on January 21, 2007
As a long time Trek and Science Fiction fan I watched this from the first episode. By the middle of the second season the show had hit it's stride, and aside from what I consider a below par last episode, was consistently excellent. I know far too many Trek fans who never watched it, considering it wrong to set the series before the original, the irony is all those people watch it in syndication, and love it. I know many non Trek fans who began watching it in the afternoon, and enjoy it. All of this reminds me so much of the series of events which befell the original Star Trek. The writing was uneven in the first season, but by the second each character had developed their voice. The third season story arc about an attack on Earth brought the acting and writing to the highest level. To me, Jolene Blalock and her portrayal of the brave and loyal Vulcan second oficer Commander T'Pol is the resonant moral compass and yes, emotional heart of a show, like all Science Fiction, about the human condition.
on April 2, 2009
This edition to the Star Trek saga is interesting because it confronts ethical dilemmas in a rather 'open-ended' way. This is quite different from "The Next Generation" or "Voyager" both of which are about restraint and non-interference in the 'life-ways' of inter-planetary cultures.
Captain Archer and his crew often stumble in their attempts to define the as yet unwritten 'Prime Directive' and in doing so, reveal the American cultural origins of the show. This is the only show of all the Star Trek series (with the exception of Kirk and his crew) that reveals more about an American perspective of the world, much like the wild west mythology that is so inscribed in the American narrative of self-justification.
The cast is not as strong as "Deep Space Nine" or "Voyager," but a few characters are well defined. Jolene Blalok as T'Pol and John Billingsley as Dr. Phlocks are interesting actors, as is Scott Bakula as Captain Archer.
The production values are clearly higher, as they've shot this quite lovingly with interesting lighting plots. Special effects are reasonably muted to make the technology appear authentic to the late 22nd Century. They've also taken care of the sound design, much more so than "The Next Generation."
We are enjoying the series, only wish Paramount had decided to continue it beyond the 4 seasons. We are now looking forward to purchasing "Andromeda: Slipstream" when it is reissued.
on July 21, 2011
Star Trek: Enterprise (TV Series)
Original Run: September 26, 2001 - May 13, 2005
A prequel series, set 100 years before the original Star Trek series, which focuses on the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the formation of the Federation and the Earth-Romulan Wars. The series is set aboard the Earth ship Enterprise NX-01, captained by Jonathan Archer.
Plot Summary for Season Three:
The Xindi have attacked Earth. Seven million people are dead. They will attack again, and this time, they will destroy Earth... NX-01 has been recalled, her mission of exploration is over, now she is being sent into The Expanse, a deadly region of space, to find these Xindi... and destroy them before they can destroy Earth.
Enterprise became my favorite show as soon as I saw it, the opening song, the characters, the design... All ran through my mind every day after viewing it. Enterprise is at its core a show about exploration, about breaking the boundaries that other people have put on you. Its also about discovery, which as its turns out isn't always a good thing. The characters Don't start out set in stone, and then have problems thrown at them, they change over the course of the show, and the writers were not afraid to shake their lives up; sometimes is horrific ways.
We get to see Earth meet new alien cultures, go through its first interstellar war, and see it develop. The show doesn't pull its punches either, when things die they are dead, characters can be irrational, immoral, and generally very realistic.
Enterprise succeeds where much TV fails, it created a cast of interesting, developing characters while still delivering the action that makes TV fun. But without people, action is Empty. Enterprise is perfect in my eyes at least, and deserves to be seen. Even if you don't normally like Sci-Fi, you might enjoy this show. A lot.
I love the technology - a grappler instead of tractor beams, phase pistols and EM rifles, airlocks and shuttle-pods deployed from bomb bay doors underneath. When you're at a disadvantage, you have nothing but your wits to rely on and this show was about as far from Voyager's technobabble saves the day approach as it was possible for Trek to realistically get.
Season three is an adrenaline pumping action packed non-stop thrill ride!!! I really enjoyed season three.
This series ran for 4 years (4 seasons) which is pretty standard for TV Shows. A total of 98 episodes were produced and broadcasted.
