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Review: Star Trek Enterprise Season 1 Blu-ray March 25, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: DVD/Blu-ray,ENT , trackback

On Tuesday the first season of Star Trek: Enterprise finally arrives on Blu-ray. Enterprise was the only Trek show to be broadcast in HD but is the third to get the Blu-ray home video treatment. Find out how it turned out in the TrekMovie review below.

 

REVIEW: Star Trek Enterprise Season 1 Blu-ray

Transfer

Star Trek: Enterprise was developed for HD (and widescreen) and so it wasn’t remastered for Blu-ray like the original Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Even still, the Blu-ray version looks better than the original broadcast, and obviously much better for the those who hadn’t yet upgraded to HD TVs back in 2001. And the transfer is certainly superior to the 2005 DVD release, and even superior to the HD streaming available on Hulu, Amazon and Netflix.

However, being that they are using the masters from 2001, the HD transfer from the original film doesn’t seem to have the richness or vibrancy of the recent TNG Blu-rays. This is due to the technology improving over the last decade. And in the case of the CGI special effects there is a noticeable granularity and some artifacts. This is due to the FX being originally done in 720p which was good enough for broadcast in 2001, but  noticeably upscaled for the 1080p Blu-rays.

There are no issues with the sound. The audio is DTS-HD MA 5.1 and gives you a better cinematic experience then the original DVDs and broadcast and is equal to what was delivered for the TOS and TNG Blu-ray releases.

Special Features

A highlight of this new release is the collection of special features. The set starts off with all the features from the previous DVD release. On top of that there are four new audio commentaries:  Brannon Braga, James L. Conway, Dan Curry and cast members Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating for "Broken Bow," André Bormanis and Dan Curry for "Silent Enemy," Mike Sussman and PhyllisStrong for "Shadows of P’Jem," and finally Brannon Braga, director David Livingston and cast members Connor Trinneer (Trip Tucker) and Dominic Keating for "Shuttlepod One"). Each case these mixes humor with interesting insight into the making of the episodes and a lot of talk about the series in general. 

There is also a standalone chat with series co-creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga which is the frankest discussion seen on any Star Trek home video release. The pair really open up and cover a lot of issues about Enterprise and about both of their long histories in the franchise. They discuss issues ranging from fan criticisms for "killing Kirk" in Generations to fighting stupid ideas from UPN execs like putting "hot" music bands on Enterprise (playing in the mess hall each week). They even discuss their meetings with William Shatner and explain why he never guest-starred on Enterprise (surprise…Shatner wanted way too much money).

And if that wasn’t enough there is an excellent three-part documentary (“To Boldly Go: Launching Enterprise”) about the making of the show which includes more with Berman and Braga, along with new interview clips with production designer Herman Zimmerman, technical consultants Michael and Denise Okuda, writers Andre Bormanis, Phyllis Strong , James L. Conway and series leads Scott Bakula ("Jonathan Archer"), Connor Trinneer ("Trip Tucker"), and Dominic Keating ("Malcolm Reed").


Special Feature preview


The first part of this doc again includes more frank discussions of the show. For example, fans who have derided the theme song will be surprised to see Braga and others join in the critiques. The first part of the doc also has fascinating insights into the development of the show. I would say that at times Braga and Berman seeming too defensive about the Enterprise. They talk about Star Trek ‘burn out’ and how they actually were against the idea of launching a new show so soon after Voyager ended. They also describe interesting early ideas about how they wanted the show to be more Earth-based but they studio demanded a more traditional Trek show and that the only way to convince the studio to let them change the setting to a prequel was the idea of weaving the "Temporal Cold War" plot into the series.

In addition, the set includes an in-depth look at the making of the episode "Vox Solo" which  was actually shot for a never-broadcast PBS show called "On the Set." While that show never made it on the air, the feature was very interesting, especially for those who are interested in how TV shows are made. There are also some presentation videos used for the Network and Syndication which are nice to have but not that interesting. And of course all the previously mentioned DVD special features including HD version of the outtakes.


Preview of Enterprise S1 Blooper Reel

The show

Star Trek: Enterprise (or just Enterprise as it was called in its first season) was the fifth live-action Star Trek series. After each progressive show had moved the story of Trek further into the future, co-creators Braga and Berman decided it was time for a change so they decided to go back before original Star Trek with a setting in the never-seen before 22nd century. I always thought that the prequel idea was a good one. Not only had we seen enough of the 24th century (21 seasons and 3 feature films with another on the way), but it also brought the show closer to our reality and could make it more grounded than what was seeming more and more like a sterile future with little conflict (within the setting of the Federation).

More important than the setting, were the characters. The variety of different personalities built in to the show was well thought out and (as usual with a Trek show) the producers brought in a very strong cast, led by Scott Bakula as Captain Archer, Jolene Blalock as the Vulcan science officer T’Pol and Connor Trinneer as Chief Engineer Charles "Trip: Tucker. While not ever meshing to the level of the original series of ‘troika’ of Kirk, Spock and McCoy, the three were well-defined and had great chemistry.  The first season also made a few attempts to develop character arcs for other main castmembers, with John Billingsley standing out with the limited amount he was given. Enterprise was also gifted with some very strong guest actors and characters, such as regular Trek guest star Jeffrey Combs essentially re-inventing everything we knew about Andorians with his Shran.


Andorians were a fan favorite in "Star Trek Enterprise"

The prequel allowed them to introduce more conflict and more grittiness. In those early years of space exploration, the characters were more likely to make mistakes as they made it up as they went along without the rules, regulation and history of a huge Starfleet backing them up. And while some fans were taken aback by the tensions between Humans and Vulcans, this again was part of the point of doing a prequel. The idea is to show the struggle of creating the United Federation of Planets. So the relationship with Humans and Vulcans had to go through and arc towards that peaceful future (not that humans and Vulcans always got along so well in the original Star Trek either by the way).


