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Enterprise (note the absence of the words "Star Trek") is the 5th incarnation of Star Trek on television. It is a prequel to the other Star Trek series. The show begins in 2151, about halfway between the events shown in the movie Star Trek: First Contact and the original Star Trek series; and roughly 100 years before Kirk and Spock took command of their Enterprise.

The show chronicles the adventures and exploration of the first human interstellar ship which can achieve Warp 5. It is aptly named "Enterprise" (NX-01). Many die hard Trekkers were upset by this name and other elements of the show at the beginning, explaining that they violated canon.

Some see Enterprise as an attempt to move Star Trek away from the political correctness of recent series towards a more traditional action adventure. The casting of a white male as captain, the captain's preference for unilateral action, the introduction of the Suliban[?] as the stereotypical 'bad guys', and even the dropping of the words 'Star Trek' are seen as distancing the new series from the others.

One newspaper writer compared Star Trek's shift to the right with the right-wing administration of George W. Bush and his War on Terrorism. For example, some claim that Captain Archer and George W. Bush share a similar appearance, and the names of their respective enemies, the Suliban[?] and the Taliban, are similar. However, these are coincidences since the production work for Enterprise occurred well before the September 11 attacks.

Enterprise premiered in the USA on September 26, 2001, and is currently airing.

The split infinitive "To boldly go . . ." was "corrected" to "To go boldly . . ." by Zefram Cochrane, the Creator of the new warp drive, in the first episode.

The series' theme tune, a quasi-patriotic pop song, has been widely commented upon unfavourably.

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See also : Star Trek

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