Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 4 Episode 22

These Are the Voyages …

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 13, 2005 on UPN
out of 10
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Commander William Riker of the Enterprise-D is torn between his loyalty to Captain Picard and his duty to a former captain. To shed some light on his predicament, Riker visits a holodeck recreation of the final mission of the NX-01 and signing of the Federation Charter.

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  • Not exactly what I expected...

    There're multiple ways they could've chosen to end the series since they knew there wouldn't have been a season 5. I feel that they had planned this episode for this ending even if they had more seasons to give us more background on the dilemma Riker was facing, which may have changed more than a few of these bad reviews.

    My only dislike is that they used Trip's death to invoke a memorable reaction from fans and the fact that the crew besides T'Pol seemed nonchalant after he died. It may have been the fact that they've already attended multiple funerals, so they skipped past all the stages of grief into acceptance and memorials, but I felt as if it didn't happen at all.

    Besides the death, I felt that it was a fitting end to a great Star Trek series that pre-dated the other series. To end the series at the beginning of the start of the Federation is symbolic to say the least and the fact that they left what would happen to crew open on purpose in hopes of a season 5, but I much doubt a season 5 will happen now that so much time has passed.moreless
  • Enterprise didn't deserve this...

    Enterprise is my favourite Star Trek series largely due to the time period it is set in and the relateable crew members. I absolutely love it and was expecting a great finale to do the show justice. Instead we got a finale filled with plot holes and continuity errors... Personally, I thought the finale was too much of a The Next Generation episode and not really centred on the Enterprise crew like it should have been. The main cast should have been allowed to take centre stage in their final episode and made it an episode to remember, for all the right reasons.

    For me, Terra Prime (the amazing penultimate episode) is the finale as it left the series on a hopeful note with the formation of the Federation and Trip/T'Pol's relationship. This finale was just a waste of potential. Very disappointed.moreless
  • Not the voyage they deserved


    The final episode of Enterprise doesn't do the show or characters great justice. Commander Riker of the Next Generation is at an impasse and he must use the Holodeck to make a decision. His choice is to observe Trip's last mission and it happens to be the one shortly before Archer's great speech. The action aboard Enterprise is set 6 years after the previous episode "Terra Prime" it aims to lead viewers right up to the forming of the alliance. The chief concern is how Trip is dealt with. His death is a needless martyrdom against random aliens who are after the blue skinned Shran. It's not believable or logical that he would set up a system that would blow a hole in several bulkheads, killing the aliens and killing himself. Then, just days after he perishes from plasma burns, the crew don't even seem to care that he is dead. Perhaps his death is an allegory for how the series was treated.

    Trip and T'Pols relationship has also been dead for 6 years, nothing has advanced. Even after losing a child together they choose to go their separate ways. This seems rather cold hearted and implausible given the journey we have seen. The rest of the episode is just a jumbled mess with only Shran's daughter's phrase "Thanks Pink Skin" providing laughs. As an episode of saying goodbye to characters it does so by placing Riker as the cook and having the major characters come and talk to him. Most of this discussion is about Trip, but it really does little to help Riker make his decision or help us tip our hats to the characters. There were better ways to say goodbye.

    Season 4 has been a bit of a mess in general. The early stages were interesting with the focus on Vulcans. There are a great number of multipart episodes that serve to save money on sets and actors. I feel that the last true Enterprise mission was probably "The Aenar" which concluded things fairly well with the Romulans. The only thing wrong with that episode is Trip leaving, so perhaps the ending of "Bound" is a good enough way to finish Enterprise. Certainly was not a fan of the "In the Mirror Darkly" episodes which seemed to serve no real purpose other than some kind of technicoloured fan service. Both Terra Firma terrorists episodes were awful too even with Robocop trying to steer the sinking ship. Malcolm, Hoshi, Trip, T'Pol, Travis, Phlox and Archer deserved a better note to finish a good series.moreless
  • This episode is actually a new synonym for pitiful, disastrous, awful, unworthy, disgrace and - well, just -very, very, very bad.

    Being a Star Trek Fan, I had my shares of ups and downs with this franchise, but never in all five (six if you count the animation crap as a part of the series) instalments, were I ever so – well lets call it disappointed, even if it is insufficient.