Enterprise explored the Vulcans and their path to how we knew them in the original series

The show didn’t always live up to its promise. But I would argue it wasn’t the prequel setting. In fact, problems happened when they didn’t change things up enough. Sometimes the show would feel too much like Voyager with grey paint – just replacing hull-plating for shields and phase-cannons for phasers, etc. While, like all the other post TOS series, the first season is hit and miss there is a lot of entertaining, fun and exciting stuff in the first season of Enterprise.

Sure at times the showed played it a little loose with Star Trek canon, like in the Ferengi episode "Acquisition." But there was always at least the patina of an explanation, and in the end even that episode was kind of fun.


Ferengi make a surprise appearance "Star Trek Enterprise"

I believe that Enterprise is worth a second look or even a first look for some Star Trek fans that have eschewed this show. If you haven’t seen Enterprise I envy you, in that you have an opportunity to see brand new Star Trek episodes for the first time, and now in beautiful HD. The pilot "Broken Bow" is arguably the strongest of the entire franchise. And there are a number of episodes in Season 1 that live up to goals of making a new and different type of Star Trek show. From the action and political itrigue of "Shadows of P’Jem," to the creepy and very alien aliens of "Silent Enemy," to the small character drama of "Shuttlepod One" to name just a few of the very worthy entries in season one.

For myself reviewing the show again, I feel that it is a better series than Star Trek: Voyager and I would go so far as to say that the first season is better than the first seasons of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine (although I admit I would still rank both of those shows higher). But Enterprise is a worth Star Trek series and I’m happy to have it as part of my collection and look forward to Season Two on Blu-ray

Packaging & Navigation

Season 1 of Star Trek Enterprise comes in similar packaging to the recent Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays with a nice sleeve (with the title logo and characters in raised relief). Inside is a standard blue wallet containing the six discs. The content details are printed on the back of the removable disc wallet cover (which is the same design as the sleeve cover).

The navigation animation is actually the best seen so far in for the Blu-ray sets, with a kind of immersive 3D world and Enterprise style controls. Navigating is very simple and straightforward.

Bottom Line

If you have always been a fan of the series then this set is highly recommended. The series looks better than ever and the new special features will give you great insights into the show. For other Star Trek fans who want to review the show it is certainly worth at least renting (if you can find it available). Star Trek Enterprise is a worthy member of the Star Trek family and if you skipped it the first time you should give it another chance. Just think of it, there are dozens of brand new Star Trek episodes (in HD) for you to enjoy.

Available Tuesday

You can order Star Trek Enterprise Season 1 on Blu-ray (due March 26th) – discounted to $65.


Trailer for Star Trek Enterprise Season 1 Blu-ray

TNG on Blu-ray

Running parallel with releasing Star Trek Enterprise on Blu-ray, CBS is also remastering releasing Blu-rays for the Star Trek: The Next Generation. The first two seasons were released in 2012. You can pre-order TNG S3 at Amazon – discounted to $91 (due April 30th).

Comments

1. Melllvar - March 26, 2013

I always envied Phlox for being able to run through the ship in the nude while the entire crew was asleep. Running through Enterprise in the first place would be flippin cool but naked??

He’s one hell of a denobulan.

2. Melllvar - March 26, 2013

You may notice how I sneakily snuck the word ‘first’ in there ;)

3. Copper Based Blood - March 26, 2013

Nice!!!!

4. spock69 - March 26, 2013

It’s a shame about how this show got caught up in the whole upn berman politics. it was an excellent take on trek and should have just been broadcast properly where it could have been seen. i remember having to get someone from the US to send me vhs tapes to the UK because god only knows how long I was gonna have to wait to see it here. Excellent casting especially Bakula and the doc.

5. Basement Blogger - March 26, 2013

Excellent review, Anthony. I caught up with Enterprise on Netflix. And now think the show was underrated. Get this. The Supreme Court talks about the destruction of Vulcan was a 9/11 moment. But Enterprise in season three covered a metaphorical 9/11 moment and war on terror with the Xindi stories. The the show went back to stand alone episodes which was a good decision. I loved that variety. Hail Enterprise.

6. MJ - March 26, 2013

There is a lot of revisionism and sentimentality going on here. The show just was not very good.

When I can get it for $25 at Wal-Mart, then, maybe I’ll pick it up.

7. Melllvar - March 26, 2013

Give it a chance MJ!!

Have you seen seasons 3 and 4? I would rate it as being up there with the other treks for sure, particularly the last five or so eps of season three… basically from Azati Prime onwards

8. Vulcan Soul - March 26, 2013

Enterprise was, no doubt, the beginning of the end of Star Trek, with the current mess that is Abramstrek being the sad ending, of course. This endless talk of “fatigue” and the need to change for the sake of change that started back then has finally paid off and left intact only the paint of the product, while irreversibly destroying its core. What particularly stands out in Season 1, of course, is the extreme and illogical change of the most beloved alien species of Trek, the Vulcans, to some sort of nasty, angry adversaries that is only topped by the destruction of their civilization in Abramstrek. This piece of mindless, pointless destruction stands, more than anything else, for the pitiful decline of a once great saga.

9. Exverlobter - March 26, 2013

@Vulcan soul
“What particularly stands out in Season 1, of course, is the extreme and illogical change of the most beloved alien species of Trek, the Vulcans, to some sort of nasty, angry adversaries”

Well thats exactly the point of a Prequel. Showing how it all developped. And 100 years before Kirk the Vulcan society was definetly different than in later years. And by Season 4 you actually got the Vulcans we knew from the later series. That society just went through a transformation process. I liked the story arc. Everybody complains that Enterprise was not differnent enough and should have been bolder, but on the other hand when you actually do something different then writers get angry fans reactions that it does not match with the later series.

I say to this. Many things can change in a 100 years. I never understood the angry fan reactions to the Enterprise-Vulcans.

