This Day in Television History – March 27th, 2002 – Star Trek: Enterprise’s “Acquisition” Airs

The Enterprise is taken over by a mysterious alien race (but one familiar to longtime Star Trek fans) in an episode that aired 15 years ago today.

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The Ferengi troll the Bridge, with its command crew knocked out. Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

“Acquisition” is the 19th episode of the 1st season of Star Trek: Enterprise. Written by Maria Jacquemetton & André Jacquemetton (with story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga) and directed by James Whitmore, Jr. , it first aired on UPN on March 27th, 2002.

The crew of the Enterprise has been knocked out at Earth’s first Warp 5 ship is boarded by aliens who come onboard to plunder the ship–and its crew.  The only one still conscious is Commander Tucker, who must help to save the Enterprise himself.

The Ferengi make their first appearance in Enterprise, with the race dating back to the beginning episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The three Ferengi are played by Star Trek alums: Jeffrey Combs (who also played another Ferengi, Brunt, on Deep Space Nine), Ethan Phillips (Neelix on Star Trek: Voyager) and Clint Howard (Balok in the original series episode, “The Corbomite Maneuver”). The Ferengi also use the energy whips they used into their introduction episode of Next Generation.

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