As a "prequel' series that predates the original Star Trek by 150 years, Enterprise built upon established Trek lore with episodes involving Vulcans ("Breaking the Ice"), Klingons ("Sleeping Dogs"), the blue-skinned Andorians ("The Andorian Incident," "Shadows of P'Jem"), and the Ferengi ("Acquisition") while offering stand-alone episodes (notably "Dear Doctor," "Fortunate Son," and "Shuttlepod One") that further acquainted fans with the Enterprise regulars. Early Trek technology is also introduced (including "phase pistols" and the rarely-used, still-risky transporter), and the series drew strength from what many felt would be its primary weakness: unwritten history and the initial indecisiveness of Archer's bold foray into the unknown. Ending with a dazzling "Shock Wave" cliffhanger that leaves Archer stranded in a decimated Temporal Cold War future, Enterprise set a strong foundation for the events of Season Two. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
The DVD packaging for a start is very attractive and compact, with a little booklet with the each episode synopsis. The DVD interactive menus are excellent and fairly easy to navigate. With extras such as commentaries and deleted scenes clearly marked. The 3 "Easter Eggs" are quite easy to find too!
The quality of the DVDs is very good, crystal clear and the extras on disc 7 are good viewing. With behind-the-scenes views from the cast and some brilliant outtake "bloopers"....(I've never seen a Vulcan giggle so much!!!)
This First Season was a great start and well cast, with some interesting stories and twists on other Trek series ideas. A really enjoyable Season and a great DVD package. My only suggestion is to shop around a little to get the best price possible.
But these were quickly washed away. Star Trek Enterprise took the Star Trek crown and wore it with pride. Here we get to see mankinds first steps into the Final Frontier. The crew are no where near the space worthy batch we have come to expect. They have fears and concerns about travelling into the unknown.
In Season 1, we get to see the first transporter and the crews doubts about using it. We see how the crew handles an encounter with their first hostile alien species, and the fist star ship Enterprises primative weapons against this deadly foe. The first steps in the Temporal Cold War are set into motion half way through the season which really heats up things. An encounter with a Silent Enemy really is a sinister one. And the season cliff hanger really is good viewing.
I had doubts about Star Trek Enterprise but it has carried the Star Trek crown proudly.
Enterprise had the highest ratings for a pilot episode, and, to be fair, it was probably the best (and most imaginative) opening storyline out of all five Star Trek series so far. And for those people who say that the first series is rubbish, well quite frankly almost every major long-running series in television history always struggles at the beginning whilst it finds its feet.
However, with the exception of a handful of episodes, I will concede that season two is a lot weaker and I struggled myself to stick through the entire series. But what was the reward for my struggles? Season three, which quite possibly was some of the best television viewing last year.
A season long story arc, interesting and some unexpected plot twists, even more amazing graphics than previously (which Star Trek has always excelled at) and more tension and excitement than ever.
Season four has gone even further, with a new angle of storytelling, using story arcs in trilogies of episodes, which now makes individual episodes seem pale by comparison. If you don't buy season one or two, definitely get the last two, they are an absolute must. And if you do that, you might as well get the first two anyway to see how it all began. It is just such a shame that UPN are not willing to carry the show into a fifth season, where I am sure it would continue to go from strength to strength.