The Enterprise-F has made her appearance in the ninth episode of Star Trek: Picard. This continues the trend of starships bearing the name Enterprise in the Star Trek universe. While it was hinted that the Enterprise-F would be appearing in this series, just exactly how, when, and why was unknown. If you haven’t seen the ninth episode, entitled Vox, of Star Trek: Picard, stop reading to avoid spoilers and go watch the episode on Paramount+ (you won’t regret it). If you have seen it or just don’t care, check out what is known about the Enterprise-F below.
Admiral Picard on the bridge of the USS Titan – Star Trek: Picard
The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-F is an Odyssey-class starship. This was the eighth ship in Starfleet to carry the name Enterprise. It was launched in 2386 and remained in service for 15 years. By the time of Star Trek: Picard, it was set for an early decommissioning after critical systems were compromised during “the Monfette Gambit.” These were the rescue efforts for the Raillian refugees on Fenton IV. The final flight of the Enterprise-F was scheduled to be for Frontier Day, as seen in Vox.
The Enterprise-F was initially drawn by a fan named Adam Ilhe as part of a contest back in 2011. It originally appeared in Star Trek Online before making the leap to the series. The 3D model model of the ship was rebuilt by Thomas Marrone and then the Picard VFX utilized it for Star Trek: Picard. Here is graphic released by Dave Blass showing more details about the Enterprise-F:
In the ninth episode of Star Trek: Picard, the Enterprise-F is under the command of Admiral Elizabeth Shelby. Elizabeth Dennehy returned to Star Trek to portray the character that was originally seen as Lt. Commander Shelby in Star Trek: The Next Generation in both parts of The Best of Both Worlds. The most recent time Shelby appeared in Star Trek was in Star Trek: Lower Decks where she appeared as the rank a Captain.
In Vox, Shelby makes an inspirational speech about the birth of Starfleet as the Enterprise-F made its way out of the Spacedock surrounded by fireworks. The speech came right before the Borg ended up attacking the new Enterprise-F and the rest of the Starfleet.
Right after the moment of celebration, the Borg made their new attack on the fleet. It appeared that Shelby didn’t survive the attack, however, stranger things have happened. With one more episode left in the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard, fans won’t have to wait long to see if Shelby makes a return.
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