    I mean who would have thought that such disturbingly bad episodes like Emergence (TNG), Threshold (Voy) or If Wishes Were Horses (DS9) would look good in comparison to this episode. OK, now that you know how I rate this episode, let’s give you some reasons (just a few because going into detail here would fill a novel) why this episode is so appalling and why Rick Berman and Brannon Braga should be dragged out and beaten with the stupidity stick:

    1. Why oh, why did they have to bring back Troy and Ricker? This was supposed to be the end of “Enterprise” and not TNG. And why place this episode back at the 7th season of TNG. Frakes and Sirtis are now 11 years older, and I am sorry to say, but they also look it, making it total unbelievable that this episode fits into the right timeframe. And a holodeck episode as a series finale?!? I mean – honestly, could it be more pathetic?

    2. Why build up the relationship between Tucker and T’Pol in Terra Prime just to dismiss it completely one episode later.

    3. Why let Tucker die? His death was absolutely meaningless, stupid and no to mention illogical. I mean - honestly – Brannon, Rick, do you believe that the audience is so retarded that we would not notice, the lack of security officers on the ship allowing the pirates to enter the ship without any resistance and without being shoot at before docking?

    4. Continuation errors: OK, Trip is dead but he still talks to chef, aka Ricker??? And why aren’t T’Pol and Archer more upset about it?

    I could go on and on, but writing about this episode is actually very painful. I just want to forget about it. For me “These Are the Voyages...” is just a very bad nightmare and Enterprise ended with Terra Prime. And to quote a famous filmmaker: “Shame on you Mr. Berman and shame on you Mr. Braga!!!”

  • Don't watch it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Like most people I hated the last episode and wish I have never seen it!!! But I just found out there is a book out call "Good That Men DoThe by Andy Mangels, Michael A. Martin" and fixes everything that was so so wrong with that last episode!!! I haven't read it yet so I hope its good!!!!
Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Lt. Malcolm Reed

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock

Sub-Commander T'Pol

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Linda Park

Linda Park

Ensign Hoshi Sato

Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery

Ensign Travis Mayweather

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Deanna Troi

Guest Star

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

William Riker

Guest Star

Jasmine Jessica Anthony

Jasmine Jessica Anthony

Shran's Daughter

Guest Star

Jeffrey Combs

Jeffrey Combs


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Archer: You better get out there. You don't want to miss me screwing this thing up.
      T'Pol: I'm going to remain here, if you don't mind.
      Archer: You never were one for crowds, were you?
      (Archer turns and begins walking up the stairs to deliver his speech)
      T'Pol: You look...very heroic.
      (Archer turns, hesitates, and walks back down to hug T'Pol, then walks back up the stairs with T'Pol watching him leave)

    • Riker: I think I'm ready to talk to Captain Picard. I should've done it a long time ago.
      Troi: So I guess we're through here.
      Riker: I guess we are. Computer, end program.

    • Trip: Been a hell of a run, Malcolm. I never thought it would come to an end.
      Malcolm: All good things...

    • (Final words of Star Trek: Enterprise)
      Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It's continuing mission...
      Captain James Tiberius Kirk: explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations...
      Captain Jonathan Archer: ... to boldly go where no man has gone before.

    • Data: (voice only, over the comm) Data to Counselor Troi.
      Troi: Yes, Data.
      Data: I was wondering if now would be a good time to continue our discussion on the long term effects of space travel on my positronic net.
      Troi: Data, can I give you a rain check?
      Data: You may check me for rain if you wish counselor, but I assure you that I have no water in my---
      Troi: (giggling) I'll get back to you.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer), Jolene Blalock (Sub-Commander/Commander T'Pol) and Connor Trinneer (Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III) are the only actors to appear in every episode of Enterprise.

    • Sound clips of William Shatner (Kirk) and Patrick Stewart (Picard) are used in the final scene.

    • Brent Spiner (Data) has a minor off-screen speaking role.

    • Jeffrey Combs (Commander Shran), Gary Graham (Ambassador Soval) and Matt Winston (Daniels) are the only actors, besides the regulars, to appear in all four seasons.

    • NASA astronaut Mike Fincke plays an NX-01 engineer in one scene.

    • In the auditorium scene, people that can be seen in the crowd are showrunner Manny Coto as an admiral, writer Andre Bormanis in a civilian suit, writer Garfield Reeves-Stevens in a Starfleet jumpsuit, his wife Judith in a futuristic civilian dress, and editor of Star Trek Communicator magazine Larry Nemecek in a suit with his hair slicked back.

    • Star Trek: Enterprise is the first Star Trek series since the animated that does not end with a two-part episode.


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