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STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE- The Complete Third Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 24 episodes, 7 disc set, audio commentaries, text commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, featurettes, photo gallery

STUDIO: Paramount

RELEASE DATE: 9-20-2005

DISC 1- THE XINDI, ANOMALY, EXTINCTION, RAJIIN

DISC 2- IMPULSE, EXILE, THE SHIPMENT, TWILIGHT

DISC 3- NORTH STAR, SIMILTUDE, CARPENTER STREET, CHOSEN REALM

DISC 4- PROVING GROUND, STRATAGEM, HARBINGER, DOCTOR'S ORDERS

DISC 5- HATCHERY, AZATI PRIME, DAMAGE, THE FORGOTTEN

DISC 6- E2, THE COUNCIL, COUNTDOWN, ZERO HOUR

DISC 7- Outtakes, Photo Gallery, Featurettes: The Xindi Saga Begins/Enterprise Moments: Season 3/ Enterprise profile: Connor Trineer/ director featurette: Roxann Dawson. hidden featurettes

STAR TREK: ENTERPISE continued to gain steam as the writers decided to have one main storyline arc running through the entire season. Captain archer and the crew of the Enterprise enter an area known as the Expanse as they search for the Xindi super weapon which is being constructed to destroy the Earth. Captain Archer has to make some tough decisions and ethical calls to find the weapon and to stop the Xindi. Also we see the Xindi POV as they race to construct the weapon and watch the Enterprise search for the weapon. The Xindi council is held together by very fragile bonds. Will that be their undoing or can Archer use that to convince some of the five Xindi species to stop the luanch of the weapon (or will Archer be too consumed to just destroy the weapon at any cost)? The third season is very relentless at times and the last seven episodes are one big concentrated long story compared to how every other episode is connected. This season is the closet to the storytelling of the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA series (to the way events carry over from episode to episode). The big addition of writer Manny Coto will lead him to be the showrunner for season 4.

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

Slight aliasing and grain is visible, but the colors and shadow values are good. Image detail isn't bad either. No problems of playing the discs on any player that played them (DVD Recorder, DVD-ROM, etc).

AUDIO: English 5.1, English 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English

Dialogue is clear as always and easy to hear. Music and sound effects make more of an impact on the 5.1 DD. As usual, Paramount doesn't include foreign subtitles (French or Spanish) like they do with the Star Trek movie DVDs.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Two audio commentaries were recorded for season 3: NORTH STAR with Assistant Director Mike DeMeritt and SIMILITUDE with Writer/Executive Director Manny Coto (DeMeritt's is more about the production of an episode where Manny comes at more from being a writer). Also Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda did three text commentaries for THE XINDI, IMPULSE, and COUNTDOWN. The text commentaries continue to go into how many set parts are re-used from this show and other Trek shows for various episodes while being very entertaining at times. I still wish they had audio commentaries with the cast.

Deleted scenes for three episodes: SIMILITUDE, CHOSEN REALM, and E2.

Several featurettes (THE XINDI SAGA BEGINS, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE MOMENTS- SEASON 3, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DIRECTOR: ROXANN DAWSON, and three hidden NX-01 FILES (07 to 09)), outtakes, a trailer for BORG INVASION yet again, and a photo gallery appear on disc 7. The best featurettes on disc 7 are A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DIRECTOR: ROXANN DAWSON and NX-01 FILE 08 (on the developmet and design of the Enterpise uniforms). The director featurette on Roxann Dawson is a detailed behind-the-scenes look on her directing the episode EXILE from all the decisions she has to make (editing, camera angles, the one set constructed for the episode that allowed for lots of different camera work, and getting the day's shooting back on schedule). The outtakes have some amusing moments as usual including Bakula still being the funny man.

FINAL ANALYSIS: STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE Season 3 is good on extras while I wish they still had more audio commentaries.  Overall, the set is a fantastic when it comes to STAR TREK TV sets.

this DVD Review is (c)9-25-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com and look for additional content (and news/updates) at http://www.livejournal.com/users/enterlinemedia