"These Are the Voyages...
" is the series finale
of the UPN
American science fiction
television show Star Trek: Enterprise
. The 22nd episode of the fourth season and the 98th of the series overall, it first aired on May 13, 2005, in the United States. The story takes place concurrently with the Star Trek: The Next Generation
episode "The Pegasus
", set in the year 2370, in which Commander William Riker
grapples with making a difficult admission to his commanding officer
about a cover-up. Riker visits the holodeck
and turns to the events of the 22nd century for guidance, where the crew of Star Trek: Enterprise
travels home to Earth for the signing of the Articles of Federation and formation of the United Federation of Planets
. After a strong premiere, Enterprise
had grappled with declining ratings throughout its run. By the fourth season, fewer than three million viewers tuned in each week despite what some fans and critics considered an increase in episode quality. The episode features guest stars Jonathan Frakes
, Marina Sirtis
, and Jeffrey Combs
, as well as a vocal cameo from Brent Spiner
. With no new Star Trek
episodes in the fall of 2005, the 2005-2006 season was the first year without a first-run Star Trek
in 18 years. Reaction to "These Are the Voyages..." was negative. Critics and cast alike believed The Next Generation
frame robbed the characters and their fans closure, and that the death of Trip Tucker
felt forced and unnecessary.
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