We’re looking at three of the scariest villains from Star Trek: Enterprise this Halloween.
Star Trek: Enterprise is not a show you think of when you think of horror or Halloween. It’s a show about adventure and world-building. This is the prequel, if you will, to the entire history of Star Trek. It’s as much about what will happen as it is about what has happened. It’s not a show that has too many spooks and frights.
That said, they do have some episodes with high anxiety and even some that dance into horror, like “Impulse”, where the crew is besieged by aggressive Vulcans, and Regeneration, where Borg from First Contact are discovered and begin running amok.
So while they don’t have the same roster of scary characters as other shows, Enterprise does have some that really make your skin crawl.
This Halloween we’re looking at the scariest characters from Star Trek: Enterprise
Vosk is the leader of the Na’kuhl, who based on their look alone will give you a fright. They look like pale vampires, with red eyes. They also sound like they’re named after a J.R.R. Tolkien race of orcs. So again, scary. Then you add the fact that they’re Nazis to the conversation, and they become the “winners” for the scariest alien race in Enterprise and maybe all of Star Trek. Vampire-orc-Nazis? Yeah, I’m scared.
John Frederick Paxton
Played wonderfully by Peter Weller (RoboCop), John Fedrick Paxton was the leader of the Terra Prime hate group, who tried to prove that humans belonged on their own and not intermingling with other species. Considering the real-world issues going on, especially in the United States, this rings very close to real-world events; nearly 20 years after first airing.
When you start trying to push for genetic manipulation of people, you’re very rarely in the right. Arik Soong believed that genetic engineering was right and should be pursued, despite the Eugenics Wars. His blatant and obvious obsession with the idea again contrasts real-world issues, where scientists are constantly pushing the boundaries of common sense all for the ability to discover something that maybe we shouldn’t.