This release adds Star Trek before the title but Enterprise was seen as the series that started it all since it was set before the time period of when James T. Kirk captained a starship called Enterprise. Fans may debate the show, but it did have a good moment or two. Some Trek on TV is better than no Trek on TV I’d wager.
In the year 2151, some 88 years after Zephram Cochrane (James Cromwell) broke the warp barrier and came to the attention of a passing Vulcan cruiser; mankind is itching to try out their first warp 5 engine. Capt. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) has a personal stake in the matter since his father spent 30 years designing the engine and didn’t live to see it launched. The Vulcans think mankind immature and hasn’t given them any help boldly going anywhere.
When a Klingon crashes on Earth, Starfleet wants to return the unconscious alien back to his home world giving them an opportunity to launch the Enterprise NX-01. The Vulcans object of course, but Archer wins the battle but has to crew up the Enterprise for the voyage including chief engineer Charles “Trip” Tucker III (Connor Trinneer), tactial officer Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating), communications officer Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), helmsman Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery), alien Dr. Phlox (John Billingsley), and Vulcan science officer T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) whom the crew eyes suspiciously. These are their further voyages…
Disc one includes episodes Broken Bow, Fight or Flight, and Strange New World. Disc two has Unexpected, Terra Nova, The Andorian Incident, Breaking the Ice, and Civilization. Disc three has Fortunate Son, Cold Front, Silent Enemy, and Sleeping Dogs. Disc four has Shadows of P’Jem, Shuttlepod One, Fusion, Rogue Planet and Acquisition. Disc five has Oasis, Detained, Vox Sola, Fallen Hero, and Desert Crossing. Disc six has Two Days and Two Nights and Shockwave, Part 1.
I was not around for the original series, but I caught them all in reruns. I did board the Next Generation from the start and stayed till it ended. I did a little time on Deep Space Nine, but never boarded Voyager or Enterprise. Producer Rick Berman and writer Brannon Braga had been on several shows and Braga especially was running dry. That was until Berman came up with a concept that interested Braga, Star Trek in the mud as it were.
The original idea would be that the entire first season would take place on Earth as they built the starship, sadly this didn’t’ happen. They would set the show before the original series and show how mankind went into space for the first time. Good for B&B, but the studio wanted a future show well beyond Next Generation.
A compromise was reached but that may have been part of the problem. Many blame the two gents mentioned as the demise of Star Trek on television, but it may just be franchise fatigue combined with a gradually unsupportive network (some of the stories about wanting a different boy band in the galley each week are horrifying).
I may be going into the future myself because UPN was very supportive with season one. Scott Bakula has genre cred and makes a compelling captain. However many of the episodes are either poor or have a sense of déjà vu. I will say that I did enjoy these adventures but some more than others (Broken Bow and Dear Doctor) come to mind. I didn’t even mind the theme song too much… well, after a while it does grate.
Enterprise is presented in a 1080p transfer (1.78:1) and is the first show produced in high definition. The transfer is decent, but don’t expect the digital scrubbing and care that was given to Next Generation. Even though it is the “first” adventure, Paramount knows that NG will sell better.
Special features on disc one include the new 63 minute “In Conversation with Rick Berman and Brannon Braga” where the two break down the gestation of Enterprise and what worked and what didn’t, from the DVD set are a 2 minute cast introduction, a 3 minute “Network Presentation,” a 3 minute “Syndication Presentation,” the 11 minute “Creating Enterprise,” the 9 minute “O Captain, My Captain” profiling Bakula, that the 2 minute “NX-01 File 02” about designing a Klingon model.
“Broken Bow” contains a Okuda text commentary, 3 minutes of deleted scenes, a commentary from Braga and Berman from the old DVD, and a brand new commentary from Braga, director James L. Conway, visual effects supervisor Dan Curry, and actors Trinneer and Keating.
“Fight or Flight” has 2 minutes of deleted scenes. Disc two contains the 12 minute “Cast Impressions” where cast speak about their characters and the 2 minute “Enterprise secrets.” “Unexpected” has a 1 minute deleted scene. “The Andorian Incident” has a text commentary. On disc three, “Silent Enemy” has a commentary from Curry and writer Andre Bormains and “Sleeping Dogs” has a 1 minute deleted scene. Disc four has the 3 minute NX-01 File 01 about the “Shadows of P’Jem” and the 5 minute “NX-01 File 3 is about some of the visual effects. “Shuttlepod One” has a 8 minute making of, a 6 minute deleted scene, and a commentary with Braga, director David Livingston, and Trineer and Keating.
“Shadows of P’Jem” also gets a commentary from co-writers Mike Sussam and Phyllis Strong. Disc five has a 28 minute on set tour and a 9 minute gag reel. “Oasis” gets a 3 minute deleted scene, “Vox Sola” gets a text commentary, and “Fallen Hero” gets a 2 minute deleted scene. Disc six gets the new 90 minute “To Boldly Go” that looks back at Enterprise and the 15 minute “Celebrating Star Trek” about conventions. “Two Days and Two Nights” gets a 1 minute deleted scene and “Shockwave” gets a 1 minute deleted scene.
Enterprise has some good points, but mostly it never hits warp drive. It also puts forward a recurring temporal plot that really goes… well that would be telling. Expect more effort put into the special features, which are excellent, than in re-mastering the image for Blu-ray.
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