10. Exverlobter - March 26, 2013

@MJ
“There is a lot of revisionism and sentimentality going on here. The show just was not very good.”

Yeah, because it got cancelled so early. Enterprise had 2 crappy seasons, 1 solid one, and one that was actually very good (the last season that unfortunately nobody saw)
Think about what the reputation of TNG would have been if it had been cancelled after its 4th season.
It was the same. The first 2 seasons of TNG were horrible, the third was OK, and the series actually found itself with season 4.
If the series had been cancelled at that point, nobody would have remembered TNG as the great show it actually became in its later years.
Enterprise indeed had the potential to become as good as TNG. What a pitty that they did not gave them a chance.

11. Melllvar - March 26, 2013

#10

Couldn’t agree more. Well said!

12. James Rye - March 26, 2013

I’m with MJ.

Enterprise just never worked, it was derivative and dull. BSG by contrast was fresh and inventive.

13. Exverlobter - March 26, 2013

@James Rye

Watch Season 4 of Enterprise. It was “fresh and inventive”

14. Jay Ley (UK Trekkie) - March 26, 2013

Some very interesting points of view so far…

I remember watching the end of Voyager in Army Cadet camp (a series that I also believe to be under-rated), during the advert break after Endgame had finished (with half the room, of non-trekkies, glued to the TV, the other half crying after what we had seen) the teaser trailer for Enterprise was shown… I remember it being so quiet that you could literally hear a pin drop… then we realised that it was “before Kirk” and the whole room sighed.

This was the series achilles heel, it p*ssed people off before it began because it was a prequel. It should have followed on. When Nemesis came and the ending of that movie leant towards a Titan TV series, it was a further kick in the nuts, because what could have been a great continuation of the franchise and the wider story could not be made because of Enterprise…

A lot of fans I knew, including myself were disillusioned by this decision (whilst that seems petty, it didn’t make any sense) and that it why we didn’t watch the series. I only watched Enterprise a year ago, because one of my friends promised me that “It got really good!”…. in hindsight I wish I had given it a chance, because it is now one of my favourite series and they should make series 5, with a dark gritty build up to the Romulan War!!!

My list of best Trek series:

1) DS9
2) TNG
3) ENT/VOY
4) TOS
5) TAS

(I am 25).

Regards,

Jay

15. James T. West - March 26, 2013

I agree with Broken Bow being a superior pilot. It is an amazing 2 hrs. But the rest of the show just morphed into everything repetitive n lackluster I disliked about Voyager and DS9.

I was disappointed that a “prequel” series didn’t have velour, lasers, and a young Spock…I wanted a weekly “Cage”

16. Smike - March 26, 2013

@8:
“Enterprise was, no doubt, the beginning of the end of Star Trek, with the current mess that is Abramstrek being the sad ending, of course.”

The end??? Which end are you refering to? That Star Trek was elevated to the level of summer bockbusters, which none of use had been even dreaming about 10 years ago? Of course it’s full of action, sexiness and humor but apart from that, it’s still Star Trek at its core. Trek, especially TOS always had humor, fist-fights and hot girls cled in less. The only difference is they can now afford breathtaking SFX to bring the action to life.

If STID becomes or Skyfall or Dark Knight, Star Trek will finally be one of the big players of blockbuster cinema. Yeah, this is the end… to niche escapism and being ridiculed by the cool guys… The next gen of cool guys will run around in Starfleet-like shirts to impress all those little Uhuras out there… You know what: this IS the future Star Trek has been about back in the 60s… primary colored V-necks are quite fashionable these days, aren’t they?

17. Calastir - March 26, 2013

Ah, memories…the series that killed the franchise.

Dull plots, visuals and lowbrow poopjokes now available in glorious blu-ray you say? No thanks.

18. Andrew - March 26, 2013

What really chafed my butt about Enterprise was the novel series Starfleet: Year One, being canceled due to Enterprise going on the air.

For any of you who didn’t bother reading that novel the gist of it was, that humanity was just reaching practical warp speeds, and the political climate on earth had put scientists and the military up against one another in a competition to see who would command the first Daedalus Class starship.

In contrast to Enterprise, that novel felt a lot more expansive.

Anyone seen the show Defying Gravity with Ron Livingston? The climate on enterprise should have been a lot more like what was happening on the ship in that show. Having public support back home, an actual mission control (even the DVD cover draws symbolic parallels with the apollo missions). The shows first season maybe starting with Hoshi giving some sort of video message back to earth, and the episode unfolding from that. I dunno.

The Xindi 9/11 sub plot thing fell flat, probably because, I felt that they turned Scott Bacula into an analogy for George W. Bush, making tough decisions he *had* to make. I found myself asking aloud, is this Enterprise trying to be the edgy show they said it would be?

19. Krankor - March 26, 2013

People who claim that this show killed the franchise. Fatigue and UPN bullshit killed the franchise, the show was actually pretty good. The problem was people were just sick of Star Trek at the time, it was overkill. Swap ENT and DS9 around in time and people would be complaining that DS9 killed the franchise.

20. William Bradley - March 26, 2013

Evidently you have never seen the original series. There was plenty of human-Vulcan tension in that series, especially early on as the crew got used to dealing with Spock.

That was set in the century after Enterprise.

And there was also serious tension in DS9 …

>What particularly stands out in Season 1, of course, is the extreme and illogical change of the most beloved alien species of Trek, the Vulcans, to some sort of nasty, angry adversaries that is only topped by the destruction of their civilization in Abramstrek. This piece of mindless, pointless destruction stands, more than anything else, for the pitiful decline of a once great saga.

21. Eric Holloway - March 26, 2013

One of my favorite shows and I can wait to get all four seasons on Blu-Ray.
It would be awesome if Netflix would produce a season 5, but as mentioned earlier, it would be quite expensive so I believe it will never happen.

I’m glad they went with a prequel instead of another series set in the 24th century, those stories were getting too stale for me. Everything was clean and pristine, I like to see how things came to be.

