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STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE Season Four

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  1009 minutes (24 episodes on six discs), audio commentaries, text commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers, new 4 part documentary. Writers Roundtable conversation

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, German 5.1, French 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround, Japanese 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround

Subtitles:  English SDH, French, German, Dutch, Japanese

 

STUDIO:  Paramount/ CBS Blu-ray/ CBS Studios

RELEASE DATE:  4-29-2014

 

DISC 1- STORM FRONT Part I and II/ HOME/ BORDERLAND

DISC 2- COLD STATION 12/ THE AUGMENTS/ THE FORGE/ AWAKENING

DISC 3- KIR’SHARA/ DAEDALUS/ OBSERVER EFFECT/ BABEL ONE

DISC 4- UNITED/ THE AENAR/ AFFLICTION/ DIVERGENCE

DISC 5- BOUND/ IN A MIRROR, DARKLY Part I and II/ DEMONS

DISC 6- TERRA PRIME/ THESE ARE THE VOYAGES../ BEFORE HER TIME: DECOMMISSIONING ENTERPRISE documentary/ IN CONVERSATION: WRITING STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE


STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE was at its best during the fourth season as the writers wrote many episodes that connected to the original Star Trek series and even a little to other Star Trek series. STORM FRONT may have been one of the weak points, but it did wrap up the convoluted Temporal Cold War saga that lingered throughout the first three seasons. HOME began to lay out the seeds for other episodes. BORDERLAND, COLD STATION 12, and THE AUGMENTS found a way to feature the grandfather of Data's creator, Dr. Arik Soong (Brent Spiner) while THE FORGE, AWAKENING, and KIR'SHARA was an important moment in Vulcan history with most of the action taking place on Vulcan.


The next couple of episodes were so-so, but another three part storyline gave a little look at the Romulans and the Andorians. Then the writers delivered a story about how come the original series Klingons had no bumps. BOUND was harmless fluff while IN A MIRROR, DARKLY took a look at what the Mirror Universe counter parts of our crew were doing while answering where the USS Defiant from the TOS episode THE THOLIAN WEB went to. DEMONS and TERRA PRIME set the stage for a guest star stint from Peter Weller and it should have ended there since the show was cancelled.


Unfortunately, Rick Berman and Brannon Braga had to come back to write the terrible series finale (THESE ARE THE VOYAGES..) that some cast members even hate the episode as much as many of the fans (while Connor Trineer sees as a way it completed his character’s story arc). Season 4 was the finest moment of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE and hopefully the crew of the NX-01 will fly again one day for further voyages.  I still hold out hope even though it has almost been ten years since the show was cancelled.   The strongest episodes still hold up as some of the best STAR TREK episodes even though I haven’t watched them in years like the nice twist ending to IN A MIRROR, DARKLY.   I am sad we might never get to see what Manny Coto had planned for season five or the Mirror Universe storyline that never came to be which would have guest starred William Shatner (due to his agent wanting too much money for Shatner).


SPECIAL FEATURES:

DISC 1-

STORM FRONT Part 1 deleted scene

HOME Extended Scene and Script Gallery: Original Ending


ENTERPRISE MOMENTS: SEASON FOUR (Archival Mission Log)- focuses on how to resolve the cliffhanger from the end of season 3, the Vulcan story arc, Brent Spiner's three episode stint for the Augments storyline, the final two part story (with Peter Weller guest starring), and a little bit on the series finale.


DISC 2-

THE FORGE:

Audio Commentary by Judith & Garfield Reeve-Stevens and Mike & Denise Okuda


Text Commentary by Mike & Denise Okuda (2005) 


DISC 3-

OBSERVER EFFECT Audio Commentary by Judith & Garfield Reeve-Stevens and Mike & Denise Okuda


DISC 4-

UNITED audio commentary by David Livingston and Judith & Garfield Reeve-Stevens


THE AENAR deleted scene


DISC 5-

IN A MIRROR, DARKLY Part 1 audio commentaries:

New audio commentary by James L. Conway, Mike Sussman and Mike & Denise Okuda

2005 audio commentary by Mike Sussman and Tim Gaskill


IN A MIRROR, DARKLY Part II commentaries from 2005:

Audio commentary by Mike Sussman and Tim Gaskill

Text Commentary by Mike & Denise Okuda


DEMONS audio commentary by Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating


INSIDE THE MIRROR EPISODES (Archival Mission Log)- talks about how the episode came about (the original pitch became FUTURE TENSE (Season 2)) and why it was a two parter (so they could build the sets for the USS Defiant, the freedom the Mirror Universe gave them for writing the story, and the CGI Gorn.



DISC 6-

TERRA PRIME audio commentaries:

New commentary by Connor Trineer and Dominic Keating

2005 commentary by Judith & Garfield Reeve-Stevens and Tim Gaskill


THESE ARE THE VOYAGES… text commentary by Mike & Denise Okuda (2005)


BEFORE HER TIME: DECOMMISSIONING ENTERPRISE (HD) retrospective documentary which goes into detail what happened during season 4, everyone knowing season 4 was the last, and what could have been (like Manny Coto's plans for season 5, William Shatner for a story arc if it wasn't for his agent asking for too much money):


PART ONE: NEW VOICES- all about Manny Coto taking control as show runner for season 4 and bringing in Judith & Garfield Reeve-Stevens as writers for the series.  Also Rick Berman talks about producer fatigue.

PART TWO: MEMORABLE VOYAGES- a look at some of the pivotal storylines of season 4

PART THREE: FINAL APPROACH- the final episodes and cancellation including the reactions by cast and crew.  Jolene Blalock was very vocal about the final episode while Connor Trineer saw it as a way to conclude his character’s arc. They also mention how the DVR data for ratings was being considered back then.

PART FOUR: END OF AN ERA- cast and crew reflect on the end of the show and the writers mention how a new STAR TREK series would be like if the old writers came back (with all they learned writing for TV shows since then).


IN CONVERSATION: WRITING STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE- in this almost 90 minute feature, several of the writers including Chris Black, Brannon Braga, Mike Sussman, and Judith & Garfield Reeve-Stevens talk about writing for the series including the up and downs from favorite episodes to other stories from the time like how the writing staff was uneven for the first two seasons and how a couple of Star Trek novel writers were finally given a chance to write for season four.


Archival Mission Logs:

VISUAL EFFECTS MAGIC focuses on animatics from STORM FRONT Part 2, how they created the Newsreel for STORM FRONT, CGI Tholians, and a little bit on some CGI effects from the Xindi arc (this last part should have been on the season 3 set instead).


LINKS TO THE LEGACY- how some of the ENTERPRISE episodes tied into episodes of the original series.

ENTERPRISE SECRETS is about all the extras in the final scene for the series finale

THAT’S A WRAP! highlights from the series wrap party


ENTERPRISE GOES TO THE DOGS

WESTMORE’S ALIENS: CREATING DR. PHLOX AND BEYOND


NX-01 FILE 10- a look at the Save Enterprise protest outside Paramount studios that features interviews with the fans and the cast (talking about how important the show is to the fans) 


Outtakes

Photo Gallery


FINAL ANALYSIS:  STAR TREK: ENTERPISE was a show gone before it’s time as it delivered one of the best seasons of any STAR TREK show ever.  It is too bad it wasn’t around for one to two more seasons.  The retrospective documentary and the Writers Conversation are must watch extras.  I wish STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE could come back for a few episodes more.

 

This review is 4-30-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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