The voyage continues for the brave first crew of the Enterprise. It’s a bit disheartening as modern audiences (such as me) discover what a good show it was (although still some clunker episodes) now that the voyage is over. Paramount/CBS also ponies up some excellent special features to help tell the behind-the-scenes tales of why Enterprise stopped boldly going.The NX-01 Enterprise is commanded by Capt. Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) crewed by chief engineer Charles “Trip” Tucker III (Connor Trinneer), tactical 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).
I guess you’d say that the captain and crew of Enterprise are more seasoned, but they’re still experiencing growing pains and finding their sea legs (space legs?) - Both in the show and in broadcasting. Enterprise actually starts to get better as it does along thanks to the fine cast, led by Bakula.
There are quite the few good episodes that turn up in this second season, far outnumbering some of the middling ones though they’re still there. What is just as fascinating as the growing affection for the fictional characters is the behind-the-scenes stuff recounted in the special features. The show was rushed into production just to have some Trek on the air and the revelations of original plans (set on Earth, focusing on building ship, and season ending with launch) sound more appealing.
If only there had been some breathing room after Voyager, but we can’t cry over spilt milk. However, those that missed the show the first time are now finding it and discovering its quality shining through. This set only cements my own growing admiration for Bakula and what could’ve been as well as the quality of the show that shown through even with network tampering.
Episodes: Shockwave: Part 2, Carbon Creek, Minefield, Dead Stop, A Night in Sickbay, Marauders, The Seventh, The Communicator, Singularity, Vanishing Point, Precious Cargo, The Catwalk, Dawn, Stigma, Cease Fire, Future Tense, Canamar, The Crossing, Judgment, Horizon, The Breach, Cogenitor, Regeneration, First Flight, Bounty, and The Expanse
Enterprise is presented in 1080p (1.78:1). Special features include on disc one include commentaries on “Carbon Creek” (co-writer Chris Black and Mike and Denise Okuda) and “Dead Stop” (writers Michael Sussman and Phyllis Strong), a 1 minute deleted scene for “Minefield,” a 24 second “Season Two promo,” the 19 minute archival “Enterprise Moments: Season Two” highlighting a selection of episodes, a 14 minute archival Profile of Jolene Blalock, and the newly produced 93 minute “In Conversation: The First Crew” that reunites the cast and Brannon Braga to dish on the show.
Disc two has 4 minutes of deleted scenes for “A Night in Sickbay” as well as an 11 minute “Mission Log” about the same episode. Disc three has a text commentary for “Stigma,” deleted scenes for “Stigma” (1 minute) and “Dawn” (1 minute), 5 minutes of Archival Interviews about “Stigma,” and a photo gallery. Disc four has a 1 minute deleted scene from “Cease Fire,” a 17 minute archival Mission Log on “Future Tense,” and the 5 minute archival “Enterprise Secrets” with asst. director David Trotti.
Disc five has audio commentaries for “Regeneration” (actors Billingsley and Bonita Fredericy, who are married, and cowriters Sussman and Strong) and “First Flight” (a text one as well as from writer Chris Black and the Okudas), a 7 minute profile of LeVar Burton’s directorial work on Enterprise, and 11 minutes of outtakes.
Disc six has 5 minutes of deleted scenes from “The Expanse,” the 3 minute “File 04” has Bakula recalling set visits, the 3 minute “File 05” looks at Hoshi, the 2 minute “File 06” features Montgomery recalling the show, and the newly produced 90 minute (three part) “Uncharted Territory” about what went right and wrong with Enterprise.
By all accounts Enterprise wouldn’t start gelling until season three. I can’t wait to get to that one, fingers crossed, but it’s been a pleasure to discover what I missed. Too bad I couldn’t have added one more voice to the ratings in the day so that Enterprise might’ve kept sailing. Guess it wouldn’t have made a difference, but I’m discovering what a quality show it was.
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