On May 13, 2005, fans said goodbye to the last Star Trek show to air on TV. Ten years later, Enterprise remains controversial in fandom, with some loving the fifth Star Trek show, and others blaming it for the end of the franchise's television run. Such division was perhaps inevitable since the show boldly went where none had gone before, offering a look at a time before The Original Series. While some people may not have liked the idea, it was an attractive concept to others.
"The reason I did the show was because it was before. I think if they had said 'It's going to be 200 years after Voyager' I probably would have said no to it because I don't know what that would have been," actor Scott Bakula, who played Capt. Jonathan Archer, told Blastr. "I just had a clear sense when they said 'It's the wild west, before Kirk.' I saw what that could be and was excited by the idea."
Bakula said they all felt at the time that they were obviously different from the previous shows, and being on a network was "a different animal than syndication."
"I think I felt, at the time, and I think we've kind of proven this over time after we were off the air, that fans would grow to appreciate the show more as time went on, and discover it, and that has borne itself out," he said. "My experience with meeting fans and meeting them at conventions is that there's a great delight about our show that wasn't there when it was on the air, but I'm happy and pleased that people are still discovering the show and that it has legs, basically."
Actor Dominic Keating, who portrayed tactical and armory officer Malcolm Reed, also enjoyed the idea of the story being set before The Original Series.
"When I heard that they were doing a prequel, I couldn't be more excited. Rather than going out another thousand years. It gave our show a whole new vibrancy and stand-aloneness, if you will," he told Blastr.
For Keating, the show was four of the best years of his life and "a lot of fun right from the get-go."
"I think we had a proper place in the lore of it all. My only regret is that we didn't get to push our elbows out a bit more in breaking the mold in what you would consider your standard Star Trek episode, and we could have done that. There were many reasons why that didn't happen," Keating said.
Looking back, Bakula said it's amazing that it has been 10 years since the series finale.
"I always look back very fondly on it. We had a great cast, and it was an honor and a pleasure to work with all the technical people behind the camera that had been there for years and were pioneers in so many respects in the ways of effects, makeup effects, and different things that they had honed on prior shows really starting with The Next Generation for those many, many years. There is just a great pleasure to work with such wonderful, bright, intelligent people who had a history on the show and cared so much and tried to just do everybody proud, first and foremost the fans, and they really responded," he said.
At this anniversary, revisiting Enterprise shows there is a lot to enjoy in the series. Here are 10 episodes we recommend rewatching to remember where Enterprise excelled, including some favorites from Bakula and Keating!