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Star Trek: Enterprise

Exploring the galaxy back when it was still wild.
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Positive messages

The series highlights humanity's first explorations of the Universe, before the rules of the Federation were created. The desire to explore and collaborate with the alien cultures they encounter is often positive, but the humans and those they encounter often let their prejudices influence their actions.

Positive role models

The Enterprise crew often uses teamwork to solve problems. Captain Archer often follows his conscience instead of his orders, though in the end either path leads him to roughly the same actions. Some alien cultures, including the highly intellectual Vulcans, look down at humans. 

Violence & scariness

Plenty of action, ranging from fistfights and shootouts to spaceship battles, but little blood or graphic injury.

Sexy stuff

With all those men and women stuck on a spaceship for an extended tour of the furthest reaches of the galaxy, it's pretty surprising how little romance occurs. There's not even much flirting. Still, one of the series' most important plot lines centers on the evolving romantic relationship between two of the main characters.

Language

No bad language. Apparently humanity has evolved a bit by the 22nd century.

Consumerism

There are no direct product references, but Star Trek is a commodity in itself.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking, but characters rarely get drunk. One of the main characters becomes addicted to an alien drug in an important story arc.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that humans don't always come off looking like the most competent race in Star Trek: Enterprise. The show documents some of Starfleet's early missions beyond the Milky Way, and most of the drama comes from the crew's frequent contact with new alien species. Some of these are friendly, some are wary, and some are immediately hostile; in many cases it's clear that mankind is the new kid on the galactic block, and we often have little concept of protocol. The thinly disguised contempt of some alien cultures (especially the Vulcans) toward the humans might prompt viewers to take a closer look at how people who think they're quite advanced present themselves to others who may have a different opinion. Like most of the Star Trek TV series, there's some violence, but not a ton of romance or strong language.

What's the story?

Star Trek spin-off STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE is set in the wild-and-wooly 22nd century, before the Federation existed and long before any of the rules that govern the original series were created. Enterprise focuses on Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), the captain of the original Enterprise -- humanity's first starship capable of true space exploration. Archer and his crew have been asked to venture out into uncharted space. As a result, they're almost always the first humans to step foot on every planet they visit, as well as the first people to meet each new alien race.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This spin-off series is a very conscious attempt to recreate the feeling of Star Trek: The Original Series, but there's no getting around the fact that the show lacks the same punch as its predecessors. Liberating it from the heavy canon of the franchise gives the series the ability to react to new situations in ways that can be thought-provoking to the viewer -- without requiring the cast to wonder, "What would Kirk or Picard do?" And though Star Trek: Enterprise doesn't have to adhere to all the elements of the Star Trek canon, it's still part of that rather stuffy universe, which can make it difficult for the show to go beyond simple storytelling. It's entertaining and spins a good yarn, but it sometimes lacks depth.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Star Trek: Enterprise's interstellar race relations reflect issues we deal with in real life. The crew's encounters with new species and races are often marked by suspicion and wariness as both sides attempt to size each other up. Can you see any parallels in America's own history? 

  • In their frequent guest appearances, the famously logic-oriented Vulcans make little effort to hide their disdain for humans. Is there a limit to cross-cultural appreciation? Are there some acts that everyone can agree are unacceptable? What are the benefits of a logic-driven approach to solving problems? Does it always work?

  • What would our world be like if we could travel the universe and visit other planets? Would you be afraid, or would you embrace new ideas and new cultures?

TV details

Premiere date:September 26, 2001
Cast:Connor Trinneer, Jolene Blalock, Scott Bakula
Networks:Syfy, Syndicated
Genre:Science Fiction
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written bywdwndspecialist September 7, 2013

Not for 8 year olds

I'm only here to say the rating by CSM is in no way common sense that an 8 year old should watch this. Other reviewers hit the nail on the head about violence and language being more intense than any other Star Trek series. I also want to note that one of the female characters has two scenes in two episodes where one of her breasts and butt are all but completely exposed.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byJohnny J January 19, 2016

Common Sense Media - Pull Your Socks Up, Please!