22. porthoses bitch - March 26, 2013

I didn’t see it mentioned but weren’t the sets from Enterprise saved and sent to Calgary ? Back at the time there were thoughts of a possible direct to DVD production.

23. Khan 2.0 - March 26, 2013

i wonder what stuff a season 5 of Enterprise wouldve thrown up (or even season 6 and 7 too)

-Shatner as Kirk (would have to have been some time travel thing – maybe with Mirror Kirk? – as was proposed for the Ent Mirror universe eps originally – the Tantalus field sends people to the past in an alternate universe so older Mirror Kirk could be a victim of his own device and end up in Archers time in the prime universe – they wouldnt have to know hes from the mirror universe)

-More Mirror universe set eps

-Romulan War

-TNG/Time travel – either the Ent crew go into the future and meet TNG crew (although maybe thatd be too close to Yesterdays Ent) or the TNG crew comes back to Ents time – so more of a follow up to Yesterdays Ent – ‘Tomorrows Enterprise’ (‘These Are The Voyages..’ probably wouldnt have been done had Ent not been cancelled so TNG couldve been introduced in a non holodeck way)

- a flashfoward last episode of old Archer (and maybe Tpol) at the launch of the NCC 1701 (maybe with Pike and a young Spock?)

and if Enterprise had been a ratings success and had continued for another 3 seasons there mightve been an Enterprise movie around xmas 2009 (or at least set in that era – like that ‘The Beginning’ trilogy idea) – maybe itd have featured TOS somehow what with the enduring popularity of classic Trek

but now? maybe do a season 5 comic series (IDW)??

24. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire - March 26, 2013

Mt Fave Star Trek Enterprise Eps. In a Mirror Darkly 1 and 2. Now that’s just plain FUN!!!

25. Exverlobter - March 26, 2013

Enterprise is the tragic hero of all the Star Trek series.
TOS was cancelled early, but got its chance to come back with the movies.
The sucess story of TNG is just a miracle. Seriously, the show deserved to get cancelled after the second season. It was so bad! BUt audiences were more patient in those days. But In contrast to Voyager the show got at least better. Like during TNG The quality of Voyager was from the beginning questionable but in contrast to TNG the Voyager never took off.

Like TNG Star Trek Enterprise however was on the right track and just at that point it got cancelled. It would have been better if they had axed the show after the second or third season, because i could have lived with that at that lowpoint. But not after season 4.
What a tragedy.

26. moe - March 26, 2013

#24 – you’re right about TOS being cancelled only after 3 seasons, but it really didnt make its comeback from the movies.

it made its comeback during syndication in the 70′s and conventions, writing campaigns etc – fans wanted more of it which led to the proposed Phase II series that never happened then onto The Motion Picture and the rest as they say is history.

27. Commodore Adams - March 26, 2013

I don’t know how any star trek fan would skip watching this, especially if you have watched all the other incarnations. Enterprise was a fantastic series, one of my favs. Can’t wait to pic this up.

28. 9th Doctor - March 26, 2013

The real irony of Enterprise: because it’s “before Kirk “it’s the only Trek that exists in both JJ’s universe and the prime universe.

29. Danpaine - March 26, 2013

This is the kind of thing I’d pick up at Big Lots or another discount store for $5, like two years from now.

30. Thanatos - March 26, 2013

T’Pol in decon and now on Blu-Ray…enough said.

31. Simon - March 26, 2013

The FX are actually 480p, unconverted to 1080p on the Blu-ray.

ENTERPRISE’s FX resolution increased during the run of the show. By the 3rd and 4th season the VFX were roughly 1k, which is close to 720p

32. DeBeckster - March 26, 2013

If they had done the kind of stories they did in season 4 for the rest of the show run, it might have lasted longer. It’s one of the sad aspects of this show–by the 4th season, it was showing some great promise.

33. Calastir - March 26, 2013

#29
Honestly, there are easier and better ways to get nudity on Blu-Ray.

Unless you object to women without a young boy’s haircut.

34. T'Cal - March 26, 2013

This show had some high points but not as many as I had hoped. I liked the casting of Bakula but the writing for his character was weak. I never, ever liked the character T’Pol because she was written to be so annoying. Having her start out in the catsuit and remain in it even after she left the VHC was ridiculous; she should’ve been in the same uniform as the rest. Trip, Malcom, and Phlox were great but TPTB gave up on Hoshi and Mayweather for unknown reasons. I liked the Andorian and Tellarite story lines but found the handling of Vulcans to be lacking. The Temporal Cold War had such potential but they dropped it without resolution. I wanted the writers to jump ahead to the Romulan War as that could’ve been the modern analogy of the War on Terror that they were looking for. A fifth season, as Braga mentioned, would need a new Executive Producer to get this show back on track properly.

35. Joshua J. Slone - March 26, 2013

“There are no issues with the sound. The audio is DTS-HD MA 5.1 and gives you a better cinematic experience then the original DVDs and broadcast and is equal to what was delivered for the TOS and TNG Blu-ray releases.”

Actually, TNG–at least the initial The Next Level release–has 7.1 sound.

36. Platitude - March 26, 2013

Appreciate your detailed review! I just finished the first season on Netflix, but I will still pick this up for those awesome sounding bonus features!

37. porthoses bitch - March 26, 2013

Even though I have them all I wish theyd put out a blu-ray dvd of all the first episodes ( really only TOS has pilots ). Throw in a Captians Conference extra. Maybe include Beyond The Farthest Star ( Tas) as a blue ray extra. Oh and bring back the Okudas text commentary.

38. Pah Wraith - March 26, 2013

To all nostalgia driven fans there – I think season 4 was what it was because UPN just let go the controll and allowed fans (Manny Coto) to close it as they wanted. So thats why most of us find it more appealing. Unfortunately S4 was so focused on injokes and world building (or rebuilding) to make it more consistent with TOS that it became too hermetic for anyone not involved with previous incarnations. Abrams’ Trek is guilty of many things but you just have to admit – it is inclusive. And making something so introverted as Star Trek open for general audiences was the only chance for the franchise. In terms of comparisons between weak seasons of TNG and ENT – you got to remember that TNG didn’t have much competition back in the 90′s. With ENT audiences were already exposed to quality storytelling like in X files, Stargate, and even previous Treks. To make things worse another space opera hit big soon after ENT (nBSG). The last Trek just didn’t have a chance caught between stupid ideas of UPN, poor storytelling choices (which we can agree I think was always Trek’s Achilles foot) and its competition. That’s how I see it. But can be totally wrong ;)

39. Elias Javalis - March 26, 2013

I am not an Enterprise fan but for J.Combs alone i would buy It!

40. Chris Pike - March 26, 2013

8. Vulcan Soul

unfortunately can’ help but agree with a lot of that…but there it wasn’t 100% bad, there were some decent moments – it was just a bit, er, dull overall…and it just felt and looked like it was not more primitive than Trek TOS, they could have been a bit more clever with a cool retro look to the prod design, but instead did as they’ve done with JJverse (apart from the JJuniforms) and made it look too “generic sci-fi for me….

41. Christopher Roberts - March 26, 2013

Thanks for the great review. Looking forward to seeing this show again in HD.

42. Calbie - March 26, 2013

Enterprise is one of the greatest shows out there. I can’t really put it into words why it is above the other shows but it simply is. Just humanity gonig out there. Ignoring all the action it is essentially pure Roddenberry.

43. Lt. Bailey - March 26, 2013

I am sold…. but we are fans of this show from the very beginning anyway.

44. MJ - March 26, 2013

@12 “I’m with MJ. Enterprise just never worked, it was derivative and dull. BSG by contrast was fresh and inventive.”

Yep!!!

@13 “Watch Season 4 of Enterprise. It was “fresh and inventive” ”

You mean the season where they killed off the only character that I really liked on the show. And they killed Trip off in a way that brought back the Bermanite crappy death scene for Kirk in Generations. :-(

The latter seasons were more watchable, but that is hardly saying much.

I prefer to think of Enterprise like a brain-fart in the franchise….Enterprise if Trek’s version of The Phantom Menace & Attack of the Clones.

45. Exverlobter - March 26, 2013

@44
Stinkers can be found in every season. And yes the final episode was an insult.

“I prefer to think of Enterprise like a brain-fart in the franchise….Enterprise if Trek’s version of The Phantom Menace & Attack of the Clones.”

Indeed Enterprise could have been better. But its no “Phantom Menace” because its badness does not stand out in a way as if all the other shows were great and just Enterprise was bad. No, the downfall of Star Trek already began with Voyager. I regard the first 3 seasons of Enterprise more like a continuation of Voyager, so its no new “Episode 1.”

46. Dom - March 26, 2013

Hmm… The Phantom Trek, or The Trek That Dare Not Speak Its Name?

As for Attack of the Clones, that describes most non-TOS Trek!! ;)

47. Exverlobter - March 26, 2013

@44″.Enterprise if Trek’s version of The Phantom Menace & Attack of the Clones.”

BTW, Return of the Sith was just as bad as The Phantom Menace & Attack of the Clones!

48. Khan was Framed! - March 26, 2013

Enterprise was great!

If you just skip the theme song, you’ll find it’s better then all of Voyager & most of DS9.

I’m glad to see it on blu ray. :)

49. Exverlobter - March 26, 2013

@48
“If you just skip the theme song”

I liked the song. I dont get it why everybody hates it. Many people complained that Enterprise was not bold enough and was just repetitive. But when they indeed do something new, than the fans are still not satisfied.

50. Khan 2.0 - March 26, 2013

i taped the song of the tv once and used to listen to it when working out. it inspired me to some great abs

51. Khan 2.0 - March 26, 2013

i think they should have Faith of the Heart playing on the end credits of STID – (like the way they have those soft rock songs on the end of movies like Titanic/Avatar/Armageddon etc)

just imagine walking out of the screening to the tune of ‘i got Faaaaaaaith of the Heaaart Going where my heart will take me i got faaaaith to beeelieve …i can do annnnnything…’etc

52. Simon - March 26, 2013

@44 – ENTERPRISE was fun.

BSG was more depressing than the BBC nuclear war miniseries THREADS. You just want to kill yourself after watching it, preferably after taking out as many people beforehand as possible because humanity doesn’t deserve to exist.

But it’s pretty apparent you don’t have a life since you’re just here to bash the show, and it’s also pretty apparent you didn’t really watch it, especially in the last 2 seasons. This review is for people actually interested in buying the Blu-ray, so find another thread to crap in.

53. Pan Always Bored Me - March 26, 2013

#49
Agree completely. I never understood the hate for the theme. It fit well with the visuals of Chuck Yeager, Alan Shepherd, the Saturn V etc.

54. Khan 2.0 - March 26, 2013

@44 if Ent is the Prequel Trilogy of the Trek saga would that make DS9 and Voyager the Ewok movies?

55. Disinvited - March 26, 2013

#52. Simon – March 26, 2013

To be fair, MJ did show interest at a $25 price point.

56. DavidJ - March 26, 2013

I really wanted to like ENT, but between the rehashed VOY plots, the cheesy dialogue, and the characters who all acted like a bunch of horny and unprofessional teenagers, it just wasn’t gonna happen.

Anthony is right. ENT was basically just VOY with a different ship (that ultimately seemed about as capable and advanced as any OTHER ship in Trek).

And even if the storytelling improved by Season 4, the damage to the concept and characters had already been done. Because by that point I had a hard time taking either one seriously anymore.

57. Khan 2.0 - March 26, 2013

Star Trek Enterprise The Movie (summer 2009 – 2 years after the 7th season finale)

The refitted NX01 is launched following its successful 7 year mission to confront a threat to earths outer defenses where they discover an advanced Romulan ship has destroyed several federation ships and outposts. as they engage they realise they are seriously outmatched and flee but are pursued, take on heavy damage and are about to be destroyed when they are suddenly engulfed by a violently unstable anomaly – emerging in the late 24th century. There they find the federation is in a desperate all out war with an advanced romulan empire led by a crazed revenge driven warlord. With the help of Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise E Archer and his crew discover a romulan ship which has the ability to create unstable quantum holes in space had gone back to the mid 22nd century to destroy the federation in its infancy, but were destroyed by the unstable anomaly they had created when the NX01 unwittingly passed through and was thrown into the future. However before they were destroyed the ship transmitted advanced telemetry to the romulans of that time and in doing so advanced their empire to such an extent they are imminently about to destroy the federation in the 24th century

Both crews of both Enterprises must work together along with a legendary former starfleet officer in order to save the past and the future….

starring Scott Bakula, Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jolene Blalock, John Billingsley, Michael Dorn, Steven Culp, Jeri Ryan, with Eric Bana, and Leonard Nimoy

Directed by Jonathan Frakes

58. Bucky - March 26, 2013

While Enterprise S1 is probably it’s weakest effort, I still like a lot of it. I think “Broken Bow” is a fantastic pilot episode with lots of fun moments. (“He said his wife has grown ugly…? I’m doing my best, sir!”) and I really enjoy “Shuttlepod One”. S2 has a few highlights in it, I’m a big fan of “Regeneration” the one where the Borg almost assimilate the entire alpha quadrant in 40 minutes. S3 is a really interesting experiment but due to it’s interconnected nature it’s hard to find individual stand-out eps. And S4 has a huge bunch of highlights, more good than bad overall. So, like any Star Trek, it’s impossible to look at the whole series and say “EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS BAD AND WRONG AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD FOR WATCHING IT!” It’s Star Trek, you will find gold in there somewhere.

59. Mike C. - March 26, 2013

The blu ray release is grainy grainy grainy. I think the FX shots look better than the live action. I am bummed.

60. Bob Tompkins - March 26, 2013

Deep Space 9 is going to be as big a problem logistically as TNG. My guess is that they will do season one as a feeler and decide on successive seasons according to consumer response.
That is a shame since season 1 was the weakest of the series and would probably sell the worst of all seasons. Here’s hoping there is enough of a sales response for DS9 to be viable.

61. MJ - March 26, 2013

@55 “To be fair, MJ did show interest at a $25 price point.”

Yea, I mean a lot of us have that embarrassing and annoying uncle…but we still give him a hug at Thanksgiving…he’s still family.

:-)

62. Bob Tompkins - March 26, 2013

…as to sets being sent to Calgary, no, they weren’t. Everything Trek related has been recycled or auctioned off. Any new TV project starts from scratch.
It’s stupefying to me that Abrams saved no sets for his Enterprise and started again from scratch with leased space at 20th Century Fox.
I haven’t heard whether or not they went back to the brewery this time. I hope not, what with the amazing thing they can do with green boxes and cylinders, a green screen and some dots.

63. Lore - March 26, 2013

@12 Correct Sir: BSG was edgy and exciting. Watching BSG was like making it with the Prom Queen, Enterprise seemed kind of like taking your homely cousin to the prom.

64. Lore - March 26, 2013

@ 60 They should take a page from Chuck Norris’s playbook. His show, Walker Texas Ranger, was released from the last season, back to the first.

65. saavik001 - March 26, 2013

My set just arrived today. Looks great to me!

66. Treoy Allen - March 27, 2013

Star Trek Enterprise was great.

67. Dom - March 27, 2013

63. Lore

The new Galactica simply showed up Berman’s Star Trek to be a lifeless drag stuck in a 1980s production timewarp. While the TV landscape had completely changed through the 1990s into the 2000s, there was little to distinguish an Enterprise episode from a TNG ep from 12 years earlier, beyond surface details.

As Bad Robot has proven, it wasn’t all about ‘franchise fatigue:’ it was about the franchise needing fresh blood and a new perspective from a completely new creative team.

If Berman and co had moved on after TNG finished and a new team had made the next spaceship show instead of Voyager, Berman and co would be better thought of!

68. Jonboc - March 27, 2013

Enterprise was a step in the right direction, but the shackles of the Next Gen mindset sadly kept the series from ever reaching it’s full potential. Bad decisions such as casting Bakula as the ” aw shucks” captain, the unfortunate under-usage of Phlox and utilizing WAY too many familiar production trappings from the 24th century made this series seem like everything we had already seen before. It was their chance to break the chains and re-energize the franchise but they just delivered more of the same. And we all know the end result. The silver lining is JJ’s fresh take on TOS. We wouldn’t be enjoying that if Berman’s Trek hadn’t become stagnant.

69. Khan 2.0 - March 27, 2013

Trivia on Enterprise The Movie 2009 (alternate universe where Ent saw out its 7 years on tv)

-called ‘Star Trek Enterprise’ (no colon)

-written by Mike Sussman and Manny Coto (with an uncredited script polish from Nicholas Meyer)

-Music – James Horner

-rated PG13

- Scott Bakula = Capt Archer NX01, Patrick Stewart = Capt Picard Ent E, Brent Spiner = Cmdr Data Ent E Science Officer( no reference to B4 or the events of Nemesis as altered timeline). Jolene Blalock = Cmdr Tpol NX01 Science Officer, John Billingsley = Dr Phlox NX01, Michael Dorn = Cmdr Worf Ent E security. Steven Culp = Cmdr Madden Ent E 1st Officer. Jeri Ryan = Seven of Nine Ent E. Eric Bana = crazed revenge driven Romulan warlord (his son was on board the destroyed Romulan timeship), Leonard Nimoy = Ambassador Spock (brief 5 minute cameo)

-cameos only for the NX01 regulars not listed (as some not assigned to refit/lots of deaths in the opening) TNG cast members not listed = altered timeline so some wouldn’t be alive or have made it to Enterprise. (Frakes in brief cameo only as Captain of USS Titan). Deemed to be too expensive/too crowded with the full crews for each, plus a chance to freshen up the TNG crew.

-Shatner approached to cameo as Kirk in holodeck scene but wanted non holodeck Kirk role

-inspired by Yesterdays Enterprise (ship from the past encountering changed future, federation losing the war), and First Contact (attempting to destroy the federation in the past/contacting allies in the past)

-22nd century scenes set – 2162. 24th Century scenes set – 2387

-Budget = $100m. Box Office – $45m opening wkend. $135m US total. $80m foreign = $215m ww

-Sequel still as yet undecided.

70. porthoses bitch - March 27, 2013

I liked the song….born in ’58 grew up in the space age….lived for the space program..the visual salutes to Chuck Yeager,Roger White, Neal and Buzz…the Snoopy helmet liners….I guess you had to be there…

I loved the thought in the western episode….”We’re on a mission right now…but we’ll be back for you..”

71. Schiefy - March 27, 2013

As a long-time Trek viewer (back to TOS in the late 60s) I recognized that Enterprise was not perfect but…it was still Trek.

I remember those years between TOS and the 1st movie and again to the eventual launch of TNG–having no new weekly Trek was far worse than even the worse moments (and Spock’s Brain certainly qualifies!!) in each of the subsequent series.

Did Enterprise always hit the right notes? No. Did Enterprise feed us some great fan moments? Yes. Could Enterprise been improved? Yes. Was Enterprise the worst we could have gotten (just look at that IRS video or even many of the current crop of fan produced series)? No.

For me, a survivor of the wasted years, I was just happy there was still Trek on the air after TNG began. Now, we are getting the occasional movie with a crew that we barely know–I would much rather have my weekly dose of an “inferior” Trek series than a booster shot every 3-4 years BUT at the same time, I am happy there is still Trek no matter what the incarnation (TV, movie, novels,online games, comics, etc.)!!

72. Spock's Bangs - March 27, 2013

Sorry, I can’t subscribe to the theory that a lot of mediocre Trek, Trek that barely resembles its namesake , with a few gems mixed in, is better than no Trek. If I have to be reminded, each week, that Trek should be better than this, then I don’t want to watch it at all. All the treks from the Berman era had great potential but, more often than not, it was rarely realized. It’s like Star Trek, Roddenberry and the suits in charge were hell-bent on doing everything possible to keep their Star Trek from copying Star Trek. A real head scratcher for sure!

73. Schiefy - March 27, 2013

#72–I should have made it clear that I certainly do not prefer a LOT of mediocre Trek as opposed to none! :)

I want quality even versus quantity but I am also a realist that understands producing consistently good tv (or movie series) is not as easy as providing hindsight. If it were easy, then I think there would be a few more writers like BobOrci on here than all the fanboys (and girls) criticizing Braga/Berman. The challenges from concept to politics to execution of producing excellence week-by-week have to be simply unbelievable when creating a sf series that has to provide explanation for how things work (in a fictional world) as well as basic character development.

I do think that Enterprise is underrated and berated more than it deserves as opposed to having no tv Trek like we do now. I also believe that Enterprise was finding its “stride” as noted by others in the latter half of season 3 and most of season 4 so it had the potential of becoming one of the higher quality Treks as a series.

Again, having lived through a rather barren era (except for syndication, TAS & books & conventions) I prefer regular, above average quality Trek than no Trek at all (as in the case of having canceled a decent Trek series in the form of Enterprise). Perhaps we have too much access to Trek in a way that I did not experience through most of the 70s that we demand more quality than we needed then (and likewise, maybe I am ignoring quality some in my nostalgia). :)

74. Dave - March 27, 2013

God this show sucked.

It did a few thing well. The Andorians were brilliant. The final season with the exception of the final episode was awesome. But the rest of it? Sheesh.

75. Michael - March 27, 2013

I don’t mean to hate on Berman and Brage. I don’t really care whose fault it was. But… Enterprise was even worse than Voyager, even with all their talk about updating the franchise through the prequel. I can respect people enjoying bits here and there, but it plays like a show made up entirely of it’s own unrelentingly childish cliches, a constant mish mash of stolen elements of better stories interspersed with poor characterization and constant, increasingly uninteresting space shooty shooty. This take on Trek, while superior in technical aspects and being well presented visually, offers little of the depth of other series, and the biggest problem is the writing, which is abysmal and goes nowhere.

I’d still prefer a Trek TV show captained by Ron Moore that was a DS9 successor, but we won’t see that sadly. But I’d take JJ trek over Enterprise any day.

76. Chris Roberts - March 27, 2013

Roll on April 1st. :)

Amazon UK doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to send this out early.

77. Promo Boy - March 27, 2013

Sorry. Dull characters, repetitive story lines (TNG leftover plots),
and an overall “been there, done that” feeling makes this blu ray
set a Must-Wait.. For the bargain shelf. (Though I must admit the docs
do sound interesting.)

78. Mike C. - March 27, 2013

I guess even Us Trekkers need something to hate. Mine is VOY.

79. Allenburch - March 28, 2013

The 4th season multi-part episodes with Manny at the helm are some of the best Trek ever.

The series finale episode is absolutely the worst Trek episode of all time…I refuse to re-watch it.

80. Elias Javalis - March 28, 2013

Ordered. I dont mind the muddy picture. I simply cant wait for a remastered Enterprise. It may take forever!!

81. MC1 Doug - March 28, 2013

Interestingly, there is a movement afoot to revive the series on Netflix. Doug Drexler has started a page on FB to generate support!

I think this would be a great opportunity to revive the Star Trek on TV. After the success of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, it is very apparent the series could be redone without having to spend a fortune on recreating all the sets.

One thing is certain, if the series were to revived, it would be difficult to get all the principles characters back but in the end, that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but I would hope they would try. AND for the fans who want to bitch about Rick Berman destroying the franchise, I doubt he would return… again, that isn’t a bad thing. There are plenty of creative people out there who have expressed interest in reviving ST. This would be their chance. I would suggest Bryan Singer, Bryan Fuller, Ira Behn, Seth MacFarland or Ron Moore… and especially Manny Coto, who infused the last season with a new vitality!

82. Edgar Allan Pants - March 28, 2013

It’s nice that Trek is successful again and now we can see look more positively on ‘Enterprise’, knowing that it didn’t ‘kill the franchise’ after all. It’s nice for the people who worked so hard on it that it’s getting some critical re-evaluation.

Just don’t push it.

83. nscates - March 28, 2013

@ 81 MC1 Doug

Thanks for mentioning the Facebook page. I have liked and shared. As I said on the other Enterprise thread, a 5th season may be unlikely, but if the demand is there, someone will do it. I would certainly love to see it, so long as they are able to pick up with the same cast and overall feel they had going in season 4.

84. Bob Tompkins - March 28, 2013

Just read a report on Trek Core that CBS is making extra content tied to Best Buy available only to those who purchase Ent 1 and TNG 3 through Best Buy.
What a load- I suppose I’ll need to price it out elsewhere to get the best price I got Enterprise for $59.99 at Fry’s before I knew of the extra content.
A new documentary involving Shuttlepod 2 is available for the Enterprise set & documentary for the attempted CGI for Next Gen is the bonus for TNG season 3. It is only available thru Best Buy’s video site.

85. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - March 29, 2013

Since it’s been on Netflix Instant Viewing, I’ve had a chance to review the show several times, and I introduced it to my GF who instantly took to it.

Naysayers be damned! Enterprise (for the most part) stands up quite well to scrutiny.

DS9, on the other hand, I cannot seem to find engaging after the first pass. I think it’s all the ridiculous Quark shenanigans.

86. Earl - March 30, 2013

“Naysayers be damned! Enterprise (for the most part) stands up quite well to scrutiny.

DS9, on the other hand, I cannot seem to find engaging after the first pass.”

I think you might’ve accidentally switched “DS9″ and “Enterprise” there…

Seriously, though. Criticism of Enterprise started from the beginning, and should’ve been headed by the production crew. As an audience, we’d seen Star Trek done for decades by then. We knew how to spot good Star Trek and how to spot bad Star Trek, and it didn’t take much effort to spot the bad in Star Trek: Enterprise. I watched the pilot in a room full of well-watched Trek fans and we all had the same eyebrow-raising reaction: “Err, well. Okay. It’s just the first episode. I hope it gets better.” And, of course, it didn’t. (Not in the way a sophisticated TV audience needs, at least.)

Keep in mind that there’s no shame in admitting just how bad Enterprise was. By recognizing our mistakes, we’re better able to guide our successes. Hopefully the next series (and I really hope there is a new one, one of these days) is something we can be proud of.

87. Theatre_Historian Levi - March 30, 2013

84 Bob,
here you go its the exclusive featurette, someone allready posted it on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DplUcTXFC10

88. Christopher Roberts - March 30, 2013

@87. Thanks for that. I’m a little ticked off content is made, but withheld from the discs. Until now, the Blu-ray Star Trek sets pandered well to my completism.

89. TomR - March 30, 2013

Season 5 I want to see let’s hope this whole Netflix thing pays off!!
Then I’ll go back on buy all the blu rays!

90. saavik001 - March 30, 2013

87 – Thanks for the link! Great stuff!

91. Theatre Historian_Levi - March 30, 2013

88 and 90,
You are welcome.
I also am not a fan of the BB exclusive online content.
I am usually ok with exclusive bonus discs but online content not so much.

92. T'Cal - March 31, 2013

DS9 had a solid pilot and some great episodes the first season plus a couple of weak ones. It came into its own sooner than TNG did but it excelled in character and relationship development as well as storytelling. The Dominion War arc was just great and I loved the addition of the holosuite’s Vic Fountaine, but I liked very few Ferengi/Quark-centric episodes other than “Little Green Men.”

I saw none of BSG when it was aired and viewed it all on DVD a couple years after it went off the air. I was completely blown away by everything: the high quality of acting, writing, directing, SPFX, music, etc. There isn’t one episode that I walked away from saying to myself, “Meh.” I highly recommend it not just to sci-fi fans but to any fan of a solid drama. If you haven’t seen it, watch the miniseries and the first couple episodes before you write it off. It’s amazing and it bumped TNG as my all-time favorite show because Ronald D. Moore made the characters so much deeper and richer and the music was phenominal. It’s that good.

93. captain_neill - March 31, 2013

Too many people unfair to Enterprise, it wasa show about the beginnings and although sceptical of it at first I came to love the show. I do look back on Enterprise as show that I thought worked better than Voyager and the last two seasons were great.

94. captain_neill - March 31, 2013

I love BSG but if Starfleet ever acted like the humans on that show then it would have been very anto Roddenberry and as i say you go away his vision you go away from Trek.

You can tweak, you can challenge it, which is what DS9 did wonderfully but you cannot make a film that’s caled Star Trek, it has to be Star Trek.

I guess that has been why I have been vocal about Abrams I am concerned that it can become only Trek in name only. At times I read things it sounds like that and other times I read something and it seems they get it.

95. Jake - April 2, 2013

Having watched Enterprise on Netflix, I too have to agree it was underrated, and I was a bit pigheaded for letting a bad theme song chase me away from a good show.

96. Disinvited - April 6, 2013

Covers some of the same but helps fill in a little of the blanks:

http://www.youwoncannes.com/2013/03/30/star-trek-enterprise-season-1-blu-ray/

97. BatlethInTheGroin - April 15, 2013

#8: You really need to get some air. It is JUST a television series.

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