1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2015
If you are new to this series then I am sure you will find many reviews on line. Lets look at the actual discs.
Firstly, the first episode is of slightly inferior picture quality as, as explained on the discs, it was not known if it would be screen in 16:9 until late in the day and so some shots were framed for 4:3 and were re framed in post by the director. As such the picture sometimes becomes soft although its not too bad throughout. The rest of the episodes are what one would expect from a 15 year old series.
The FX were created at a lower resolution than full HD some say at 720 and some say not, but there is a noticeable drop in detail and the appearance of "jaggies" in those scenes. Like many of the early CBS FX shots they have a less than realistic appearance and look animated in places.
The extras are very good and the last disc contains a very frank conversation with the crew and some of the cast. Its clear Enterprise was a troubled show and was made too soon after its stable mates and so to get to the point that they did and realise a show of very high production values shows that they went the extra mile and is borne out in these "making ofs"
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2013
Enterprise was cut down in it's prime and is truly a great series.
Since I already own all 4 seasons on DVD I wouldn't buy the Blu Ray sets as well unless the price came down by at least £20.
If this set dropped to £30 I'd buy it in an instant, but as many others have already said this series was made for HD and requires pretty much no remastering so buying now is just paying over the odds.
Come on CBS/Paramount don't rip your loyal fans off again, drop the price sell more sets, it's only logical.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2013
It is the mid 22nd Century: over a hundred years before Kirk and Spock. The crew of Earth's latest breakthrough Warp 5 starship; led by Captain Jonathan Archer, are making their first steps into the galaxy. Firmly believing humankind has been held back for too long by Vulcan interference, Archer is eager to embark on Enterprise's mission of deep space exploration. Survival proves perilous the farther from home they travel. Outmatched by superior aliens equipped with far more powerful weaponary, this first crew face a steep learning curve. Among their challenges will come Klingon aggression, militaristic Andorians and the Suliban; a race receiving aid from the future.
Those whose discovered Star Trek through JJ Abrams' 2009 movie and are currently awaiting the 2013 sequel - Star Trek Into Darkness, will probably appreciate Enterprise's uncomplicated "stripped back" technology style the most. It pitches all the familiar trek-nology seen in the other Star Trek TV series and films at a less advanced stage, trying for something less routine and far-future fantastical. Much of the crew are too scared to use the transporter, a device mostly called upon to beam equipment and supplies around. Instead space suits are regularly seen, together with having to step through complicated airlocks and time spent in decompression and decontamination. Phase pistols are the defensive side arm of choice. Although with projected energy weapons having only recently replaced pulse, blaster-style ones, they're still as Starfleet experimental as the Enterprise NX-01 starship itself. Instead of invisible shields that encompass whole starships like a bubble, protection from alien attack comes down to polarising the hull plating. Instead of tractor beams, capturing another ship requires a grappler deployed from bomb bay doors on the underside, through which small shuttlepods are regularly launched. When you're at a disadvantage, you have nothing but your wits to rely on and this show was about as far from the 24th Century's technobabble saves the day approach as it was possible for Trek to realistically get.
One of the aspects that sets Enterprise apart from Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, is the more down-to-earth characterisation of its crew and often a "first time" naivety when faced with a perilous universe. They're imperfect and largely unprepared for a galaxy full of alien lifeforms, extraordinary circumstances, stumbling and making misteps along the way - often with best of intentions. Captain Archer, interested me from the outset (being a fan of Scott Bakula from Quantum Leap) his Captain out there alone with no support, no rulebook or role models to learn from their mistakes. He's a man with a strong prejudice about the Vulcans. While that and some questionable decisions often bring him dangerously close to unlikeable, we get plenty of examples throughout the series that Star Trek's most famous pointy-eared race also still have someway to go, in order to evolve into the likeable kind typified by Spock and Tuvok. Better aspects to Archer's personality are brought out by Shran, a blue-skinned Andorian who appears semi-regularly throughout the 4 years and twice during Season One. Both are deeply skeptical of the Vulcans and yet altogether, they will ultimately end up forging an interstellar alliance known as the Federation.
Other notable crew members include Trip, a likable Southern Engineer who's long friendship with his Captain, somehow manages to survive his occasional bouts of insubordination. T'Pol, initially an observer from a Vulcan government concerned about the impact of humankind's deep exploration, serves as the Enterprise's Vulcan Science Officer and gradually grows more accustomed to an almost entirely human crew and their different perspective. Also helpful is the ship's eternally optimistic alien Doctor, Phlox. He's a Denobulan, who often treats the crew with some very unusual medicine including the leech-like, osmotic eel! In charge of defending the ship, is an explosives obsessed, British armoury officer named Malcolm Reed. Hoshi Sato deftly handles alien languages, in her role as the ship's Communications Officer. Finally space boomer Travis Mayweather is the navigator, one of few humans born in space to a family who run a cargo ship.
Like the Original Series in the 1960s, Enterprise came to a premature end when it was cancelled in 2005 after only 4 seasons. Unlike previous series The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, this show wasn't widely syndicated beyond the now defunct network TV station, UPN. A revealing brand-new 3 part retrospective documentary promises to delve deep into Enterprise's misfortunes. What it was like making Star Trek after a decade and a half uninterrupted run... and how the show wasn't entirely the prequel its producers wanted to make. How they had to deal with Network Executives for the first time, who hampered creative decisions with what they required a Star Trek series to include. Even given those flaws, I ultimately enjoyed much of this show while it lasted... particularly Season 4. I still believe there is unfulfilled potential left in Enterprise and it holds a unique place - as a prequel to both the old franchise and JJ Abrams' motion pictures. After many years without brand new Star Trek adventures beaming across our television screens (where it belongs)... there's perhaps no better time to reappraise this in High Definition. See both where it all began and ironically, how it all ended. Judge for yourself.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2014
I have previously purchased the whole Enterprise DVD set. The DVDs always looked very soft, which I put down to the format. The transfer to Blu Ray is very disappointing. Based on Season 01 I won't be buying the rest. The difference between the new TNG and TOS Blue Ray editions and their previous DVD editions is nothing short of staggering, and I can recommend them, but poor old Enterprise, despite being a fantastic story, well directed, and acted, is left with a real lemon of a Blu Ray edition.