STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE had a grand
idea behind of doing a prequel show showing the first days leading to the formation of the Federation (starting in 2151 AD),
but it's execution sometimes left much to be desired. The first season had some
great episodes (THE ANDORIAN INCIDENT, FUSION, FALLEN HERO, DESERT CROSSING, TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS, SHOCKWAVE Part One),
but also some moments (and episodes) weren't that good (like T'Pol saying the Captain needs to have sex soon in FALLEN HERO).
The second season is an improvement over season one, but the third and fourth seasons are even better (with the fourth season
being the best of the series). Scott Bakula leads the way as Captain Archer of
the first starship called Enterprise. His second in command is Vulcan Officer T'Pol (Jolene Blalock). Her interactions with Trip (aka Commander Tucker) are more interesting now since I now where it will all
lead in later seasons. The prequel series did have interesting spins on the logical
Vulcans while breathing life into the Andorians. Still the Ferengi episode
(ACQUISTION) proves only STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE can do the Ferengi justice (with well written stories about them). It is interesting to see how the first season of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE
came as a result of compromises as the production team fought to get the show the way they wanted even if it wasn’t
the version they originally planned.
The Blu-ray set has all of the deleted
scenes form the DVD set in addition to the old extras with some new extras. Many
of the deleted scenes aren't that thrilling, but I do love the deleted scenes from SHUTTLEPOD ONE and FALLEN HERO.
DISC 1 has a mix of new and old extras:
IN CONVERSATION: RICK BERMAN AND BRANNON
BRAGA (HD)- this new one hour conversation with the creators of ENTERPRISE covers the origins of the show, the ups and downs
of making it when the heads of the network weren’t quite getting it, Manny Coto, the death of Captain Kirk in STAR TREK:
GENERATIONS and the death of Data in STAR TREK: NEMESIS (it was in Bent Spiner’s contract), the two parter episode William
Shatner wanted to write involving Captain Kirk which didn’t happen (Shatner wanted too much money), and how they felt
the show should have been on longer than four seasons.
The Network and Syndication Presentations
are included on the set including a Cast Introduction
New Audio Commentary for BROKEN BOW with
Brannon Braga, James L. Conway, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, and Dan Curry
Material imported from the DVD set includes
An audio commentary for BROKEN BOW by Brannon
Braga and Rick berman
Text Commentary for BROKEN BOW by Mike
and Denise Okuda
Deleted scenes for BROKEN BOW and FIGHT
CREATING ENTERPRISE goes into the
origins of why a prequel series was made and how they approached various aspects of the show.
O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN: A PROFILE OF SCOTT
BAKULA has his fellow actors (and the crew) giving praise for Scott and how easy he is to get along with.
NX-01 FILE 02
DISC 2 has old extras from the DVD set:
Text commentary for THE ANDORIAN INCIDENT
by Mike and Denise Okuda
CAST IMPRESSIONS: SEASON ONE has
the cast of the show talking about their characters and how they were cast.
ENTERPRISE SECRETS shows how lighting effects
on the warp core are created (and the magic behind the replicators).
Deleted Scene from UNEXPECTED
Audio commentary for SILENT ENEMY by Andre
Bormanis and Dan Curry
Deleted Scene from SLEEPING DOGS
Old featurettes from the DVD set-
STAR TREK TIME TRAVEL: TEMPORAL COLD WARS
AND BEYOND has Berman and Braga blaming UPN/Paramount for insisting on the temporal
cold war storyline (which they felt would have been better as its own series).
Actor Vaughn Armstrong sings again before
he talks about playing Admiral Forrest and a Klingon in ADMIRAL FORREST TAKES CENTER STAGE
Two new audio commentaries:
SHADOWS OF P’JEM by Mike Sussman
and Phyllis Strong
SHUTTLEPOD ONE by Brannon Braga, David
Livingston, Connor Trinnear, and Dominic Keating
Old DVD extras-
INSIDE SHUTTLEPOD ONE is a look at the
character driven episode, SHUTTLEPOD ONE
NX-01 FILE 01
NX-01 FILE 03
Deleted Scene from SHUTTLEPOD ONE
ON THE SET- an unaired episode from the
ON THE SET TV series which takes viewers behind-the-scenes of VOX SOLA.
Old DVD Extras-
ENTERPRISE OUTTAKES is one of the best
extras form the original DVD set
Text Commentary for VOX SOLA by Mike and
Deleted Scenes from OASIS and FALLEN HERO
TO BOLDY GO: LAUNCHING ENTERPRISE-
PART 1: COUNTDOWN- Berman and Braga
reveal some of the challenges they had in making the new series as they discuss why they had to add the Temporal Cold War
and how they originally wanted to set half of season one on Earth
PART 2: BOARDING THE NX-01- casting and
production design with some great stories from the cast on how they were cast
PART 3: FIRST FLIGHT- Berman and Braga
talk about how some episodes were great and some episodes were terrible plus Braga
lays the blame on himself that he didn’t try hard enough to get writers for the show
Deleted Scenes from TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS
and SHOCKWAVE Part 1
Old DVD featurette:
CLEBRATING STAR TREK- a visit to a Star
Trek convention in Las Vegas.
FINAL ANALYSIS: STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE is an underrated Star Trek prequel series
which had some bumps in the first season, but it had the best first season out of any the Star Trek series produced during
the 1987 to 2004 period when Star Trek was in continuous production for TV whether it was one series or another. The video presentation for Blu-ray is a little better than the DVD presentation, but it doesn’t give
that telltale difference you see between DVD and Blu-ray for newer shows filmed in HD that were shot in the years since ENTERPRISE
went off the air in 2005. The new extras give a great look back at the series.
This Blu-ray review is (c)3-28-2013 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to firstname.lastname@example.org