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STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE Season Two

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  1112 minutes (26 episodes on six discs), three part making-of documentary, series creators’ interview, season 2 preview, audio commentaries, text commentaries, deleted scenes

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, German 5.1, Italian 5.1, French Stereo Surround, Castilian Stereo Surround, Japanese Stereo Surround

Subtitles: English SDH, French, German, Castilian, Italian, Japanese, Danish, dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

 

STUDIO: Paramount/ CBS Blu-ray

RELEASE DATE:  8-20-2013

 

DISC 1:  SHOCKWAVE Part 2/ CARBON CREEK/ MINEFIELD/ DEAD STOP

DISC 2:  A NIGHT IN SICKBAY/ MARAUDERS/ THE SVENTH/ THE COMMUNICATOR/ SINGULARITY

DISC 3:  VANISHING POINT/ PRECIOUS CARGO/ THE CATWALK/ DAWN/ STIGMA

DISC 4:  CEASE FIRE/ FUTURE TENSE/ CANAMAR/ THE CROSSING/ JUDGMENT

DISC 5:  HORIZON/ THE BREACH/ COGENITOR/ REGENERATION/ FIRST FLIGHT

DISC 6: BOUNTY/ THE EXPANSE/ Uncharted Territory retrospective documentary

ANALYSIS:

Season 2 was speeding ahead at Warp 2 with improvements over season 1. The first glimpse of Romulan ships in MINEFIELD. Plenty of Vulcan-centric episodes like CARBON CREEK, THE SEVENTH (which looks a little into T'Pol's past), STIGMA (mind melders are shunned and T'Pol's career is in danger when Vulcan doctors discover that she has a disease linked to mind melders), and CEASE FIRE (the Vulcan conflict with Andorians continue). COGENITOR offers one reason why the Prime Directive was eventually formed. The corrupt Klingon justice system is shown in JUDGMENT while FIRST FLIGHT has Archer tell a story about his past in the Warp flight test program and REGENERATION features the Borg.  THE CATWALK is one of the most interesting episodes of the season as the first half doesn't rely on any conflict with aliens. The Temporal Cold War continues on in the season opener, FUTURE TENSE, and the season finale (THE EXPANSE) which sets up a season long arc for season three.

 

Watching this show again after so many years make the best season two episodes glow while the crappy ones like PREVIOUS CARGO are still stinkers.  The quality of the video and audio is excellent on blu-ray. 

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

DISC 1- IN CONVERSATION: THE FIRST CREW (HD- 93 minutes)-

The cast, guest actor Jeffrey Coombs, and Brannon Braga talk about the series as Braga apologizes for the series finale, how the show keeps getting discovered by the fans since it went off the air, and where the show might have went in season five (if it wasn’t cancelled).

 

CARBOBN CREEK audio commentary by Chris Black and Mike & Denise Okuda

Season 2 Promo

 

Ported over from DVD set-

DEAD STOP audio commentary (2005) by Michael Sussman and Phyllis Strong

 

ENTERPRISE MOMENTS: SEASON TWO has the cast and writers talk about CARBON CREEK, SHOCKWAVE (Part 2), DEAD STOP, VANISHING POINT, THE CATWALK, FUTURE TENSE (the original plot idea is similar to a season four episode), BOUNTY, FIRST FLIGHT, and THE EXPANSE.

ENTERPRISE PROFILE: JOLENE BLALOCK has Jolene Blalock and other members of the cast (and writing team) talk about the character of T'Pol in the first two seasons. You even get a glimpse at a modeling shoot that Jolene is in. LeVar Burton- STAR TREK Director focuses on LeVar with his thoughts on directing FIRST FLIGHT.

 

 

DISC 2-

Deleted scenes from NIGHT IN SICKBAY and a featurtte are ported over from the DVD.

INSIDE "A NIGHT IN SICKBAY" is a look at how they did certain things in the episode with thoughts from Scott Bakula (and various crew members).

 

DISC 3-

A deleted scene for DAWN and a deleted scene from STIGMA

 

STIGMA text commentary (2005) by Mike & Denise Okuda

Photo gallery also from the old DVD set.

 

DISC 4-

Deleted scene for CEASE FIRE

 

SHOOTING FUTURE TENSE

ENTERPRISE SECRETS is all about how they built the Klingon prison for JUDGMENT and make it look like it was in STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY.

 

DISC 5-

REGENERATION audio commentary by John Billingsley and Bonita Friedericy

REGENERATION audio commentary (2005) by Michael Sussman and Phyllis Strong

FIRST FLIGHT audio commentary by Chris Black and Mike & Denise Okuda

FIRST FLIGHT text commentary (2005) by Mike & Denise Okuda

 

ARCHIVAL MISSION LOG-

LEVAR BURTON, STAR TREK DIRECTOR

 

The 11 minute outtake reel consists of Scott Bakula (Captain Archer) being a comedian while Jolene Blalock (T'Pol) bursts into laughter in several of them.

 

DISC 6-

UNCHARTED TERRIORTY retrospective documentary:

PART ONE: DESTINATION UNKNOWN- how season two went through a change of writers and UPN execs try to interfere with it as Berman and Braga tried to make the show the best series they could.  The writers state their frustration how none of the crew was killed and how they wish it was more like the original pitch of The Right Stuff in Space.

PART TWO: FIRST CREW- the cast and guest star Jeffrey Coombs talk about season two.  Scott Bakula was the only one vocal about the scripts where other actors didn’t speak up much with suggestions about their characters.

PART THREE: COURSE CORRECTION- this part of the documentary focuses on how they build up the season long arc for season three as Berman and Braga acknowledge ENTERPRISE would fit serial storytelling more than episodic.

 

Deleted scenes for THE EXPANSE feature lost character moments involving Archer’s girlfriend.

 

ARCHIVE MISSION LOGS-

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NX-01 FILE 05

NX-01 FILE 06

 

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE is an underrated Star Trek prequel series which had  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)9-3-2013 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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