen in all four series mentioned above. Along with Majel Barrett, Clint Howard, Jack Donner, and Vince Deadrick, he was one of only five actors to appear in both Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). He, Barrett and Howard also appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). Jonathan Frakes also appears in four series (all but the original series). Ruskin also worked on two Star Trek video games, lending his voice to Master Si'tann in Star Trek: Hidden Evil (1999) and to Admiral Nolotai and Vulcan Master N'Kal in Star Trek: Away Team (2001).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The story line includes the first contact between Earth and the Klingon Empire, which caused some controversy among fans. First of all, it had been estimated that first contact with the Klingons took place around 2218, as implied in Star Trek: The Original Series: Day of the Dove (1968). However, Star Trek: The Next Generation: First Contact (1991) contained dialogue that placed the event closer to 2167. 'Broken Bow' canonically established the year of first contact as 2151. Secondly, the episode showed the Klingons with their characteristic forehead ridges, a trait that they did not have until after The Original Series. This discrepancy was finally dealt with in Star Trek: Enterprise: Affliction (2005). Lastly, Star Trek: The Next Generation: First Contact (1991) also stated that first contact with the Klingons went poorly and led to war between Earth and the Klingons; although this episode depicts a reasonably peaceful first contact between the two species, the Klingons felt offended by the humans interfering in their affairs, which sowed the seeds of their animosity towards humanity that would grow over the course of the next seasons.
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(Contains spoilers for the series finale.) Porthos the Captain's pet beagle is the only character, besides the regulars, to appear in both the series premiere and the finale Star Trek: Enterprise: These Are the Voyages... (2005).
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The Klingon Chancellor's threat to Archer ("ChugDah hegh...Vol'cha vay!") is believed to mean something along the likes of "Leave now or die!"
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