I've been watching Enterprise, or as it was entitle from Season 3 onward Star Trek Enterprise, recently, as I missed most of it when it was on TV. First off let's get one thing straight. This show is NOT for kids - this would depend what age you define a "kid", of course, but certainly not every episode is "kid" friendly. I've never agreed with the PG-13 or 12A ratings of the U.S.A. or U.K. respectively. Because people vary so much with what they can handle, in terms of visual content. I believe, in 2016, as we are now, that both the MPAA and BBFC need to be completely disbanded, and new ratings boards ought to take their place. And I believe next up from a PG rating should come a 14 rating. The ratings boards have simply lost the plot these days. On a positive note, it warms my heart when I realize that some people still have some common sense with regard to all this stuff. One thing I've noticed at this site, is it's often the reviews from kids which are the more balanced and sensible ones. Not always, but probably more often than the adult reviews. I've noticed on this site that some of the VERY adult shows/movies will often have some reviews from "kids" which are giving a VERY low age rating. Some of these are probably genuinely from kids hoping to somehow get justification to see more "naughty" material. Most, I believe, are written by adults, who are just being idiots/drunk when they post. I think this site has now reached a point where it needs a little more of a watchful eye, because of this. Onto the show Enterprise, then. As I say, not for kids. Saying this show is suitable for ages 8 and up is MORONIC, "Common Sense Media". Some episodes would no doubt be ok. But most won't - certainly not for YOUNG kids. One of the things I guess some kids are (to a degree) used to, when it comes to visual depictions of violence these days, is seeing a little more blood on injuries than perhaps people a generation ago would have witnessed under the same circumstances. In addition to this, perhaps this newer generation is more used to the camera being at a twisted angle, or shaking when a fist physically impacts against a character's face and such. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that within media in the 21st Century violent acts have their violence enhanced by such things. Camera shake, weird camera angles, quick cut editing, harsh sound effects, and harsh soundtrack sounds all add to the physicological impact of the on-screen violence, and worsen it. Be it in a videogame, a TV show, a movie, or a music video. And 21st century media contains much of this - it's prolific. And riddles entertainment media pf the 21st century like a parasite. My personal tastes aside (I don't see the need for these kind of harsher effects in lower rated/"family" productions/anything aimed even remotely toward kids), there is no denying this. Enterprise uses a lot of the aforementioned things. Injuries and beatings are also fairly often a "15 rated" affair (I was born in the UK). Not all, mind you. As I say, some episodes are more child friendly. One other thing - on aspect of 21st century TV show/movie franchises I LOATHE, is not sticking to ONE age range for the series of movies/TV show. If a show is aimed to be suitable for ages 12 and up, for example - WHY put a couple of episodes in there which aren't suitable unless the viewer is 15/16? It's all about Marketing - and the almighty dollar. And whizzes in the face of familes and society. The respective industries - be they TV, Movie, Music, or Videogame again need tighter control. It's time for parents and kids alike to turn the Sensible Dial up a notch or three, and make these money-grabbers more liable and accountable for the "entertainment" they churn out. Language is also an issue with this show. It's pre-Prime Directive within the Star Trek Universe, no doubt, but the language usage is also very Un-Trek, and overly harsh. Though, as a male, I find T'Pol in her somewhat skimpy decontainment pants attractive, or clingy nightwear visually likewise - you have to ask yourself...is this really very "Trek"? And the (honest) answer, is "not really, no." lol. There are also many mentions of sexuality. And visual depictions of things connected to sexuality. Some of which are very light hearted and dealt with in an nice way. Other times, it's too adult for kids. Basically, they've tried to "adult it up" for this "Star Trek". And have done so in a very callous and calculated way. This show is not aimed at kids. They are not the target audience. Though, I'm sure the Producers of the show loved the extra revenue kids might give them. But my overriding concern with this show would be the depiction of violence, and grotesque imagery - of which there is a considerable amount. It definitely ensures it to be unsuitable for under 14's. But is the show any good? In my opinion, it's FAR too obsessed with time travel elements. And this is another reason why it fails. If you like Star Trek and what it's really about...you will probably not really like this show. Is it abysmally awful? No! But would you care to rewatch most of it? NO! Is it worth a rewatch? Some of it..maybe. Docter Phlox coming out of hibernation was acted brilliant - and is absolutely hilarious. There isn't ENOUGH of this sort of thing. The show is waaay too heavy and serious most of the time! It's ironic, but (likeable though I've always found Bakula - who plays this show's Captain, Archer) you'll probably find the Chief Engineer, Trip, a far more likable character. Archer often doesn't come across as the best Captain, really. One particular episode has him berate Trip - for doing the exact same kind of thing he's previously done several times himself already. Some might say this is WHY he got annoyed. I say "Poppicock!"...it's bad writing, plain and simple. This is why I have to give it two out of five stars. It's the worst of all the Trek series. And I don't believe, strictly speaking, that it really *should* be refered to as Star Trek - I think the Producers were actually correct to just call it Enterprise for this reason. Again, ironically, it's in Season 3 when they decided to attach Star Trek to the title - because this is the least "Star Trek" Season ever produced lol. Oh, well! So, bottom line - not the best show. And don't believe Common Sense Media's "8+ Rating" because it's nonsense! All the best. J
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old April 19, 2013

Enterprise

This is by far the most gory , but best star trek.In the xindi area , there is stabbings, bloodied bodies ,constant gloom and doom,and T'pol makes out with Cmdr.Tucker.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing