You know what? It’s been a long road, getting from there to here.

These are the Voyages…

Cast & Crew

Director: Allan Kroeker

Written By: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga

Starring
Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Charles “Trip” Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery as Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Hoshi Sato
John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi
Jonathan Frakes as Cmdr. William Riker
Jeffrey Combs as Shran
Jonathan Schmock as Alien
Solomon Burke, Jr. as Ensign
Jef Ayres as Med Tech
Jasmine Anthony as Talla

Episode Information

Originally Aired: May 13, 2004
Season: Four (Finale)
Episode: Twenty-Two
Production: 098
Special: Series Finale

What Happened

Six years in the future, an emotional Captain Archer and the crew return to Earth to face the decommission of Enterprise and signing of the Federation charter, ratifying the newly-formed alliance of planets they helped forge.

Review

While I won’t call it “appalling,” Blalock has a point. One hour and a half-ass script does not a series finale make. At least TNG, DS9, and Voyage all had an epic “it’s all or nothing” feeling to them. Were all the actors willing to play Klingons busy that day? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Berman and Braga couldn’t let this one go quietly. No they just had to screw with it one more time.

High Point

  • Always love to see Shran.
  • The final “These are the voyages…” montage with three Enterprises.

Low Points

  • Where’s the epic conflict? The tension and drama? This is the finale you know?
  • All that crap about the speech and we never get to hear it?
  • Space thugs? We lose a major character fighting off space thugs?
  • One hour? One freaking hour!? That’s it?

The Scores

Originality: Nice spin on retelling the story from “The Pegasus.” Would have been nicer to use something else though. 4 out of 6.

Effects: Just a few firefights. Since there’s the a lack of scale here, nothing big is going to happen. 4 out of 6

Story: This is the SERIES FINALE. Why are we wasting time with petty thugs and kiddie rescues? Why not have the Klingons start a war or something. Anything. 4 out of 6.

Acting: Shran is fun as always and most of the cast puts their all into this one. 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: There’s some great nostalgic moments, but they seem to be eclipsed by the rage I feel about all the things that went wrong. 3 out of 6.

Production: What we do see of the Next Gen sets looks very cool and very well done. The other sets are equally sharp. 6 out of 6

Overall: Not much of a finale. 3 out of 6

Total: 29 out of 42

Next Time on Enterprise

Nothing. Nothing at all. Sigh.