Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)
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First Flight 

After his close friend and colleague A.G. Robinson is killed in a mountain climbing accident, Captain Archer tells T'Pol about the Warp 2 test flight almost ten years earlier.


LeVar Burton


Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Scott Bakula ... Commander / Captain Jonathan Archer
John Billingsley ... Dr. Phlox (credit only)
Jolene Blalock ... Sub-Commander T'Pol
Dominic Keating ... Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (credit only)
Anthony Montgomery ... Ensign Travis Mayweather (credit only)
Linda Park ... Ensign Hoshi Sato
Connor Trinneer ... Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III
Brigid Brannagh ... Ruby
Vaughn Armstrong ... Commodore Maxwell Forrest
Keith Carradine ... A.G. Robinson
Michael Canavan ... Vulcan
Victor Bevine ... Flight Controller
John Moody John Moody ... Security Officer (as John B. Moody)


Enterprise receives word that Captain A.G. Robinson died in an accident. Archer and T'Pol take a shuttle to confirm a dark matter nebula that has yet to be discovered. Enroute to the nebula, Archer recalls the beginnings of Starfleet's NX program, including an unauthorized adventure with Robinson, Tucker and himself. Written by Meribor

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Release Date:

14 May 2003 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This takes place in 2143, October 2150 and March 2153. See more »


In the flashback sequences, Forrest has only one pip on his uniform, which should indicate that he is an Admiral, yet several times he is referred to as "Commodore". By the time the NX-01 is ready to be commissioned he has three pips and is referred to as a Commodore. Unlike an Admiral's rank, there are no degrees of the rank of Commodore - only one. Realistically, Forrest should have been an Admiral at the time of the NX test. Considering that there were still two more iterations of the ship to be built before the NX-01 (including the "Delta" which is the model flown by young Jonathan, with the full-size version appearing in the opening visuals of each show). This would have taken years, providing ample time for Admiral Forrestto attain the rank of Commodore. Another incongruency is the rank of the four NX test pilots. If they had the rank of Captain during the original NX tests, years would have passed before the NX-01 was launched, giving Archer and the others a good five years during which they should have advanced. This indicates an error on the part of the writers as to military rank. It is quite common for test pilots to have an Air Force rank of Captain, but in the Navy (which is the metaphor for Star Fleet), this is the equivalent of Lieutenant. By all rights, the NX pilots should have been Lieutenants with one pip, not Captains with three pips. See more »


Commander Jonathan Archer: NX Beta to Commodore Forrest. You might wanna check your sensors. You'll see we're holding steady at 2.5.
Commodore Maxwell Forrest: Congratulations. Now get the hell back here!
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References Star Trek: Tomorrow Is Yesterday (1967) See more »


Prototype Crash
Written by Paul Baillargeon
Performed by Paul Baillargeon
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29 March 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although I hate flashback episodes, this one is pleasant and worth seeing. As T'Pol and Archer are on some mundane (but pretty) mission, Archer talks about his old friend, A.G. Robinson (Keith Carradine)--as he's just received word that the guy died. The story goes back about a decade before Enterprise is launched. At that time, Archer and Robinson are test pilots and they're working on a warp engine program. At first the pair are rivals and go through a stupid macho fist fight (the low point of the show) but later team up to work on the project--which is a problem as the Vulcans have convinced the humans to put this warp project on hold.

This is a decent but not great episode of the show. However, while I complained about the fight, I did really like the very final line by T'Pol--it was actually rather sweet.

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