DISC 1: BROKEN BOW, FIGHT OR FLIGHT, STRANGE NEW WORLD
DISC 2: UNEXPECTED, TERRA NOVA, THE ANDORIAN INCIDENT, BREAKING THE ICE
DISC 3: CIVILIZATION, FORTUNATE SON, COLD FRONT, SILENT ENEMY
DISC 4: DEAR DOCTOR, SLEEPING DOGS, SHADOWS OF P'JEM, SHUTTLEPOD ONE
DISC 5: FUSION, ROGUE PLANET, ACQUISTION, OASIS
DISC 6: DETAINED, VOX SOLA, FALLEN HERO, DESERT CROSSING
DISC 7: TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS, SHOCKWAVE Part One
ANALYSIS: STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE had a grand idea behind of doing a
prequel show showing the first days leading to the formation of the Federation (starting in 2151 AD), but it's execution
sometimes left much to be desired. The first season had some great episodes (THE ANDORIAN INCIDENT, FUSION, FALLEN HERO, DESERT
CROSSING, TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS, SHOCKWAVE Part One), but also some moments (and episodes) weren't that good (like T'Pol
saying the Captain needs to have sex soon in FALLEN HERO). The second season is an improvement over season one, but the third
and fourth seasons are even better (with the fourth season being the best of the series). Scott Bakula leads the way as Captain
Archer of the first starship called Enterprise. His second in command is Vulcan Officer T'Pol (Jolene Blalock). Her interactions
with Trip (aka Commander Tucker) are more interesting now since I now where it will all lead in later seasons. The prequel
series did have interesting spins on the logical Vulcans while breathing life into the Andorians. Still the Ferengi episode
(ACQUISTION) proves only STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE can do the Ferengi justice (with well written stories about them).
VIDEO/AUDIO: All 26 episodes are presented in 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen. Image detail is great. The transfer is a little
soft at times (a little blurry), but the episodes do look better than when I saw on TV.
All episodes are in Englsih 5.1 Dolby Surround (you can also hear any of them in English 2.0 Dolby Surround) with the option
of English subtitles. Dialogue is clear as it was on the other Star Trek TV on DVD sets. Music and sound effects are very
distinctive sometimes (the music does almost drown out the dialogue in a few scenes). I'm disappointed agian that Paramount
still hasn't included foreign subtitle tracks for their STAR TREK TV show sets.
SPECIAL FEATURES: STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE Season One has an assortment of extras. Deleted scenes are on most of the discs
(except disc 2 and disc 3). Many of the deleted scenes aren't that thrilling, but I do love the deleted scenes from SHUTTLEPOD
ONE and FALLEN HERO. The text commentaries for BROKEN BOW, THE ANDORIAN INCIDENT, and VOX SOLA provide a wealth of info on
the episode's productions, Star Trek facts, and some whimsical points they make about certain things. Also Brannon Braga and
Rick Berman did an audio commentary for BROKEN BOW (Hopefully one or two cast commentaries will be on a future season set).
Several featurettes appear on disc 7. CREATING ENTERPRISE goes into the origins of why a prequel series was made and how
they approached various aspects of the show. O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN: A PROFILE OF SCOTT BAKULA has his fellow actors (and the
crew) giving praise for Scott and how easy he is to get along with. CAST IMPRESSIONS: SEASON ONE has the cast of the show
talking about their characters and how they were cast. INSIDE SHUTTLEPOD ONE is a look at the character driven episode, SHUTTLEPOD
ONE, while STAR TREK TIME TRAVEL: TEMPORAL COLD WARS AND BEYOND has Berman and Braga blaming UPN/Paramount for insisting on
the temporal cold war storyline (which they felt would have been better as it's own series).
ENTERPRISE SECRETS shows how lighting effects on the warp core are created (and the magic behind the replicators). Actor
Vaughn Armstrong sings again before he talks about playing Admiral Forrest and a Klingon in ADMIRAL FORREST TAKES CENTER STAGE.
However, the nine minute outtake reel is the best extra on disc seven (I love the moment where Archer shows up (at T'Pol's
quarters) with a stogie in his mouth and two wine glasses (while the Captain and Tenile bit is funny too). The first hidden
featurette on disc 7 has Jolene Blalock talk about SHADOWS OF P'JEM. Another hidden featurette focuses on the visual effects
shot of the Klingon homeworld in BROKEN BOW while a third one has a graphics artist talk about design touches on the sets.
MENUS: The menus have a nice design to them. The menus for the episodes reflect the display panels on the Enterprise bridge.
These menus are definitely my favorite of any Star Trek DVD.
PACKAGING: The sturdy plastic case (that you take apart in two) actually protects the digipack case. No cracks in any of
the trays. The packagaing is the nicest of any STAR TREK TV on DVD set. You even get ae episode guide to the first season
ina little booklet that comes with th set.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Paramount has asembled a great group of extras for STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. I hope future season sets will
have better transfers for the episodes (less softness). If you're a fan of the show, go buy it. If you want the best STAR
TREK, wait for season 3 and 4 to hit DVD (then go buy season one and season two if you're hooked).
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