This Day in Television History – March 3rd, 2004 – Star Trek: Enterprise’s “Azati Prime”

In the midst of trying to stop a superweapon destined to destroy Earth, the Enterprise faces a brutal attack from its deadly foe.

“Azati Prime” is the 18th episode of the 3rd season of Star Trek: Enterprise. Written by Manny Coto (with story by Coto with Rick Berman and Brannon Braga) and directed by Allan Kroeker, it first aired on UPN on March 3rd, 2004.

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The Enterprise is wrecked by a brutal Xindi attack. Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

The episode continues the Xindi arc which spans the 3rd season of the show—this arc involves the Enterprise in a dangerous region of space to stop a superweapon that could destroy Earth. That superweapon is found in this episode. But, when Captain Archer himself tries to go on a suicide mission to stop it, he is whisked to a distant future to show the importance of surviving his mission. Soon after, the Enterprise of the “present” is savagely attacked by Xindi ships.

The episode portrays the Enterprise-J as seen in a potential future of the 26th century. “Azati Prime” is notable for an action scene where the NX-01 Enterprise (the current one of this series) is heavily damaged, as shown by external CGI along with trashed sets and injured crew. The episode ends in a cliffhanger, and from here on out, each episode of the season continues into the next through the 3rd season finale and into the 4th season premiere.

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