This series was designed to grab a new audience, and keep all or most of the Star Trek buffs on-board as well.
UPN pretty much wanted the show to die. They wanted to make their image more female and move away from Sci-Fi. UPN stopped advertising the show and moved it around a couple times on the schedule.
Star Trek Enterprise The Complete Series DVD Boxset is well worth the purchase.
Released by Paramount Pictures (Official Release).
This is not a Bootleg set (Asian release or Otherwise).
Paramount Pictures calls this the (Definitive Release).
76 Hours Of Entertainment Including 22 Featurettes!
Own All 4 Seasons!
And Much More!
Over 9 Hours of Bonus Features.
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: 11/1/2005
Length: 4560 mins
Rating: NR (USA) / PG (Canada)
Packaging: Special Design
Number of Discs: 27 (Single Sided, Dual Layered) DVDs
Retail LIST Price: $299.99 (Various Online Internet Shops)
Amazon.ca List Price: $193.25
- Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Men of a Certain Age, ETC.)
- Jolene Blalock (Slow Burn, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, ETC.)
- Connor Trinneer (Stargate Atlantis, Star Runners, ETC.)
- Dominic Keating (The Immortal, Species IV, ETC.)
- Linda Park (Raines, Women's Murder Club, ETC.)
- Anthony Montgomery (Popular, Leprechaun: In the Hood, ETC.)
- John Billingsley (The Nine, The Man from Earth, ETC.)
Production Budget (Per Episode):
Season One, Two and Three - $4 Million (US Dollars)
Season Four - $2 Million (US Dollars)
Total Production Cost (All 98 Episodes): $348 Million (US Dollars)
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of
Star Trek: Enterprise on UPN.
Viewers in millions of people.
Season One: 5.9
Season Two: 3.94
Season Three: 3.3
Season Four: 2.81
The Pilot Episode - Broken Bow:
- 12.54 Million viewers watched it, on the day it premiered (September 26, 2001). Enterprise scored a 9.1/13 overnight for series premiere 'Broken Bow', which secured UPN its second most-watched night ever after 1995's Voyager debut. Not only do these ratings represent a 46% drop from the two-hour premiere, but they are also 18% less than the 6.0/9 overnight scored by Voyager's season seven opener, 'Unimatrix Zero, Part II.'
- If, it had been a feature film that completed it's global theatrical run at 12.54 Million ticket sales, it would have made over $120 Million (US Dollars). It would have been a global box office hit.
Note: The above box office figure is based on a movie ticket selling for $10 Dollars (American). This is the standard price for a movie ticket in (The USA).
Awards (Short List):
Emmy Awards > Wins: 4 (2002 and 2004) / Nominations: 17 (2002 - 2005)
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards > Top TV Series (2002).
Hugo Awards > Nominated twice in (2003) - Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
The audio and video quality of each DVD is (10 out of 10).
The package design is amazing. Hard plastic futuristic looking individual season set housing cases. Inside each housing case is a hard plastic DVD flip case with hubs and an episode booklet, with a nice looking plastic DVD slipcover over it. All 4 individual season sets sit in a nice looking cardboard tray.
Delivery was fast I paid for (Priority Shipping) and
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How Much Did (Amazon.ca) Charge Me:
$193.25 (Star Trek Enterprise The Complete Series DVD Boxset)
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Best Price On The Internet. Thank-You (Amazon.ca).
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It arrived by courier undamaged and completely intact.
The Most Realistic Star Trek Series.
I absolutely loved this series, and I'm not a big Star Trek fan.
The Best Star Trek Series Ever!
on November 24, 2014
I have always loved Star Trek, and when this series started, I watched the first episode and was disappointed, so I did not watch more. Later, my son told me that it actually was very good, so I took his word for it and ordered the complete set. I love it! Apart from the fact that I had to ask for a replacement, because some of the discs were faulty, I am enjoying it immensely. I always liked Scott Bakula in Quantum Leap, and find he is an excellent actor in "Enterprise" as well.
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