So you’ve decided to watch Enterprise, but you’re not sure you’re ready to commit to all 98 episodes? Just want to get the gist of it?
I’m here to help!
These are the episodes that I deem worth watching, either because a) they’re an important part of the main story, b) they set something up that will become important, or c) they’re just plain good episodes!
SEASON ONE: 10 episodes to watch (or 11 depending on how you count the pilot)
E1-E2: Broken Bow Parts 1 and 2. In which we learn that Vulcans in the Enterprise era are assholes. This is fine. They are also very emotional. Introduces the Suliban and the ‘temporal cold war.’ Also there’s Klingons. WATCH IT.
E3. Fight or Flight. I like it, gives a sense that space is dangerous. But also sets up that Hoshi is useless. WATCH IT.
E4. Strange New World. Skip it
E5. Unexpected. Trip gets pregnant, there’s a holodeck of sorts, plus Klingons. Your call.
E6. Terra Nova. Skip it.
E7. The Andorian Incident. The Andorians claim a Vulcan Monastery is a spy post. Are they paranoid? Introduces Commander Shran (Jeffrey Combs). WATCH IT
E8. Breaking the Ice. Skip it.
E9. Civilization. Skip it.
E10. Fortunate Son. Watch it if you like Nausicaans. Otherwise, skip it.
E11. Cold Front. Remember the temporal cold war? WATCH IT.
E12. Silent Enemy. Skip it.
E13. Dear Doctor. Lots of Phlox and the rumblings of a Prime Directive. WATCH IT.
E14. Sleeping Dogs. Has Klingons. WATCH IT
E15. Shadow’s of P’Jem. Political stuff between Vulcans and Andorians. Jeffrey Combs! WATCH IT
E16. Shuttlepod One. Skip it.
E17. Fusion. The origin of the mind meld? WATCH IT
E18. Rogue Planet. Skip it
E19. Acquisition. It was established in TNG that no species from the Federation had contact with Ferengi before the Enterprise D encountered them in the first season of TNG. This episode mostly contradicts that, but it’s a fun episode with Clint Howard (Balok from TOS), Ethan Phillips (Neelix from VOY) and Jeffrey Combs (DS9). WATCH IT
E20. Oasis. Skip it.
E21. Detained. Skip it
E22. Vox Sola. Skip it
E23. Fallen Hero. Skip it
E24. Desert Crossing. Skip it
E25. Two Days and Two Nights. Skip it
E26. Shockwave Part 1. The Enterprise kills everyone and the world goes to shit. Temporal cold war episode! WATCH IT.
Stay tuned for Season 2!