Chased by two Suliban, the Klingon Klaang is shot by farmer Moore in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Against the advice of the Vulcan Ambassador Soval, Starfleet Admiral Leonard decides to take the Klingon home, using the new Warp 5 ship Enterprise. Captain Jonathan Archer, whose father conceived the ship, gathers his crew, including Vulcan science officer T'Pol who is going to supervise the mission. They soon lose the Klingon patient to the Suliban. On Rigel X the crew learns that the Suliban are genetically altered and equipped by an unknown enemy from the future. They are supposed to cause a Klingon civil war, for which Klaang carries the proof. The crew tracks the warp trail of the Suliban ship to a space station inside a gas giant's atmosphere. Archer and Commander Tucker manage to free Klaang, but Archer has to stay behind. Using the newly installed transporter, Archer can be rescued from the station too. After successfully delivering Klaang to Qo'noS where the Klingons extract the information that was encoded in his blood cells, Starfleet approves of a prolonged mission of Enterprise.
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- In ST:DS9, it's made clear that entering warp within a star system can lead to disastrous consequences, and it therefore takes 3 hours to travel between the station and Bajor by shuttlecraft. In the DS9 episode By Inferno's Light and in ST: The Motion Picture, warp was engaged within a star system (Bajor's and Earth's, respectively) at great risk. Yet in this episode they go to warp without any concern, starting at warp 4 and up to 4.5 as soon as they "clear Jupiter." They could be entering warp away from the orbital plain of the planets.
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- Bernd Schneider: The most blatant error is that the Enterprise, at Warp 4.5, can reach Qo'noS in four days. This would mean that Qo'noS is only one light year away – impossible.Perhaps there was a warp superhighway between Earth and Qo'nos, which would enable them to complete the journey in the time.
- A definite violation of continuity is the intensive contact that Starfleet and Archer have with the Klingons, and I'm not talking about ridged or ridgeless foreheads here. We know that in the times of TOS humans did know next to nothing about the Klingons and that in The Undiscovered Country their customs as well as even their anatomy were still a mystery to Starfleet. Even at the time of TNG many aspects of their culture were not yet known. Enterprise, however, shows how the Klingon Klaang gets intensive care at Starfleet Medical and that Archer's crew visits the Klingon Homeworld. Did Starfleet delete all records of that? Moreover, in TNG: First Contact (the episode, not the movie!), Picard says that first contact with the Klingons was disastrous and led to a long conflict. I can see nothing like that in "Broken Bow". Even if the High Council was not friendly to the strangers, they must have been very glad that Klaang and the proof were saved by the humans. I couldn't imagine a better first contact – especially with the Klingons! The records could have become corrupted somehow.
- Even though the episode showed much more of it than the images released so far, the bridge design is as unoriginal as expected. While the detail work, including the switches and monitors, is fine, the overall layout is like on every Federation starship 200 years later. It seems they have just recycled the Defiant command chair, the floor from the Enterprise-B, Tom's helm station and the overhead sensor thing from Voyager, and only changed the details. Essentially the same applies to sickbay. The NX class designers obviously created layouts that could not be improved upon!
- The phase pistol fires light bolts and is definitely a particle weapon, much more advanced than the lasers in The Cage, and it already has the miraculous ability to stun people. The transporter doesn't seem to be any less advanced than the one on the original Enterprise; it was not slower, only its capacity seems to be limited to one person (the controls look even much more advanced, but I'm not complaining about that). The point is that phase pistols and transporter are two technologies whose operation is completely undistinguishable from what it will still be 100 or even 200 years later. The later versions are the product of incremental improvements.
- Rather small but nonetheless interesting details are the door opener buttons. Why isn't it possible to let the door open automatically, as they do already today? It may not be possible to incorporate the required sensors.
- Why isn't the door button located in the door itself, so that a person doesn't have to stretch one's arm out to reach it? That would make it more difficult to operate.
