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STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE- The Complete Fourth Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 939 minutes, deleted scenes, text commentaries, audio commentaries, featurettes, photo gallery, and outtakes

STUDIO: Paramount

RELEASE DATE: 11-1-2005

DISC 1- STORM FRONT Part 1 and 2/ 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 1 and 2/ DEMONS

DISC 6- TERRA PRIME/ THESE ARE THE VOYAGES.../ featurettes, outtakes, photo gallery, and Borg Invasion trailer

STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE was at it's 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. Season 4 was the finest moment of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE and hopefully the crew of the NX-01 will fly again for the next movies (or even direct to DVD movies) in the STAR TREK series.

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

Colors, shadow values, and image detail are as about the same as the other three season sets, but the episodes for season 4 were shot using High Definition Digital cameras.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English.

Dialogue is clear. The music is powerful and loud while sound effects are not at bad on the audio mix.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Season 4 has a few extras. Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda deliver the usual fun and info full text commentaries for THE FORGE, THESE ARE THE VOYAGES..., and IN A MIRROR, DARKLY Part 2. Three audio commentaries are included. They are the podcast commentaries from StarTrek.com. Writer Mike Sussman and startrek.com Editorial Director Tim Gaskill are on the commentaries for IN A MIRROR, DARKLY Part 1 and 2 while Tim Gaskill joins Writers Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens for TERRA PRIME. Pity we still didn't get more than three audio commentaries and no commentaries from the cast.

Three deleted scenes are on the season 4 set (STORM FRONT Part 1, THE AENAR, and IN A MIRROR, DARKLY Part 2). The first scene should have been left intact while the last scene doesn't quite work with the bit they cut out. The ENTERPRISE OUTTAKES show more bloopers, Jeffrey Combs and Scott Bakula playing gags on each other, and watch for Rose Bud. The usual photo gallery is on disc six with the outtakes and various featurettes.

ENTERPRISE MOMENTS: SEASON 4 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.

INSIDE THE MIRORR EPISODES is the best featurette of disc 6 that 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.

ENTERPRISE SECRETS is basically about all the extras in the final scene for the series finale, LINKS TO THE LEGACY explores the lore brought up in the Vulcan three parter and the Klingon two parter (AFFLICTION and DIVERGENCE), and 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). THAT'S A WRAP is basically highlights from the series wrap party. The hidden featurette is all about the fans talking about saving Enterprise (after the cancellation has been announced) at the Save Enterprise rally outside Paramount (a couple of the cast talking about the fans).

FINAL ANALYSIS: If you bought the first three DVD sets of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, this set is a must buy. If you ducked out of the show early on, buy this season set to see how good STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE became in it's last season. I do wish the special features were more.

this DVD Review is (c)11-3-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission (except for excerpts and a link to the review). Look for additional content at http://www.livejournal.com/users/enterlinemedia and send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com

season 1 DVD Review:  http://enterline2.tripod.com/enterprise_seasonone.html

season 2 DVD Review:  http://enterline2.tripod.com/enterprise_season2.html

season 3 DVD Review:   http://enterline2.tripod.com/enterprise_season3.html