10 Darkest Star Trek: Enterprise Moments

Humanity could've never predicted the horrors that awaited them in deep space.

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In Star Trek: Enterprise, humanity got its first look at deep space, and learned that the cosmos can be both beautiful and horrifying.

The 22nd century was a time where humankind experienced the rest of the galaxy for the first time. They were still learning. They made a lot of mistakes on the way and went through some real hardships.

In this list we're going to look at ten of the darkest and most disturbing moments of Starfleet's early explorations of the galaxy aboard Captain Archer's Enterprise. The NX-01 crew experienced multiple wars and made first contact with countless alien civilizations. Over the course of their mission, they went through some truly awful things, and some of them even committed real atrocities.

10. The Murdered Axanar Crew

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After their trip to Qo'noS in the first episode, the Enterprise spent two uneventful weeks in deep space without making first contact with any new alien societies. They finally encountered a new species in Fight Or Flight, but what they found showed them how horrific things can get in the final frontier.

They found an alien ship adrift in space, unresponsive to hails, and decided to board it to offer assistance to any survivors that may remain.

A boarding crew explored the alien vessel, searching for clues to what happened to them, when Sato looked to her side and suddenly let out a blood-curdling scream. The others looked over and saw the bodies of the alien crew hanging upside, being drained of fluid by some alien contraption.

Later, we learned that the crew were being harvested for the triglobulin in their bodies by another species. The Enterprise was eventually able to team up with them to defeat these space vampires, but Fight Or Flight gave the crew a brilliant introduction to the horrors that awaited them on their long road from there to here.

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Marcia Fry is a writer for WhatCulture and an amateur filmmaker.