- JAM on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 8:33 pm: A klingon running from a fight? Kinda strange, given what we know about klingons. Brian Fitzgerald on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 8:43 pm: I figure that since he has such important information to deliver, it would have been more dishonorable to get killed before delivering the info. He did say that he disgraced the Empire and was ready to die, after he was able to deliver the information.
- Spornan on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 8:35 pm: Have Vulcans always been Vegetarians? Sparrow47 on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 8:55 pm: Yes the Vulcans have always been vegetarians... or at least Spock was. In All Our Yesterdays, part of his "reversion" was a craving for meat.
- SMT on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 8:37 pm: Zefram Cochrane was 87 when he disappeared. (So says Classic Metamorphosis.) He few his first warp craft in 2063, and recorded that message we saw 32 years before the present year of 2151, meaning he did it in 2119. That's 56 years between the invention and his disappearance, at minimum. He was no older than 31 when we saw him in Star Trek: First Contact. Did he look 31 to you? Seemed a good two decades older to me, even taking the ravages of his alcoholism into account. Visit the Star Trek: First Contact entry for a possible explanation.
- When a firefight breaks out nearby, T'Pol, Tucker, and Sato keep ducking away as shots pass close to them. Thing is, they're behind a forcefield. Why would they have to duck away, if the shots won't touch them? Of all people, the logical T'Pol, not driven by fear or panic, ought to know this. There is a certain logical in keeping out of the way of nearby gunfire, in case it manages to penetrate what ever defensive measures they are using.
- Is modesty logical? I merely ask because T'Pol never removed her undergarments while smearing that biomemetic(wasn't it--egad, more technobabble) gel on herself and Tucker. Of course, it wasn't as if that Vulcan version of the sports bra ended up leaving ANYTHING to the imagination at the end. Brian Fitzgerald on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 8:51 pm: Logical, no. But since the Vulcans see humans an immature she may have kept covered because she felt that that the human would have a hard time concentrating on work with her after seeing her naked.
- I don't know how good Klingon technology is in the 22nd century, or anyone else's, but I don't quite see how it can write all that intricate information on a DNA nucleotide, which is made up of maybe a few score atoms, never mind read it accurately. ltdodd on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 11:44 pm: The Klingons did NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! encode the the info into DNA SARIN did. She used some of the super advanced bio-genetic engineering techniques to encode the data and she secretly slipped on to Klaang without his knowledge. How do I know this??? Well because Klaang tells the interrogator that SARIN gave him nothing this was while he was under the truth serum. And look as the CHancellor slices his hand he is puzzled look on his face. HE didn't know this was in his body. I at first like you thought the Klingons had done what they did in TNG The Drumhead, but it makes more sense in this time frame that Klingons would not be able to put that kind of info into detailed sequences and it makes more sense with Suliban receiving genetic engineering tech from the future. But this brings a nit itself. How did she slip it onto him? Seniram 10:59, September 2, 2018 (UTC) Slight of Hand?
- Sparrow47 on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 8:55 pm: Did I miss where Archer picked up his tricorder from? Because when he's crawing around in the Sulliban base, he seems to have this thing that's the size of a palm pilot. As we know from TOS, Spock's tricorder looked like it could kill someone if you hit them hard enough with it. Archer’s device is most likely a basic scanner, with presumably less capability/storage/battery capacity than the tricorder.
- PaulG on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 9:05 pm: Is it just me or are the pursuers of the Klingon really dumb? First, the one who slides under the door is extremely vulnerable. It would make more sense just to blast the door or, better yet, blow up the barn (or whatever that is). Second, how do they fall for the back door trick? There are two of them! One could even climb to the higher door with his webcrawler skills and sandwich Klaang inbetween! TomM on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 10:13 pm: It was important to capture the "Klingot" alive, if possible, to determine what he had, and how much he knew and had passed on. so blowing up the grain silo would have been an act of last resort.
- Aaron Dotter on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 9:13 pm: I thought that the title sequence was well done, a nice change from the other ones. I wonder how much permission they had to get to use all of that real footage..… Brian Fitzgerald on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 - 9:52 pm: Most of it is NASA footage so it's in the public domain.
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